Category: Specialty Shop

Shop Small Challenge #297: Moore Toys & Gadgets

It looks like a rainy weekend ahead, and the forecast calls for chilly temperatures next week. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to prepare for much colder weather that’ll be here far too soon. I’ve already moved my pup’s evening walk earlier because it’s dark by 8:00. While shorter nights could mean chilling on the... Read more »

Shop Small Day 275: Naperville General Store

In this age of technology, it’s nice to remember the “simpler” times too. You don’t find too many stores that focus on nostalgia, that’s why it’s fun to wander in one of Naperville’s newest stores: Naperville General Store. Old barrels are filled with fun candies from when we were kids, plus nostaligic pop, and plenty... Read more »

Shop Small Day 273: Go Green Baby

It’s just a week until Christmas. All wrapped and ready or doing the mad holiday scramble? If you still have little ones on your list, avoid the mall and stop by Go Green Baby. Not only are you going to find unique toys and games, you’ll also be helping out the planet. Owner, Heidi, carries... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 272: Gift cards that kick start New Year's Resolutions

A manicure and a martini?Yes, please! <a href=" http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/02/day-36-a-manicure-and-a-martini-yes-please/"target="_blank">Cosmos Beauty Bar</a>  is a full service bar within a mani/pedi salon.  Need I say more?!
I usually try to avoid giving gift certificates, they just seem too impersonal. Of course, though, there are definitely some exceptions. In fact, a gift card to any of these awesome small businesses will tell the recipient that you understand exactly what they want! New to Shop Small 2013 and want to know how this... 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 270: North Pole Magic

Although it’s wildly popular, Elf on a Shelf creeps me out. I have enough neurosis on my own, I don’t need to catch its creepy eyes out of the corner of my eye. But, I do like the idea of the elf. So, several years ago (I wish I could remember who recommended them), we... 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 266: Green Home Experts

You may have figured out by now, I’m kind of earthy-crunchy. Making green choices, though, doesn’t have to be difficult or mean hanging all of your clothes to dry. Whether you’re new to green living, looking for great products (that happen to be eco-friendly), or want one spot to shop, you’ll find it at Green... Read more »
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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 »