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5216 N. Clark, (773)989-4420
Goods: Clothing and accessories for women. Designers: Hot Kiss, Soda Blue, Tulle and Chinese Laundry. Owner: Presence was started in 1969 by “two hippy women who opened a shop in their living room on Broadway.” Today, Joanna Miner (daughter of one of the founders) owns the boutique. Vibe: Pop tunes surge through an open-but-packed boutique. Carefully-put-together ensembles are propped up on the wall to give shoppers what-to-pair-with-what inspiration. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. The Look: Fun, girly and trend-driven. Shopper’s Perks: At Presence, “It’s very easy to buy an entire outfit—jewelry included—for under $120 dollars,” says Joanna Miner.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009