FLAIR Chicago closing its brick and mortar, will maintain online store

Store will be online-only beginning September 1

FLAIR Chicago is currently undergoing some changes to its business model.

Yesterday, the business’ owner, Melisser Elliott shared in a post on the FLAIR Chicago Instagram account that she would be closing her walk-in location at 3415 W. Fullerton Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood–but she will remain open for business online.

“It’s not the end!” she wrote. “We have an awesome web-page flairchicago.com where you can shop and get items shipped for less than an Uber to the store. I update it with new merch all the time. We have so many pop-up events coming up, like Renegade Craft Fair and NYC DragCon.”

Renegade Craft Fair: Chicago will take place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. September 8-9 at Division St. in Wicker Park between Damen Ave. and Ashland Ave. in Chicago. RuPaul’s DragCon: NYC is September 28-30 at the Javits Center, 655 W 34th St. in Midtown Manhattan.

Friday, August 31st will be the last day the brick and mortar will be open and Elliott says she will very likely be hosting a party to commemorate the store.

“In the meantime, COME SHOP! You have three weeks to come support the storefront,” she said.

The store is open Wednesday- Saturday from 12-8 p.m. and Sundays from 12-6 p.m.

FLAIR Chicago opened in 2016 at a small live/work space in Logan Square and later moved to a larger location in the same neighborhood in 2017. The business places an emphasis on marginalized communities, selling a large selection of queer and feminist pins.

In the Instagram post yesterday, Elliott expressed her gratitude to the Chicago and pin communities, friends and family for being so supportive of FLAIR Chicago since first launch.

“You have made me feel loved beyond my wildest dreams,” she wrote. “I will miss you visiting and coming to hang with Strummer and I. I hope you’ll still follow our adventures on social media and come to our pop-ups.”

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