Archive for July 2013

Shop Small Day 186: Simply Saucy

I am so excited- two new stores just opened in our small town! If you’re looking for a great hostess gift or a something new for your next cookout, you’re in luck. You’ll find everything you need at Simply Saucy Just like the name suggests, Simply Saucy is full of sauces: bbq, hot, super hot,... Read more »

Shop Small Day 185: MACS

I feel like I just discovered McDonalds right before Ray Kroc. Over the next few years I can definitely see this place popping up in college towns across the country. Because, really, by 2am who doesn’t want a bowl of cheesy mac & cheese with bacon?! Until then, though, you’re going to have to hit... Read more »

Shop Small Day 184: Tangerine

Maybe you’re heading to the Dells, or maybe further north into Wisconsin. Either way, you make it past Madison and realize “crap, I forgot my probiotics and holistic health care.” Think you’re S.O.L? Nope! Take a quick detour to historic Portage and stop by Tangerine. Only 20 miles from the Dells, Tangerine is a small... Read more »

Shop Small Day 183: Zinke's Village Market & Liquor

If you’re heading up to any of the Dells resorts, be forewarned, the food can get expensive.  And redundant.  Chicken tenders, hot dogs, and rarely a fruit to be found.   Although I usually hate having to cook on vacation,  this trip is the exception.  Since we were there for a baseball tournament, snacks, sandwiches,... Read more »

Shop Small Day 182: Alpha Beta Karma

Crappy t-shirt shop, crappy t-shirt shop, fudge, crappy… wait…what’s this?! Yes, in the “water-park capital” of America, real stores do exist! While trolling the “downtown,” my heart skipped a beat and I almost did a little dance (which frighteningly wouldn’t have looked out of place) when I came across Alpha Beta Karma Guys, if you’ve... Read more »

Shop Small Day 181: Aloha Hawaiian Shop

Who goes on a waterpark weekend trip hoping to find a swimsuit upon arrival? That would be me. Actually, I needed suits for myself and my son! My regular stand-by’s, Athleta and Target, were out of the question so we took a chance at Aloha Hawiian Shop. It paid off! Yes, it’s easier to shop... Read more »

Shop Small Day 180: The Bavarian Lodge

After a long weekend of burgers and watermelon, it’s time for something different. They’ve been in business since 1986 and I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t try them until about 5 years ago. I’ve certainly made up for lost time since then because when I want comfort food, we head to The Bavarian Lodge! Incredible... Read more »

Shop Small Day 179: Cantigny Park & Museum

Although Cantigny isn’t a store, I thought it was fitting for the Independence Day holiday weekend. Since it’s a gorgeous weekend, take some time to explore the grounds. In addition to impeccable gardens, Cantigny Park houses two museums: Robert R. McCormick and First Division. Trying to remember who Robert R. McCormick was? Born in 1880,... Read more »

Shop Small Day 178: Cookout Necessities

Hopefully everyone had a safe 4th of July filled with great food, plenty of laughs, and fireworks.  It was a gorgeous night for a cook-out, even better that the kids could play outside all night.  Maybe our summer weather has finally arrived.  Want to shop small for your next backyard gathering? These 4 shops have... Read more »

Shop Small Day 177: Black Dog Gelato

Yes, I know. There’s been a plethora of ice cream shops lately. But, c’mon it’s summertime and if I can’t have hot weather, at least I can get great ice cream. Today’s shop is in a class all its own. Since we were in the city, I decided to treat the kids to Black Dog... Read more »