Posts in category "Illinois"

Shop Small Challenge #299: Glazed & Infused

I certainly don’t proclaim to be a doughnut connoisseur, but when my sister spotted a shop she’s wanted to try one afternoon in the city, who am I to disagree?! Even if doughnuts aren’t your first-choice for sweets, you’ll definitely find one you like here. Glazed and Infused takes their doughnut creations to a “hole”... Read more »

Shop Small Challenge #298: The Kitchen

It’s been almost a year since I had one of the best meals of my life, in one of my favorite cities none the less. While some people feel rejuvenated at the beach, I’ll take the mountains any day. Given the choice, I’d hop on a plane back to Boulder, Colorado to eat here again.... 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 »

Shop Small Day 294: Kimmer's Ice Cream

Even though summer break is coming to a close, there’s still plenty of perfect weather for everyone’s favorite summer treat…ice cream. Then again, is there ever a time of year that isn’t perfect for ice cream? This shop is one for the books, though. Kids take note- when you follow your passion an amazing future... Read more »

Shop Small Day 293: Fleckenstein's Bakery

If you live in the Mokena area, chances are you’ve heard of this bakery. If you aren’t from the area I can give you three reasons to go now: cheese danish, apple danish, and true German/Czech kolaczkis. Fleckenstein’s has been around since 1977, so while they aren’t going anywhere, the pastry displays aren’t full forever!... Read more »

Shop Small Day 292: Zoncom Productions

Graduation parties. Weddings. Birthday celebrations. Summertime is full of milestone events and gatherings. Of course we want to capture the memories & fun, but running around with a camera all night can keep you from partaking in the festivities.  If you really want to create a memorable experience for all of your guests- you need... Read more »

Shop Small Day 291: Burritos Mi Tierra

I love finding independent restaurants. If they’re sort of on the dive side (read: comfortable like home- not scary!) with fantastic food- all the better.  It’s probably obvious that Mexican food is one of my favorites (Nueva Leon, Rito’s Mexican Restaurant, Bien Trucha, Delicia), but I can’t believe it took me this long to find... Read more »

Shop Small Day 290: Purrfect Fur Pets

Ok, let’s just forget that it’s been an obnoxiously long time since we’ve seen a Shop Small post. Of course I have a million and one excuses, but it’s all irrelevent, we’re here now and that’s all that’s important, right? Just go with me on it. Don’t think that while I’ve been away that I’ve... Read more »

Day 289: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company

You can keep your funnel cakes. Nachos are ok. Given the choice, I’m opting for the soft pretzel…every time. I even contemplated driving back to Michigan for the delicious pretzels from The Baker’s Wife. But I knew there was a spot closer to home I needed to try: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company. Embarrassingly, they’ve actually... Read more »

Shop Small Day 286: Chuck's Southern Comfort Cafe

Now that baseball season is in full swing (ha! get it?!), it means new towns and new (to me) small businesses. A recent game in Burbank led us to a highly recommended restaurant. We were told the food is great and the beer is cold…that was more than enough to influence our group. The recommendation... Read more »