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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Five Things You Should Buy From Your Neighbors

Posted on 05.05.11 at 05:00 AM

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Adopting living animals is a good deed and all, but adopting your own piece of meat can be equally rewarding. Believe it or not, Old Town Social's Adopt a Prosciutto program allows you to reserve a 15-pound leg of pork, and the gastropub's charcuterie team will select one in-person from Illinois's Triple S Farms. Then they'll send you updates as your hulking hock hangs in a drying room to cure. $260, Old Town Social, 455 W. North, store@oldtownsocial.com.

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If comedic interludes come easy—but writing a simple, heartfelt message inside a greeting card is hard—consider Loaded Blanks Cards, a company that works with illustrators to come up with colorful comics that feature empty speech bubbles. Fill the bubbles with your own clever dialogue, as with this "friendship" card by Aaron Reiner. Now, go be funny. $2.95 at Chicago Comics, 3244 N. Clark, and other Chicago stores, loadedblankshq.com.


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Apple's minimalist, monochrome design is sooo 2006. Now you can dress up your desktop with Cordinated's iPod/iPhone USB cable "sweaters," handmade with colorful yarn and beads. $17, cordinated.etsy.com.


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It's as if these pendants by artist and songwriter Rachel Katzman-Farr asked, "No more Mr. Nice guy? What Mr. Nice guy?" And sometimes that just feels so right. $11 at madamplatypus.etsy.com, also available at Wolfbait & B-Girls, 3131 W. Logan. wolfbaitchicago.com.


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This is a media-saturated world, and nothing says "I care about the environment" like a reusable coffee sleeve. Cussing Cozies helps get that message out there with some sass (and the recycled materials the cozy is made from). $10 at cussingcozies.com, also available at Renegade Handmade, 1924 W. Division. —Asher Klein

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