Owner Lauren McGrady and partner Tom Gavin held a Grand Opening party on January 7th for their new coffee/retail concept store Rider located in the West Loop. Rider is a multi-brand retailer selling contemporary and time-honored brands of womenswear, menswear, furniture, jewelry, lingerie, apothecary and cosmetics with even more to come!
At the grand opening, guests previewed limited edition jackets from Schott while sipping Fernet-Branca, Letherbee Gin, Old Style, City Winery offerings and Bow Truss Coffee, which is served at the Rider coffee bar, daily. Guests also enjoyed house-made organic cotton candy and other delectables.
I found Rider to be beautifully curated with a combination of vintage and modern. I had trouble closing my eyes because I kept finding things to look at! It was a lot to take in. You can find wonderful and unique treasures such as stationery and cosmetics as well as artwork, fashion, housewares and furniture. What a fun place to hang out for coffee while concurrently getting some retail therapy if more than caffeine is needed.
About Lauren McGrady & Tom Gavin
Lauren holds a degree in fashion and has experience in the fashion and retail industry and was manager of Apartment Number 9. Tom is the vocalist and guitarist of Gemini Club and is a former creative director of Haberdash. While spending countless hours on the road Tom picked up a camera to start documenting his travels. Tom and Lauren love to travel and are often out treasure hunting for designers, artists and cultural experiences to add to the Rider collection. Both bring their own individual take on what it means to be a “rider.” Stop in the shop and see for yourself!
ShopRider.us | 1115 W Lake Street | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312-243-0434
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Second City Style