Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas WITHOUT Amazon.com


Before starting my job at Ray's I don't think I had ever shopped on Amazon apart from the occasional book, because that's all I thought they sold…

Cue Desiree, our Kitchen Manager at Ray's Bucktown B&B; a regular Amazon junkie, turned me on the the sheer volume of useful, ridiculous, obscure, and tempting wares that the internet giant has to offer.  And as much as I thank her for sharing the wealth (only wealth of mind, not pocket now that I spend it all regularly) I still have soft spot for that whole "Buy Local" Thing.

And so it brings me to this: This year, we challenge you to at least do some of your shopping by checking out what artisans, artists, and boutiques have to offer here in Chicago.  The Chicago Reader has a good article on some enticing options that you can read here, and below are some more suggestions as well.

Rudy's Roundup: We've mentioned this store before, and for  good reason.  It's the perfect place to pop in to fill out some stockings with small, offbeat gifts and cards, and you could easily spend an hour in the tiny shop, hiding out from the elements.

Bucktown Holiday Arts Show: Not a store, but this event is coming to Holstein Park, right around the corner from us and will be showcasing a lot of local talent with gifts that range from fine art to Holiday themed trinkets. December 14-15, Noon-5pm each day.

Cat & Mouse Game Store - perfect for picking up that certain something that will turn forced "family time" this holiday season into something actually enjoyable. (Note: Not EVERYONE likes Apples to Apples)

Recovered Rubber - If you're into the whole "up cycling" thing, check them out (You can also purchase from their Etsy store)




Diptyque - Technically not local (They started in France) but this local storefront is great for all things aromatic - candles, body products, perfume, etc etc.  If you are impervious to scent-overload headaches it's definitely worth a look if you are shopping for someone with a more luxurious sense of self.



Try these out, and if you have any more local suggestions, please let us know!


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