Posts in category "Illinois"

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 309: Pack a snack, we're heading to Urban Farmgirl

I understand, maybe antiques and vintage markets aren’t quite your thing (though True North was just voted #1 antique store in Grundy County!). Maybe you’re a little more Chip and Joanna and you want to channel your inner Magnolia. Rustic chic calling your name? Time for a little decor “fixer upper?” Pack a snack and... Read more »

Shop Small Day 308: Vintage shopping at True North

I’m at the point where I want to change EVERYTHING in my house. I’ve recycled decor from one room to another enough times that they’ve almost made the full circuit. My husband and I disagree on most everything, but decorating pretty much tops the list. I like everything piece to have a story, he prefers... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 307: Nic's Organic Fast Food

I get it. Some days call for a burger and fries. You don’t have time to sit down, you just need to eat and get back to your day. Wouldn’t it be great if a quick, drive-thru meal could also be a little healthier? Now it can. Introducing America’s FIRST Certified Organic Drive-Thru… Nic’s Organic... Read more »

Shop Small Day 306: Hardware Gastropub

Let me preface by saying, I am not a foodie. I’m not necessarily picky…I appreciate great food, but I tend fall on the simplistic side. I don’t need fancy ingredients. So, if you’re anything like me…make sure you have “adventurous” eaters with you when you visit Hardware Gastropub. I wouldn’t have ordered 90% of what... Read more »

Shop Small Day 304: La Flor de Morelos

When you live in a small-ish town, word spreads quickly when a new restaurant opens. Unlike most new spots, though, this restaurant’s location is receiving as much attention as its food. It’s not every day that an authentic Mexican mom & pop taqueria opens up…inside the gas station. You read that correctly. La Flor de... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 303: Crusade Burger Bar

It’s Friday. Time for a burger and a beer, right? Time to shed the week, shoot some pool, and play a little shuffleboard…and have another beer. Lucky for you, I have just the place. City friends, pack some snacks, we’re heading out to Yorkville again. This time we’re going to Crusade Burger Bar. Relax. This... 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 Day 301: Latinicity

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about a local shop- though I have several I need to catch up on- today’s is perfect for this weekend. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Sure, mom appreciates breakfast in bed (as long as you do the dishes too), but brunch is usually a more popular choice,... Read more »
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Shop Small Challenge #300: Blue Box Cafe

As most of you are probably aware, Saturday was Small Business Saturday, a day meant to bring awareness to supporting our local small businesses. I have mixed emotions about this American Express event (interesting itself since many small businesses can’t afford the transaction fees charged by Amex). Obviously, supporting our local businesses is important for... Read more »