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Chicago's Most Inspiring Shop Owners 2012

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    Chicago never comes up short on big thinkers, hard workers, and dedicated dreamers. And no one inspires us more than our local business owners. Today, we're introducing you to six successful boutique bosses living the dream of selling what they're passionate about to devoted Windy City shoppers.

    We're chatting with them about bricks-and-mortar stardom and what they love about running a small enterprise in Chicago. As the proprietors of some of this city's coolest stores, these local heroes are the ones you'll want to get in good with, ASAP. TGIF inspiration? Check.

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