A Hyde Park, Woodlawn And South Shore Vacation Reward Information – Block Membership Chicago

HYDE PARK – Small businesses in Hyde Park, Woodlawn and South Shore will need your help more than ever this holiday season.

Shops along 53rd Street known as “Downtown Hyde Park” have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Vanilla and Dearborn denim are among the victims that closed in March and September. Others, like the Pan-African Art Gallery Kilimanjaro International, are hardly attached to it.

This Christmas shopping season is a chance for these little shops to survive – if they can attract enough customers, said Sister Rose, co-owner of Kilimanjaro.

“What we need is [shoppers to] Do the marketing for us, ”Rose said orally. “It is very important if you can get people to support us.”

Powell’s Books, a little further south on 57th Street, has completely shifted to an online model and can rely on its wholesale operations to “run retail for a while if necessary,” said manager Alex Wolfe.

Coronavirus has forced people into “some real economic crises and I don’t know where buying books goes with that,” Wolfe said. However, he is “optimistic” that the store will weather the slowdown in the pandemic.

Although the Woodlawn and South Shore business districts aren’t quite as extensive as Hyde Park’s, there are plenty of creative and creative spaces.

Read on for suggestions of neighborhood businesses that can help you shop while on vacation.

Hyde Park

A selection of hand-carved ebony sculptures in Kilimanjaro, a pan-African art and craft gallery in Hyde Park.Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro International, 1305 E. 53rd St., website

This art, jewelry, and housewares store has quite a slogan: “If we can’t find it, we can do it. If we can’t do it, you don’t need it! “

The goods currently in stock are mainly made by Tanzanian, Kenyan, Ghanaian and Liberian artists, as well as co-owner Rose. Indigenous masks and statues are included in the store’s Christmas sale, with prices dropping by 20 to 30 percent.

Natural whipped shea butter and pure black soaps “are the best things” for Christmas gifts, Rose said. To protect against coronavirus, the store also offers face masks with prints to match your handmade headgear or kufi.

Pick-up from the roadside possible daily from 12 noon to 7 pm. Call 773-324-4860 for inventory information or schedule a virtual tour of the store’s collection.

The displays at Powell’s Books in Hyde Park, which is currently closed for personal purchases.Powell’s Books / Facebook

Powell’s Books, 1501 E. 57th St., website

Prior to the pandemic, Powell’s wouldn’t advertise its in-store inventory on its website, manager Wolfe said. However, since the bookstore no longer offers personal service, their entire collection is for sale online.

“It’s not the same as being personal, but it’s better than nothing,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe recommends two books by political scientist and former faculty member of the University of Chicago, Danielle Allen: “Our Declaration” ($ 5.20) and “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” ($ 4.40), which sold well through the pandemic.

Search for a book on Powell’s Books website to place a roadside pickup or delivery order. To pick up, call the store Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 773-955-7780. You can also email your request and telephone number to [email protected]

Silver Room crop tops and crewnecks hang on a display shelf in the store on 53rd Street.@ thesilverroom / Instagram

The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., website

The Silver Room Block Party, one of the countless celebrations that Coronavirus took away from us this summer, doesn’t need an introduction. The general-purpose shop that hosts the annual bash is also a Hyde Park gem, selling locally made clothing and handicrafts.

Themed collections allow you to get Black Lives Matter apparel, Chicago-themed merchandise like a Lorraine Hansberry magnet ($ 6), and hardcover books by local black authors like Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism ($ 26) from one Hand buy.

T-shirts, fragrances, mugs, books, and tons of other hosiery are available, including lapel pins from Bronzeville’s Minnie Riperton and the famous Chicago Theater sign from local accessories maker Reformed School ($ 12 each).

Gift cards are also available when there are just too many options for your loved one to choose from. The store offers online shoppers a virtual reality tour of the Hyde Park storefront.

For information on how to shop online with delivery options, visit the Silver Room website. In-store shopping requires masks, social distancing, and temperature checks, and hand sanitizer is provided.

Pete Rock (right), legendary New Yorker producer behind “They Reminisce Over You (TROY)” and Nas “The World Is Yours,” visited Hyde Park Records in 2017.Hyde Park Records / Facebook

Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St., Facebook page

Hyde Park’s record store specializes in “dusty” records with different prices – soul, blues, gospel and jazz records that are cherished by crate diggers who want to discover a diamond in the raw and rap producers who looking for a creative sample.

The store also offers new pressings – like the September reissue of Prince’s “Sign o ‘the Times” – and band merch like pins and posters. CDs, DVDs, and other vintage media formats can also be purchased.

According to the Chicago Reader, Hyde Park Records was one of the favorite hangouts for teenage rappers Vic Mensa.

Hyde Park Records is open daily from 11am to 8pm on 53rd Street.

A “Purple Rain” -era Prince and the Revolution poster that was purchased from Hyde Park Records for $ 10 in August 2019.Maxwell Evans / Block Club Chicago


Build coffee in Woodlawn’s experimental station and offer books, clothes, and gift cards to help support the cafe.Making coffee

Making Coffee, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., website

Sending mugs of brewed coffee, buttered bagels, or light lunches to your family and friends is a terrible idea. Fortunately, there are other ways you can support Build Coffee, the experimental station-based café. (And of course, gift cards are available online.)

Filling out the People’s Bookshelf – builds in-house bookstore – is an online platform via Bookshop. A portion of the funding from each book on the site goes direct to Build, and curated lists from Experimental Station’s neighbors, including South Side Weekly, Invisible Institute, and Blackstone Bikes, are available.

If you’re indulging in or want to wake up your ailing roommate with caffeine, Build’s coffee and menu cards are still an option. Coffee beans, books and bread can be picked up on Saturdays.

Merchandise like enamel needles ($ 6), scoop necklines ($ 35), and travel mugs ($ 30) can help the store hold up for more than 15 minutes to have a latte.

Build Coffee is open Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goods can be picked up at the café or delivered to your door.

South coast

The Logan, a handcrafted bow tie made of walnut veneer made of wood with a silk ribbon.plank

Plank, online shop

One of South Shore designer Norman Teague’s numerous creative projects, Plank offers handcrafted bowties ($ 65-100) made from found materials and objects.

Plank designs are all named after the streets of Chicago, from wooden, leather-covered Goethe to walnut veneer Justine and Logan.

Teague was awarded the 3Arts Prize in 2019. His work was acquired for the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a member of the exhibition design team for the upcoming Obama Presidential Center.

Plank’s Fall Collection by Bowties can be purchased and delivered online via PayPal.

ProvidedLeft: “Self Portrait”, a bookshelf designed by South Shore designer Norman Teague and based on high-quality wheels. Right: Norman Teague with “Dependency # 1”, a side table with parts that are completely dependent on each other in order to fulfill their function.Zachary and Chris Slaughter pose with their book “Boarded Up Chicago” during a cleanup on 75th Street organized by Zachary’s grandmother Jera in August 2019.Maxwell Evans / Block Club Chicago

Boarded Up Chicago, online store

We’re cheating a bit with this one as Amazon appears in this guide to help out local businesses. But trust us, your money will directly benefit a Chicago family, even if it benefits Jeff Bezos.

Father and son Chris and Zachary Slaughter had a one-of-a-kind bonding experience this summer, traveling the city and photographing protest art that emerged after Minneapolis police officers brutally killed George Floyd.

The resulting book, Boarded Up Chicago ($ 49.99), “amplifies the voices [needed] to get through the difficult times, ”said 14-year-old Zachary.

In mid-June, Chris said for four days that he drove his son to catch chunks, “all the way to Foster in the north, to The Hundreds in the south, to Pulaski in the west, and all the way to the lake shore.”

Royalties from the book will support Zachary’s burgeoning career in photography. The camera he used to take photos for the book was paid for with his eighth grade graduation fees.

“Boarded Up Chicago: Storefront Images Days After The George Floyd Riots” is available on Amazon.

Zachary Slaughter

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