Alapash Home: Stylish Terrariums

Store Profile

  • Location: Chicago
  • Specialty: Terrariums and other home accessories.
  • Price range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Website:

Store History

  • Founded by: Marco Chavarry
  • Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

Some time ago, back home in Peru, a friend and I used to go through wonderful magazines filled with amazing pictures of places all around the world. These pictures were like little windows, escapes from the everyday routine, which would transport us to places of pure tranquility, and luxury. We called these places and moments “alapash."

The last time we profiled Alapash, we were in awe of Marco's little glass gardens. At the time, Alapash's terrariums were available in a few local stores and in their Etsy shop. Marco has since branched out and opened his own shop in the quaint Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood. We dropped in over the weekend and got these shots of the shop…

As we said back in our first profile on Alapash, Marco's terrariums are more like little worlds contained in glass than merely decorative objects. Fittingly, walking into the Alapash store feels like walking into one of those terrariums. With a dark green color on the floor and also repeated on some of the furniture, walking off of busy Montrose Avenue and into Alapash is kind of like walking into a garden oasis. The mismatched wood furniture displaying the merchandise is reminiscent of a garden shed, which is perfect for a store like this.

While Marco has scaled back his online offerings, this new storefront space gives customers the opportunity to experience the beauty of his terrariums first hand. And in addition to the terrariums already on hand, Marcos work with customers to realize their own designs.

(Images: Jason Loper)