Midwest Style

The Chicago retail scene is brisk and blowing in the right direction.

August 14, 2012  By Elise Diamantini

Adam Beltzman and Jerry Kamhi, owners of Haberdash, are shaking things up! They closed the original Old Town location last February, and in November opened EDC, an accessories and apothecary store one door down from the Haberdash store in River North. Beltzman says the move was essential to growing the business. “River North is a busier, livelier neighborhood, so we’re getting much more exposure just by the amount of foot traffic everyday.”

On EDC: EDC is an accessories, apothecary and shoe store. We’re having a lot of fun with it because we can try out new products and brands. We even put a vintage barber’s chair in the back of the store and are giving guys straight razor shaves. And then we’ll sell grooming products like Baxter of California.

On what’s selling: We’re doing well with tailored pieces from brands like LBM 1911. We’re also selling a lot of Nikes, boat shoes and leather pieces from Tanner Goods.

On what’s next: The apothecary business is definitely a growing area. We’re also trying to partner up with more brands on exclusive goods that guys can only get at Haberdash.

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