Posts tagged "365 day challenge"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »