Coquelicot Gallery & Café Fills Niche for Fine Art, Gourmet Cuisine
Coquelicot Gallery & Cafe offers one of Rolling Meadows’ most unique shopping experiences: a space where customers are free to indulge both their artistic and culinary tastes.
The Gallery offers a stunning collection of jewelry, fine art, home accents, housewares, and other items created by a global roster of artists.
The Café, meanwhile, provides a revolving seasonal menu of gourmet entrees, salads, wraps, scrumptious desserts, organic coffees and teas, and other beverages.
“We strive to offer a place where people may satisfy their craving for fine art and gourmet food,” explains Nana Takahashi, who co-owns the gallery with her mother, Hisami. “We offer artistic cuisine and a boutique shopping experience all under one roof.”
Vibrant, Welcoming Environment
The mother/daughter business partners opened Coquelicot (pronounced Ko-Kli-Ko) Gallery & Café in early 2018 to offer a local destination for people who share their passion for fine art.
“Nana and I have always enjoyed traveling and visiting art galleries around the country,” recalls Hisami, a jewelry artist herself. “We looked at each other one day and said, ‘We should try this ourselves!’”
“There’s something special about visiting a great gallery,” Nana adds. “It’s what we aim to provide: a vibrant, welcoming environment that stands in contrast to the stale world of e-commerce.”
Support Artistic Endeavors
The Takahashis curate the gallery’s collection themselves and are always on the lookout for “beautiful, unique items that stir emotion,” Nana explains. In fact, Coquelicot’s striking modern interior was designed to “elevate the presentation of our collection. We are always on the lookout for new pieces that will appeal to our customers,” she adds.
While committed to providing variety and value to their customers, Nana and Hisami also take tremendous pride in their commitment to support the creative endeavors of the artists whose works are on display at the gallery.
“In our experience, creative people tend to undervalue their work,” Nana says. “We believe in providing fair compensation for the pieces we sell on artists’ behalf by empowering them to determine what their creativity should sell for.”
Host Private Events
Coquelicot offers an ideal venue for catered private events – everything from corporate gatherings and wedding/baby showers to “make-your-own” jewelry sessions.
“We continue to follow all local, state, and national guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has allowed us to safely book private events on a limited basis,” Nana explains. “We appreciate customers’ patience and understanding.”
The gallery also hosted live music recitals and local artist exhibitions prior to the onset of COVID-19. Now, as the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, Nana and Hisami hope to one day resume these types of gatherings full-time.
All in a Name
Nana and Hisami named Coquelicot Gallery & Café after the French word for “poppy flower,” whose petals are a distinct shade of red, mixed with just a hint of orange.
“It was the perfect match for us,” Hisami says. “As an art gallery, we deal a lot in color. We also thought the word was musical to the ears and so pretty to write.”
Coquelicot Gallery & Café
4880 Euclid Avenue
Business Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays (12:00 pm – 7:00 pm)