After almost four years selling stylish and ethical wares, Two Story Farmhouse, 1016 North Blvd., is closing at the end of the month.
“It’s a new season of life for all of us at the store. It’s been an amazing four years,” said owner Liz Drogosz. “This is definitely bittersweet because we loved every bit of our time there. We met wonderful people and some lifelong friends.”
Specializing in jewelry and clothing, the boutique became a community favorite for its welcoming atmosphere and selection of products sourced from companies making positive global impacts in job creation, women’s empowerment and sustainability.
“I have to say, we have been so fortunate with all the support from the community,” Drogosz said.
In the days leading up to its Jan. 31 closure, Drogosz hopes people will stop in to bid the store farewell.
“I hope to have this time to say thank you in person,” she said. “It’s really been a dream come true for me. So grateful.”
Drogosz considered expanding the Two Story Farmhouse but decided against it, as an expansion would detract from its cozy character.
“I put a lot of thought into it and realized that the charm and size was what made it special,” she said.
Drogosz decided to close the boutique to spend more quality time with her growing family and hopes to travel more.
While other retailers in Oak Park have struggled to make ends meet, Drogosz credits the communities of Oak Park and River Forest for making Two Story Farmhouse a success.
“Our business has been so fortunate. We have loyal customers, positive feedback and many people coming in through word of mouth,” she said. “Our customers made working easy.”
Those customers make closing hard for Drogosz, who got teary-eyed talking about her appreciation for them.
“The biggest compliment I found was people coming in and letting us know how good they felt when they were in the store,” she said. “That was what mattered the most to me. My heart is full.”