The Haymaker Shop is a store in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. And we sell items made close to home, for you and your home.
Whether it's a coffee table or a tote bag, a piece of pottery or a screen print, most everything we carry has been made in Chicago; if it's not from Chicago, it's from the Midwest. And all items are created by independent designers/artisans/artists/small studios.
The goal at Haymaker is to be a branch of the creative ecosystem. To showcase craftsmanship and aesthetics. To respect the spirit of independent design and art. To give talented folks room to experiment, make a living, share, expand. To sustain an inviting space where good people making great things are warmly supported.
The idea for The Haymaker Shop originated in a DIY garage workspace. A guy who usually designed in two dimensions, and was spoiled by the undo option, discovered the joy of getting dirty. Of making mistakes while making things. Tangible, three-dimensional things.
With a growing respect for those who made beautiful objects and art, coinciding with the heritage/handcrafted/local-as-possible zeitgeist, his conclusion was easy - get back into brick-and-mortar retail. Find a space in his neighborhood, the one that has been solidly supporting the design/home furnishings market. Recruit. Negotiate. Learn.
Finally, then, the doors opened on June 1, 2011... and it all began.
As for the name Haymaker...
In its original form, it was a field laborer who made hay bales. But the sport of boxing took the name to mean a knockout punch (the same low-to-high rounding motion). And since, it means one who causes trouble, one who disrupts the flow. Add the general Midwest reference and the maker reference... there you go.
The Haymaker Shop.
the haymaker shop // made close to home since 2011 // 5507 n. clark st. - chicago il 60640 // 773.681.0798 // haymakershop.com
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