• Shorts by Ali Ro

Wednesday night the new Southport boutique Cerato Boutique threw its opening party. Cerato carries pieces by local women’s clothing and accessory designers as well as collections by other small labels. In the past year and half or so many Chicago designers have told me how difficult it’s been for them with so many small, independent boutiques closing; it’s not that big of a deal for a relatively established New York line like Vena Cava if a store or two shuts its doors, but for these folks iit can be a serious financial setback.

Cerato provides an unintimidating north-side showplace for their work. Spring and summer dresses in sherbet shades as well as bright printed short-shorts were a theme when I stopped by.