Here is the short sell. You spend $20, you get $30 value on stationary and any other fine items at Anjénu, Wicker Park's exclusive paper boutique, located at 1747 W. Division St. There's gonna be a big January sale there on holiday cards & paper so you can double up your discount for a ridiculous value on next year's Christmas necessities.
But you're a Grouponer; astute, shrewd. An investigative detective of the coupon world who finds not just the best deals, but the best deals on the most tasteful items and activities. Not to mention you're probably sick of shopping and out of money after this holiday season. So, great deal aside, why should you jump on this one?
Well, my broke friend, you can be broke next year again if you don't jump on the good discounts now. Break the cycle of holiday debt with some forward thinking and Groupon cutting. As for all the built up stress of holiday shopping, I'd say that Anjénu is the kind of place that relieves the stress that your other shopping outlets (Best Buy, Walgreens, Mall of America, etc.) build up in you. Anjénu is one Chicago's esteemed masters of the nice touches. The little things. It's the little things in life that get us through it all. Perfumed soaps. Clean, new socks. A porcelain serving tray shaped like a fish. Without these small comforts the weight of the world would surely crush us all. Many fail to see the light. They never treat themselves. They live uncomfortably and usually develop terminal diseases.
That's right: our oft overlooked boutiques of Chicago are not merely fashionable excesses for those with high taste. They are our post Cold War bomb shelters. Their goods - our vitamins and vaccines - keep us alive in a world full of polio. Beacons in the night. Safe havens of comfort, where the vultures of modern stress cannot circle above us.
Shop contentedly. Slide your finger tips across the grainy textures of homemade papers. Sigh. Breath deeply the air scented by the PaddyWax Candles burning in the corner. The calming acoustic music next to the fireplace is lulling you into a glorious, catatonic state of shopping delight. You are in another dimension, one rarely traversed by the urbanite, where great deals meet tasteful comfort items, rendering guiltless your compulsion to splurge. Allow yourself to be overcome by the adorableness of the irresistible onesies by Urban Smalls, wishing you had a new baby to hold, or that your older children would return to being babies again. Imagine yourself in that Pardon Moi Apron. You look good. Let the fantasies run wild in your mind's eye: that jewelry by Aqua, it's being slid onto your hand by a dapper fellow aboard the U.S.S. Perfect Night. Take these things home with you, at an amazing discount price, and melt happily into the couch. Groupon done you right.
Redeemable on any item in store. Expires 3/31/09. Valid with other store discounts (including January Christmas sale) but not valid with other coupons. Not valid on custom orders or new gift certificates. Valid for one use only. Not redeemable for cash.