Warehouse 55 had its ribbon cutting and grand opening on September 19 at 55 S. Lake St. in downtown Aurora. The line was out the door.
The market is filled to the brim with household decor, furniture, and is currently ready for the holiday season with all kinds of decorations.
The owner, Mark Allen is a self-taught designer who creates custom signs out of repurposed materials. He lives in Naperville, but he opened his business in downtown Aurora because of the building. He said that the 5,000-square-foot warehouse was a large and beautiful place with great architecture. Also, it has a good-sized parking lot for customers off of Downer Place. The building that Warehouse 55 is located in used to be a car dealership and it still has the elevator from that period.
Allen called the business a “multi-vendor co-op” where there are currently 38 vendors with vintage, handmade, and repurposed home decor, and furniture for purchase. There are some local vendors but many of them are from out of state, like Iowa and Michigan. Allen said that the design of the store is eclectic and that “the vendors each have different styles that stand out.”
Mark Allen said that “the businesses and customers in downtown Aurora have been nice and welcoming.” He is also involved with First Fridays and has been happy with how many people come out during the popular event. Allen is looking forward to having his business grow in downtown Aurora. He is excited about the growth of the downtown with new business and building renovations.
It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Warehouse 55 this holiday season and beyond for handmade and vintage decor that is restocked weekly.
Find out more information on the Warehouse 55 website.