Beautiful operation and storefront. Love the message. They have really capitalized on the message by offering a wide array of products with the message. If you can imagine it, they have it...from keychains to gloves, stickers and pins, clothes for babies to adults and even pets. I really appreciate that they have the saying in a ton of languages. They've expanded on the original message by adding a lot of pithy and uplifting phrases. The place is as clean as a whistle and the staff is fantastic.
Why only 3 stars then? Well, I want there for one of their hands on activities. Inquire of them, they have many. In any case, I went to make a cribbage board. While it was super cool to see and experience the technology and big machines they use to make the products and while the instructor was really nice, the class was just not terribly organized. Frankly, we basically sat around while the instructor made each of our boards. As he was only able to do one at a time, there was a lot of sitting around time. That being said, kudos to them for offering the activities.
Ok, peace out, time to go play a game of cribbage
Review by Nerfie6 months ago
It's definitely a place worth visiting, there's a calmness to this place and the staff just seemed so calm and welcoming. It really felt like a museum more than a store and it was nice to be able to just walk though the space and be able to just unwind.
Review by Rushmeeta1 year ago
Beautiful storefront; friendly staff; awesome positive messaging! Love shopping here for gifts -- especially for baby showers, moms-to-be, Christmas, and birthdays! Really cool art that is affordable and unique; plus you can do tours and workshops in the studio! Highly recommend checking this place out!
Review by Brendank1 year ago
I stopped in on Saturday for the "Take Care gallery opening. Very positive message and atmosphere. Nice and simple place to visit. It was a nice evening of walking around and checking out the studio. Different colorful signs and décor of positive words. Walked in the back to see the many different machines where the signs can be printed out. Light refreshments were served and to mingle other
You probably have seen many signs around Chicago "You are beautiful"
These words are on fences, painted on murals, and printed on signs and stickers all over Chicago. It is a great way of reminding ourselves and others on a daily basis that we are beautiful no matter what we are facing in life.
The artist Matthew Hoffman started the movement 15 years ago to remind and to send out a positive affirmation to people of how valuable and amazing each of us are in this world. It's always great to send out positive energy across the city that is filled with negativity energy.
Be sure to go online and sign up for workshops and to check out some of their events.
Review by DeGrace1 year ago
I came with a friend here for the grand opening to check out the space and because she had donated to the initial Kickstarter campaign. They had opened up the entire space to the public to peruse the works of art as well as the machinery used to create the pieces. Personally, I was expecting little more variety but maybe in the future.
You are beautiful phrases written in 50 different languages was my favorite; it was nice to see a few lesser known languages represented. Larger pieces and clothing were scattered throughout the gallery as well. Space is clean and inviting and the intent behind space is beautiful.
Review by Erians1 year ago
LOVE this addition to the neighborhood. If you are in need of ornaments, they have them now, 5 for $20... such a good deal! The boxes are also perfect that they come in. Concept is beautiful. Love the message and creativity. Met the owner and artist and he's truly genuine, down to earth and kind. Congrats! Will return. The touch of other languages is also nice.
Review by AGoC1 year ago
So this place popped up right around the corner from me.. who knew?? I remember during my first Chicago stint, I saw one of these stickers on the inside of the door where I used to live on Damen. I did some googling and was hooked on the sticker project. I sent stickers to my friends around the world through my pen-pal project and everyone loved it. The stickers definitely spread a little cheer.
This store has stickers for sale, among a lot of other YAB stuff. Apparel, notebooks, all sorts of stuff like that.. definitely a gift givers haven. It has some significant artwork for sale too, which isn't personally my thing. The stickers are pretty much where my interest has always been.
Oh, and to answer the woman that tended to me at the register: I learned there is a small discrepancy with the Russian translation of YAB. The one you have refers to "you all (plural)" and not "you (singular)" which changes depending on formal, informal, male, or female.... good luck :D
Review by Maraque1 year ago
Great place.. GREAT MESSAGE.. great service!!!
A bit pricy but well worth it..
The back worship is really a must see to appreciate the complete artistry..
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You Are Beautiful began in 2002 as a sticker spreading a hopeful message through public art. Our goal? To be a positive force and transmit a simple idea: Everyone deserves to feel good. Established in 2018. You Are Beautiful…