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Meet Mandy Metros of Shop 1021 in Logan Square

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mandy Metros.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mandy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Shop 1021 is my first boutique but my love for the retail industry predates it. I studied merchandise management at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design here in Chicago. Upon graduation I worked at a wholesale showroom traveling all around the Midwest selling children’s clothing to small boutiques as well as well -known department stores. After many years of traveling and the desire to start my own family, I made a career change. Although I love fashion, the stationery, gift and home good industry always intrigued me. I began working as an area merchandise manager for American Greeting Cards. I was responsible for roughly 200 retail stores in the Chicago land area. It was my job to ensure our product was properly displayed at the retail level. This is truly where my desire to have a boutique of my own started. Fast forward several years later with two young kids and I decided to take a step back in my professional career and focus on raising my children. While I loved staying home with my kids, I missed my work outside of the home. I started working part time at Shop 1021 when it first opened its doors in June 2012. This opportunity was exactly the creative outlet I needed! So when the former owner and my good friend Ann approached me about buying the store 4 years later, I couldn’t resist. So on January 2, 2017, I became the proud brand new owner of Shop 1021!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Since I just took over ownership in January of this year it has been a pretty smooth road. The only struggles were more on a personal level. Not only did I take over the store at the beginning of the year but I also gave birth to my third child at the end of February. So juggling being a brand new small business owner, a newborn, sleepless nights, my two other kids and making it all work while trying to take a bit of maternity leave has been my biggest challenge thus far!

Shop 1021 – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Shop 1021 is a lifestyle boutique in Logan Square. We are dedicated to helping our customers give, indulge, design and live. We carry everything from baby gifts, candles/lotions, cocktail/cook books, stationery, coffee table books and greeting cards and everything in between. We offer complimentary gift wrapping and shipping/delivery.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment has been taking the leap of faith and having the courage to purchase Shop 1021!

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