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What are these orange and green decorated shops in Chicago?
March 16, 2010 2:38 PM   Subscribe

Over the past year or so, tons of shops have opened up around Chicago that all are decorated in orange and green, have no signs, are run and patronized exclusively by Mexican-Americans and seem to be either juice cafes or vitamin shops. What are they exactly?

Some of the shops have paper over the windows, sometimes there are dozens of people hanging out and sometimes there is just a person sitting at a folding table. Literally dozens have opened up within a few blocks of my home in the Logan Square neighborhood and I see them in Albany Park, Cragin, Humblodt Park and other Mexican-American neighborhoods as well. Has anyone been in one? Any idea who is running them or what they sell?
posted by danb1 to Shopping (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
It must be Herbalife. Do they look like this?
posted by eunoia at 3:11 PM on March 16, 2010


Literally dozens have opened up within a few blocks of my home in the Logan Square neighborhood

Can you give a few examples?
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 3:15 PM on March 16, 2010


Wild-ass guess (because I think you should just go in and ask):

Could they be fruit cup stands? They are gaining in popularity here in Texas. In fact, they are opening a combination fruit cup stand/drive-through automobile inspection station just down the street from my house.
posted by muddgirl at 4:12 PM on March 16, 2010


Eunoia is probably right, though. MLM scheme.
posted by muddgirl at 4:13 PM on March 16, 2010


Thanks Eunoia. That is it.
posted by danb1 at 4:19 PM on March 16, 2010


Fruit cups?
posted by cmoj at 11:13 PM on March 16, 2010


WTF? I googled this Herbalife, I don't get it. What are they selling?
posted by saradarlin at 11:28 PM on March 16, 2010


I don't get it either, cmoj, but you can bet I'm going to get one when my inspection sticker expires.
posted by muddgirl at 7:31 AM on March 17, 2010


saradarlin, here is a very long story that explains what Herbalife is.
posted by clavicle at 1:17 PM on March 17, 2010


Thanks!
posted by saradarlin at 7:36 AM on March 19, 2010


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