My husband and I were excited to see the new attractive developments going up around town. We need hipper retail to revive Oak Park. Forest Park has been doing well with the smaller boutiques. Oak Park should stick to bigger biz-it’s been successful with companies like Pier 1 and Paper Source. We had dinner at the new Sushi House, and it was hopping that weekend!


We need more retailers like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, CB2 and Crate & Barrel to create exciting, unique, mid-tier shopping experiences for the new younger set moving into town. We don’t need anymore of the following taking up our precious retail space:


Bookstores


Coffee Stores


Cyber Arenas (I’m looking in your direction,

Lake Street
).


Oak Park needs to get with the program. We aren’t all a bunch of aging hippies anymore.


Jen Panattoni

Submitted to WednesdayJournalOnline.com

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