Category: For the kids

Shop Small Day 307: Nic's Organic Fast Food

I get it. Some days call for a burger and fries. You don’t have time to sit down, you just need to eat and get back to your day. Wouldn’t it be great if a quick, drive-thru meal could also be a little healthier? Now it can. Introducing America’s FIRST Certified Organic Drive-Thru… Nic’s Organic... Read more »

Shop Small Day 302: Foxy's Ice Cream

It’s been too long since I’ve written a “Shop Small” post, I think Latinicity was the last one. It’s definitely not for lack of fantastic small shops, more likely poor time management on my part! Since it’s a holiday weekend. And, since Labor Day always feels like the official end of summer, ice cream is... Read more »

Shop Small Challenge #297: Moore Toys & Gadgets

It looks like a rainy weekend ahead, and the forecast calls for chilly temperatures next week. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to prepare for much colder weather that’ll be here far too soon. I’ve already moved my pup’s evening walk earlier because it’s dark by 8:00. While shorter nights could mean chilling on the... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 294: Kimmer's Ice Cream

Even though summer break is coming to a close, there’s still plenty of perfect weather for everyone’s favorite summer treat…ice cream. Then again, is there ever a time of year that isn’t perfect for ice cream? This shop is one for the books, though. Kids take note- when you follow your passion an amazing future... Read more »

Shop Small Day 292: Zoncom Productions

Graduation parties. Weddings. Birthday celebrations. Summertime is full of milestone events and gatherings. Of course we want to capture the memories & fun, but running around with a camera all night can keep you from partaking in the festivities.  If you really want to create a memorable experience for all of your guests- you need... Read more »

Shop Small Day 275: Naperville General Store

In this age of technology, it’s nice to remember the “simpler” times too. You don’t find too many stores that focus on nostalgia, that’s why it’s fun to wander in one of Naperville’s newest stores: Naperville General Store. Old barrels are filled with fun candies from when we were kids, plus nostaligic pop, and plenty... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 273: Go Green Baby

It’s just a week until Christmas. All wrapped and ready or doing the mad holiday scramble? If you still have little ones on your list, avoid the mall and stop by Go Green Baby. Not only are you going to find unique toys and games, you’ll also be helping out the planet. Owner, Heidi, carries... Read more »

Shop Small Day 270: North Pole Magic

Although it’s wildly popular, Elf on a Shelf creeps me out. I have enough neurosis on my own, I don’t need to catch its creepy eyes out of the corner of my eye. But, I do like the idea of the elf. So, several years ago (I wish I could remember who recommended them), we... Read more »

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 »
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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 »