Category: Clothes & Shoes

Shop Small Day 285: Big Frog

It’s that time of year when there’s something going on every weekend: graduations, tournaments, charity runs, vacations, and reunions.  You run (ok, maybe walk) a 5k and you get a cool t-shirt, right?  Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create an awesome t-shirt for your next event without it resembling an old “Todd’s Corner”... Read more »

Shop Small Day 281: Cracker Jax

Sometimes treasures aren’t found in neatly organized racks and display cases. Finding a hidden gem is more rewarding when you stubble upon it wondering how someone else could’ve missed it. Much like discovering the prize at the bottom of the box, you can find rewards digging through Cracker Jax. If neatly organized, color cordinated clothing... 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 »
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Shop Small Day 270: Have to Have Boutique

As soon as I walked into this boutique I could tell it was under new ownership. How? Within the first minute I was in the store, two different people greeted me and asked if I needed any help. Biggest pet peeve shopping? Being ignored. Just a friendly “hello,” or “I’ll be right with you,” goes... Read more »

Shop Small Day 267: Small Business Saturday

 Anthropologie enthusiasts will love the cozy home feeling of <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/05/day-129-room-363/" target="_blank">Room 363</a>.  Fabulous clothing, decor, and hand-crafted items.
Had your fill of Black Friday craziness? If you’ve waited all year for Small Business Saturday to shop small, thanks for finally joining us! Time to shop local and bring some love to our neighborhood stores. Throughout the year I’ve found some incredible shops for everyone on your list. You could, quite easily, finish all... Read more »

Shop Small Day 265: Gifts for the Sports Fan

You'll find the best sports fan selections at Pro Jersey.  Cool products you won't find anywhere else for pro and college teams. To read about Pro Jersey <a href=" http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/03/day-90-pro-jersey/" target="_blank">click here</a>.
It’s that time of year…holiday shopping.  Hopefully you’ll add a few small shops for your gift buying.  I’ve found so many great shops along the way, so I thought I’d help gather a few of them by theme to make life (and shopping) easier.  Looking for a store I featured but can’t remember the name?... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 253: Holiday Markets, part 2

Ok, city friends. Part 2 of favorite holiday markets is a little closer to home for you. Shopping small stores is fantastic, especially this time of the year, but markets are cool too because you find a ton of people passionate about their crafts. The more support these vendors receive at these markets may lead... Read more »

Shop Small Day 248: AnaBanana Kids

It’s sort of bitter-sweet when your daughter grows out of the adorable children’s clothes. No more outfits on tiny hangers that make you croon “ohhh…so adorable!” Of course, it’s nice being able to raid their shoes and closet too once they get older. Even though my daughter is beyond the size ranges for this boutique... Read more »

Shop Small Day 238: Bella Roba

My biggest pet peeve of any store, big or small, is being ignored. A simple “hello” or “I’ll be right with you” speaks volumes to me about a store’s customer service. I have to say, though, I had the best store welcome EVER when I found Bella Roba. Seriously, how could you resist going into... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 237: Two Shopaholics Boutique

Here’s tip for checking out new stores while you’re out with the husband and kids. Stop at The Popcorn Shop first. Then, they’re happy strolling through town with their penny candy and popcorn, and you can duck in and out of stores kid-free! That’s how I discovered Two Shopaholics Boutique. This boutique is really several... Read more »