Category: Desserts

Shop Small Day 210: Hazel Marie's

Every small town needs an ice cream parlor, right? I mean Main Street and ice cream just go together. Unfortunately, for too many years, Plainfield didn’t have one. Sure, you could get a scoop, but a true, go to town for, old school ice cream shop didn’t exist. Until this month. Local residents Tammy and... Read more »

Shop Small Day 302: Foxy's Ice Cream

It’s been too long since I’ve written a “Shop Small” post, I think Latinicity was the last one. It’s definitely not for lack of fantastic small shops, more likely poor time management on my part! Since it’s a holiday weekend. And, since Labor Day always feels like the official end of summer, ice cream is... 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 »
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Shop Small Day 294: Kimmer's Ice Cream

Even though summer break is coming to a close, there’s still plenty of perfect weather for everyone’s favorite summer treat…ice cream. Then again, is there ever a time of year that isn’t perfect for ice cream? This shop is one for the books, though. Kids take note- when you follow your passion an amazing future... 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 »

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 »
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Shop Small Day 282: La Michoacana

I mentioned last time that I went to Aurora specifically to try Prisco’s, but found another surprise stop on the way home. Not even a half mile down from Prisco’s, two words caught my eye…homemade and ice cream. Quick u-turn and I found myself in a cool (no pun intended) new shop...La Michoacana. Even though... 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 »

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 »
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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 »