A Shopper's Guide to Small Business Saturday
Friday, November 23, 2012 12:00 AM by Lesley Burr
I confess, I have a bit of a shopping addiction. I can’t walk down the street without peering into every shop window, eying the designer shoes longingly and wishing for “sale” signs. But I try and resist. There is one day a year, however, where I won’t be stopping my fingers from slipping that AmEx out of my wallet. Small Business Saturday supports local businesses around the country.
I've picked out my favorite shops participating in Small Business Saturday. These gems are exceptional examples of Chicago retailers, so get out and support them.
Hat shops are rare sights in this day and age, and Optimo Hats is certainly an exception to that rule. Charles James, American’s first couturier got his start as a milliner in Chicago, and Optimo Hats harkens back to earlier times when hats were an art form. Impeccably crafted, this store is sure to entice the hat wearer in us all. Just hang on tight -- we are in the Windy City, afterall.
For any fashion lover, Roslyn in Bucktown is a haven. Featuring emerging and established designers, unique pieces are shipped to the store on a weekly basis. Each collection on display features information about the designer which not only explains the inspiration behind the garments, but gives buyers an appreciation for their work.
Eskell is a Chicago gem located in the heart of Wicker Park. The brainchild of two childhood best friends, Kelly and Elizabeth, Eskell’s quirky style reflects their love of combining innovation with vintage. Meant to last a lifetime, the store’s items celebrate the notion that fashion is a form of self-expression.
If you're as addicted to the Home Decor section on Pinterest as I am, the White Attic is that dream fulfilled. Located in Andersonville, the White Attic offers one-of-a-kind referbished vintage furniture. Turnaround time is quick -- inventory is switched up on a weekly basis -- so if you see something you like, don't hesitate. And the best part about this store? The Lamp Bar, a spot in the store (and online) where you can design a custom lamp by selecting various bases, colors, shades, and fabrics.