The first time I visited GREER Chicago was magical. It’s one of my favorite stores anywhere, owned by one of my favorite people anywhere. I was lucky enough to go back last weekend.
GREER is on a busy corner on North Wells Street in Old Town, one of the most vibrant and interesting parts of Chicago. If you’re there, you must go.
GREER is owned by Chandra Greer, who’s made it her personal quest to take civility seriously. Stationery is her avenue, and her store offers buyers endless ways to communicate with paper. She provides the tools: paper, cards, pens, stamps, envelopes, posters, books and calendars are just the beginning.
On this visit, I took special note of Chandra’s great attention to detail throughout her beautiful store.
Beauty is everywhere, via words and objects.
A stack of Civilettes, Chandra’s personal creation — a missive that can be tucked into gifts and cards, and reused. The small cards say thank you, good job, I’m sorry or I love you. More on the Civilettes and Chandra’s story.
Floral designs, some made from fabric, cozily tucked onto a shelf.
Here’s what I mean about the attention to detail. The thoughtful vignettes get the ideas going in your own mind as you browse.
The use of vintage pieces and antiques lovingly enhance the wares on display.
Is it a card you need? You’ll find the perfect one here. You’ll find several perfect ones here. Chandra’s known for her support of indie designers, and you’ll see things here you won’t find elsewhere.
A classic, one of my personal favorites.
A peek inside an antique display case at the beautiful writing instruments.
A selection of beautifully wrapped gift soaps is tempting as a treat for yourself.
I mean, who does this? Flawless and witty attention to detail.
Ready for Halloween. GREER is a must-do destination for celebrating any occasion or event.
The ever-changing window displays delight the lucky neighbors who pass by regularly.
The selection of ribbon for packages or projects is another reflection of Chandra’s excellent eye for beauty.
Humor and inspiration abound on the recycled rubber bulletin board via handwritten quotes.
Mariesa and Wendy, two of the adorable and awesomely helpful GREER girls. They both made my visit so fun as we chatted about jewelry, journals, big life changes and what not.
If you can’t make it to the store, the website is equally stunning. A custom poster design by Hammerpress with the store’s motto will greet you there. Delicious copywriting too!
Thanks again for making my visit so special, Ms. Greer!