A children’s clothing store located just off Madison will close its doors today, June 10, but owner Terri Budzyn said she expects to reopen her business in July in neighboring Oak Park. Budzyn has run Krazy About Kids in Forest Park for four years. When she reopens in Oak Park, the store will cater exclusively to girls.
An increase in her rent, coupled with the sluggish economy, is forcing her to try something new, said Budzyn. Typically, one item of boys’ clothing is sold for every six items for girls.
“The girls end up subsidizing the boys and we’ve been doing that for four years,” Budzyn said. “I just can’t afford to do that anymore.”
With Budzyn moving her business from Forest Park, the town is losing its last boutique children’s clothier. Treehouse Boutique, which was located near the intersection of Circle and Madison, closed its doors earlier this year. For several months, Budzyn has worked to make her business profitable despite a dramatic dip in sales. In January she began selling items on consignment and found a new customer base, she said. At her new location, 7017 W. North Ave., clothing and accessories will still be available on consignment.
Budzyn’s new location will also have a new name: Ga-Ga Girls Boutique.