By Brian Marchetti
If you’ve ever struggled to find unique high-quality gifts for the men in your life, local business owner Keith Lewis plans to remedy that with a brand-new store right here in Beverly/Morgan Park.
Cardinalis Cardinalis, 9915 S. Walden Pkwy., opens its doors this month, offering a wide selection of items including well-made button-down shirts, leather bags, and shaving equipment.
“I’ve talked about doing this for a couple of years,” said Lewis, who also owns Bookies New and Used Books, 10324 S. Western. “Every time my wife and I had to buy a gift for our fathers, we had to drive downtown or to the suburbs. People need a local place to buy gifts for the men in their lives.”
The inspiration for the store name comes from the northern cardinals that populate the Beverly/Morgan Park area. In this species of bird, the males tend to be the more dapper of the two genders. When asked why the repetitive title, Lewis had a simple answer.
“The domain name for Cardinalis was already taken.”
Not only does Lewis’s plan to offer his customers high quality items, but he also wants to stock Cardinalis Cardinalis with products made in the USA and to sell goods created by Chicago-based companies.
“At Bookies, I listen and bring in the books that people want,” Lewis said. “I plan to do the same thing here and bring in the best products I can for the people in the neighborhood.”
In addition to standard items, one might find at a men’s store, Cardinalis Cardinalis offers unique pieces such as high quality pens and pencils, journals, and manly candles.
“I’m going to have a small collection of collector’s edition books that don’t fit into Bookies,” Lewis said.
Though the store caters to men, Lewis insists Cardinalis Cardinalis will serve everyone in the community.
“The store is open to anyone who likes masculine products,” Lewis said. “I want to make sure that I’m inclusive for everyone in the neighborhood.”
The Cardinalis Cardinalis ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 9 and will mark the official store opening. Area residents are encouraged to come out and support this and other local businesses that keep our community vibrant.