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Five Questions with David Gutterman

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quake Collectables owner David Gutterman and his dog Kaia. Photo by Mike Fourcher.

Editor’s Note: We want to get to know our neighbors, so we picked five questions to ask all of. Feel free to ask them your own questions in the comments.

David Gutterman has lived in Lincoln Square for 14 years and ten years ago he opened Quake Collectables, at 4628 N. Lincoln Ave., a vintage toy and action figure store. Oh, and then there’s the occasional record, like the in-the-cellophane copy of Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” we saw for sale. Before coming to Lincoln Square, David kept his store on Southport for nine years.

1. What’s your favorite spot in the neighborhood?

My favorite spot is the neighborhood itself. I would say the actual square because it feels like an old time European city, a little village. You know that fountain? That general area over there.

2. What’s the goofiest thing you’ve seen in the neighborhood?

Seen lots of goofy things, but I guess every time I see the parades that go up and down once or twice a year – you know the old time German outfits. It doesn’t seem like 2010. Which also makes it a cool little neighborhood.

3. What would you change about the neighborhood?

Wouldn’t change much. Obviously I don’t like the parking meters. Having a parking meter right in front of my store means people are always asking for quarters, so that’s tough. It’s a good neighborhood, you know?

4. What’s different about the neighborhood?

Not much is really different. Not much has changed, overall, which is good. It’s a good family neighborhood.

5. Octoberfest or Ribfest?

Octoberfest. I like to dance more than I like to eat.

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