A new era, but still in the family: Oak Park Vintage Market

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By Sarah Corbin

Shopping & Business Blogger

When you walk into Oak Park Vintage Market, the store is crisp and clean.   Leah Goodwin, who opened her doors about a month ago describes her store as an "untraditional modern antique store."   And I think she's right on target.   Her fresh take on some seriously fun vintage items makes this a spot that's easy to shop.  

After Leah's father passed away last year she just couldn't see the space — where he had operated New Era Kitchen and Bath for over 30 years — be anything other than an Oak Park family based business.    Leah took a leap of faith, put her years of vintage sales and collecting to use and opened the doors as Oak Park Vintage Market.  

She promises that the Christmas Tree lot that her brother has operated for years will be back in business right around Thanksgiving.  With the new store being right there it is a pretty fantastic opportunity to get your Christmas tree and Christmas shopping done almost simultaneously.  

As Leah said, "Dad's heart was in the place and I felt the shop needed to stay in the family.  Also I knew many of our friends and neighbors would miss buying trees here during the holidays."

You can tell that her passion for unique and classic vintage has driven her merchandising.   She carries a wide variety of jewelry from  sterling to fine in every price range from $5 to $5,000.   Decorative art ordains the walls, mid century furniture appears throughout, and there are even a few obscure pieces you'll fall in love with.   

Leah grew up here.  And like a lot of us,  is choosing to take an active party in our community as an adult.    The addition of her store adds an extra retail element for that Chicago Avenue strip. Which is fantastic.  Leah's care for Oak Park and her love for her father have come to life as a good addition to Oak Park shopping.  

Email: sarah.abboreno@gmail.com Twitter: @localoakpark

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barbara m. smith from downers grove  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 2:45 PM

leah, wonderful meeting you yesterday and i really look forward to visiting Oak Park Vintage Market...it is soooooo my style!i love your history with the location and also carry the love of my father in my heart every day...congratulations! barbara

Suze Solari from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: November 14th, 2011 10:50 AM

great article, Sarah! I am planning to go this week ;)

Melody Kratz from Oak Park  

Posted: November 9th, 2011 1:54 PM

Yes, truly an awesome shop. Something that has been lacking in the Chicago area. When they say her pieces are thoughtfully chosen, they mean it!! Nothing to ignore in the shop. Wonderful!!!

Kathleen Lee from Oak Park  

Posted: November 9th, 2011 1:32 PM

What a wonderful article! I witnessed Leah's journey in opening the shop first hand and couldn't be more proud to call her my good friend. The shop is fantastic, something for everyone.


Posted: November 9th, 2011 10:31 AM

Awesome, Sarah! I can't wait to go visit.

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