Posts in category "For the kids"

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 »

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 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 »
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Shop Small Day 248: AnaBanana Kids

It’s sort of bitter-sweet when your daughter grows out of the adorable children’s clothes. No more outfits on tiny hangers that make you croon “ohhh…so adorable!” Of course, it’s nice being able to raid their shoes and closet too once they get older. Even though my daughter is beyond the size ranges for this boutique... Read more »

Shop Small Day 237: Two Shopaholics Boutique

Here’s tip for checking out new stores while you’re out with the husband and kids. Stop at The Popcorn Shop first. Then, they’re happy strolling through town with their penny candy and popcorn, and you can duck in and out of stores kid-free! That’s how I discovered Two Shopaholics Boutique. This boutique is really several... Read more »

Shop Small Day 235: Thoughts on Target

When was the last time you went into Target and only bought the 1 item that you needed? Before this year I hadn’t either! I know.  Target is the antithisis of a small business. If you remember way back from Day 1, contact solution is an “exception” since I’m one of the few people left in the... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 234: September Updates

Wow! Almost 10 months into this challenge of shopping small. Although I’m not ready to even think about Christmas and cold weather, I am looking forward to buying holiday gifts from some of the amazing stores I have found throughout the year. Not to mention new ones that I’ve heard are opening soon. There are... Read more »