Lakeview Plant Shops Fear For Future Business After Hip New York Startup The Sill Moves In

LAKEVIEW — Miray Kurtulus, one of the three women who own Lakeview plant and flower shop B Collective, said “local love” is what got the store through the worst of the pandemic.

“For example, one of my regulars told me, ‘I just want to support you,’ and ordered four flower arrangements for her house just because,” Kurtulus said. “We felt so loved, and it was that local support that kept the business running.”

B Collective — a merger of creative consulting firm Estudio N and Kurtulus’ flower business, Blossoms Anytime — is fully reopened in its new storefront at 3350 N. Paulina St. But now it and other local plant shops are facing competition from The Sill, a popular, New York-based store that opened its first Chicago location at 1351 W. Roscoe St.

Owners worry The Sill could dominate the digital advertising space and push smaller stores out of business. They said the same “local love” that got them through the pandemic now is…

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