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New Andersonville Store Features Local Artists, Art Supplies and ‘Beautiful Things’


Martha Mae’s Martha Mae, Facebook

You might have seen Martha Mae, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and her owner, Jean Cate, walking along Clark Street.

Or, you may have noticed the store’s canine namesake at 5407 N. Clark and been reassured that Andersonville remains a place that supports art and creative concepts.

“We are selling a curated selection of art, art supplies and beautiful things,” Cate said of her store, Martha Mae.

Her shop is now open for business Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and also by appointment.

“The art featured at the store will be from local artists,” Cate said. “The art supplies are unique and from around the world — not just what you can buy at the ‘big box’ art supply stores. As for beautiful things, I want to have goods that are not only supremely functional around the home and while out, but also works of art themselves.”

If Cate’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she used to be part-owner of another, previous business that was also at that 5407 N. Clark location, Vignette Vignette. While that artist studio has closed shop, Cate said the state-of-the-art kiln that remains on the property is currently available for rent. Additionally, she said she will probably offer some small pottery classes and lessons using the existing pottery wheels once Martha Mae has been up and running for a while.

Cate, who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, said Martha Mae will be more retail focused, and one of her goals will be to promote the work of local artists. Currently, her drawings, etchings and watercolor are on display and for sale, as are the ceramics work of Chicago artists Andrew Jessup and Christie Chapin.

She also continues to love living and working in Andersonville.

“While the commute is a breeze since I live here, I also like the neighborhood’s commitment to supporting small businesses and the overall communal feel here,” Cate said. “I’ve lived elsewhere in Chicago, and nowhere else has the ‘vibe’ of Andersonville. We’re proud to have set up shop in the heart of the neighborhood.”

For more information on Martha Mae, visit the business’s Instagram page at instagram.com/marthamae_andersonville.

Those interested in coming to the shop during other times should email Cate at jean@marthamae.info.

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