Chicago’s Upscale Perchance Boutique Opens Pop-Up at Renaissance Place in Time for Holidays
Chicago’s upscale Perchance Boutique and Perchance Kids has opened a pop-up shop at Renaissance Place in Highland Park. The new shop will give Chicago’s North Shore community a chance to check out its unique mix of apparel and accessory collections from both established and emerging designers through March 31, 2013.
According to founder Mary Liz Lehman, who operates the three well-known and successful Perchance boutiques in downtown Chicago – two for women and one for children – this will be her first foray into the suburbs.
“When I considered a place on the North Shore,” Ms. Lehman says, “we decided to test the market at Highland Park because of its vibrant downtown community. I chose Renaissance Place because of its pleasant aesthetic, the lively traffic, and the great mix of retailers. The boutique will offer both full-price and sale merchandise, including clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for both women and children.
Two main characteristics set Perchance apart from other boutiques – the on-trend yet timeless collections her buyers select and the staff’s unparalleled service. The mix of apparel from designers in the U.S. and Europe ranges from Loeffler Randall to Kelly Wearstler, Tibi to Malene Birger, and Tucker to Mother Denim. The evolving designer list attracts chic women in their 20s to 50s in sizes 0 to 12, while catering to boys and girls newborn to 12 years old.
“Customers view our team like they’re shopping with a girlfriend,” says Ms. Lehman. “We’re super friendly and not pushy and will go to great lengths to help clients put together a wardrobe for a trip, or even purge their current wardrobe.”
One of the unusual services Perchance offers is to take photos of all the items purchased, then laminate them arranged as complete outfits, so that their clients only have to look at a page to recall which item pairs with which accessory.
Christiane Fischer, General Manager of Renaissance Place, says that the center is very proud to welcome Perchance. “This boutique is an excellent fit for our community,” she says. “We’re happy Perchance chose us to explore the market here, and we’re also very pleased that the City of Highland Park has been so helpful and supportive in making it happen in time for the busy holiday retail season.”
Mayor Nancy Rotering stated, “We are delighted Perchance chose to open in Highland Park and look forward to their success as they expand their business. Perchance is a perfect addition to our mix of retailers in our Central Business District and we invite other merchants to follow their lead.”
“The Perchance opening is a great example of collaboration between the property owner, City of Highland Park and the retailer. This type of business attraction is reflective of the initiative of the Business and Economic Development Commission in terms of furthering the reputation of Highland Park as a destination for a unique shopping experience”, stated Alyssa Knobel, Chair of the City of Highland Park Business and Economic Development Commission.
Renaissance Place is a collection of shops, restaurants, and services in the heart of downtown Highland Park. Stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Renaissance Place Cinema, Jos A. Bank, Francesca's Collections, Restoration Hardware, Chico's, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Chipotle Mexican Grill, M. Salon, Sunglass Hut, L'Occitane, Belly Dance Maternity, and Moderno Restaurant.