The Winter Artisan Market @Navy Pier (Chicago, IL)

November 25, 2019 - January 10, 2020 (Chicago, IL)

Once again, SOKONI & QCDC are partnering to provide opportunities and platforms to help our local businesses become more profitable, sustainable & scalable. 

From November 25 - January 10, we present the Winter Artisan Market. A storefront pop up shop at Navy Pier (Chicago, IL).


Local, national and global shoppers will experience the brands that represent the talent and essence of our Chicagoland neighborhoods. 

Check out our event's website for more details!

Terrand Smith Speaking at Ancilllary Retail Expo 2020

February 3-4, 2020 (New Orleans, LA)

Join 37 Oak's Founder/CEO, Terrand Smith, at Ancillary Retail Expo 2020!


Smith will discuss how pop-up retail intersects with community engagement — and how property owners and tenants can work together to create successful concepts.

Scaling Up!! For Retail Growth

September 21, 2019

Then you need to understand the important role manufacturing plays in this.


Our October 21st panel of retail, distribution, manufacturing, supply chain experts & product entrepreneurs will help you get started the right way.

Retail Technology & Innovation Conference

Monday, September 20, 2019

In order for our local retailers to be more profitable, sustainable and scalable, there is no doubt that they need to adopt technology and innovation. 

Often times, the thought of these 2 topics can be intimidating. And more so, there are misconceptions that it need to be costly, timely and complex. This Retail Technology and Innovation Conference is not only here to debunk those myths, but to being information and solutions to the doorstep of our local retailers. 

For the second time, 37 Oaks + MSBARC are partnering to host this event at IIT, and with prime sponsor Yelp!

The SOKONI Experience is Expanding to Washington DC

August 29, 2019

We are excited to announce the launch week of the SOKONI experience from Chicago to Washington DC. Click here to learn more!

37 Oaks Quarterly Newsletter

August 29, 2019

We have been busy this summer. Check out our latest partnerships, developments, platform enhancements and events. 

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37 Oaks = Retail + Innovation + Economic Development


We are very excited about our partnership with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce in this innovative retail initiative.


This February, we will be launching The Artisan Collective- a year long pop up model that is designed to prepare growing businesses to open their own store front businesses in the South Shore Community.


More details to come. Stay tuned.


37 Oaks’ Founder and CEO, Terrand Smith is excited to be back on the “Living with Sam Graham” show, LIVE on WIIT 89.9 FM Chicago.

Always a great conversation with this team.

Tune in this Friday at 3:50 pm (cst) to hear us talk about retail, innovation and other good topics.

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37 Oaks Top 10 Moments of 2018

January 08, 2019

37 Oaks had a great 2018!

There are many amazing moments to share, but we want to highlight 10 in particular.

Check out or top 10 moments of 2018!

Innovative SOKONI Pop Up Platform Sparks Economic Development in Matteson, IL

January 07, 2019

Just like everything else at 37 Oaks, SOKONI (a sub brand) focuses on the intersection of Retail + Innovation + Economic Development. 

This past holiday season, 37 Oaks entered a strategic partnership with the Village of Matteson (Chicago South Suburb Community) to help spur economic development by repurposing vacant commercial real estate; attracting growing brands and retailers; creating jobs; offering a shopping point of difference and helping strengthen retail acumen with local brands. 

Read the full article on the cover page and Page 6

37 Oaks Develops Innovative Retail Platform for Chicago Youth (Chicago Sun Times)

January 06, 2019

Under the vision of West Side Health Authority, a (non-profit organization that has served the Austin neighborhood and the greater west side of Chicago since 1988), 37 Oaks' was focused on developing an innovative mobile retail platform that guided 8 Austin based youth (West Side Chicago) towards ownership and operation of this business.   

This 12 week program was in partnership with We Are Light, a nonprofit dedicated to tackling poverty, in which their Founder & CEO Demetrius Brooks led the Community, Leadership and Advisory portion of this program while 37 Oaks Founder and CEO led the business modeling, entrepreneurship training and operations of the innovative business.

Check out the Article for the full story. 


November 14, 2018

37 Oaks is honored to be featured in the November/ December 2018 issue to Ancillary Magazine (page 16).


This issue highlights some retail & commercial real estate innovators and how their focus on independent brands can help shift these industries. 

37 Oaks' sub brand, SOKONI (, has been partnering with amazing economic development organizations and real estate companies to use retail to revitalize communities.


Our retail based platform is not just a great place to sell product, but has a purpose to create jobs; build profitable and sustainable entrepreneurs; create a retail point of difference and repurpose vacant commercial properties. 

Check out the article to learn more about what we have been up to. Contact us directly at if you are interested in partnering .

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