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Little Independent

Launched June 2011, Little Independent is a Chicago based online marketplace for sale items from independent retail stores.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Retailing / Distribution
  • Location Chicago, IL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2010
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

My husband and I own a bike shop in Chicago and, like most independent retailers, we do the majority of our sales in store and at full price. Nevertheless, slow turning merchandise can be a problem for small stores like ours. Little Independent is the only website where brick and mortar retailers work together to enhance visibility online, access new customers and turn inventory more quickly. Think ebay or etsy but for Main St. style shops.


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    Lesley Ann Tweedie

    Lesley is originally from Evanston, IL and is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Her professional career began in non-profit management and she was recognized as the Greater Chicago Food Depository's Employee of the Year in 2004. In 2007 Lesley and her husband Alex opened Roscoe Village Bikes which is one of the most well regarded bicycle shops in the city of Chicago. Lesley is very active in the local and independent business movement.

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    Anna Kalata
    Site Administrator

    Anna has an MS in Information Architecture, Technical Communication and Information Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She specializes in Drupal based site architecture planning and implementation, front-end and theme development and digital production management. Interests include Local First, local search marketing, content management systems, information architecture, user experience design, knitting, baking and corgis.


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    Arieh Flemenbaum, Griffith & Jacobson, LLC
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    Larry Little, ACT Group Ltd.

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