Category: Bakery

One decision that altered the course of my life

So, here we go. It’s blogpalooza night. The one night a month that challenges ChicagoNow writers to write about a specific topic in one hour (remember There’s No Way I’m Eating That!). Tonight’s theme: “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse.” Just one?! We all... Read more »

Shop Small Challenge #299: Glazed & Infused

I certainly don’t proclaim to be a doughnut connoisseur, but when my sister spotted a shop she’s wanted to try one afternoon in the city, who am I to disagree?! Even if doughnuts aren’t your first-choice for sweets, you’ll definitely find one you like here. Glazed and Infused takes their doughnut creations to a “hole”... Read more »

Shop Small Day 293: Fleckenstein's Bakery

If you live in the Mokena area, chances are you’ve heard of this bakery. If you aren’t from the area I can give you three reasons to go now: cheese danish, apple danish, and true German/Czech kolaczkis. Fleckenstein’s has been around since 1977, so while they aren’t going anywhere, the pastry displays aren’t full forever!... Read more »
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Day 289: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company

You can keep your funnel cakes. Nachos are ok. Given the choice, I’m opting for the soft pretzel…every time. I even contemplated driving back to Michigan for the delicious pretzels from The Baker’s Wife. But I knew there was a spot closer to home I needed to try: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company. Embarrassingly, they’ve actually... Read more »

Day 288: The Baker's Wife

You’ll have some time to digest your Fatty Lumpkins lunch while you drive from Muskegon to Grand Haven. Good thing because you’re definitely going to want to save room for dessert…or breakfast…or snack…when you find your way into The Baker’s Wife. Grand Haven itself has a cute downtown area full of small shops, even another... Read more »

Shop Small Day 280: Stocking your Super Bowl Party

Forget cooking, cater the meal! Pulled pork, brisket, awesome cornbread, and creamy mac n' cheese are just the beginning of a delicious <a href=" http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/05/shop-small-day-148-sharkos-bbq/"target="_blank">Sharko's BBQ</a> meal.
Admitedly, my love for football essentially extends to the snacks.  Though  I won’t miss a Hawks game, I haven’t sat through a televised football game since…maybe never.  That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good Super Bowl party, though.  It’s all about the food, beer, and commercials anyway, right? Regardless of the size of your... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 279: Jarosch's Bakery

Apparently not much has changed in 2014: if I’m in a different town, I need to find a bakery! Since I was up north, I figured the best way to celebrate a great dental check-up was with a sweet treat (ignore that last sentence Dr. Curcio!). Apparently I wasn’t the only one looking for a... Read more »

Shop Small Day 271: WeDeliver

I know the story, city friends. You want to shop small but parking is a nightmare, and it’s just so convenient having something shipped to your door. Right? You just lost your excuse. How does same-day delivery from some of your favorite small businesses in Chicago sound? It’s all possible with the great folks at... Read more »

Shop Small Day 244: Jo & Doh!

Ok, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’ve always loved the idea of them, but in reality they just never appealed to me. Until today. It was supposed to be a just a little thank you gift for my friend, but I’m not sure if they’ll make them to her house now. Apparently... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 231: Honey Hill Orchard

It’s about that time of year again: more neighbors fall decorations are popping up every weekend. If part of your fall tradition includes a trip to the pumpkin patch, you’re in luck…especially if you’re looking for one similar to those you remember as a kid. Somehow, over the years, pumpkin farms became less about the... Read more »