Category: Desserts

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 »

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 209: Weber's Bakery

I love hearing about small businesses when friends share their favorite shops with me. But I have to admit I felt like a “johnny come lately” yesterday when everyone had heard of this place but me. Not to mention it’s been around since 1930. Apparently, I live in a box. And, apparently I was the... Read more »

Shop Small Day 198: Two Girls and a Cupcake

After a long day of hiking, you’ll definitely work up an appetite. And, you’ve burned plenty of calories climbing countless stairs so there’s no reason not to indulge in a sweet treat. Obviously someone was thinking when they decided to open Two Girls and a Cupcake less than a mile from Starved Rock State Park.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 191: Ice Cream Planet

I can’t believe I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs my entire life & I’ve never heard of this place.   Ok, the store has only been here for 15 years, but still, no excuse! It’s off the beaten path, so had I not searched for small shops in the Brookfield area, I still wouldn’t have found... Read more »

Shop Small Day 190: From Scratch Marketplace

Starting your own bakery, or any food company, can be overwhelming. Many start out as home-based businesses, until they outgrow their home kitchen.  The next step, though, renting a commercial kitchen can be expensive.   Unless, you join From Scratch Marketplace This licensed commercial kitchen provides the opportunity for local gourmet shops to create, sell,... Read more »

Shop Small Day 151: Vintage Confections

Every so often I come across a store that I hesitate to share. A little selfish bug takes over; the shop is so unique, so cool that I just want to keep it for myself. Such is the case of Day 151. They’re actually one of the companies I specifically went to see at Dose... Read more »