Welcome to Jaunt, and thank you so much for visiting. We're Tory and Mark Orlando, the Owners. We opened Jaunt with the goal of bringing unique, sophisticated designs and one-of-a-kind statement pieces to your home. While some of our more exotic pieces travel to our store from all across the globe, we also focus heavily on local partnerships with artists and craftsmen throughout Chicago and across the country. It is through these invaluable relationships that we are able to curate a unique selection of furniture and accessories that we hope will make your home more beautiful and more usable.
Mark and I have spent most of our careers in Information Technology, and we only moved back to my hometown of Arlington Heights after spending nearly two decades in Washington, DC. There, Mark ran the cybersecurity operations for clients like the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Energy, and he is now the CTO of a security services firm. My work in DC centered on public policy, and now I have a consulting company that provides technical writing for federal, state, and local government agencies. We've always talked about doing something a LOT more artistic, especially because Mark went to undergrad on an art scholarship, and I've been studying interior design for the past two years. When we came back to Arlington Heights and found very few options for stylish, affordable home decor, we saw our chance.
After spending a long time salivating over mail order catalogs and window displays for big chain stores largely out of our price range, we decided that we could do better - more creative and dramatic collections, an accessible location, far better prices. Our goal is to take home furnishings and accessories from around the world, work with our favorite local artists and artisans, and bring those goods to our customers with a care and attention to detail that the big chains can't match. Did we also mention that our prices are far better since we don't have their logistics and overhead costs? Since we work with our suppliers directly and bring their goods straight to our store, we can enforce strict quality control standards throughout the production process and eliminate costly middle men. It also means that we can customize almost anything in the store - size, shape, or finish. Just ask!
You won't find anything in our store that we wouldn't put in our own home. Come visit and let us show you our finds! And as always, give us your feedback - it's invaluable! Oh, and while you're here, read more about our adventures in retail on our blog!
Tory & Mark