The key word is boutique. This store for moms and babies includes an all-organic selection of cloth diapers, chichi diaper bags for men and women, and "transition wear"--stuff to wear before "real" maternity clothes. The store also hosts a variety of events, including free entertainment for babies, pre- and postnatal workout classes for moms, and a support group for stay-at-home dads.
This 15-year-old women's consignment store sells accessories and clothes for sizes zero to 5X. Prices are low ($5-100) and there are "more than fairly traded" collections that support Vietnamese designers.
Independently owned, specializing in 'seed beads' used for detail work, with a selection vintage and modern beads from all over the world. Hosts a free Bead Therapy social group on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 PM.
Independently owned shop offering used bikes, new bikes, and flat-rate tune-ups.
The store offers sports and trading cards, memorabilia, and a Saturday Yu-Gi-Ho! tournament at 11 AM.
The Kitchen takes women with past trauma--ranging from incarceration to human trafficking--that prevents them from finding employment. Then it puts them to work making spa products for retail. In six- or 12-month spells, the women receive critical job and financial training, as well as "stress relief" in the form of yoga or art therapy. At the non-profit's retail store, shoppers can find anything from natural soaps to candles to body butter while supporting the group's work.
The t-shirts pander to the regionalist inside us all ("Northside girl --we've got everything except parking"), but the real attraction is Festa's popular holiday pub crawl, "The 12 Bars of Christmas."
The name evokes Pier One-style housewares, but the selection looks more like the Modern Wing gift shop. Wedged between two auto-shops under the Brown Line, this home and garden store-cum-gallery features an artsier touch than most. Yes, the inevitable Buddha heads are here, but the seasonally rotating indoor and outdoor decor includes work by local and international artists.
This mod yarn store is warm and cozy even by yarn store standards. It's little more than a table surrounded by shelves full of the stuff, but the shop still finds room for weekly knitting and crocheting classes for beginners and experts alike.
This store sells well-preserved vintage women's gowns, furs, shoes, and costume jewelry from the 1920s to 1980s. Prices range from $110 to 700.
Volunteers for Casa Guatemala, a non-profit that supports humanitarian causes abroad, run this year-old store. There are clothes, accessories, jewelry, chocolate, coffee, and honey--mostly South American and all fair-trade--and space in the back for community art and events.
The recession hit North Center's resale stores particularly hard; on a block of North Lincoln once studded with antique shops, Old Sau's is one of only two that remain. The store is packed with an eclectic mix of furniture, clothing, and accessories, including vintage designer bags and jewelry.
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