Opening up next to New Wave Coffee will be a toy store for the neighborhood, called Play. Reader/commenter Carter noted the need for a toy store back in 2008. This one certainly looks playful with the sparkly jack on its sign.
Another summer-scheduled opening in the same building — Sacré Beurre! — is La Boulangerie, a bakery/crêperie from the folks at Cook au Vin. They’ve been cooking up their crêpes, both savory and sweet, at the Logan Square Farmers Market for a couple of years at least; they cater; they teach you how to cook; but this café promises yet another way to experience their talents, and yet another third place for the neighborhood.
What La Boulangerie Could Look Like
on Milwaukee Avenue
From the rendering it looks like they plan to utilize the old monstrosity of a sign on the corner. Ugh! Perhaps we can convince them that it is decidedly not the “traditional, 19th century French” look they’re going for.
One business that’s a no-go, at least on the 2600 block of Milwaukee Avenue, is Uva Spa and Wine Boutique.
The concept, a spa using grape seed oil products (uva is Spanish for grape) with a wine boutique, had planned to locate at 2630 N. Milwaukee Avenue (photo, left), which has been vacant since The Pump Room Boutique closed down in 2007. They were, however, squashed by zoning issues and are now looking to pair with a different location.
Urban Decay/Urban Renewal: Chicago Center for Literature & Photography’s first themed literary event takes place Friday, May 28, 8:00 p.m. at the Op Shop, 1530 E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park; BYOB!