3744 N. Broadway, (773)975-8199, kreativesoulsbypilar.com [ratings]
Goods: Shoes, tops, dresses and skirts for women; jeans for both men and women; vintage and handcrafted jewelry. Designers: Most of the clothing is vintage, and the jewelry comes from owner Pilar Audain-Reed’s own line. Owner: Audain-Reed walked away from her career as an epidemiologist to open this store and design jewelry. Vibe: Not a spot in this store is empty, but instead of feeling cluttered, it’s as though you’re being embraced by the universe. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. The Look: Chunky amber necklaces. Sheer blouses with sequined spider webs. T-shirts with positive life messages. Mellow and gorgeous. You could hang out any place across the globe and be the hippest person there. Shopper’s Perks: Pilar handcrafts jewelry for her clients while they wait; she also dispenses life-wisdom that will give you goose bumps.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009