Local Goods Chicago is hiring staff for an upcoming opening. Here are some of the regular work tasks:
- Open and close the store
- Meet and recruit new artisans to sell at the store
- Manage store inventory
- Handle store sales at register
- Send out electronic newsletters
- Manage social media
- Setting up classes and events
- Maintain website
- Clean and organize store as needed
The right person for the job should be familiar with using the following:
- Square Register
- Social Media platforms (mainly Facebook and Instagram)
The individual must be able to work independently and comfortable with working at the store as the only employee during their shift. This role will require some work on the weekends and can range from 16 - 35 hours per week. Weekdays, the staff will need to work a full day. Since we have a very small staff, it is helpful to have some flexibility with our staff so that we can cover for other staff when they are out.
Their are no benefits with this position other than a store employee discount.
If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Kimberly Polka the artist behind The Glass Station, maker of jewelry, night lights, wine stoppers and more
Here's her story:
I first took a jewelry design course in high school and became infatuated with creating beautiful unique items to wear that i could say i made. sadly, after high school there was not really a place for me to create and real life began – working to pay bills and having little to no time to create.
Fortunately, i have energy unlike most and have always worked more then one job (sometimes as many as 5-6) which unfortunately, left me with very little time to be creative in any way. As far as making jewelry, there was not only the lack of time, but the lack of money and space for the expensive equipment and materials. Until one day some coworkers came into the office wearing the cutest beaded necklaces proclaiming “i made it” when i took notice. They had taken a stringing class at a local bead store – immediately i was in love and the epiphany that i did not need a ‘studio’ to create was realized. Well, a decade later and I have a studio where I lampwork (melt glass in a torch), fuse (warm glass in a kiln) and do silversmithing. I continue to take classes to increase my skills and strive to come up with new exciting designs.
I am very close with my family and friends and without them would not be where i am today (literally since some of them are my best customers!) additionally, i have the most supportive husband a girl could ask for. He told me my creations were amazing and oogled over my glasswork long before it was anything to be too proud of and he often makes life bearable when i feel like i am coming apart at the seams. We have two cats, two dogs and a lizard – although, sometimes i wonder if they have us. Being home is like being on the discovery channel some days.
I left my job of nearly twelve years in may 2012 to do what i love. Hopefully you find my creations a necessity affording me the ability to continue doing what i love to make a modest living!
The 20th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) celebrates the City as Studio
From October 1 – November 15, 2015, join this community-contributed showcase of Chicago's artists and creatives and experience art in the parks, dance in the neighborhoods, installations in the alley, and concerts on the front porch.
With its 2015 theme, “The City as Studio,” CAM 2015 is in dialogue with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. As the world comes to Chicago to discuss the state of architecture, CAM presents artists, architects, designers, performers, makers and other creatives who look at the City as a place for experimentation, innovation and production
2015 Featured Events and Artists
Twenty programs and representative artists are featured to celebrate this anniversary year. Migration, renewal, connection and discovery are explored through film festivals, dance parties, walking tours and exhibitions. Celebrate the "Permanent Record of 40 years of HipHop Kulture", visit the recording studio where "Nalege is Power!", vote for your favorite Chicago ethnographic short film, share your Instagram images of "My City, Our City". Experience dance and performance through the "Technology of the Circle", and understand renewal and regeneration of refugee communities through the workshops of "Craft(ing) Culture(s)".
Get the details, then go out and experience Chicago: the City as Studio.
Here's a list of city-wide events:
Here's a list of the events at Local Goods Chicago, limited seating, sign up!
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Looking for a healthy snack option? Try Bee's Knees Food Co. spiced nuts! We're open 10 am - 6 pm weekdays (except Mondays)!
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WoodenBLING makes charming Fairy Doors and everything you need to welcome fairies to your garden or home. You can get a free personalized sign with a $30 purchase from Wooden Bling.
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Danilo Cuevas of Paintings by Danilo Cuevas a self-taught artist cuevas work is featured in nbc shows - chicago fire and chicago pd. his art is also widely exhibited by several private and public institutions across the country including the university
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To celebrate Chicago Artists Month we are offering 7 demos featuring artists from Local Goods Chicago. Most of the demos are less than an hour and many offer a hands on activity.
Two session 11AM or 12Noon unless otherwise noted.
Only $5 to reserve your space and the day of the demo you receive $5 off of any purchase.
Oct 3rd - Glass Demo with The Glass Station - Lampwork with a torch! (one session only)
Oct 10th - Terrarium making or Hand-Cast cement planters
Oct 17th - Fabric Painting with Cat from Made by Cat Painter
Oct 24th - Make a leather bowl from recycled leather clothing - with Tracey Dobson
Oct 31st - Mixed Media demo with Kathleen's Kollections
Nov 1st - Paper Bead Making from old maps with KaLaLu
Nov 14th - Graffiti Lettering with Joe Mills
Just in chicago bandanas by Amati Originals. All proceeds from bandana sales for the month of september go to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation-Official Page
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Candy Tasting Today -- Orange apricot & Carmelized Hazelnut -- provided by Ethereal Confections. It's yummy!
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