Southport Avenue has got to be one of my most favorite streets in Chicago. Neighborhood bars cozy up against coffee shops and ice cream parlors, people are out walking their dogs and pushing strollers. It reminds me of a small town, only better, because it’s got great shopping. And now the shopping is even more exceptional with the addition of Perchance, a boutique specializing in every woman’s favorite…shoes!
Perchance which has been open since October 6 and just had their grand opening celebration, which I attended, this past Thursday. When I met owner, Mary Liz Lehman, she couldn’t have looked happier. With a glass of champagne in her hand she immediately set out to give me a tour of the store. Stopping by every shelf and table, Lehman was able to explain each shoe’s qualities and who designed them with an efficiency that only comes from someone who loves accessories. And who couldn’t love these shoes? Amid popular brands like Stuart Weitzman and Donald J. Pliner were Hollywould and Betty Muller designs; all cute and affordable. She also carries emerging designers like Anyi Lu, who worked under Taryn Rose, Any Lu offers the same comfort (but so much cuter designs!) for $350 instead of $500.
You won’t just find shoes at Perchance, there are handbags, jewelry, lotions, and yes, even clothing. But don’t go to find all super-trendy clothing, but you will find super cute. Lehman believes Midwesterners are more apt to go for the classics and stylize through accessories.
Perchance, as most boutiques do, concentrates on offering great merchandise with great customer service. Perchance does an even better job of making you feel comfortable by displaying their merchandise in chic boudoir settings. The black and white motif help emphasize the fabulous merchandise and makes the shopper want to linger and look at one more thing.
Perchance • 3512 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 • 773.244.1300
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