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FoundRe, which is already sold in numerous stores across the country such as RR#1, Foursided, Arts A Poppin, Bramble, and Hazel, is now opening up their first stand-alone shop to be open in mid May. When choosing the storefront, a space was needed that was centrally located with foot traffic. Situated on the west end of the Division street strip across the street from Monique Meloche, the FoundRe location will specialize in handmade custom picture frames in standard and custom sizes with glass choices, mat choices and stain choices. The shop will also sell refurbished antiques with a twist, found furniture and handmade prints from Midwestern artists like Aesthetic Apparatus from Minneapolis. But wait! they also will take on pretty much any custom furniture job — and all is done with a social consciousness for the environment by using recycled material found locally in Chicago.
According to their site,
We take pride in the pursuit of finding and reusing discarded building material and giving it new purpose. We share a strong commitment to protecting the environment and recognize the importance of reusing these forgotten remnants. Not only are we saving space in our landfills, but we are unfolding a piece of history that is preserved in the beauty of our craftsmanship. As owner, Raun Meyn tells us, FoundRe has made everything from credenzas, desks, tables, and other large pieces. His West Carroll Arts District studio has always had over 7,000 feet of material on stock and offers free quotes to anyone with an idea.
· FoundRe [Official Site]