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Interior Define Interview | Local Business Interview

This is a local business interview with Interior Define.

Hey guys, welcome to City Soles TV, I’m your host, Scott Starbuck, and we’re here in Wicker Park today at a new furniture store, Interior Define. This is the founder, Steve. Steve, tell us about your passion and how you got started here.
Yeah, I mean we’ve been selling online mostly B to B for the last couple of years and we thought that we’d launch a consumer brand right here in the neighborhood. So we opened up the store back in February, we opened up the site back in February and things are going great.
Awesome! In February, February’s a scary time to open, it was the worst winter in fifty years or something!
It was so cold. It was freezing but that’s okay.
You got a lot done at that point.
We did, we had a soft opening let’s just say, and people came in. It was great.
Cool! So just couches, that’s all you do is couches. Couch guru.
That’s right, man, we wanted people to have a great centerpiece to their living room. We do a great job with couches, we can personalize them, they’re great prices, and so people can get it exactly the way they want it for a great price.
So this couch we’re sitting on actually, I’m a customer and a fan also, we ordered this. It comes in ten, twelve different materials and colors. What’s the leave time?
It’s about eight to twelve weeks and it gets you a big degree of personalization so you can make it just the way you want it. Plus by not having inventory, we can actually not have warehousing costs and stuff so we can offer some great prices.
So you wholesale the stuff also to other brands and other retailers?
We actually mostly closed that down and we’re focused on the direct to consumer.
Awesome. So this couch, just to give you an idea, literally this is a 12,000 dollar Italian couch in many places, 1,700 bucks. I freaked out. I was like, this is unbelievable. And this is a solid piece of furniture, it’s unbelievable.
It’s about eleven feet long, it’s great material, it’s really soft. You can put a chaise lounge on either side. It’s super comfy and it looks great.
And you have what, about twenty pieces in your collection right now?
About fifteen. And they come in a whole bunch of permutations.
There’s leather, there’s wool, there’s all kinds of stuff.
Exactly.
But on the high end, what’s the most expensive, like the leather one back there. That’s gorgeous, that giant thing, how much is that?
That’s 3,500 bucks.
3,500 dollars, you can’t buy one chair that’s leather for 3,500 bucks. That’s unbelievable.
Yeah I mean that’s why we got started. We want to give people a better option.
That’s a great value.
Yeah. Exactly right.
So I’m a happy customer, amazing stuff. Check it out. Where are you located? Where can they find you?
Yeah, so online we’re interiordefine.com and here in Wicker Park we’re at 2027 West North Avenue. Just look for the train tracks and we are right underneath it.
Literally right underneath it. We’re like, hold on, let’s shoot this video before the train comes by again! It’s got a great, urban feel that gives a good feel to the store.
I mean. I live right down the street in the neighborhood and we thought, what better place to be than right here in Bucktown?
Another seven day a week entrepreneur. Steve, congratulations and welcome to the neighborhood!
Thanks Scott!
I’m excited for your concept and everything, it’s amazing. So check it out at their website and of course here on North Avenue in Wicker Park, Bucktown. Thanks for watching!
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This was a local business interview with Interior Define.

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Chop Shop | Local Business Interview

This is a local business interview with Chop Shop.

Hey guys welcome to City Soles TV, I’m your host, Scott Starbuck, and we’re out and about today in Wicker Park, here at Chicago Chop Shop. Let’s go in and meet the owner and founder, the head butcher of Chop Shop and see what it’s all about. Come on! Hey guys, welcome to City Soles TV, I’m your host, Scott Starbuck, and we’re here in Bucktown, Wicker Park with Mario, the founder, head butcher, and owner of Chop Shop Chicago. You guys have been around for a little bit now, you got rolling here.
Yeah, a little over six months under our belt now.
You know, you started in the worst winter in history.
Thirty years, in about thirty years. But you know in a way that was like a little learning curve for us, a little soft opening without necessarily having a soft opening.
Nice! So you were saying you’re a third generation butcher?
I am. Yes, it’s third generation. Grandparents’ original shop was on Western and Taylor in Little Italy in the fifties. So since about ’72 we’ve been in Niles, just a bit north from here.
So you’ve got a little bit of Italian in you.
A little bit, yeah.
Cool. So tell us what Chop Shop has to offer.
Chop Shop, it’s multiple, multiple things we’ve got going on here. We’ve got a full butcher department, deli, so we serve sandwiches during the day. In the evening we have a dinner menu which we serve in our dining room as well as our seventy seat outdoor patio.
Nice!
And then, behind our pivot doors we have a 6,000 square foot event space.
It’s pretty awesome back there, we’ll walk back there and get some video of that place, it’s awesome.
This is our 6,000 square foot event space that we call the first ward, this is our spearheaded by my partner, Matt Woodburn. Again, 6,000 square feet, about 500 capacity. Like I said, we do all types of events. Concerts, corporate events, third party rentals, weddings, banquets, and so on. It’s a lot of things happening back here.
So I come here, I’m here a couple days a week for sandwiches. You can come here and get some nice T-bones or porterhouses to go home and grill. Or of course they’ll cook them up for you and they’re phenomenal cuts of meat. Literally three generations of doing this he kind of knows what he’s doing by now. This is a gorgeous space, the whole space is about what, ten thousand square feet?
Yeah, we’re like a little under 15,000 square feet. It was a vacant autobody shop for about thirteen years before my partners and I scoped out the building and then did pretty much complete construction on it.
Yeah it was a scary haunted house inside here when you got here. No ghosts in the kitchen? It’s a good ghost, it’s a friendly ghost.
She’s nice with us.
Cool! So anyway, Chop Shop here in Wicker Park, you’ve been here for about six months now and things are on fire! You got lots of buzz.
It keeps building so that’s what we like to see.
Great! Full bar, full menu, come in here and have an amazing steak. Or of course, get stuff to go. I come here and get an Italian beef with hot peppers on it during the day, awesome stuff.
I got his order down to the tee now.
Pretty easy. So Mario, thank you, man. Where can they find you? What’s the address?
We’re at 2033 West North Avenue in Wicker Park, just west of Milwaukee and Damen.
Right around the corner from City Soles! Come check it out, I’ll guarantee you’ll love it, it’s amazing. Thanks, brother. Good job!
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This was a local business interview with Chop Shop.

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