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New Andersonville Artisan Collective Will Offer More Than Just Retail

A new Andersonville storefront has opened on the strip and will feature handmade artisan goods from local and global artists as well as providing a space for art exhibitions, workshops, fundraising events and private parties.

With long-standing local travel agent Mena Tours moving from their high-profile first floor space at 5209 N Clark to second floor offices above, there was an opportunity for a retail operation to take advantage of the bustling Andersonville foot traffic. Enter Chicatolia Artisan Collective, the brainchild of Oner Hasturk who developed the space with his partners Serdar Akyel and Bahar Yucel to showcase and celebrate a wide range of artists.

Hasturk first came to Chicago five years ago to start a job as product manager for a software company. After being with the company for a time his creative juices started to long for a new outlet and he soon found himself working with a group of artists as a collective team.

Eventually leaving the job that brought him here, Hasturk went all into his leather goods business showing his handmade goods at festivals around the country. It was then that he started to envision a permanent brick-and-mortar space that would not only sell artisan goods but also provide workshops and exhibitions where people could meet and socialize.

After the search for the right storefront, Hasturk opted for a large Andersonville space which he updated using mostly repurposed materials. Chicatolia Artisan Collective will continually change and be updated each month with new merchandise and artwork by a wide range of artists.  In addition, each month will highlight a different foundation or organization that people can learn about and donate.

“We will only have around five artisans showing at one time,” said Hasturk. “Not only will they display their art, they will also be there to explain their work and possibly show how they were made. Chicatolia is not just retail-focused. Each month we will pick new artisans, new workshops and new events.”

Hasturk is currently showcasing his leather pieces such as handbags and journals made from byproduct materials and non-chemical stains. Other artists include surreal art by Alicia Londos, throws and blankets by Via 7, and photographic works by Daniel Tomei. Though the grand opening party was this past weekend, the store plans to feature an exclusive event every Thursday that is free and open to the public.

Chicatolia Artisan Collective is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 


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