SAWYER — Cathleen Bottini named her new home decor and fashion boutique Window Shopping Sawyer, but you may want to go through the door to check out what the shop’s Facebook page describes as “a curated collection of one-of-kind beautiful pieces that bring warmth to the home and the heart.”
“I would say this is a one-stop shop of everything I love,” Bottini said. “It’s a mix of old and new, and it’s kind of how I style my own home. I like old things, I like new things.”
Bottino was a fashion stylist for private clients for 15 years.
“I had clients that were going to the inauguration or state dinners … then COVID happened and nobody was going anywhere,” she said.
Bottini was ready for a transition. She and her husband, Peter, had an apartment in downtown Chicago and a house near Berrien Springs, and she was getting tired of driving back and forth (also, Peter had started working in Michigan two years ago).
Her sister (Susan Lynch) was closing her vintage clothing store in Chicago after getting a job in South Bend, and Bottini considered opening a vintage clothing store in Michigan with her sister’s inventory to start.
She soon had signed a lease in Sawyer, but “the next thing I knew I was buying home furnishings and going to estate liquidations.”
Bottini also met a neighbor in Berrien Springs (Chris Martin) who creates “beautiful live-edge tables” including a large charred ash wood creation on display in the front section of Window Shopping.
Another Michigan neighbor, Larry Woerdehoff, makes custom wood pens, rolling pins and other items.
There are several unique stools on display including a leather wrapped one on wheels that used to belong to a man who was a back-up singer to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Right in the middle of the store are a matching pair of new Art Deco pleated ultra-suede sofas that Bottini described as “crazy comfortable.”
Work by local artists including Sawyer neighbor Joe Hindley is on display.
There also is clothing along with vintage purses and jewelry – some from her sister’s shop. Bottini’s goal is to get a modern clothing line in so she can mix old and new fashions.
She said her daughter Janey does all her social media and her son Joe helps with marketing and promotion.
Bottini said she has enjoyed meeting new customers.
“It’s such a beautiful, warm community and I’m excited to make some good friends through the store.”
Window Shopping Sawyer, which opened on Oct. 9, 2020, at 5857 Sawyer Road, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (until Memorial Day weekend when Bottini’s goal is to be open Wednesday through Sunday).
For more information, call 773-531-1768, go to windowshoppingsawyer on Instagram, or send an email to cathleen@windowshoppingsawyer.