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After 11 Years In Andersonville, GreenSky Local Goods Closing

greensky-1After 11 years of promoting the “keep it local” movement in Andersonville, GreenSky at 5357 N. Ashland Ave. will be closing its doors in March.

According to GreenSky’s owners, Nadeen Kieren and Thom Greene, the store has paid $500,000 to support and sell local artisans and crafters goods though the years. But it has been difficult to stay alive in what they believe is a changing market.

“It has been a good run… and we have come to realize that now is the time for the sun to set over GreenSky,” said Kieren. “As it turns out, the challenges facing brick and mortar stores and the ‘amazon effect’ along with Andersonville’s shift away from retail, has been significant for our shop.  We’ve decided now is the time to move on.”

With many locally-owned retail stores and restaurants closing lately, including the recent announcement of Swedish Bakery and Acre/Ombra, many residents are wondering what Andersonville’s future may look like.

We got a kick out of sourcing items which put a smile on your face, did something good, and kept one more thing out of the landfill. ” Kieren added. “The idea of one of a kind and handmade items which supported local artists, crafters and not for profits has been fun to share!  Come and get ‘em while they last!

GreenSky also racked up many awards and accolades since its opening including a feature on Wild Chicago, write-ups in the Chicago Tribune & Huffington Post and won eco-friendly awards from both TimeOut Chicago and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

Though GreenSky’s closing is a sad thing, Kieren wants to encourage everyone, “to continue to support all of the mom and pops and small, independent shops in our neighborhood.”


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