P.O.S.H. takes as it’s name the acronym for Port Out, Starboard Home, the description printed on tickets for old-time luxury accomodations on steamships from England to India and back. This bit of trivia is in keeping with the shops vibe: it’s fun to look back in time.
The goods that P.O.S.H. sells: dinnerware and china originally produced for restaurants, hotel silver, and flea market finds. There is a definite gallic flavor to many of the choices, and the rest of Europe isn’t forgotten either.
Prices are reasonable for these items, which are workhorses due to their original design intent – the commercial market.
The uniqueness of the pieces in this age of mass-marketing makes P.O.S.H. a good stop for gift-purchasing. Weddings, housewarmings, even baby showers (they have cute, new baby dishes as well as other kids items) all can be covered here.
• Shopping in Chicago: P.O.S.H.