OakPark.com bids a heartfelt thanks and farewell to the very talented shopping and fashion blogger, Christina Pippin, as we welcome Sarah Corbin to the shopping blog.
Christina joined OakPark.com in November 2010 and quickly created a movement, introducing readers to neighborhood merchants and entrepreneurs. Christina was also the driving force behind our 2011 Fall Fashion guide, highlighting Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park as fashion destinations. We wish Christina the very best as she pursues a degree in graphic arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In the coming weeks, we will be introducing a team of new bloggers to OakPark.com/Shopping. Today, we welcome Sarah Corbin.
Sarah Corbin joins the shopping blog on OakPark.com, bringing her experience as a business owner and life-long Oak Parker. Sarah also contributes to a blog on localoakpark.com, sharing her observations of local businesses and supporting entrepreneurship. Her goal is to spread the word about our local shops right here on OakPark.com. We sit down with Sarah for a Q&A and find out what she has in store for the shopping blog. You can read Sarah's blog at OakPark.com/Shopping/Blogs.
What are two of your favorite places or activities in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park?
Part of the reason I love living in this area is that ease of "walkability" to almost every destination, and access to public transportation. I don't take it for granted. I walk every chance I get. With little kids, we take advantage of our parks, library, conservatory - as often as possible too.
What do you think makes Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park distinct shopping destinations?
We have done a fantastic job in this area encouraging creative entrepreneurs. I think we support those creatively driven retail shops and that helps them thrive and drives more "shops" like that to our area.
What do you see as a retail niche that has yet to be tapped in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park? What business or event would further compliment our shopping districts?
We need soccer gear! A sporting goods store would serve this community well. I often think that a Play It Again sports would be a great business opportunity in a lower rent location on Madison or Roosevelt Road. I would love to have a one stop destination for new and gently used sports equipment. We are an active community. We need this as a resource.
With the holidays quickly approaching, what advice can you give to those who want to shop locally, but are on a tight budget and don't have a lot of time?
Lots of retailers have smaller price point options for quick gifts. And I can't think of one business that wouldn't order you multiple quantities of something if you like a specific item for all your teachers, coaches, waste management folks, & mail carriers. And don't forget there are all levels of local shopping. I have a soft spot for indie's, including franchises. But even small purchases from chain stores support those employees that work in our area.
How do you plan to add your own style and experience to the shopping blog?
I've been blogging for over a year with my biz partner Cathy Yen. We talk about businesses for businesses at our personal blog www.localoakpark.com. I love Oak Park. I have built my business and life around trying to drive success for our community. I hope to continue that voice, and spread the word about our local shops right here on OakPark.com.