Gotta be honest, Black Friday has never been our thing. We appreciate experiences, like a rock climbing class or cooking night, or those one of kind items that no one has. Tickle Me Elmo can keep his hands to himself…we have better gifts to choose from. This Saturday, let’s support our neighborhood businesses that we love and give our fam and friends something to brag about. Here’s 5 places we frequent in the Chicagoland area as well as some bonus best neighborhood tips to Shop Small.
For your vintage modern clothes lover: Jayne Boutique – Forest Park
One of Kate’s favorite gifts from Monica originated at Jayne Boutique, a soft fleecy reindeer neck scarf-now lost and mourned often. Jayne Boutique satisfies your desire for quaint dresses, lined holiday leggings (tasteful of course) as well as organic body products, one of a kind home goods and shoes.
For Kid’s Gifts: Cat and Mouse Games -West Loop, Chicago
When’s the last time you sat down and played a board game? Beware: these things can be addicting and make you spend face time with your loved ones. Cat and Mouse Games has a wide selection of board games, toys and children’s books. Try out Settlers of Catan if you dare.
For that crazy friend you love through thick and thin: Paper Doll – Wicker Park, Chicago
Yes, a unique gift shop with an adorable fuzzy pug that hangs out with you as you shop! Paper Doll is the place to be. If you’re looking for a quirky touch of obscenities on a birthday card or hand made goodies, your choices are sure to surprise and delight.
For your coffee fanatic: Bowtruss (6 Chicago locations currently)
Your java lover will freak with the gift of a coffee roasting class or coffee subscription to this ever expanding micro-roaster.
For your hipster sister: Wolf Bait & B-Girls – Logan Square
Wolf Bait & B-Girls delivers your desires for up cycled earrings, and has the best reasons for why you should shop local!
If none of these meet your shop small needs, check out these best neighborhoods to shop small (in no particular order). With dozens of local clothing stores, gift shops, food and drink options, you are sure to find your local love.
- Logan Square
- Hyde Park
Where’s your top pick to shop small?