Oak Park resident and fashion designer, Takara Beathea Gudell, has decided to reopen her clothing store for the first time since 2014. The boutique opened in early May at a location it once operated out of more than a decade ago.
Takara had been a part of the Oak Park Arts District for nearly 15 years before closing its doors in 2014. Owner Beathea Gudell said she had decided to focus more on production and wholesale of her company. “I wasn’t having fun anymore with the boutique,” said Gudell in an interview with the Tribune. “I just wanted to go back to the joy of design and the joy of my customer.”
The popular store was once located at a petite, 525-square-foot storefront before occupying a large, 1,800-square-foot space on North Marion Street for 12 years. When Takara’s old location at 140 Harrison St. was for lease, Gudell said it was a sign that the space was meant for her.
Manager of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation Viktor Schrader spoke about the community’s reaction to the 2014 loss of Takara. “She was beloved when she was in Downtown Oak Park,” he said. “She kind of epitomizes the small business mentality in Oak Park.”
Takara features everything from $20 glasses frames to $350 high-end garments. Gudell also states that 90 percent of the clothing is designed by her. The boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.