Portage Park Turkish Goods Store Home Line Decoration Permanently Closing After A Year Of Low Sales

PORTAGE PARK — Vibrant dwelling merchandise retailer Residence Line Decoration, also identified as Al-Bazzar, will go dark for excellent soon after hoping to continue to keep the enterprise afloat for the last 12 months.

The Turkish goods store, 4358 N. Cicero Ave., strategies to close at the conclusion of the yr or early following year, when its entire stock is bought, operator Yousef Barakat stated.

Home Line Decoration sells handmade lamps, tapestries, rugs, stools, dishware and home items from Turkey.

The operator blames very low income and significant shipping fees for importing goods from Turkey as causes that led to the tough determination to shut, he said.

“This is the matter — the fact is due to the fact very last yr until eventually now, we are just shaking,” Barakat reported of the store’s business enterprise. “We are closing for very good.”

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Co-owner Yousef Barakat poses among Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Dwelling Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to near in Portage Park.
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Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Home Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to close in Portage Park.

Homeowners want to get rid of their complete inventory and are giving steep savings and profits to shoppers. Customers will also acquire a totally free merchandise as a gift picked out by the spouse-and-spouse group, Barakat mentioned.

The retail outlet has new objects this calendar year, like handcrafted rugs in several measurements on sale for $20-$25. The store also has new colorful stools for $40 as very well as its typical plethora of colourful lamps ranging from $14-$30 depending on measurement, the owner explained.

House Line Decoration was battling monetarily through the holidays previous yr and also had a close-out sale to get rid of its inventory. After Block Club described on the sale and the owners’ phone for a small business raise, the local community stepped up, aiding the store make it by the vacations, the proprietors reported.

Hopeful that the small business would change all over, Barakat requested additional items from Turkey, but delivery was high-priced and objects had been delayed. He used concerning $14,000-15,000 for transport containers with lots of stock.

But he didn’t see product sales as he’d predicted, creating this yr specifically challenging, Barakat reported. Now the entrepreneurs really feel the small business is finished for good.

“I tried out to do far better [but] shipping was quite expensive,” he said.

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Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Household Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to near in Portage Park.

Barakat and his wife, Kholoud Ghaith, opened the store in 2018.

Barakat moved to the United States from Turkey in the ’90s and settled in Chicago prior to he and Ghaith went to Puerto Rico to open up their very own store. 

But Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017, and the household misplaced their dwelling and their retailer. They packed up what was still left and returned to Chicago, in which they opened Household Line Decoration.

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Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Household Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to shut in Portage Park.

The shop sits at the corner of Montrose and Cicero. Each of its hundreds of lamps has a one of a kind glass mosaic style, and are all handmade in Turkey, the proprietor explained.

“Over the many years, and in the course of wars, this has been a tradition in Turkey,” Barakat previously told Block Club. “A lengthy time back, they utilized to make these mosaic lamps for the duration of the Ottoman Empire, prolonged before electrical energy, and lit them with candles.” 

Organization was superior when the retail outlet opened, Barakat earlier said. They tried to market merchandise online but saw additional in-man or woman gross sales, so they stopped featuring on the internet product sales, he reported.

The owners are not guaranteed what will occur up coming. They may well open up an additional organization in the exact location if the landlord approves, but that is continue to to be established, Barakat said.

Property Line Decoration is open up 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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