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Bucktown Sex Toy Shop's Moving Sale Underway As Building Demolition Looms

By Alisa Hauser | May 10, 2016 2:41pm
 G Boutique and the former Seattle Sutton buildings, 2129-31 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown.
G Boutique and the former Seattle Sutton buildings, 2129-31 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown.
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BUCKTOWN — G boutique, a lingerie and sex toy shop, will be moving from its longtime digs and relocating one block south, it was announced on Tuesday.

G Boutique's co-owner Cheryl Sloane said the vintage building her store has operated out of at 2131 N. Damen Ave. was sold to new owners last year. 

Sloane said the new owners plan to demolish the two-story 1890s era building that G Boutique rents as well as a neighboring cottage at 2129 N. Damen Ave.

A moving sale has been underway for the past month.

"It's sad; it's the unfortunate way of Bucktown. I don't blame the new owners for what they're doing.  These buildings need a lot more care than they got. Had they been taken care of, they might have been able to stay standing," Sloane said.

Sloane said that she was initially considering moving the store from Bucktown but ultimately it was G Boutique shoppers who convinced her to stay in the neighborhood.

"We love it here; we love our clients. We have the best customers in the world," Sloane said.

If all goes as planned, G Boutique will move into the recently shuttered vividbraille storefront at 2064 M. Damen Ave. by the end of the month, Sloane said. Design shop and clothing boutique Vividbraille closed in March.

Dean Hoffman, who previously owned both buildings, sold 2131 N. Damen Ave. for $700,000 to an individual IRA for which Millennium Trust Company LLC was the custodian, state and county records show.

Hoffman sold 2129 N. Damen Ave. for $500,000 to Domenic M. Dentino, who leads a venture named JGD PROJ & PROP MGMT in Wicker Park, county and state records show.

Both sales took place last spring.

Hoffman declined to comment about the sales. Dentino was not reachable; his business address is a rented mailbox within CopyMax, a small copy shop at 1321 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The two neighboring buildings are not listed in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, a database that is a basic starting point for assessing a building’s historic or architectural value. 

The Bucktown blocks are also not part of a Landmark District and has lost several other older buildings to demolition in recent years.

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