The Silver Room’s Eric Williams: “Street peddling was probably the best experience of my life”

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Justin Kaufmann and Eric Williams

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Eric Williams, owner of The Silver Room in Hyde Park, joins Justin to talk about his career running a small business in Chicago, curating the legendary Silver Room Block Party, what distinguishes the block party from the many others around town, how he became interested in sales and retail, opening the original store in Wicker Park, what he wanted to accomplish by opening a store, when he realized Silver Room was more than just a brick and mortar store, moving the store from Wicker Park to Hyde Park, the challenges of being in a new location, being a cornerstone of Hyde Park, how Chicago has changed since he opened his store, why he stays in the city and what Chicago means to him.

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