Shopping in Wilmette

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The hardest part of the process at Glazed Expressions is probably picking a piece of pottery to paint. They have hundreds of ceramics available, from mugs and platters to decorative vases and trinket boxes. Once you've selected one, you can paint it however you like with a choice of glaze colors, and, for those who don't trust their freehand painting skills, stamps and stencils. Whether attending with friends, as part of an adult or kids' party, or on your own, the staff will fire your piece for you and have it ready for pickup within one week. Beyond readying pieces, the staff can also create custom ceramics, painting gifts for weddings, baby showers, or interventions for paper plate adicts per the customers' design requests.

1515 Sheridan Rd
Wilmette,
IL
US

Chalet stocks its 4.8-acre retail center with thousands of chlorophyll critters, including botanical buddies plucked from Chalet's own nursery in Salem, Wisconsin. When they're not giving plants rubdowns on the undersides of their leaves, more than 100 earthy retail employees (up to 350 seasonally) can help you pick out an African violet ($4) or a host of sprouting vegetables (starting at $3). Nab cache pots for $3 or a gurgling fountain for $40. Birdhouses made from recycled, century-old barns ($24) attract brightly fluttering worm-eaters, and a bag of soil laced with nutrients ($4) satisfies even the pickiest sprout. You can even get an outdoor chair ($99), a bag of dog food (starting at $14), and floral body lotions (starting at $9.75).

3132 Lake Ave
Wilmette,
IL
US

Customers can be reunited with their beloved garments the same day if they drop them off at Chicago's Discount Dry Cleaner or Kenny the Kleener in the morning on Monday–Saturday. The staff responsible for this quick turnaround has been at it since 1981, dry-cleaning delicate fabrics and laundering more resilient clothing such as knit shirts or hats that double as tea cozies. Besides cleaning clothes, they can alter garments to better fit customers' silhouettes and preserve wedding gowns.

165 Green Bay Rd
Wilmette,
IL
US

Bosell Imports is a small African boutique that features oils, incense, clothing and natural skin care products.

1905 Church Street
Evanston,
IL
US

From biochemistry textbooks to best-selling paperback thrillers, most of the reading material at Market Fresh Books has the same price: $5.99 per pound—although some material such as graphic novels and audiobooks may vary. Co-owners and Evanston residents Paul and Susan wanted to find a new way to sell in-demand used books, so they simplified the process by stocking their shelves with popular titles for all age groups and charging by weight for most items. The stores also cater particularly to the needs of students by buying back textbooks and reselling the used copies for a fraction of the original retail price. Additionally, Market Fresh Books tempts its customers with used CDs, movies, vinyl records, video games, and a fire pit around which an old man tells the tales of yore.

602 Davis Street
Evanston,
IL
US

The staff at Factory Vintage Clothing combs through sartorial history to assemble an inventory of throwback threads and oldfangled accessories that dates back to the 1930s–1980s. Like the acceptable length for a goatee, the inventory at Factory Vintage is ever changing, but the current inventory includes 1950s taupe pumps ($20), as well as mind-control-device-deflecting vintage sunglasses ($6–$12). The 1970s tiki shirt ($20) underneath a roller-disco jacket ($20) lends flair to Hawaiian-themed oil-crisis parties, and the extensive selection of earrings ($5–$10), skirts ($9–$18), men's pants ($25), men's shirts ($10–$40), and purses ($5–$30) will satisfy requirements for any themed social gathering or solo war reenactment.

1043 Chicago Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

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