Category: Household items: decor, kitchenware

Shop Small Day 242: Longfellow Designs

Ever since I’ve had my business, I have done a few vendor shows each year. But, I never really had a sign I loved. It seemed hypocritical to own an eco-friendly company and have a vinyl sign, and the ones I made myself really didn’t cut it. Let’s just say, no one is knocking at... Read more »

Shop Small Day 238: Bella Roba

My biggest pet peeve of any store, big or small, is being ignored. A simple “hello” or “I’ll be right with you” speaks volumes to me about a store’s customer service. I have to say, though, I had the best store welcome EVER when I found Bella Roba. Seriously, how could you resist going into... Read more »

Shop Small Day 235: Thoughts on Target

When was the last time you went into Target and only bought the 1 item that you needed? Before this year I hadn’t either! I know.  Target is the antithisis of a small business. If you remember way back from Day 1, contact solution is an “exception” since I’m one of the few people left in the... Read more »

Shop Small Day 233: Out the Attic Antiques

You could go to the ordinary mall and find hundreds of the same item at various chain stores. Or,  you could go to the outskirt of the mall and find thousands of unique items all in one shop! Bring the family because there’s something for everyone at Out Of The Attic Antiques. This, my friends,... Read more »

Shop Small Day 227: Bring it Home "Again"

There’s something about perusing through a consignment shop that makes me feel like I’m about to find a treasure. While haphazard clothing stores make me crazy, I love the comfortable chaos searching through vintage furniture and home goods. I’d be a great “American Picker.” One of my readers must know my style well to send... Read more »

Shop Small Day 224: Good's

Last time we talked about custom tables from Conley’s. I mentioned that you don’t have to drive all the way Kewanee to see them. But, here’s another reason you should make the drive… Good’s Furniture! Pack your walking shoes because this small business is huge! 250,000 square feet huge. Yes, there’s even a glass skyway... Read more »

Shop Small Day 223: Conley's Classics & Antiques

The first piece of furniture that my husband and I bought together was our kitchen table. That was almost 17 years ago. The table has made it through three moves and is just as sturdy as the day we bought it. Did I mention that it was handmade and cost $400 for the table and... Read more »

Shop Small Day 211: Schweppe, Inc

Food Network on 24/7? Pinned more recipes than you’ll make in a lifetime? Dream of entertaining in your outdoor kitchen? Then you will love Schweppe. If strolling through aisles of pitchers and saucepans creates a bigger high than perusing shelves of shoes, you’ll feel right at home in Schweppes. For over 70 years they’ve been... Read more »

Shop Small Day 195: Nest Vintage Modern

A few weeks ago my friend was out shopping and texted me “You HAVE to come to this store!” Since then, I’ve tried twice. Once it was just past closing time, the other time I was about an hour too early. I think the universe it actually trying to protect my wallet, it may be... Read more »

Shop Small Day 187: What's New

I get it, it’s hot out. I’m quite certain I’m the only one enjoying these 100° temps. So, if you prefer staying in the AC, you’re in luck. Remember yesterday when I said our town has two new shops? Not only are they right next door to each other, there’s an interior door so you... Read more »