WEST TOWN — The owners of a clothing boutique that closed in Wicker Park during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic have opened a pop-up in West Town through the holiday season.
The Junction is the latest tenant at the West Town Chamber of Commerce’s Pop-Up Project storefront, 1821 W. Chicago Ave., which gives short-term leases to small businesses every few months.
The store is owned by Amy and Timothy McGuire, local artists who for 20 years ran the Wicker Park boutique Futurgarb, 1369 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Futurgarb closed in May 2020, with the owners citing economic challenges related to the pandemic.
After getting on the West Town pop-up list last year, the McGuires are reopening under their new brand. The Junction is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to do the West Town pop-up just to get back into the retail action in the neighborhood again,” Amy McGuire said.
The Junction offers clothing for men and women, accessories, gift items such as bath bombs, ties and more. Amy McGuire said they’re selling flannels for the cooler weather, as well as Kantha blankets imported from India.
Paintings and prints of original work by Amy and Timothy McGuire that line The Junction’s walls are also for sale.
“They’re all pretty small and framed. We also have matted originals. And then we also have prints available of pretty much everything we have out there,” Amy McGuire said.
The pop-up in West Town runs through the end of December. After that, they will consider applying for another term in the future, or looking for a more permanent spot, Amy McGuire said.
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