One of Bucktown’s longer-tenured and most visionary boutiques, Saffron (2064 North Damen, 773-486-7753), is calling it quits at the end of April. This one’s not connected to the economy, however. Rather, owner Padmaja Manerikar Maryanski wants to stay home with her young child, and her efforts to find an appropriate buyer have not been successful. “Have had a great deal of interest but have found that most women either do not have the creative ability or the financial optimism,” she writes in an email. “Not sure why, but our business has actually been good this year…even the full price stuff is selling well. I would hold out and continue to try to sell the business but I feel I am missing out on some of the most precious time with my daughter.”
Meanwhile, sales abound at the store until it closes.