Success is a community effort

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By Sarah Corbin

Shopping & Business Blogger

Special sections like Fall Fashion can't happen without a fair amount of help: community support, volunteer models, willing retailers and most importantly, advertising dollars. Since joining the team at Wednesday Journal publications I have been amazed at the community partnerships that develop and thrive because of local journalism. The ability to be creative, and develop those significant relationships is all fueled by advertising dollars.

Please support our advertisers, retailers, and organizations that helped make this section a success.


Oak Park Jewelers, Oak Park
Ten Thousand Villages, Oak Park
Muse, Oak Park
Camille Et Famille, Forest Park
The Jewelry Studio/The Gold Hatpin, Oak Park
Team Blonde, Forest Park
Marion St. Cheese Market, Oak Park
Filoni, Oak Park
Craig's Shoes, Berwyn
James Anthony Salon & Spa, River Forest
York Furrier, Elmhurst
Arcade Jewelers, Riverside
Salon 212, Oak Park
SugarCup Trading, Oak Park

Much thanks to our Oak Park Public Library staff for the extended use of the Maze Library Branch. The decorations from the summer reading program made our children's fashion feature look hip and "spot on" in terms of trend. The walkway and gardens were beautiful on the day of the photo shoot. I'm sure we need to thank a buildings and grounds manager someplace for the splendor.

A change in the weather on one of our photo shoot days meant that we had to scramble last minute to find a new location. Our own Pleasant Home, a historic property of the Park District of Oak Park, was a fantastic last minute choice. The Pleasant Home Foundation staff was quick to say yes to our last minute request. And the lighting was perfect for a porch photo shoot. Thanks so much.

Another round of applause goes to the Murphy's for letting us park our homecoming-themed photo session right at Poor Phil's in their outdoor seating area. I'm not sure if knowing them for most of my life is the reason they said yes, or if it's just that they love the Wednesday Journal, but their willingness to take part is much appreciated.


So many retailers were willing to let us "borrow" items for this fashion feature. We couldn't feature all willing retailers simply because of time constraints. My sincere apologies to folks we didn't reach.

This is not an easy thing to say yes to: Retailers say goodbye to expensive product for up to a week, hoping that we are responsible enough to bring all items back brand new.

Thanks to these retailers for participating (in no particular order):

Geppetto's Toy Box, Oak Park
O'Joy Consignment, Oak Park
The Gap, Oak Park
Modest, Forest Park
Muse, Oak Park
deedee & edee, Forest Park
Camille et Famille, Forest Park
Madison St Shoes, Forest Park
Team Blonde, Forest Park
Careful Peach, Oak Park
SugarCup Trading, Oak Park
Takara, Oak Park
Shoe Soko, Oak Park
Norah's Shoes, Oak Park
Sanem's, Oak Park
Oak Park Jewelers, Oak Park
Trends, Oak Park
Gem, Oak Park
York Furrier, Elmhurst
Gallery Etc., Forest Park (Jeanine Guncheon)
Diana Shoes, Oak Park
Filoni, Oak Park
Effigy Salon, Oak Park
1148 Cosmetics, Oak Park
Two Girls Gems, River Forest
Green Home Experts, Oak Park

Finally­, but not least of all, a major thanks needs to go to the staff at Effigy Salon and Jen at 1148 Cosmetics. It's just not fashion if our models don't look perfectly coiffed. And we really couldn't have done this without the volunteer hours involved from these folks. On each photo shoot day it felt like we invaded Effigy - and they were always wonderful, courteous, professional and talented.

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