Located at 3624 W. Wrightwood Ave. in Logan Square, Kate Vrijmoet’s coffee shop, necessary & sufficient, officially opened Oct. 24 offering coffee, specialty drinks and food from local vendors and housing Vrijmoet’s art studio behind the café space.
Normally a full-time artist, Vrijmoet first looked for a studio space when her family planned to move to Chicago from Seattle in early 2017, then a school for her two daughters and lastly a house or apartment for them—like she does each time they relocate.
“I couldn’t find a centralized arts community in Chicago and it took me a little while to realize that there isn’t one,” Vrijmoet said. “The studio rents out here are double what I was paying in Seattle, so I started thinking about purchasing my own space.”
She found “the perfect space for an arts studio” in West Logan Square on Wrightwood Avenue that came with a small retail space in front.
“I noticed that [the studio] would meet my needs and started thinking about the little storefront,” said Vrijmoet, 53. “I immediately thought that given the location it would be perfect for a coffee shop.”
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