A favorite store of mine that used to be in downtown Chicago back in the 90’s was Tender Buttons. Unfortunately, it went out of business about 6 years ago. It was such an amazing little store, stuffed to the brim with all kinds of unique and ordinary buttons. Having been a textiles major in college, I would drool over places like this and I was able to visit and purchase a few buttons there. The last 10 years of being a divorced single mom left me too busy to pull out the sewing machine or craft supplies, but I’m starting to get that itch again.
Imagine my delight when I came across a website for a store in NYC by the same name at http://tenderbuttons-nyc.com/ The website has some photos and a history of the store. The late Diana Epstein, an editor for Funk & Wagnall’s Encyclopedia, bought a closed button store in 1964 on East 77th Street on a whim and turned it into Tender Buttons. Millicent Safro, an antique restorer soon after became a partner. In 1965, the shop moved to its present location at 143 East 62nd Street in New York City. Check it out if you’re in the area.
The photo below is of the Chicago Store back in the day…
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