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        ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (April, 2004)      One year ago, two young women brought an entirely new concept in home design to the northwest suburbs.  Today, Tabitha Long and Liz Ross of Arlington Heights have taken a business of architectural treasures and created a loyal following of homeowners who wouldn’t have it any other way but “old.”

       On April 30th, Island Girl Salvage will celebrate its one year anniversary with a whole new look in its retail store located at 74 S. Evergreen in Arlington Heights.  Owners Long and Ross will be unveiling a redecorated and reorganized boutique complete with a plethora of new items, including pre-1950s clawfoot tubs (in hot demand by customer demand), vintage brass and gold doorknockers with sought-after eagle and lion’s head designs, full mantels with mirror or framed space, chrome and brass surrounds for bathtubs and shower curtains, classic wooden church pews, a new line of handmade barkcloth pillows, and a variety of beautiful garden decorations dating back to the early 1900s.

       “It will be like an entirely new store once we finish the painting, redecorating and new layout of the store in time for our anniversary celebration,” says Tabitha Long, Co-Owner of Island Girl Salvage and Arlington Heights resident.  “The excitement and success of our first year of business has sparked us to continually add to our inventory of pre-1950s architectural treasures and customers will get a first hand look of many new items when they visit the store.”

As part of its first anniversary celebration, Island Girl Salvage will sponsor a special raffle for everyone who visits the store on May 1st.  The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to use for purchases at Island Girl Salvage.  In addition, Island Girl Salvage will highlight its “Wish List” where customers can put in special requests for architectural treasures and home décor reminiscent of the 19th century.

       “You’d be amazed at the variety of items customers will ask us to search for, such as  piano keys, water pumps, hot and cold porcelain handles from sinks and tubs, anything from an old fountain shop, and one customer is looking for a “call to dinner” triangle bell, comments Ms. Ross, Co-Owner of Island Girl Salvage and Arlington Height resident.  “We really pride ourselves on offering personalized customer service and establishing a loyalty in which with many of the homeowners who visit us return to share photographs and stories of how Island Girl Salvage pieces have fit into their homes.”

Ms. Ross and Ms. Long originally selected the Rosie the Riveter image for their unique business to reflect their own hardworking attitude and belief in women entrepreneurs.  Island Girl Salvage is the only pre-1950s architectural salvage store that caters to the needs of residents in Chicago’s bustling Northwest suburbs.  

       In addition to homeowners, Island Girl Salvage appeals to designers looking for unique items that give a whole “new” flair to home décor using items from the past.  As another element of its one-year anniversary festivities, Island Girl Salvage will host sn exclusive “Designer Back Door Sale” on Sunday, May 2nd from  12:00pm  –  4:00pm in which designers will receive 10% off all merchandise in the Arlington Heights store.  

Island Girl Salvage features hundreds of items including doors (interior, exterior, back, front and French) and windows of all shapes and sizes; leaded stained glass; fireplace mantles, fenders, screens and andirons; claw foot tubs, pedestal sinks and vintage medicine cabinets; lighting (chandeliers, sconces, floor, radio and desk lamps); mirrors, hardware, ornamental woodwork and metalwork; silver serving items and decorative ware; garden ware including urns, cements, benches and planters; marble sinks and pedestals; vintage Midwestern pottery; and handmade barkcloth pillows with colorful vintage designs.

Since opening their store in April of 2003, Co-owners Ross and Long not only work personally with customers, but they also recently worked with Norwood Builders to decorate a new loft unit in Mt. Prospect to depict an eye-catching nostalgic theme for a trip back through time.  Island Girl Salvage used intriguing architectural treasures such as a 1950s school pull-down map of Europe in the kitchen and an original freight elevator gate from the 100-year-old Harley Davidson factory in Milwaukee for a bedroom headboard in the model.

       The Island Girl Salvage founders and owners don’t leave home without their crowbars and pick-up truck as they need to be ready at all times to “rescue” an authentic time period piece from a home or office on the demolition blocks.  Ms. Ross and Ms. Long do all the hands-on work for acquiring and removing the architectural treasures from existing homes and buildings.  Unlike other architectural salvage companies, Island Girl Salvage documents the lineage of the item so customers can preserve the historical heritage and have a great story to tell.  Ms. Ross and Ms. Long also work with the customers to offer installation and renovation advice, tips and contractor sources.

Island Girl Salvage is the only pre-1950s architectural salvage company in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Located at 74 S. Evergreen Avenue, Arlington Heights, Illinois, the unique retail shop provides a one-stop source for quality antique and architectural pieces to be used in residential and commercial buildings.  In addition, Island Girl Salvage is a vendor at the Colonial Antique Mall in Woodstock, Illinois and can be accessed via www.islandgirlsalvage.com or by calling 847.392.2726


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