News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Cindy Rudman

Harper Court location of NoteworthyNotes to close February 1

The Harper Court location of NoteworthyNotes will close on February 1, 2018, with a store-wide sale beginning Friday, January 5 and continuing throughout the entire month. The gift and stationery store, located at 5231 S. Harper Court, originally opened for business on November 20, 2015.

Cindy Rudman, NoteworthyNotes owner and University of Chicago Booth School of Business alum, launched the business in 2000 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, moving to a storefront location at 3629 N. Halsted Street in Lakeview in 2010. The store has built a following as a source for personalized gifts, invitations and stationery, as well as housewares, bags, and jewelry. The closing of the Hyde Park store will allow Rudman to consolidate operations and focus on the Lakeview location.

Rudman, a former Hyde Park resident said, “The Hyde Park location was a great opportunity to connect with a new customer base, and we’ve enjoyed being a part of the local business community over the past two years. We will miss seeing our customers regularly and hope they will allow us to continue to serve them at our Lakeview store and online.”

“NoteworthyNotes has been a positive addition to Harper Court,” commented Aaron Bartels, Executive Director for UChicago’s Commercial Real Estate Operations group. “The store offered a product line unique to the area and was an active participant in many neighborhood events, such as Hyde Park Holly-Day.”

NoteworthyNotes opens at Harper Court, with ribbon cutting scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10

Harper Court’s latest retailer, NoteworthyNotes, will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, Dec. 10, with an official ribbon cutting taking place from 6:00-6:15 p.m. The stationery and invitations store, at 5231 S. Harper Court, opened for business on Nov. 20.

Owned by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business alum Cindy Rudman, NoteworthyNotes launched in 2000 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, and moved to its storefront location in Lakeview in 2010. The retailer has become a trusted resource for custom wedding, mitzvah, and party invitations, as well as personalized stationery, self-inking stamps, holiday cards, and much more.

In addition to traditional stationery items, NoteworthyNotes is a source for personalized gifts with speedy turnaround times – including tote and cosmetic bags, key chains and luggage tags, clipboards and pens, water bottles and travel mugs, coasters and cutting boards, and many other items. The store offers unique gifts for everyone from babies, kids, and teens to business colleagues, teachers, family, and friends. Rudman and her team are happy to make suggestions for the perfect gift.

NoteworthyNotes also offers embroidery services to add a name, monogram, or initials to many of the store’s products. Customers may even bring in items purchased elsewhere for personalization.

“I am excited to bring NoteworthyNotes to Hyde Park, the first place I lived when I moved to the United States,” commented Rudman, a Montreal native. “I am eager to meet members of the community and tailor the offerings at the Hyde Park location to their needs.”

“NoteworthyNotes is a niche retailer with a history of success with personalized gifts and stationery,” commented James Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial real estate operations for the University. “It fills an unmet need in Hyde Park and can become a specialty shopping destination for area residents, students, and visitors.”