LOGAN SQUARE – As the pandemic continues, shopping locally this holiday season can help boost local businesses.
Logan Square, Humboldt Park and the Avondale area are home to a growing number of independent shops and businesses brimming with unique gifts.
From houseplants at Rooted in Avondale to handmade macrame earrings at Mercado del Pueblo in Humboldt Park, Block Club has rounded up a few neighborhood gift options for everyone on your list.
Here’s what you can buy:
Penguin Foot Pottery, 2514 W. Armitage Ave. Website.
For the ceramic lover in your life, Penguin Foot Pottery offers a range of pottery classes for children and adults ($ 140 for a four-week class for all levels and $ 45 for spinning workshops on Fridays and Saturday evenings).
The cozy ceramic studio, which has made its home in Logan Square since 2010, also sells ceramics made by students and staff at its Winter Pottery Sale from noon to 5 p.m. on December 12. Gift certificates are also available.
Classes and studio appointments can be scheduled on the Penguin Foot Pottery website. 773-227-3575.
Lost Girls Vintage and Lost Girls Vintage Home, 2710 N. Sawyer Ave. and 2708 N. Sawyer Ave. Website.
Do you have a sister who loves vintage glassware? What about a best friend who loves trendy earrings? Lost Girls Vintage is your place.
The colorful boutique is full of trendy, locally-made gifts, such as miniature dried floral landscapes from Amanda Forgash ($ 80) and “Arlo” polymer clay earrings from Tiger Moth Goods ($ 32).
A mystery sweater ($ 25) – which is exactly what you think it is: a surprise vintage sweater that ships anywhere – was a hit last holiday season, one of the store owners said. Sweaters can only be purchased online, starting on Black Friday. For housewares, check out Lost Girls Home, which is full of vintage lamps, mirrors, and other retro finds, and is next door to Lost Girls Vintage.
Lost Girls Vintage and Lost Girls Home are open noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. [email protected]. Instagram.
Tusk, 3205 W. Armitage Ave.
There is arguably no better store in Logan Square for unique gifts than Tusk, an art gallery and boutique with a selection of home goods, clothing and art, the most locally made.
For loved ones and artistic friends, consider Soft Blonde’s seashell earrings ($ 56), Marissa Zappas scents ($ 80), and Grace Gittelman’s topped mini appetizer mug ($ 70).
The shop is open from noon to 6 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday “or by chance.” Instagram.
Mercado del Pueblo, 2559 W. Division St. Website.
Earlier this year, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center transformed a former laundromat on Division Street into a bustling market with vendors selling everything from handmade body butter and stone carvings to Puerto Rican pastries.
The Mercado del Pueblo is full of artisanal goods large and small, including Puerto Rican figurines made from recycled woven paper ($ 40) and handmade macrame earrings with air plants ($ 45). And, whatever you buy, you will be directly supporting local manufacturers, which is part of the market’s mission.
The Mercado del Pueblo is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. A holiday market is scheduled for November 27.
Humboldt House and Peach Fuzz, 1045 N. California Ave. and 1005 N. California Ave. Humboldt House website. Peach Fuzz website.
Similar to Lost Girls Vintage, Humboldt House in Humboldt Park is full of trendy home items and jewelry that make great gifts, including the Colorama Teapot ($ 42), Ebb + Flow Knit Blanket in Claudia Pearson’s cairn blue ($ 160) and mini plant stakes ($ 12).
When you’re done shopping for adults, head over to the incredibly adorable Peach Fuzz kids’ store, which is also owned by Claire Tibbs. The boutique, just down the street from Humboldt House, has a range of toys and gifts for kids of all ages, from a Loog mini electric guitar ($ 149) to an à la carte Chicago baby onesie ( $ 29).
Humboldt House is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Peach Fuzz is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Both stores can be reached at 312-785-1442.
Vintage Quest, 1105 N. California Ave.
Just down the street from Humboldt House and Peach Fuzz is Vintage Quest, a carefully curated vintage furniture and homeware store with an ever-fresh selection of retro finds.
If you’re not looking for a gift that fits under the tree, try one of the store’s many vintage sets, including a collection of vintage frosted glasses ($ 65) or spice jars ($ 90).
Vintage Quest is open by appointment. To shop, contact the store owner through Instagram DM or call the store at 773-787-5890. Instagram.
Rooted by Pollen, 2918 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.
Almost everyone on your list will appreciate a houseplant in a handmade ceramic pot, which you can purchase from Rooted by Pollen, a new plant store in Avondale.
Houseplants cost between $ 5 and $ 350 depending on the size and variety. Rooted also sells Purposeful Pottery ceramic pots ($ 40), plant accessories, and plant-adjacent gifts, like “Plantopedia: The Definitive Guide to Houseplants,” a book by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan ($ 40). The boutique is owned by Lynn Fosbender, a floral designer who opened up brick and mortar early in the pandemic to stay afloat.
Rooted is open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 773-278-6606. Instagram.
Record Breakers, 2935 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.
Whether you’re looking for the buzzing new version of Taylor Swift, “Red (Taylor’s Version)”, or an older Nina Simone record, Record Breakers has you covered.
The store, which has been selling records since the 1980s, offers a wide range of used 45s and new releases. We recommend Fiona Apple’s “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” ($ 24.89) and David Bowie’s “Young Americans” ($ 29.99), but there are thousands of records to choose from – and flipping through them is half. some pleasure.
Record Breakers is open daily from noon to 7 p.m. 773-698-8387. Instagram.
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