Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elaine Kemna-Irish cut the ribbon at Kazoom, along with owner Kristin White and staff members Robyn Isaac and Katlin Butzen

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Earlier this month, Kristin White helped cut the ribbon for her resale shop, a project that was more than a year in the planning.  Located at 1940 Dempster St. in Evanston Plaza, Kazoom buys and sells “recycled essentials” for kids from birth to 8 years old. The bright space has easy-to-find and clearly marked racks of clothing, shelves of toys and infant gear and floor space with bikes, trikes and a play area for children.

“A lot of resale shops are either niche high-end or thrift store,” Ms. White said, “and those don’t appeal to most of the people I know.” Kazoom, she said, “can be a one-stop shop for families and a place where it’s easy to shop.”

Sharing the ribbon-cutting duty was Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who said she was “delighted that you opened your store in Evanston.” Noting that Ms. White had mentioned her store as a place for mothers of young children to shop, Mayor Tisdahl said, “You’ve neglected one line of potential customers – grandparents.”

Ms. White said she hopes to open Kazoom resale shops across the country but still call Evanston home. Only open for a few days, the shop has already had a resounding endorsement, she said: “Three kids had to be pulled out of here, crying.”