Oak Park Ave. boutique set to close

Owner says plans to relocate led to decision to shut down gift store

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Bramble, a boutique gift and home décor store with products inspired by nature at 115 N. Oak Park Ave., is closing its doors for the last time on June 22, confirmed owner Danah Fisher.

Fisher said she decided to close business, which opened in 2007, because she and her husband are relocating from their home in Oak Park, "and I didn't want to run the store absentee."

She said the shop is having a going-out-of-business sale, and the discounts will get bigger as the shop gets closer to its last day.

Fisher said she plans to continue with her work donating to various causes. Bramble has supported national and local causes such as the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and Chicago's Inner-City Education Program, among others.

"My plan is to work with social service organizations and nonprofits that have a retail component," she said, noting that she aims to work with non-governmental organizations to bring a business perspective to retail operations.

Fisher, who was recently appointed to the board of Oak Park's Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, said she was inspired by the Newman's Own Foundation, which is run by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman.

"I'm grateful to my loyal customers," she said. "It's been wonderful in Oak Park."

She said she is working with her landlord and real estate broker David King to find a new tenant with a similar focus.

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Posted: June 16th, 2014 9:03 AM

I thought the same thing when I read the article. WJ reporters are not known for doing a lot of research so maybe this reporter was unaware of Mr. Newman's passing.


Posted: June 13th, 2014 4:54 PM

Paul Newmans been dead for about 6 years.

Wistful from Oak Park  

Posted: June 13th, 2014 3:06 PM

This sounds like a lovely place. If I had any money to spend on decorating, I would shop at a place like this.


Posted: June 13th, 2014 1:21 PM

How about a gun shop? that will bring them in.


Posted: June 13th, 2014 12:42 PM

I am sorry to hear that Bramble is closing. This store offered high quality items at reasonable prices and the owner was truly welcoming to anyone who ventured in to the store. I have purchased items that have withstood the test of time, in terms of durability and timelessness. When we discuss the quality of stores that Oak Park should be attracting and retaining, this store represents that certain elusive magic - charm, atmosphere and PATRONS.


Posted: June 13th, 2014 8:15 AM

Danah has been a great community supporter. She's supported many organizations and events and I wish to thank her for that and wish her well.


Posted: June 12th, 2014 10:41 PM

Combo organic mattress store/karate school/wig emporium........ and they'll only need $999,999 from VOP to get started!!! C'mon VOP, it's $700,000+ for OPDC and then there's all the "subsidies" for the businesses they bring in! Can we NOW do the proper ROI calc to Pete's of NOT giving them $1.5 million and see what happens? They were already on the hook for the prop taxes and so how many YEARS of sales tax revenue to recover that $1.5M? We have to pay $700,000 per year for these give-aways?!?

The duder  

Posted: June 12th, 2014 10:40 PM

Foomer and Cherry, why aim for mediocracy when you can shoot for the stars? The goal should be another pawn shop or E-cigarete store.

Cherry Garcia from Oak Park  

Posted: June 12th, 2014 8:06 PM

I hope it's an organic mattress store.


Posted: June 12th, 2014 4:44 PM

Crossing my fingers for another karate studio!


Posted: June 12th, 2014 3:35 PM

Never been there.

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