Friday, February 21, 2014

The Little Pop-Up That Could

Are you ready for *WOW? 
What's *WOW? 
Why its the newest, hippest, coolest neighborhood west of the Hipster Triangle.
*West of Western you'll find An Orange Moon, Tom Robinson Gallery
Please click the link below to see our progress and check me out, 
the QUEEN of WOW, in the video!
Now without futher ado, I bring you,

WOW! — Here is what Rosie Quasarano plans to serve at her Bucktown cafe, Cup and Spoon, in no particular order: pie, art, granola, poetry and, of course, coffee.
Here's how she plans to do it: by putting the cafe in the front room of Iwona Biedermann's Dreambox Foto Studio at 2415 W. North Ave.
It's a unique arrangement that both women say is just right for this burgeoning little stretch of North Avenue they and other residents have dubbed the WOW (west of Western) district. Here, the neighbors really do know each other's names.
"Coffee is at the core, but it's more than that," said Quasarano, who is targeting an early April opening. "The sign in the window says, 'Coffee, community and art,' and that's the mission, bringing people together and showcasing cool people and the neighborhood and what it has to offer."
Artist Tom Robinson, whose studio is across the street at 2416 W. North Ave., is building the wooden counter and bar that will be a focal point in the 1,000-square-foot space. Robinson was a furniture maker for three decades before he became a painter. He doesn't even drink coffee.
"We're very excited about our little area," he said.
The custom neon sign for Cup and Spoon is being made at Fishtail Neon, 2247 N. Western Ave.
Quasarano is keeping the menu very local, too — Metropolis coffee and tea and breakfast pastries and sweets from Cheap Tart. She's thinking of doing "cool toast service" (in the vein of what's taken hold in San Francisco) using breads from local bakers and butters flavored with herbs and made-in-Chicago preserves.
She plans to add lunch options later from vendors she's met at the Nosh food festival, where she launched Cup and Spoon last summer.
The cafe will hold art shows and open-mic poetry, music and spoken word events regularly, drawing from Biedermann's extensive network of artists.
"Coffee and I have a long history," Biedermann said. "Rosie is a wonderful young woman and I'm very happy because this is her dream."
Biedermann moved to the neighborhood 11 years ago, when vacant buildings along North Avenue outnumbered occupied ones.
In recent years, the area has quietly drawn an eclectic mix of independent retail and artists seeking affordable rent. Dotting North Avenue now are several art studios, a dance studio, a vintage furniture shop, a cigar store, a salon/clothing boutique and an Indian restaurant residents gush about. But there's no coffee shop.
For as long as she can remember, Quasarano has wanted to own a coffee shop, just a simple gathering place for coffee, pastry, art and conversation.
She held on to that goal while working her way through college as a Barista and art studio manager, and in the years after graduation as she built a successful advertising career.
Two years ago, Quasarano moved to the neighborhood. Last summer, she made the big leap: from associate creative director at a division of the Leo Burnett Group to pop-up coffee shop owner, running a stand (with her boyfriend Suneil Bisht and her brother Frank Quasarano) at the Nosh and looking for a storefront.
A stop into An Orange Moon, the vintage furniture store at 2418 W. North Ave., was fortuitous. Quasarano and the shop's owner, Lynn McDaniel, got to talking about her cafe concept. McDaniel in turn introduced her to Biedermann across the street.
"In this economy, instead of competing with each other, you share the customer. Rosie and I are very much interested in that," Biedermann said. "Her vision for a coffee shop embraces all the cultural and art exchanges that can take place in this space."
"I feel the wonderful vibes this space emits," said McDaniel, who also lives in the neighborhood.
An Indiegogo campaign, which ends March 7, has raised nearly 70 percent of Quasarano's $15,000 fundraising goal.

Please visit: 
773.276.ORAN (SHOP) 
An Orange Moon Estate Liquidators, INC. 
312.450.9821 or 773.664.3704 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mixed Motion Art Now Open In Hot New "WOW" District!


Laura Flores & Del Dominguez Owners

They call me "Cha-Cha" because I'm the best dancer!
Well now I am.
Located in the new "WOW" shopping district--West of Western, you'll find this hidden gem! MMA boasts the friendliest, most experienced instructors, I've yet to meet! 

The overall vibe of this space is breathtaking! Super high ceilings, a steady stream of sunlight, vintage architectural details that invoke memories of a Paris Pied A' Terre. No snobby BS and everyone is attentive to your experience level needs. Laura, Del & the staff are there to help YOU become the BEST DANCER you can be. 

AND THE MUSIC!! KIL-LER. Hurry before Time Out Chicago outs this place with a rave review, and we'll all have to wait in line to get in!!

Conveniently located close to the Blue line at
2412 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647 
Mon: 7pm-9pm
Tue: 7pm-8pm
Wed: 6:30p-9:30p
Thu: 5pm-9pm
Sat: 9:30am-5:30pm

Ring 773.888.1662

in the 

Please visit: 
773.276.ORAN (SHOP) 
An Orange Moon Estate Liquidators, INC. 
312.450.9821 or 773.664.3704 WE BUY!!

Strike A Pose!

What a night!!!! Damn it felt good to see everyone! 


An Orange Moon co-owner Lynne McDaniel's birthday is February 5th! Come celebrate with her as she turn's the world on its ear!! This year she chose The Bedford. It's Chicagolands premiere underground Mid Century Modern Speakeasy. It's dark, sexy & a whole lotta fun! Come join us on Saturday February 1st @ 9p and get your wiggle on!!!! We are partying in the VAULT! The password is #WOW. (West of Western)
Brandon Markell Holmes from the Chopin theater is singing Happy Birthday to us at 9:58p. DJ at 10p. Lynne promise's to pace herself, tequila wise, & look's forward to dancing to as many songs as possible. Her dance record is 53 songs in one night!!!! Shall we look for you?
Lynne & Ty McDaniel
Questions? Ring 312.450.9821
*The Bedford is located at 1612 W. Division in Chicago.
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Please visit: 
773.276.ORAN (SHOP) 
An Orange Moon Estate Liquidators, INC. 
312.450.9821 or 773.664.3704 WE BUY!!