ANDERSONVILLE — An anchor business of the north end of Andersonville’s commercial district is closing after 14 years.
Furniture and home decor shop Roost, 5634 N. Clark St., will close at the “end of January,” owner Daniel Malone announced on the store’s Facebook account. The shop is seeking to sell all of its goods before closing, Malone said.
Roost opened in 2008 selling vintage and artisanal home goods. The business was known for its ornate storefront facade and it frequently had pieces and vintage items displayed on the sidewalk.
In 2012, Roost spawned a sister store, The Hutch, next door that specialized in tablewares and serving supplies, according to Chicago Magazine. The Hutch closed in 2019.
Roost opened toward the northern end of Andersonville’s Clark Street retail corridor. Since then, more businesses have moved to the area, extending the neighborhood’s small business district.
But the pandemic was brutal for small businesses and the time has come to close Roost, Malone said on Facebook. The last three years had been a “real struggle,” he said.
“Covid did a number on the shop as has the shift in how people shifted to a more online mode of shopping,” Malone wrote. “I had a lot of catching up in rent and bills, and just couldn’t get ahead of the ball. … It was a good run and I feel I helped drive some businesses to open on the north side of the neighborhood.”
Tributes to the business have been pouring in from neighbors and customers after the pending closure was announced Dec. 29.
“I always admired all of the hard work and passion that you put into each and every item that was given new life!” one neighbor wrote. “I’m very, very sad to hear this gem will no longer adorn northern Andersonville.”
Those interested in helping Roost pay off business debts are encouraged to stop by the store or check its social media for ways to shop. Malone thanked people who have frequented the store over the years and those who have come in recently to help the business as it winds down.
“There has been a very amazing outpouring of donations, support, and messages and I have felt very humbled by all the kindness,” Malone wrote on Facebook.
Malone did not respond to requests for comment.
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