February 8, 2023

When Shari Currie started furnishings purchasing for her new house in Kenwood in 2017, she struggled to search out items that spoke to her type and identification. 

“I felt like there was a scarcity of range with regards to two completely different areas; the styling of the house, mixing classic to fashionable items, in addition to seeing primarily African American artwork and artists in areas,” Currie stated. “So that’s the place my area of interest got here from.”

Currie’s area of interest quickly grew into Recycled Fashionable, a classic and fashionable house decor retailer and artwork gallery that highlights “the voices and tales of native artists from various backgrounds… and way of life items with a give attention to Black creatives.” Recycled Fashionable has two places, one in Lakeview and one other in Hyde Park, the latter of which opened its doorways at 5231 S. Harper Courtroom on Nov. 26. 

A former nonprofit occasion planner, Currie started her classic challenge in 2018 with numerous pop-up retailers all through town — together with a 2018 flea market in Harper Courtroom — and collaborations with artists who she met by way of nonprofit work. In 2018, Currie opened her first storefront in Lakeview.

As a result of she all the time aspired to function a second retailer in Hyde Park, when the Harper Courtroom house turned accessible earlier this 12 months, Currie instantly seized the chance.

“It is a completely different vibe that you simply get once you step into Hyde Park. It is like its personal little metropolis that provides you the vitality and the push to maintain going and I wished to be part of that,” Currie stated. “I wished to be in Hyde Park as a result of I felt the connection and the vitality, I really feel like Recycled Fashionable simply belongs in Hyde Park.”

Final winter, Currie participated within the College of Chicago’s Polsky Middle’s Small Enterprise Progress Program to develop methods for the enlargement of her enterprise. The ten-week program matches U. of C. Sales space College of Enterprise college students with native entrepreneurs. 

Currie stated the Hyde Park store embodies her imaginative and prescient for Recycled Fashionable: displaying native artists, showcasing classic and up-cycled furnishings and items with a splash of contemporary items. In Lakeview, her store options extra fashionable artwork and furnishings.

Recycled Modern

Recycled Fashionable, 5231 S. Harper Courtroom.

Furnishings items embrace classic movie show chairs and chest trunks, and artwork choices embrace a collection of portraits of influential Black politicians, activists, musicians and writers by Alisha B. Designs. 

Currie stated she loves studying in regards to the artists and their artistic course of. Past promoting her items, she stated that she enjoys connecting with neighbors and hopes that they worth her efforts in contributing to the Hyde Park neighborhood.

“I like connecting with the artists, connecting the artists to the neighborhood and connecting the neighborhood to the store,” Currie stated.

For the foreseeable future, Currie plans to spend most of her time on the Hyde Park location, alongside together with her two part-time staff and several other of her members of the family that assist out on the retailer. 

“Whenever you stroll into Recycled Fashionable, I need you to all the time really feel at house and cozy,” Currie stated.

Recycled Fashionable, 5231 S. Harper Ct., is open by appointment Monday by way of Wednesday. The shop is open for walk-ins Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to six:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to five:00 p.m.