Cool J's Apparel opens on Sangamon Avenue

Cool J’s Apparel, a women’s clothing store that owner Toni Hopkins describes as “cute meets comfortable,” held a grand opening on May 28.

“It was something that I started online last year during the pandemic,” said Hopkins. “It’s been going pretty well, so I figured I’d try to do it in-person now.”

Hopkins also works for a nonprofit but said she’s still working remotely, which gives her more flexibility. She also has family and friends who are helping her out at the store, located at 1422 Sangamon Ave.

“I rode by this building a year ago and took a photo of it,” said Hopkins. “I thought, ‘This would be a good place to have a store.’ It’s funny how things come full circle.”

The store sells women’s clothing and accessories, and Hopkins said the focus is on “every day wear, not going to a gala.” The shop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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