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"Berwyn is built on small businesses. It is part of their history, and something we must support in every way possible, Berwyn Shops will be one more step towards small businesses throughout Berwyn and our district be able to not only survive but thrive.  I want to thank Mayor Lovero, the Berwyn Development Corporation and their partners for all their hard work." - Cook County Commissioner Frank J. Aguilar (16th District)

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Check out local news stories about this Homegrown Project


Vendor Success Stories

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Elevate Together Grant 


Flores by Alba Mendez 

“A lot of people don’t have a team, I see a lot of my friends that are single and don’t have that support from their families. I feel that this should push you to find a community of like-minded individuals. I've met a lot of friends who I didn't even know a year ago and a lot of times those are your biggest supporters, strangers, instead of your own family. So don't even worry if your family doesn't support you because most likely it will be a stranger that purchases your merchandise or services," she says.

Check out her story - HERE

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Congratulations, Giana Ritual Theory 

Join us in congratulating Berwyn Shops’ own candle extraordinaire and self-care advocate! Giana, owner of Ritual Theory, recently walked across the stage at Trinity College, graduating with a double degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies. Since graduation, Giana has set out to combine healing, home goods, and environmentalism by offering ritualist candles and holistic products. Stop by her space at the Berwyn Shops. Congratulations, Giana, on all of your hard work!

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Univision (Live TV)

Los Amigos Books

Laura, owners of Los Amigos Books, represented the Berwyn Shops on LIVE TV! Broadcasting from her space filled with bilingual children’s books, Laura provided a brief overview of the Shops and invited all to attend the grand opening on June 3rd at noon. Stop by the Shops on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 6931 Roosevelt Road and check out the spotlight with Univision - HERE


Berwyn Shops In The News!

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Cook County Small Business Source - 7/1/22

Valerie Vedral, Laura Romani, and Alba Mendez did an INCREDIBLE job representing the Berwyn Shops at the 2022 Illinois Tax Increment Association (ITIA) Conference! Our 3 vendors joined the BDC team as panelists, sharing their proudest moments at the Berwyn Shops, biggest challenges as small business owners, and lessons they have learned so far.


Valerie, Laura, and Alba even gave the 120+ attendees a sneak peek of new products coming to the site, impressive partnerships in the works, and their current plans for life after the incubator - Stay tuned for exciting updates soon!


Check out the presentation slide deck HERE and stop by the Berwyn Shops to congratulate our vendors on such a successful session!


Cook County Small Business Source - 7/1/22

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Berwyn Homegrown Project Creates Mini Shopping District to Buy Local
- NBC Chicago, 6/24/22

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Berwyn Shops: A Homegrown Project
- Comcast Newsmakers, 6/17/22


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Ready to pop: Berwyn Shops add some color before opening day in June
- My Suburban Life, 4/20/22

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Around Town visits Berwyn Shops
- WGN, 6/21/22

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This “Homegrown Project” Offers a Place To Thrive for Small Business Owners
- Strong Towns, 6/14/22

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Berwyn Shops: A Homegrown Project Breaks Ground
- Lawndale News, 12/16/21


Vendors In The News!

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