Despite the recession, more retail businesses have opened than closed in downtown Evanston recently.

That’s according to information provided by EvMark, the downtown marketing organization, the City of Evanston and a sidewalk survey of downtown streets.

This report covers changes in the just-ended third quarter of 2009. During the year ended in June, Evanston had suffered a net loss of about three percent of its roughly 300 downtown businesses.

What opened in the 3rd quarter

  • @Properties, a Chicago real estate firm, opened an office in September in long-vacant space at 1821 Benson Ave.
  • Bien Assorti, a nail salon, opened over the summer at 626 Davis St., in the space formerly occupied by The Architect’s Wife.
  • Chicago Costume, a temporary or pop-up holiday costume store, just opened in the former Pier 1 Imports space at 1612 Sherman Ave.
  • The Cellar, 820 Clark St., a restaurant from the owners of the Stained Glass Bistro around the corner on Benson Avenue, opened in September.
  • Enigma Cafe, a coffee shop, opened in July in the space at 1620 Orrington Ave. formerly occupied by Cafe Ambrosia.
  • MecaFresh, a sandwich and salad shop, opened at 1840 Oak Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Reverence.
  • Frida Hair Studio opened at 1005 Davis St., in the space formerly occupied by Davis Video Sales and Rental.
  • Orthodontics by the Lake, 1572 Maple Ave., opened in a space formerly occupied by a real estate firm.
  • Solutions through Prayer, 1619 Sherman Ave., opened in July in the space formerly occupied by the card shop Papyrus.
  • What the Food, a new restaurant at 822 Clark St. owned by David Lee, who ran Chinoiserie in Wilmette, opened in September, replacing The Big Ka Hoo Na Hawaiian BBQ, which closed in March.

What closed

  • Davis Video Sales & Rental, 1005 Davis St., closed in July. It’s been replaced by Frida Hair Studio.
  • Maple Avenue Gallery, an art gallery at 1741 Maple Ave., closed in July. It’s space soon will be occupied by Buffalo Wild Wings.
  • Reverence, a restaurant at 1840 Oak Ave., now replaced by MecaFresh.
  • Silk Road, a jewelry and accessories store at 531 Davis St., whose owner plans to reopen at 2120 Central St. this month.
  • Untitled, a clothing shop at 812 Church st., closed in September.
  • Wild Child, a children’s clothing store at 612 Davis St., closed over the summer.

What moved

  • Chaz Nutrition moved from 1613 Benson Ave., to 612 Davis St., the space formerly occupied by the Wild Child clothing store.
  • Prudential Preferred Properties merged with Rubloff real estate in September and has moved from its office at 1600 Orrington Ave. to Rubloff’s space across the street in Sherman Plaza.

Expected to open this fall

  • Buffalo Wild Wings, a restaurant at 1741 Maple Ave., is currently interviewing prospective workers for a scheduled fall opening in the space formerly occupied by Maple Avenue Gallery.
  • Edzo’s Burger Shop, 1571 Sherman Ave., is scheduled to open in October in the space formerly occupied by Pita Pete’s.
  • Vinic Wine Company, 1509 Chicago Ave., is still undergoing renovations for a planned fall opening.
  • The Ultimate Chicken Bar, 1739 Sherman Ave. is also hiring, looking toward opening this fall in the space formerly occupied by the Gary Poppins popcorn shop

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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