Whether you want to improve your local economy or are looking for more personalized service, there are many benefits to shopping local. And on Chicago’s North Shore, there are plenty of ways to do so. Here are just a few of the local businesses you can support the next time you shop (and find a complete list of stores here).
Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston
When you’re looking for that perfect book to bring on vacation or need a gift for the bookworm in your life, make your way to this local, independent bookstore. Not only can you find the season’s hottest reads and most beloved classics, but you can also take part in events like storytime and author talks, shop book-related gifts, sign up for a book-a-month subscription, and more.
Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony
1901 Central St., Evanston
If you’re looking for that perfect special occasion outfit for the kids, or simply need to update their wardrobe for the new season, stop by this adorable children’s boutique. In addition to high-quality (and cute!) clothes, you’ll also find toys, books, and accessories that are perfect for gifting.
735 Elm St., Winnetka
Pick up items for your own home (furniture, pillows, mirrors, lighting, and more) or find the perfect hostess, wedding, and holiday gifts. And keep an eye on the shop’s calendar for upcoming events.
907 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Need to update your own wardrobe? Skändal brings you the hottest fashions from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and The Netherlands. Shop sweaters, tops, boots, dresses, and even home goods from brands like Ilse Jacobsen and Odd Molly.
Happy Husky Bakery
2601 Prairie St., Evanston
Don’t forget about your furry best friend! Treat them to fresh-baked goodies only made with “human grade,” all natural ingredients, because as this bakery says, “All dogs deserve to be happy and healthy!”
Village Toy Shop
807 Elm St., Winnetka
Your kiddos are probably frequently reminding you about the latest must-have toy they’re eager to add to their collection. Whenever their birthday or the holidays are close, be sure to stop by this local toy store that’s been in business since 1948. This shop even offers free gift wrapping and free local delivery, making your shopping even easier.
Illinois Nut and Candy
3745 W. Dempster St., Skokie
Whether you have an event coming up or simply want to sweeten someone’s day (even if that someone is you), you’ll find a plethora of delicious treats here (more than 600 confections, actually), including gluten-free, organic, and vegan offerings. This shop is always looking to “raise the candy bar” and is the largest Kosher candy store in the Midwest.