Category: Coffee/Tea

Shop Small Challenge #300: Blue Box Cafe

As most of you are probably aware, Saturday was Small Business Saturday, a day meant to bring awareness to supporting our local small businesses. I have mixed emotions about this American Express event (interesting itself since many small businesses can’t afford the transaction fees charged by Amex). Obviously, supporting our local businesses is important for... Read more »

Day 288: The Baker's Wife

You’ll have some time to digest your Fatty Lumpkins lunch while you drive from Muskegon to Grand Haven. Good thing because you’re definitely going to want to save room for dessert…or breakfast…or snack…when you find your way into The Baker’s Wife. Grand Haven itself has a cute downtown area full of small shops, even another... 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 »
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Shop Small Day 254: International Dinner

A couple of years ago I hosted Christmas Eve for my family. Since it was at my house, I figured I could put a little spin on the menu. So, in my natural “tree-hugging” spirit we created a Peace on Earth/Christmas Around the World International dinner. The meal was less about making sure all of... Read more »

Shop Small Day 253: Holiday Markets, part 2

Ok, city friends. Part 2 of favorite holiday markets is a little closer to home for you. Shopping small stores is fantastic, especially this time of the year, but markets are cool too because you find a ton of people passionate about their crafts. The more support these vendors receive at these markets may lead... Read more »

Shop Small Day 250: Paris Bistro

Ready for a quick trip to Paris that doesn’t require a passport or all of your vacation savings? I found a spot for you! Granted you’re going to a restaurant, it really does feel like you’re transported out of everyday suburban life, and far from the strip-mall. No need to pack your bags, just your... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 244: Jo & Doh!

Ok, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’ve always loved the idea of them, but in reality they just never appealed to me. Until today. It was supposed to be a just a little thank you gift for my friend, but I’m not sure if they’ll make them to her house now. Apparently... Read more »

Shop Small Day 214: The Village Grind

The small businesses in Oswego are well aware of the crowds that the Country Market brings to town. That’s why many of the shops that are normally closed on Sundays are open during the market season. So, if you wake up early to get first pick of produce (or croissants!), you can get a cup... Read more »

Day 42: Two Brothers morning, noon, and night!

If you’re from the Chicagoland area, you’ve probably heard of Two Brothers Brewing. They are the epitome of a small business, starting to make it big! Owners (and brothers) Jason and Jim are celebrating Two Brothers 16th anniversary, a great milestone for any small business. You may have tried Domaine Dupage, Ebel Weiss (my favorite),... Read more »
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