Pistachios is a contemporary art jewelry and objects gallery that was in downtown Chicago and has been curating artists from around the world for over 25 years.
The Covid period was brutal for our business. We were closed for 6 months and had zero rent relief from our landlord. On top of that, we were looted on August 10, 2020 during the riots. Insurance covered a very small amount of the loss. Because of Covid and the riots downtown Chicago’s foot traffic dropped to ghost town levels. Even though we were able to reopen our doors for Christmas season on December 2, it was clear that the lack of customers didn’t make the business viable and we closed permanently in January 2021. We had to vacate a storefront that we had occupied for 24 years.
While we operate an online store, it is crucial for us to reopen. Many of our clients like to see the product in person. This grant would allow us to reopen and create a comforting environment for our clients.