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Custom Jewelry Pop-Up Taking Over Logan Square's Butterfat Studios

By Mina Bloom | November 25, 2016 5:40am
 Susan Wheeler (right) is opening a pop-up boutique in the former Butterfat Studios, 3129 W. Logan Blvd.
Susan Wheeler (right) is opening a pop-up boutique in the former Butterfat Studios, 3129 W. Logan Blvd.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Custom jewelry designer Susan Wheeler is taking over the former Butterfat Studios tattoo shop — but only temporarily.

Beginning Friday and running through December, Wheeler will be selling an array of her custom-made jewelry and accessories, including rings, earrings and necklaces, at the former tattoo shop, 3129 W. Logan Blvd.

A longtime resident of Logan Square, Wheeler is focused on making quality jewelry using responsibly-sourced materials, including fair-mined gold, or gold from artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. Her pieces are sold at retailers around the country, as well as Downtown at Sabbia, 900 N. Michigan Ave.

"Susan Wheeler jewelry will always be 18-karat gold and you will not see the jewelry remade with silver elements or versions," according to Wheeler's website.

Prices, but range from $559 for a black diamond ring to $12,539 for platinum diamond earrings.

In addition to selling jewelry, Wheeler is also planning to host events at the pop-up shop.

All day Friday Wheeler will be serving her "famous" Bloody Marys made with farm-fresh ingredients. Wine and cheese will be served from 4-6 p.m Saturday, and Wheeler will lead a discussion on responsible jewelry sourcing beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Other events are also in the works, she said, like a performance by Jim Becker, who plays guitar for indie rock band Iron & Wine, and a holiday centerpiece-making event with the folks from Urban Gardener.

Those who wish to attend any of the events can RSVP by emailing Wheeler at susan@susanwheelerdesign.com.

Butterfat Studios, a world-renowned tattoo shop, closed over the summer after losing its lease. At the time, owners called the closure the "death of anything interesting on the square."

The pop-up boutique will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through December.

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