Here, you'll find detailed vendor profiles of the Berwyn Shops inaugural season. These 12 vendors range from home goods and yummy baked treats, to beauty products and books! Alongside providing Berwyn and the surrounding communities with amazing products and experiences, the Shops will also be a home for events and activities. We are proud to represent the many communities within Berwyn - presenting local businesses that are women led and founded, LatinX owned, LGBTQIA+ allied, and bilingual speaking. Just as diverse as the City of Berwyn is, we strive to reflect this community within our shops.
DATE NITE BEAUTE @datenitebeaute
This 2020 covid born cosmetics brand focuses on color cosmetics and accessories. Founded by Laura Santoyo, Date Nite Beaute has gone on to be recognized by an Emmy award-winning makeup artist to celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, and has officially sponsored beauty queens and the United States of America's pageants for Illinois, Wisconsin, and currently nationwide at the Las Vegas nationals. This makeup line aims to bring radiant brightness and promise to customers, delivering amazing luxury beauty through palettes, glitters, lashes, and more.
What started as selling beaded accessories at 10 years old, Elizabeth Aguirre has now grown her passion and craft into a full blown jewelry and accessory business. Focusing on lightweight, polymer clay earrings and one of a kind fitness inspired jewelry for men and women, Juicey Gems has helped pave a path for creative and bold self-expression. With a heart to support and advocate LatinX & LGBTQ communities, women owned organizations, and local businesses - Juicey Gems takes pride in uplifting and motivating people to be themselves, step out of their comfort zones, and feel confident while doing it.
FLORES BY ALBA @floresbyalba
Flores by Alba is a small Latina owned, seasonal flower bouquet and extravagant balloon arrangement business. Founded by devoted mother and artist, Alba Mendez, her business was founded with the goal of expressing your most heartfelt emotions when words are simply not enough. Uplifting spirits and giving any room a boost of color, Flores by Alba is there for you to say thank you, I’m sorry, congratulations, I miss you, my condolences, when did you have a baby? and much more. “Where quirky meets classy”
K Shulada is a small business that offers extraordinary handmade clothing and accessories from Mexico and Latin America. Their products aim to instill a sense of tradition with beauty, originality, and color to those who purchase. At K Shulada you can find products that come from all over Mexico. From leather, vinyl, and jute bags made by Guanajuato artisans, to embroidery from different ethnic groups in Mexico such as Oaxaca, Yucatan, Chiapas, Michoacán, and Veracruz. In short, the diversity of founder Kenia Garcia’s products from partnered artisans and crafters' near and far is what truly makes K Shulada unique!
LOS AMIGOS BOOKS @los_amigos_books
With a mission to fill the need for bilingual and Spanish language books nationally, Los Amigos Books sources from publishers throughout Spain and other Latin American countries to share books of all genres. When it comes to quality, founder Laura Romaní, not only seeks to supply authentic bilingual or well translated books, but also aims to accurately represent and celebrate Latino, black, indigenous, and other people of colors’ culture. With a specific interest in growing bilingualism at adolescence, you’ll find an array of beautifully illustrated children's books that have the power to connect Latino youth in America to their linguistic heritage.
MAKRAME GREEN @makrame.green
Created for those who love giving their special spaces at home a unique touch, Makrame Green combines plants and handmade decor to create something truly display worthy. With careful selection and craft, founder Fabiola Jimenez takes ornamental plants and textile arts to the next level through her macrame works. From handmade wall tapestries, plant holders, and hanging decor - Makrame Green offers intricate and detailed products to note as one of a kind works of art.
Mexican crafted pet apparel brand, Pocha Pets, sets out to celebrate two of the widely loved parts of life: our heritage and our furry friends! Crafted with traditional textiles and designed by founder Cynthia Soto in Chicago, Pocha Pets products range from clothing, treats, pet food, and accessories. Their products do more for a pet than help them look fashionable, they tell a story. The story behind Cynthia’s Mexican-American heritage that is related to many in the community. Her insight on Pocha Pet’s products is to allow customers and community members to see themselves being represented through their beloved pets.
RITUAL THEORY @myritualtheory
Healing is an everlasting process. Whether it be from trauma, sickness, or mental health, the Ritual Theory product range works to inspire those who seek to connect with themselves in ritual. From aromatic candles that are 100% natural soy wax to the upcycled vintage vessels they are poured in, founder Giana Moreno sets out to combine healing, home goods, and environmentalism into luxury looking and smelling products with purpose. Beyond ritualistic candles, this brand offers candle care kits, books, tapers, bath products, and many more holistic products. Their promotion of self care is clear, it is beyond just taking a bath or lighting a candle - but rather utilizing these items to connect with your inner healing.
SO SOFT BEAUTY @sosoftbeautyskincare
At So Soft Beauty, founder Aurora Samano began with the focus on creating an environmentally conscious line of skin care products. Proudly manufacturing products like lotions and scrubs, hair care, lip products, bath products, wax melts, candles, mens products, and much more - So Soft Beauty sets out to keep the everyday products you use on your skin as clean and healthy as you long to be - unlike some products we find in big name store shelves. Keeping the natural make up of our skin in mind, this beautiful product line supports sustainability to the highest while leaving behind a minimal carbon footprint in the process.
SOFIA AND VALENTINA @sofiaandvalentina7
Mother, Elizabeth De La Paz wanted to bring the female entrepreneur practice to the forefront for her two teen daughters Emily Sofia and Xiomi Valentina - thus, Sofia and Valentina was born. Keeping sustainability and women owned business at the forefront, Sofia and Valentina offers a range of eco-friendly jewelry and apparel crafted by women for all ages. From wooden earrings to custom painted jackets, their product range satisfies the demand for handcrafted, one of a kind gifts. Many of their products are sourced from Mexican artisans, helping employ women internationally while sharing the De La Paz’s Mexican heritage.
SUGAR SWEET DREAMS @sugarsweet_dreams
Specializing in custom unique hand-crafted birthday cakes, pastries, and on the go desserts - Sugar Sweet Dreams celebrates its clients every day. Owner, Tania Merquez believes that cakes and desserts are the symbol for special moments and celebrations, paving the way for picture perfect creations while keeping her Hispanic traditions in mind. Created with a love for children, Sugar Sweet Dreams’ partial focus is on bringing smiles to kids who love sweets! Associated with the organization, Icing Smiles, this business has begun to organize its own Kids Decorating Workshops that allows children to be creative and innovative through confectionary art.
THE VULGAR VEGAN
The Vulgar Vegan set out to make delicious 100% vegan cupcakes more accessible to the community. With unique and special cupcake flavors, CEO and cupcake creator Valerie Vedral aims to bring vegan options to the forefront through her 8 years of vegan experience. Her ingredients are always freshly sourced - staying premium and organic in quality always, making the cupcakes taste just as good as those cupcakes that are made with animal products. They are meant for customers who want a sweet vegan indulgence and all who would like to have a decadent dessert that is all around better for you and the environment.