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 282: Prisco's Fine Foods

Now that I don’t need 17 layers of clothes to go outside, I’m happily exploring for amazing small businesses again! While everyone in oohing and ahhing over Mariano’s, I found a different grocery gem.  Although more grocery stores are moving toward a grocery “experience” with their lunch stations (Whole Foods has a grilled cheese cart... 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 »
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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 »

Shop Small Day 278: MCAI

I’m not certain if today’s business/service truly qualifies as a small business, but the experience definitely sets it apart from the rest. Ok, ladies. Today we’re talking about ta-tas. Particularly, getting yours checked. If you’ve been delaying your annual (or first) mammogram because you’re nervous…your anxiety will be calmed at Midwest Center for Imaging. Apparaently... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 277: Top 7 of 2013

Ok, it was nearly impossible coming up with my 7 favorite small businesses of 2013. So, I had to create some criteria to narrow the selection a bit. (A) 2013 had to be the first time I visited the shop (I was already a fan of Peter Rubi and Pet Supply Outlet before 2013), (B)... 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?  Probably 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 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 »
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Shop Small Day 274: Ewa's Market & Deli

It’s about that time of year. There’s been holiday dinners, parties, and leftovers galore. No one feels like cooking or grocery shopping. We’ve had our fill of meals out, and we wish dinner could magically appear. Thanks to Ewa’s Market & Deli it can. The former location of Freedom’s Market now houses a new polish... Read more »