Owner Kenya Renee on an Island Lavender Farm in the Midwest.

Our Story

Absolutely Anything Essential is owned by producer Kenya Renee, who is no stranger to entrepreneurship. Kenya comes from a family of business owners and credits her grandmother who taught her how to use her creativity to inspire others and deal fairly with vendors.

Her grandmother, known as Ethel Mae Robertson, who passed away September 2017 at age 92 was all about diversification. She was a known seamstress in Chicago, sold her handmade quilts, skirts and handcrafted lye soap to private clients and at local markets for over 50 years. And worked diligently to build solid foundations for her family.

Her cousins are successful small business owners as well. Owners of Hyde Park Hair Salon, the official salon of President Obama. Nita's Gumbo and Nikki Nicole Collections

With a passion for all things creative, and going back to simpler times utilizing natural ingredients and recycled remnants, all while sticking to a budget. was initially created as a pop up gift shop gracing flea markets and vendor events throughout Illinois for Pier One Import Lovers and Hobby Lobby Addicts. Over the past year Kenya has grown her business and the gift shop has become a hub for south side residents, visitors, artists and those who love crafting and inspiring others. Oops....and let's not forget the supporter of small businesses.

Absolutely Anything Essential is a retail incubator corridor that offers an eclectic ensemble of over 18 businesses under one roof offering specialty items, bath and body as well as natural hair products, gourmet treats, Chicago souvenirs, apparel, home fragrance, inspirational keepsakes, jewelry and home accents to fit our client's personal style. We have assembled an array of trimonthly local and national vendors along with skillful handmade artisans and business entrepreneurs who showcase unique product lines that embody our company's image of a "Modern & Urban Lifestyle."

Absolutely Anything Essential is nestled on the east side of King Drive and just south of 35th street in the heart of the thriving Bronzeville entertainment district of Chicago. Just a short 5 minute drive from local expressways and Chicago's McCormick Place.

Nearby Communities: Bronzeville, The Gap, Kenwood, South Loop, Hyde Park

Nearby Places to Eat: Yassa's Restaurant

We continue our efforts to be environmentally conscious in all parts of business. In fall 2016 we proudly introduced our recycle program that helps our customers reduce carbon imprints and save money on their favorite Absolutely Anything Essential product.


Who is Kenya Renee?

I use a multitude of utensils including my expressions as a platform to assist, inspire and encourage those in need of motivation.

My key focus is the breaking of the many cycles in our lives. I enjoy consulting and embrace ventures that can be orchestrated through traditional and non-traditional avenues for individuals, artists, business owners, executives, convention exhibitors, tour managers, product brands, fundraising ideas, group outings and sponsored events.