NOVEMBER 2014 – Looking for some inspiring ideas for your best holiday season yet? We’ve put together a list of the most jubilant shops this side of the North Pole for all of your holiday decorating and gift-giving, as well as some unique wardrobe and entertaining finds. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…
Cheryl’s Candy-n-Popcorn I Naperville
Sugar and spice and everything nice: while the store is stocked with all kinds of retro candies (think Good ‘n Plenty, Candy Buttons, and Charleston Chew for starters), they also really do it up for the holidays! Showcasing chocolate in every kind of holiday shape plus decadent chocolate caramels, minty chocolate covered popcorn, and a variety of flavored candy canes, you’ll feel as jolly as Old Saint Nick himself while you peruse this store’s awesome selection. www.cherylscandynpopcorn.com
Bella Roba I Wheaton
Why do we love this shop? Because it has everything busy women, like us, want - luxurious clothing, artisan jewelry, home décor, and gift items. So while you are there, you are sure to find that perfect top for a special holiday dinner, a sparkly crystal headband for New Year’s Eve,
as well as that just-right accessory that puts a twinkle in your home’s holiday style. Don’t forget to stop by during the annual downtown Wheaton holiday stroll on December 6th!
The Village Cellar I Hinsdale
With wine tastings offered now through the end of 2014 (check the website for holiday tastings that pair with your ham or turkey dinners as well as their “Bubbles” tasting right before New Year’s), TVC ranks high on Santa’s Nice List this year. We think the chocolate-dipped wine bottles, where the bottle is wrapped with a sanitary liner and then dipped in different varieties of chocolate, make for an amazing hostess gift or as an indulgent treat for an evening spent with that special someone!
Razny Jewelers I Hinsdale
What’s more joyous than jewelry shopping during this most wonderful time of the year? If you’ve ever been on the downtown Hinsdale Christmas walk (December 5 this year), you know they really do it up in this sparkly showroom! We love the Confetti collection by David Yurman - it has just the right amount of “pop” for all of your holiday celebrations. www.razny.com
The Little Traveler I Geneva
While it’s a must to investigate every nook and cranny of this historic Geneva home turned specialty boutique, you will find their housewares department, brimming with holiday serving platters, dishware, and kitchen linens, a “must-see.” Their combined gift gallery and candle department alongside their seasonal florals will be decked out in the season’s finest scents and greenery. But by far, our favorite: the Christmas department, where the villages of the various Department 54 collections come to life – it’s positively magical! www.littletraveler.com
Crème de la Crème I Lisle
The perfect spot for holiday shopping now has an even larger space to spread holiday cheer! Having just moved one door down, shoppers are in for an even bigger selection of handbags, designer sweaters, bejeweled belts, gorgeous jewelry, and as always, adorable kids’ clothes. The mini wine glass ornaments from Lolita will take your tree from so-so to spectacular…and don’t forget to get your order in for Nora Fleming
holiday platters and minis.
Marmalade Tree I Oswego
The possibilities at this trendy downtown Oswego staple are endless. Santas and sleighs and snowflakes – OH MY! Not to mention their hand-painted wine glasses, huge ornament selection, and super-fun serving dishes and platters. Of course they also have a great variety of all of the uber-fabulous clothes, handbags, and accessories we’ve come to know and love! www.themarmaladetree.com/home