Shop Small Day 220: Closings, changes, and updates

Here we go again. Two more small businesses are about to close their doors. This is, by far, the most frustrating part of this challenge: watching incredible shops say goodbye. Granted, some are retiring, some move out of state, but, for the most part, it's difficult competing with the chains.

However, none of those answers are the reasoning behind the two stores tonight.

After 9 years, Twist in Chicago will close their doors at the end of the month. Due to a leasing issue with the building owner, September 30th will be the last night for Twist.

imageIf you haven't had a chance to try their jalapeño gnocci, Twist mac n' cheese, or bacon-wrapped dates, hurry up!

Follow their Facebook page for nightly specials too.

The evenings are gorgeous for outdoor dining, so grab some friends to share some Sangria, and say "Salute" to Twist.

Also saying goodbye after 3 years is Thanks Jordan Vegan Cafe. You'll still be able to feed your vegan soul though.

imageThe cafe isn't so much closing as it is changing hands. The original owner will be a few doors down at the Naked Sprout Organics Market: helping others heal through raw foods.

Thanks Jordan Vegan cafe will now be under the ownership of a former volunteer, Marguerite, and will have a new name, Healthy Sins (sounds like it won't be strictly vegan either).

Although it will no longer be a non-for-profit organization, they will continue supporting several charities, namely the MS Society (Marguerite was diagnosed with MS almost twenty years ago).

Follow their Facebook page for more updates as they are announced.

imageAnother positive note... Wandering Dragon is expanding! They have already outgrown their space (though it was like a cool little secret hideaway).

They haven't announced their new location yet, but I'll keep you posted.

Per reader requests, I have started adding categories to the posts so you can search for the great shoe store, coffee shop, or ice cream store you read about but can't remember the name! It's taking a little while, so they aren't all categorized yet, soon though.

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