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

Greg Stevens

PORTAGE PARK — Colorful residence products retail store Household Line Decoration, also called Al-Bazzar, will go dark for superior soon after striving to hold the company afloat for the very last calendar year.

The Turkish products shop, 4358 N. Cicero Ave., programs to shut at the stop of the calendar year or early upcoming 12 months, any time its whole stock is offered, owner Yousef Barakat reported.

Residence Line Decoration sells handmade lamps, tapestries, rugs, stools, dishware and residence goods from Turkey.

The owner blames reduced profits and high shipping and delivery expenditures for importing items from Turkey as reasons that led to the difficult conclusion to shut, he said.

“This is the issue — the fact is due to the fact past yr till now, we are just shaking,” Barakat reported of the store’s small business. “We are closing for fantastic.”

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Co-proprietor Yousef Barakat poses among Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Residence Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to shut in Portage Park.
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Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as House Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to near in Portage Park.

Proprietors want to get rid of their total stock and are presenting steep special discounts and profits to clients. Purchasers will also obtain a cost-free merchandise as a gift picked out by the spouse-and-wife team, Barakat mentioned.

The retail store has new products this 12 months, like handcrafted rugs in many sizes on sale for $20-$25. The retail outlet also has new colourful stools for $40 as well as its standard plethora of vibrant lamps ranging from $14-$30 depending on dimensions, the proprietor mentioned.

Household Line Decoration was having difficulties fiscally throughout the holidays last yr and also experienced a near-out sale to get rid of its inventory. After Block Club claimed on the sale and the owners’ simply call for a business boost, the community stepped up, serving to the store make it through the holiday seasons, the house owners claimed.

Hopeful that the small business would flip all-around, Barakat requested much more goods from Turkey, but transport was high-priced and objects were being delayed. He spent among $14,000-15,000 for shipping containers with a lot of inventory.

But he didn’t see gross sales as he’d predicted, earning this 12 months particularly challenging, Barakat said. Now the entrepreneurs truly feel the business is accomplished for very good.

“I tried using to do improved [but] delivery was very highly-priced,” he stated.

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

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

Barakat moved to the United States from Turkey in the ’90s and settled in Chicago ahead of he and Ghaith went to Puerto Rico to open their personal retailer. 

But Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017, and the relatives missing their house and their keep. They packed up what was remaining and returned to Chicago, wherever they opened Household Line Decoration.

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

The store sits at the corner of Montrose and Cicero. Each individual of its hundreds of lamps has a exclusive glass mosaic structure, and are all handmade in Turkey, the operator claimed.

“Over the many years, and through wars, this has been a custom in Turkey,” Barakat previously instructed Block Club. “A extensive time ago, they applied to make these mosaic lamps all through the Ottoman Empire, very long ahead of electrical energy, and lit them with candles.” 

Enterprise was superior when the keep opened, Barakat beforehand stated. They tried to provide products on the net but observed additional in-man or woman gross sales, so they stopped supplying on the web revenue, he reported.

The entrepreneurs are not certain what will come upcoming. They may well open up a different business enterprise in the identical spot if the landlord approves, but that is still to be determined, Barakat claimed.

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

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