Commercial Spaces, Sept. 13, 2011

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SPACES is jointly sponsored by Tobaccoville, Wicker Park’s Newest Smoke Shop, at 1439 N. Milw., now offering steep discounts on name brand smokes through October; The UPS Store #3173, 1658 N. Milw., offering $5 off Next Day Air and $3 off Ground Shipping with mention of ‘pipeline,'; and Division Gold Pawn Shop, 2112 W. Division, which has been in the neighborhood over 12 years and provides an eclectic selection of merchandise as well as the fairest prices around for your gold and silver.

OK, now onto today’s Spaces, hosted in its entirety on our site for the first time, to prevent scroll fatigue in the e-newsletter, but please note that if you read the weekly Pipeline, and rely on it for the latest news and tidbits around, consider advertising in our upcoming PRINTED Holiday NEWSPAPER Edition, due out Friday, Nov. 25 (participation deadline: Nov. 11) or posting a personal bulletin or categorized listing– not just to support our efforts, but to get your message and voice across while participating in a unique and innovative documentation of our neighborhood. We learned a lot of things the last time around and have a long list of stuff we would do differently to improve the next printed pipeline, so we’re excited to get started and hope you can and will join us! Details soon!

Will the third time be the charm for the space at 1840 N. Damen, which has changed ownership no less than two times in the past two years, first Bucktown Soup Cafe and then Nalyah’s? Enter Melt Sandwich Shoppe, which is gearing up to open at 1840 N. Damen as soon as Monday, Sept. 26, if all goes as planned, according to owner Dion Antic, pictured, who also owns Bagel on Damen and downtown’s PorkChop Chicago. Melt will feature West Coast based Zoe’s Meat, artisan grilled cheeses, as well as lots of kid-friendly foods and family-friendly tables. Fun fact: Look for Philin Phlash’s original photography on the walls of Melt!

Change is on the horizon for Buzz Killer Espresso, 1644 N. Damen, which signed a 15-year lease this past August, enabling it to expand to a second level. According to owner Stefan, the construction, pending requisite permits, is expected to be complete by this spring. “We are reconfiguring the bar to improve capacity, and we will have a larger pour over bar, new equipment,” Stefan explained as he worked across from The Pipeline yesterday, preparing lessons for his music students at Roosevelt University, where Stefan, a violinist, directs a 200-member orchestra. As if that’s not enough to work on, Stefan reported that he’s in the process of relocating his coffee shop’s West Coast coffee roasting facility to downtown Chicago and is in the process of establishing a coffee program with a swanky downtown hotel whose name we forgot.

As for his approaching neighbor, Caribou coffee, soon to set up shop a stone’s throw away from BKE,  just north of the Milw/Damen/North intersection, Stefan replied, “We don’t serve the same customer. We serve a genetically related product, but the similarities end almost there.” And with that, the man got back to marking up Hadyn sheet music- but not before we showed him a photo we’d just snapped of artist Jeffrey Reid, standing in front of a painting of Roosevelt University he’d made in homage to his father.  Jeffrey Reid’s solo show, Portrait of an Idol, opens at The Silver Room this Friday night. Details here!

In other remodeling news, albeit not as drastic, the michael del piero good design shop on Damen is closed due to remodeling now until this Friday. Sept. 16, per this sign.

Recent news of the Super Walgreen’s, slated to move into the former First Midwest building at Six Corners, got The Pipeline wondering about he 24-hour Walgreen’s at Milwaukee and Armitage. A corporate spokesperson we encountered in  Walgreen’s this past Monday morning while on personal errands assured us that as far as she knows, there are no plans to close the Milwaukee and Armitage Walgreen’s. Next in the works for the Milwaukee/Armitage/Walgreen’s is a possible liquor sales license, its Public Notice application for a permit spotted on the window, which we’re suspecting, if obtained, would differentiate this longstanding Walgreen’s from its approaching sister store three blocks north? Hmm.

Fans of both computerized check out kiosks AND human-cashier contact might be pleased to learn that the Milw/Armitage Walgreen’s location is home to the very first U.S. installation of a technology widely used in Europe, manufactured by Wincor-Nixdorf, a subsidiary of the Siemens Group, which enables the digital screen, pictured, to pivot away from the customer and toward the cashier, so that the checkout can be both self-service and cashier-staffed.  “In theory, people think that self-check out is faster, but cashiers are actually much faster at scanning,” the sales rep from Wincor informed us before we walked home, but not before putting a few more Pipeline printed booklets on the magazine rack, with the manger’s blessing.

If you are looking for a booklet, stop by the Milwaukee/Armitage Walgreen’s, or its neighbor, the family owned and operated M+W Liquors right across the street, at the corner of Milwaukee and Western which now offers free booklets, too.


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  1. Lee, 3 years ago Reply

    Is a donut shop moving into Bucktown or Wicker Park? I’m not referring to Dunkin Donuts either.

  2. chicago-pipeline, 3 years ago Reply

    I am not sure… any ideas where? Former Mado space on Milwaukee? If you have an address, I will try to find out. P.S. Happy Thanksgiving, L :)

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