Small Business Saturday takes place every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. According to Entrepreneur, buying local helps improve your local economy, keeps your community unique and even improves your health. Plus, as Huffington Post points out, it’s better for the environment.
Here on Chicago’s North Shore, there are plenty of local businesses to support, selling everything from toys and books to wine and even baked goods for your pets. So whether you’re looking for that perfect gift for a special someone or want to treat yourself, head out to these shops on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (and keep going back throughout the year!).
620 Grove Street, Evanston
If you’re on the hunt for that hot new toy, a perfect companion for holiday travel that will keep kiddos entertained for hours or a fun and educational gift, stop by this independent toy store run by Peggy Sebert (a former teacher) and daughter Becky (a current teacher). As their website states, “In an electronics-oriented society, Becky & Me Toys is committed to encouraging play that is real (not virtual), that is active and creative and that is focused on the concerns, ideas and interests of children.”
811 Elm Street, Winnetka
If you’re trying to read a few more books by the end of the year, support this local bookstore by purchasing a paperback or two for the cold winter nights ahead. You’ll also find everything you need for the bookworm on your holiday shopping list. The Book Stall offers free gift wrapping, so that’s one more item you can check off your to-do list.
2601 Prairie Street, Evanston
Don’t forget about your furry friends! Treat your pup with a delicious goodie that’s only filled with all-natural ingredients. Whether you’re looking for something small or an entire treat box, this Evanston bakery won’t disappoint.
3745 W. Dempster Street, Skokie
And don’t forget to treat yourself! This family-owned business is the largest Kosher candy store in the Midwest. Whatever your dietary needs (gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, organic, or vegan), you’ll find something delicious here. So go ahead — satisfy your sweet tooth!
1951 Tower Drive, Glenview
This locally owned boutique is the place to shop for the latest in women’s fashions and accessories at affordable prices. Stop by to treat yourself or find that perfect gift.
897 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Located in a former horse stable, Sawbridge Studios offers a vast array of handcrafted furniture and accessories. If you’ve been looking for a new dining room table, bedroom set or something unique to give for the holidays, stop by Sawbridge Studios to explore the collection and learn about the craftsman who made these works of art.
1879 Tower Drive, Glenview
Shopping for a foodie? This family-owned business offers everything from the best extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to black truffle sea salt and gourmet pasta. Or give the gift of time spent with loved ones by booking a cooking class. Your evening will include a glass of wine, recipes, a free bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar to bring back to your own kitchen, and a tasty meal.
1511 Sherman Avenue, Evanston
Looking for a unique piece of jewelry that no one else will have? Stop by Ayla’s Orginals and choose a distinctive ready-made design or create your own masterpiece.
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