Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 as a way to encourage people to shop local and support their community's businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, on Nov. 24, get out and start your holiday shopping by visiting the local businesses that make our community strong. Shopping local keeps money and jobs in our communities, makes our towns unique, and gives shoppers access to better and more personalized customer service. Below, find just a few of the amazing shops and boutiques that make up Chicago’s North Shore. Stop by to find everything from books and toys to pet products and handcrafted furniture.
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The Book Stall 811 Elm St., Winnetka Come January and February, you'll probably find yourself staying inside more often than you venture out, so make sure you're prepared with a few books to curl up with on a cold winter night. The perfect place to buy them? This local bookstore that's been serving the community since 1940. Whether you're looking for a suspenseful thriller, a steamy romance, that new cookbook everyone is raving about, the true story of your favorite historical figure, or books for your kiddos, you'll find it here. Not sure what you're in the mood for? Ask a staffer for their recommendation.
The Book Stall, Winnetka
Becky & Me Toys 620 Grove St., Evanston Founded by mother-daughter team Peggy and Becky Sebert, both teachers, this toy store has been introducing kids to toys that encourage quality play since 2002. Whether you're shopping for a little one on your holiday list or need a way to keep kiddos entertained on long car rides to visit family this holiday season, here you'll find everything from games and puzzles to science kits and musical toys. Stop by to see their motto in action: "Great Products. Great Presentation. Great Service."
Apricot Lane 1951 Tower Drive, Glenview The Glen Town Center is home to this trendy boutique where fashionistas will find seasonal styles at affordable prices. Plus, the store is constantly updating their stock, so you can feel confident you'll find something new every time you shop. Visit to find that perfect cozy sweater for the rest of the season or a cute scarf and gloves for your bestie.
Apricot Lane, The Glen Town Center, Glenview
Follow Your Nose 917 Chicago Ave., Evanston Don't forget about your pets! Treat your furry friends to natural food, toys, treats, accessories, grooming products, and more from this local shop. And make plans to return and take advantage of their many services, including dog walking, grooming, and training. They even provide vacation care, house sitting, and pet waste removal.
Sawbridge Studios 897 Green Bay Road, Winnetka Looking for a unique piece of furniture to liven up your home? At Sawbridge Studios, furniture, as well as accessories, barware, and candlesticks, are "made by hand, not a factory." The mission of this studio is to "support and simplify access to the highest quality, artisan-made American furniture, home accessories and giftware," and you'll find pieces by more than 80 American craftsmen and artisans.
Sawbridge Studios, Winnetka
Stella 2116 Central St., Evanston This Evanston boutique is all about chic, funky, and eclectic clothing, jewelry, handbags, home accessories, and more in a setting that welcomes socializing and networking with your fellow North Shore residents. Plus, the store's goods are always being updated, so you'll have to regularly stop by to make sure you don't miss a must-have item.
The Sweet Buddha 660 Vernon Ave., Glencoe This candy shop is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. Not only can you shop candy and gift baskets, but you'll also find jewelry, apparel, and gifts perfect for the candy-lover in your life (and gift wrapping is included!). Planning an event? Host your guests here for a fun party with themes like Teddy Bear Workshop, Slime Party, Jewelry Making Party, and Hip Hop Party.