About the Artist
My inspiration comes from creating products that are completely re-imagined. Today, we live in a world where most things are made to be disposable and this is having a very negative impact on the Earth. I hope to awaken everyone to this reality and help us rethink how we made and use products throughout the world. All of my products are completely recycled, and every point of production is tuned so that my products are made in the most environmentally and socially responsible manner possible. I hope to inspire all to change their habits with disposable products and consider the entire life cycle of the products they use.
My other mission as an artist is to reveal to others the beauty that can be found in objects many consider outdated or trash. I accomplish this by redesigned old objects into something completely new, that still resembles its previous life.
I created my own tools which allow me to bend silverware very consistently and without damaging the silverware. I am constantly redesigning the tooling to allow for new and more complex bends. Check back regularly for new designs.
THE STORY OF MANCUFFS
Growing up in the Edgebrook/Wildwood community of Chicago, Mark Menarik enjoyed an interesting family dynamic where his only two Uncles were Archdiocesan priests and Aunt a nun. "Luckily, when WWII came along, my Dad quit the seminary and joined the Navy."
Obviously not encouraged to dress flashy, the two brothers did have a thing for ornate and handsome cufflinks. Upon their passing, these were handed down to Mark. "It was the coolest case of vintage cuflinks you can imagine, but I only owned one french cuff shirt. So how could I enjoy wearing and showing them off without taking several lifetimes?"
Being a general engineer in technology and also a bit of a graphics and visual artist, Mark got the idea to repurpose the right kind and style of vintage cufflinks into a unique masculine jewelry item and the perfect gift for guys. Paired with ultra-strong rare earth magnets and using an aerospace-grade metal to metal bonding process, high quality chrome dog tags and a touch of inspiration from ZZ Top (forgive me, Uncles) - ManCuffs were born!
Every ManCuff is one-of-a-kind and five designs in one; Lapel Pin, Necklace, Bottle Opener, Money Clip and more. So... skip the two foot beard, dress up any shirt, vest, jacket, scarf or leather item and find out for yourself if "... every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man".
Here are just a few examples of ManCuff's jewelry
Here's a few of the new items recently added. Available in store only
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Dog Collar - Chicago Flag by Six Point Pet
$20.00 - $32.00
Every dog likes to show their Chicago spirit! Made in Chicago.
Extra Extra Small: 7-11" neck size x 0.5" width.
Extra Small: 10-14" neck size x 3/4" width.
Small: 10-16" neck size x 3/4" width.
Medium: 13-20" neck size x 1" width.
Large: 16-26" neck size x 1" width.
Wide Medium: 13-20" neck size x 1.5" width.
Wide Large: 16-26" neck size x 1.5" width.
Chicago Flask featuring Chicago Flag by Tactile Craftworks
Etched with the iconic four-star two-stripe design, this flask is a handsome accessory for any occasion.Whether you carry it in your pack on a camping trip, or slide it into your suit pocket for a night on the town we know you’ll love the substantial feel and rich aroma of the quality leather.
Flask is handcrafted from quality 5/6oz vegetable tanned leather and measures 3 3/4" wide by 4 1/2" tall, and holds 6 oz.
Chicago Flag Yay Passport Holder
Chicago Flag Yay Passport Holder
Super strong woven elastic with stretch recovery
Securely holds passport in place
Dimensions: 5-1/4" H x 3-1/2" W x 1/8" D (a bit larger than a passport book)
Chicago Candle by Bright Endeavors
$8.00 - $25.00
Reminiscent of a fresh lake breeze, the Chicago candle includes scents of clean bergamot, jasmine, and gardenia with a woody base note.
Bright Endeavors is a social enterprise that supports young moms through hands-on job training and workforce development.
Beautiful gifts for the tree hugger in your life. These beautiful and useful items were created by artists that care as much for the environment as they do for making beautiful art.
Beer Notebooks, magnets made from security envelopes or vintage buttons from Made by Q,
Serving dish from an upcycled wine bottle, glass straws by The Glass Station
Tote Bag with handpainted stars made from Men's shirts by Made by Cat Painter
Dryer Balls and Fingerless gloves made from vintage sweaters by Feltwerker Upcycled Accessories
Hard Wear jewelry from nuts!
Art Gecko bracelets
Gifts for Chicago Fans
Are you shopping for a Chicago Lover? Here are some ideas...
Circa Ceramics salt & pepper shakers, YAY NOVELTY foldable reusable bag, Amati Originals Chicago flag on easel, Spice House Old Town Spiced Sugar & Deep Dish Pizza Pizzaz, Abbey Brown Soap Artisan Chicago Red Line candle, Chicago flag necklace and Freehand Design red star earrings...
And SO much more! Stop in and see! — at Local Goods Chicago.
Gifts for Kids
If you are looking for kids gifts, we have some great ideas.
Sprouted Scribbles Chicago themed coloring book, Little Lark sling shot, A Childhood Store palette pack, Tree Hopper Toys first drafting set and stackable robots, Made By Q handmade crayons and Color the Classics coloring book.
Gift ideas for Book Lovers! 📖
Stories of a Chicago Police Officer book, Giants in the Park book, Seltzer Goods 7 year pen, Fingerless gloves by Feltwerker - Recycled Felted Wool Accessories (so you can always turn the pages) and "Awesome People Read Books" card by Steel Petal Press!
Gifts for Pets
So many gift ideas for the Dog Lover in your life!! Six Point Pet hot dog collar, dog bone toy by Occasions by sonjabegonia, Local Goods Chicago dog bowl, It'll Glow On You Illustrations "Lickin' Square" print, La Familia Green card... So many things to choose from - stop in and take a look!
Gifts for Teachers
Need a gift idea for your favorite teacher?
Here are some suggestions...
Bright Endeavors Holiday Citrus candle, Abbey Brown Olive Oil soap and Shea Balm in Woods scent, Chocolate Twist Epic Sea Salt Caramels gift box, LovingLeigh Yours, Inc. "But First, Coffee" sign...
We have something for everyone!
Gifts for Men
Gifts for all the men on your list - many of these are also available on our website. Tshirts from Ted & Tim an #chirepresents, bottle opener and beer tote from g3studios.net, flasks from Tactile Craftworks, Skin care from Wild Botanicals, passport holders from YaY, Railroad spike bottle opener from Muirwood Reclamations -- we also have a nice selection of books and gourmet treats.
Wondering what to get for the wonderful men in your life?
We have a great selection of gifts from local Chicago and Midwestern Artists. Some are also available on our website.
Green Shamrock / Chicago Flag T-Shirt
Beard Elixir or Beard Oil
Cool patches for the geek or cyclist in your life
"Fronchroom" tshirt for the real Chicagoan
Magnetic Bottle Opener with the Chicago Flag and Skyline
Leather/Metal Flask with a map of Chicago in Leather
Cranky Chef Spice Mix from a local Edgebrook Chef
Baseball Cap - Navy Blue with Chicago Flag and skyline
Woodsmen Beer Soap made in Illinois
Chicago Flag Passport holder or slim wallet
So much more available in our main store and in the weekend pop up (5418 W. Devon)