Day 119: Wannemaker's Home & Garden

Remember those hellacious Sunday drives I mentioned a few posts ago (read here if you missed it!)? Those drives often led to afternoon browsing at a store that, as a kid, I couldn’t understand why my parents would ever want to be there…no toys. Funny how life goes full circle sometimes. Wannemaker’s was family run 40 years ago, as it still is today. And, it’s where I’m bringing my kids this weekend.
We need new patio furniture this summer. While my husband really doesn’t care where we find it (though I think he’s starting to shift to more small business shopping!), I’m determined to find a small business that carries patio furniture, that doesn’t cost a fortune. I had to laugh when my research led me to Wannemaker’s, probably should have just asked my mom for advice in the first place!

I love that they carry brands committed to sustainability, and
many that are made in the USA. I’m hoping I’ll have room in my budget to pick up this fantastic patio bar too (made in the USA from recycled plastics)!
Wannemaker’s is also a full scale nursery with everything you need to complete your garden or the yard of your dreams.
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While I plan on picking up plenty of flowers, I probably should stick to their succulents since I end up forgetting to water half-way through the summer. According to mom, they are the go-to place for advice for lawn and garden problems. Good thing, as a novice, I’m going to need all of the help I can get!

William Wannemaker opened Wannemaker’s Home and Garden in 1971, and in 2011 third generation family members joined the family business.  I find it a little hinky that my parents shopped there in the 70’s, and now I’m going back to do the same with my family.

Any small businesses your parents shopped that, as an adult, you now frequent?

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Wannemaker’s Home and Garden
1940 Ogden Ave.
Downers Grove, IL

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