Art Effect Boutique on 934 W Armitage Ave in Lincoln Park has recently celebrated their 30-year anniversary.
In April 1984, Ester Fishman, owner of Art Effect, started her business on Halsted St in Lincoln Park and moved to the current location on Armitage Ave in 2001.
The two-level boutique gives customers a variety of products to choose from.
“We have three departments in our store; one being gifts and home. We have another for accessories while the third is clothing and it’s equally divided when it comes to sales,” said Alex Zens, manager at Art Effect.
Originally the boutique started out selling artwork of Fishman’s friends and grew into a variety of products once the business started growing. Fishman’s clientele has remained by her side and keeps growing.
“Ester has had the same clientele that still shops with her,” said Zens. “She’s been really able to change with the market, even when the recession hit and just targeting certain people to come into the store.”
Art Effect holds annual trunk shows and other local events for customers to come and see the new product coming into the store. Zens said some of the customer’s even stop in two or three times a week.
Whatever the customer is shopping for, Art Effect has a something for everyone. Jewelry, books, home furnishings, clothing is just the beginning of what you may come across when shopping with the store. The boutique even has a few items for the guys when they go into the store.
“We have 12-year-olds that come in here and we have people who are 50 or 60 so there is really something here for everyone,” Zens said.
Customers can also shop online and get more information on upcoming events at the store’s website.