Two River Forest businesses are relocating to a small business district near the corner of Chicago and Harlem avenues in Oak Park sometime this month.
The flower shop Tulipia Floral Design is relocating from the corner of Lake and Lathrop to 1044 Chicago, and Clydon Hair Salon & Spa is relocating from 7359 North Ave. to 1048 Chicago Ave.
Peter Kingston, co-owner of Tulipia said his shop has been at the River Forest location for over 14 years, but the block is scheduled for redevelopment and the building Tulipia once occupied is scheduled for demolition.
“When that is going to happen I don’t know, but that’s why we moved,” he said in a telephone interview.
He noted that the Oak Park location is a little larger – the size of the shop increases from 900 to 1,450 square feet – but he said, “We’re going to carry the same product line as we’ve always carried.”
He noted that the store is “always evolving” though.
Though Tulipia gets a lot of its business online, Kingston said, “It’s still important have a location that is visible to the general population.”
Tulipia’s new next-door-neighbor is Clydon, which spent 16 years on North Avenue prior to the move.
Co-owner Eduarte Tare said the move brings his hair salon closer to his other two businesses – Hair Butterflies Lice and Nit Removal Salon, 425 N. Marion St., and Lilies & Spikes, Kids & Teens Hair Salon & Spa, 1105 Chicago Ave.
He said the store is ready to open any day.
The new location is more convenient for Tare, who has had to travel between the two locations for years.
“It’s a family-owned business, so our clientele is in Oak Park and River Forest. Most of our people walk to us,” he said.
Geraldine M. Healy and David King, of David King & Associates, represented ownership in both of the leases.