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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 »

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 »

Conveniently Green: a new guide to healthier living

I didn’t grow up on a commune, and I wasn’t home schooled. Though I’ve traveled extensively, I’ve never slept in a tent. And, while dinners when I was a kid were generally made from scratch, I ate fast food for lunch…often. When my kids were born I made their baby food- really I just pureed... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 284: Rito's Mexican Restaurant

For the sake of argument, let’s just say I get a little cranky when I’m hungry. When it’s 7:00 and we haven’t had dinner, I don’t feel like cooking, and I’m sick of leftovers…well…things can get a little ugly. Wisely my husband diffused the situation by suggesting a Mexican restaurant not far from our house.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 283: The Find Market Event

This one has had me stumped for a while. Early in the challenge I wrote a negative review and decided that I never wanted to do that again. I’ve definitely been to small shops that I’ll never return to for various reasons (biggest pet peeve- don’t ignore your customers!), but I decided to not write... Read more »

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 »
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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 276: The Year in Review

The question I’m most often asked… are you running out to Target on January 1st? ┬áProbably not. Although I missed the convenience of running in for a gallon of milk, I really don’t think there were any big chain stores I truly missed this year. I certainly didn’t miss long lines, heavy traffic, or credit... 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 269: My Happy Feet

This past week, three different women have told me they need to start taking better care of themselves. They workout, eat healthy, but feel they rarely take much-needed time┬áto relax. When there’s cleaning to do, holiday gifts to buy, and a never ending to-do list, sitting down to read a book for an hour to... Read more »