JOLIET, IL – Another new clothing store has opened in downtown Joliet, and this one focuses on clothing made in the 1980s and 1990s. Twin brothers Adam and Zach McDowell, as well as James Cosentino , have opened The junction July 31.
Their storefront is at 114 East Jefferson St. They are directly across from Joliet Slammers baseball stadium. The three 21-year-olds remain open from noon to 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, and from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For now, they are closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“We’ve all been collecting vintage clothing for about five years,” Adam McDowell told Joliet Patch in Friday’s interview. “We just saw a huge demand in the Joliet area for this. Some of our clothes are from the 1980s and 1990s, but they are brand new.
“We’re trying to sell these shirts that we think are cool for a good price.”
The Juncture offers several shelves of T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, jeans, clothing accessories and bags. It’s unisex and for adults.
“Our main target is children our age,” said Cosentino.
Clothes racks will change with the seasons.
With fall just around the corner, the three local friends plan to offer more pants, flannels, crewnecks and jackets. The McDowells grew up in Shorewood and Cosentino is from Joliet.
“We get new clothes almost every day,” noted Zach McDowell. “More racks and more clothes.”
The three friends say they want The Juncture to be known as “a family place”.
“A lot of our clothes are new. It’s a mix of new and used clothes,” Zach McDowell said.
The Juncture is also focused on being environmentally friendly “instead of sending all this clothes to a landfill,” Cosentino said.
“That’s a big part of why we chose vintage clothing. We also encourage eco-responsibility,” he added.
The Juncture encourages people to follow their Instagram page @thejuncturevtg. This is where they post photos of their latest inventory.
“We really love being downtown,” said Adam McDowell. “Especially across from the baseball stadium and the train station.”
“I think it will be more of a hot stop than before,” said Cosentino. “I want to see Joliet do good.”