Chicago, IL   Telephone 312 619 8389

Evanston, IL

When Foodstuffs, the foremost purveyor of specialty foods in the Midwest, opened their second location, they wished to create an atmosphere that was midway between a food hall and a produce stall. White floors, plants, and metal surfaces express an emphasis on cleanliness and freshness to the customer. Displays, which include antique furniture, stress traditional lifestyle values and high quality.

A central island for coffee, cheese, and specialty prepared foods is distinguished by a canopy of trusswork supported by four columns that enclose refrigerator cases. The island dominates the 2,500-square-foot sales area. A pastry kitchen, fresh seafood, and meat areas are visible from the street.

Check-out and catering/will-call are combined with impulse items such as bread and flowers in the front windows. Packaged gourmet foods and wines are located in alcoves at peripheral walls.

Photography: Mark Ballogg