Last Updated on by Mitch Rezman
Windy City Parrot was hatched in 1993. It is comprised of the following entities.
WindyCityParrot.com – Internet Sales
Website launched 12/31/01
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique
Open 5 days a week with the best selection of bird & parrot supplies in the Midwest
About the owners
Catherine Tobsing is the President of Windy City Parrot, Inc. Catherine enjoyed exotic birds as a hobby for many years before becoming an avian supply vendor in 1993. The birth of WindyCityParrot.com came on the heels of reduced bird fair attendance after 9/11. Opening the Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique on Chicago’s northwest side enabled feathered companion enthusiasts to benefit from feedback Catherine received at more than 500 avian events spanning a decade.
Undaunted by the total loss of her business due to a devastating fire on June 23rd, 2005, Catherine’s management ability was stretched to the limit with hundreds of orders and no inventory or computers.
Overcoming that tragedy and two moves later, Catherine oversees fulfillment from the new compact Birdie Boutique in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. When she’s not overseeing shipping she is the buyer for all the categories at windycityparrot.net except cages & stands which Mitch orders.
Catherine excels at website design. Cooking and collecting avian antique objects d’art are hobbies she enjoys as time allows.
Mitch Rezman is Vice President and General Manager. Mitch’s history of outside sales covers two tangible product sales categories over 25 years. He brings fresh marketing views to a once cottage industry. As a managing partner in a 110 salesperson home improvement organization, a manufacturer’s rep for 18 branded lines working through regional and national wholesale distributors, Mitch has enabled Windy City Parrot to enjoy unprecedented growth
In June 2005, the Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique suffered a fire that took the store from us. In September 2005, the Windy City Parrot Outlet Center opened at 2007 W. Fulton St in Chicago on the Near West Loop side of Chicago
We moved to a larger facility in April 2008 but felt the space was unsustainable due to the rapid economic downturn.
Downsizing to financially fit the new economic landscape we moved to Ukrainian village in 2010 but as time dragged on we began to “at-risk”. By 2016 we had to keep the front door locked, to stop the shepherding out drunks, drug users, and shoplifters.
A new chapter began in the spring of 2019 when we picked up and moved to a new (old) live/work space in Lake County, IN ~ Read more:
Windy City Parrot
618 E. Commercial Ave
Lowell, IN 46356