Downtown Geneva is known for its plethora of local shops, from home décor and antiques to women’s apparel and jewelry. Until recently, one thing had been missing – a men’s clothing boutique. Ivy Love Boutique, which opened in January, is filling that gap in the downtown Geneva shopping scene.
The State Street boutique carries trendy men’s and women’s clothing, unique gifts and products, and even has an on-site hair salon.
“The boutique has been a tremendous success so far,” says David Cane, co-owner of Ivy Love. “The feedback has been amazing and we’ve had so many repeat clients.”
Cane opened the boutique with his girlfriend, Maria Kanakaris of St. Charles, who was a hairstylist in Crystal Lake for 20 years. The duo was originally looking to open a salon with a small boutique attached. But when they found the perfect location – a building built in 1848 – the old plumbing system couldn’t handle a full salon. So, the couple changed course and opened a full boutique with a one-chair salon.
Kanakaris does haircuts and color in the salon, and also stocks the women’s retail selection. Cane picks out all of the men’s products. He says he looks for a more rugged, modern look, while keeping an eye on the latest brands and trends.
“We’re always looking for something unique and different. We’re always trying to find the latest creative idea,” Cane says.
The shop carries both recognized and exclusive brands for men, including Hudson, AG, Buffalo and Supreme. The shop also will be adding Diesel to its roster soon. There also are more than 30 different women’s brands, such as Hudson, Level 99, DL1961 and Julian Chang. Other products include accessories, hats, bags and jewelry.
One of the shop’s hottest products right now are the trendy S’well stainless steel water bottles. The sleek bottles come in a variety of colors and can keep beverages hot or cold for up to 24 hours.
The Giving Keys necklaces also are popular. The philanthropic brand sells jewelry made with hand-etched keys, which helps employ those transitioning out of homelessness in the Los Angeles area.
Cane says that being the first men’s boutique in the area requires breaking down some barriers, but the reception – so far – has been positive.
“The biggest challenge is getting men, when they come in, to embrace it,” he says. “Going into a boutique for a man can be a little intimidating. It’s exciting to see how the men react and how they embrace it.”
The store gets plenty of local shoppers, as well as visitors from near and far.
“We get people from all over. It’s like a new surprise every day,” says Cane. “We’ve made a lot of new friends. We hear a lot about their lives; we know about their kids and their families. You never know who’s going to walk in the door.”
If you go
What: Ivy Love Boutique
Where: 123 W. State St., Geneva
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday