In 2007, Kirstin and Gregor Martin purchased a piece of property on Madison Street near their home in Chicago. Kirstin had decided to pursue her dream and open a boutique. She combined her consulting background and love of weddings to create a business model including wedding themed gifts and consulting for brides. After a gut rehab of the building, Smitten opened for business in May 2008.
After making it through the recession of 2008 in it's first year of business, Smitten began to change its business model resulting in what we are today. We dropped wedding planning or consulting in favor of a custom invitation studio. We focus on this product offering now, as a supplement to our regular retail business. Smitten has also incorporated home and baby gifts to it's gift offerings, creating what we like to call a "special occasions" boutique. Capturing the essence of all the most special occasions in people's lives, engagements, weddings, new babies, and new homes. Offering products to enable and enhance those occasions for people has become our mantra!
Smitten Boutique Chicago is a small business nestled in the heart of Chicago’s most coveted neighborhood, the West Loop. We provide a range of gifts to enhance special occasions, a custom invitation studio and in-store events space for local bloggers, book signings and calligraphy classes, to name a few. We have a passion for finding unique gifts that are beautiful, innovative, inspiring and personal. Discover the playful mix of adorable baby gifts,
eco-friendly children’s toys, distinctive greeting cards, stationery boxes, local jewelry, unique wedding gifts, books and fabulous vintage finds. The boutique is filled with a mix of local and national artists allowing for a beautiful gift-giving experience. Smitten shares in your enthusiasm for finding the perfect gift for little ones to loved ones. From baby showers, birthdays, pregnancy, love, marriage, housewarming, holidays, and “just because" occasions, Smitten Boutique makes gift-giving fun for all.
Smitten Boutique is in the business of creating unique custom invitations that represent our clients’ personality, taste and style. We work closely with our local and national client base and through partnerships with leading planners such as Birch Design Studio and Clementine Custom Events for many occasions. The premier purveyor of couture wedding stationery, designing in the West Loop since 2008. Smitten Boutique Chicago offers a large selection of premier papier brands in a wide variety of styles. From letterpress to engraved, sophisticated to whimsical, modern to traditional, even 3D lucite invitations! When creating an invitation; design, fonts, calligraphy, colors, fabrics, papers, printing methods and embellishments all have to be considered. Set the tone
for an unforgettable affair with the perfect custom invitation suite. It is Smitten Boutique’s exceptional attention to detail, impeccable customer service and on-site graphic designer that set us apart from other invitation studios. We take great pride in creating a quality product for your celebration and look forward to helping you create a paper suite that sets the tone for your event!