Wow! Today marks the three months of my shop small challenge. I am thrilled with the new businesses I've found and the incredible shop owners I've met. I'm also impressed with how much small business owners support one another. Yesterday I went to Total Hockey to find a few last minute Easter Basket goodies and a couple of gifts. They didn't carry toddler-size Blackhawks apparel, so they recommended I try Pro Jersey right behind them. What a find!
I've seen Pro Jersey before, and heard their ads during the Blackhawks games, but I had no idea that they were a small business. I'm so glad I was wrong- this place ROCKS!! If you have any sports fans in your life, this is the place to go. 6600 square feet of more pro sports merchandise than I've ever seen! Blackhawks, White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and Cubs (plus a few college teams).
An entire wall full of hats, jerseys, photos, posters, flip flops, swimsuits, dog collars...you name it! Anything you could put a logo on, they have. Pro Jersey is perfect for the fan who thinks they have everything, or if you're in the midst of decorating a sports theme room. They also have a great assortment of autographed sports memorabilia.
Owner Dan Verven is one of the nicest shop owners I've met. He knows his sports & he knows his merchandise. Believe me, they have a ton in stock & it can be a little overwhelming (but in a great- oh my god- I could get this for everyone kind of way!), but if you're looking for something specific ask for help. I asked for a suggestion and within 5 minutes Dan, and manager Dan, had a counter full of perfect options.
I had a great conversation with another employee and customer about the Ducks/Hawks game- they only thing missing was a cold beer. How about it Dan, add a little "sports bar" next?!
Which Chicago team do you follow? I'll bet they have some kind of fan gear you didn't even know existed!
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