Pictures courtesy of Mia Sakai and Tim Hannifan
Some hit their native comfort retailer for a Weight loss plan Coke and Doritos.
Others make a late-night pit cease for a six-pack and scratchers or an emergency journey for bathroom paper.
However at Ándale Market — “a curated nook retailer” in Chicago, Illinois — you would possibly discover herb-infused carbonated water, artisan roasted tomato cheddar soup, or life like hand gesture candles.
The Pandemic Pivot
Proprietor Mia Sakai has a background in branding, graphic design, and advertising and marketing. She has additionally been concerned in pop-up house and way of life retail shops earlier than. Impressed by Puerto Rican bodegas, she and her husband, Tim Hannifan, renovated the 400 sq. foot house that was once an outdated classic clothes retailer known as Tilly.
After gutting your complete retailer, the couple gathered constructing supplies from round Andersonville and strapped them to the highest of their automotive. With the assistance of The Chicago Tool Library — which has 2,500 borrowable instruments from stitching machines to desk saws — they laid tiles, reduce baseboard trim, and constructed cabinets.
They named their grab-and-go enterprise Ándale, which suggests “let’s go” in Spanish. “We’re in a time the place individuals do not actually wish to go right into a retailer and linger eternally,” Sakai says.
When individuals study Ándale Market opened final December, they’re typically stunned as a result of it was in the course of the uncertainty of the pandemic. “The reality is — if the pandemic has taught us something — nothing in life is definite,” Sakai says. With an estimated 345,323 COVID-19 deaths and 114 million job losses, the world was upended, halted, and turned the wrong way up. “We determined it was a lay your chips on the desk sort of second,” she says.
“One of many causes we needed to do what we name ‘a curated Bodega’ is as a result of it may nonetheless be deemed a necessary enterprise. Throughout the pandemic, as we had been seeing non-essential companies begin to shut down, we thought it was a great way to remain operational.”
The Greatest Native and Imported Items
Shortlisted for Time Out Chicago’s Love Local awards, Ándale Market shares native and imported items. “We take lots of buyer suggestions. For those who’re on the lookout for one thing particular we do not carry, we’ll look into it. Some merchandise are suggestions from family and friends. Others are from our travels,” Sakai says.
“Earlier than the pandemic, my husband and I spent lots of time touring. We had been lucky sufficient to go all around the world, and our important objective once we journey is to immerse ourselves within the tradition. We’re at all times on the lookout for the subsequent nice meal and consuming our means via locations.”
For those who can’t make it to Spain, Ándale Market has Güeyu Mar. Its chargrilled sardines, cockles, and squid will carry your tastebuds away (sans passport). The dog-friendly comfort retailer — which has its personal in-house pup named Arlo — additionally carries Phoenix Bean Tofu. This non-GMO, organically-grown tofu is hand made day by day to make sure freshness and authenticity.
Ándale Market additionally has Detroit Chips, which landed on Oprah’s Favourite Issues checklist in 2016. They assist create wealth and work within the underserved and underinvested African American neighborhood. Additionally they promote Onigiri Shuttle Kororin’s handmade rice balls. Flavors embody pork stomach, salmon butter, crunchy garlic corn, and Negi (inexperienced onion) miso.
Ándale Market has greater than 50 condiments and sauces in inventory. For instance, there’s Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp. Hyped as “a shortcut to deliciousness” by The New York Times, it’s full of crispy chili bits, preserved black beans, mushroom powder, sesame oil, and garlic.
However don’t be fooled, there’s extra than simply foodstuffs. There are 3D-printed planters and thriller eggs by Haleyanne Freedman. There are additionally outsized sea bream-shaped soaps, that are thought of omen in Japan, and unwrapped Munchiecat catnip sushi trays that enchant youngsters and canine which can be passing by.
Whereas listening to 90’s hip hop, you possibly can nonetheless wash your churro-flavored protein bar down with a Mountain Dew or purchase three luggage of legally-addictive cookies per week. Ándale Market tries to toe the road between well being and enjoyable. Additionally they need individuals to be stunned and outline our merchandise as approachable and inexpensive.
“So far as provide chain points, we’ve seen a considerable squeeze with turnaround occasions and getting merchandise. We additionally heard that lots of our native manufacturers are having hassle getting packaging stickers, baking provides, uncooked supplies, and even the employees to assist them with their merchandise,” Sakai says
Regardless of the kinks within the provide chain, Ándale Market has put collectively hand-picked and pre-wrapped present packing containers for the vacations and particular events. Tapas Time, Dinner with Ándale, Pantry Droppers, Tea Time, and For the Love of Chocolate are assured to win hearts and bellies.
Creating Neighborhood Roots
Ándale Market is creating neighborhood roots. The mom-and-pop store participated within the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s fifteenth Wine Stroll. Members obtained a commemorative wine tasting glass and a Cork or Bottle route card highlighting every wine. Ándale Market served up spicy habanero margaritas and char-cute-erie cones.
The small enterprise additionally held its 1st Cookie Champ occasion. Eight breakout bakers competed for the chance to be stocked on Ándale Market’s cabinets. Over 300 residents voted for his or her favourite candy deal with. “Boy, was it a detailed race! So shut that we determined to inventory each Masa Madre and runner-up Carolyn’s Krisps’ vegan and gluten-free cookies so we’ll have one thing for everybody,” Sakai writes on Instagram.
“What a yr it’s been attending to know all of you — your tales and snacking habits, your dedication to the neighborhood and purchasing native. We’re humbled and grateful for the love and help you’ve proven us in our first yr of enterprise.”
5232 North Clark Road
Chicago, IL 60640
Open 7 days per week
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.