Born and raised in Chicago, Cheryl lived and worked in Bucktown for 15 years before opening g boutique. Here’s how it happened: Cheryl and Kari wanted to write erotic fiction. After many brunches they got this crazy idea that Chicago wanted a boutique where women would feel comfortable buying everything they need for romance. Without a retail background, Cheryl called upon her theater friends to help design a comfortable boutique where people would enjoy shopping. g boutique was always imagined as a place to build and support community. That was in 2002. Here we are now, thrilled to be helping people explore their intimate relationships in a safe, friendly environment.
Secret indulgence: Lots of time in water-baths, hot tubs, saunas, pools… G book or dvd recs: Aqua Erotica (& The Magic Banana in the tub)
Kari was born in Chicago and raised in LA. She moved back to Chicago after college and, thanks to her grandmother and Cheryl’s mother, they became close friends. Fast forward through marriage, children and many glasses of wine, we get to the birth of g boutique. Kari spent lots of time in the store our first couple of years and then it was off to the burbs and her four children. Kari now lives in California with her family. She misses g boutique but does not miss Chicago winters.
Favorite Bra: Cosabella Marlene Balconnet
Favorite Sweet Treat: candy, almost any kind with no nuts (female candy, lol)
Debra retired from teaching in East Texas and joined her sister Cheryl as co-owner of g boutique. Debra gives us the “Southern” point of view and keeps our store looking great. Her love of travel fits in perfectly with owning a business in another city. She is here as much as possible and loves to be out on the sales floor meeting our customers.
Lingerie secret tip: try boy shorts, they will improve your mood
Book: She Comes First by Ian Kerner
After growing up a military brat, Mia has made Chicago her home now for almost 10 years and is a freelance graphic designer when she isn’t helping our customers make informed choices. Mia nurtures her love for Roller Derby by coaching a junior league and participating whenever she has the chance. Mia says she likes everything nerdy but we think she is on trend with her love of cosplay, sci-fi and comics.
Alexa comes to us from Long Island, NY via a few other places. A fashion Business Major at Columbia, Alexa brings her style and artistic sensibility to g boutique. She is passionate about analog photography-check out her work online at sedatezine.com and likes sci-fi, Prince, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac. At g boutique Alexa really enjoys working with people who have chosen g as the place to buy their first toy. Alexa is happy doing what she loves as long as there is some candy around.
Somebody needs to do the hard stuff and we have Jane. A perfect fit for g boutique, Jane not only keeps our books straight, she also adds creativity in marketing and display to the g mix. Coming to g from across the pond, Jane offers an international flair. Her lovely accent is wonderful on the phone.
Favorite Panty: Hanky Panky thongs
Bath or Shower?: Shower to feel clean; Bath to feel relaxed