Yesterday was a big day for us here at Thrift & Thrive, as the long awaited renovations on our downstairs showroom finally began! That’s right…in just about two months we will be doubling our size, thanks in large part to the SBIF/TIF money available to building owners that house small businesses in the City of Chicago. Between the owners of our building and others on the block, partnering with Alderman Cullerton and the Portage Park Chamber/Irving Austin Business District, since October of last year, you may have noticed some nice changes happening here in the neighborhood. Last October the scaffolding went up and construction crews completed the roof and tuckpointing on our storefront. Later in the year, contractors upgraded the HVAC, electrical and plumbing and as well, installing the fabulous new wall racks that we purchased from Simplified Building Concepts…causing some minor interruptions in our business, but nothing that we couldn’t work around. We took a break for the holidays and are back at it again with the final (and most exciting) part of the job!