2207 W. Roscoe, (773)281-2772, juliangifts.com [ratings]
Goods: Handbags, home decor and accessories at Julian’s gifts; women’s shoes and clothing at Celia’s. Designers: Julian Gifts stocks mainly European lines from Italy, France and Spain while Celia’s Closet features gently used name brands like Coach, Prada, Guess, Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade. Owner: Born in Madrid, Maria Alfaro-Brooks has a love for international shopping. “Europeans have a passion,” she says. “They really stand behind their work.” Vibe: Cozy. While the goods are superior, the store’s atmosphere is much warmer than your typical upscale boutique. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Ultra-chic—the bags could easily grace the arm of the most maintained Italian fashionista. Shopper’s Perks: Alfaro-Brooks works closely with the University of Chicago cancer board in addition to giving ten percent of May’s and November’s sales to breast cancer charities.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009