Creative Holiday Shopping in Andersonville

I had coffee with Jill Siegel, Managing Director of the non-profit Andersonville Development Corporation.  We talked about initiatives to help attract and support local retailers and business. Working on a Green Buildings Program, and planning to host Open Houses for Retailers who want to know more about Andersonville.   I will write more about those later. Foremost on her priorities are new independent local retailers that need our support.

Are you looking for a one of a kind holiday gift, and want to Shop Locally Owned, and help support independent retailers in Andersonville? Visit the newly opened Andersonville Galleria at 5247
N Clark, for great gift ideas. It™s a galleria that gives small, independent artist/craftspeople affordable exhibit space to display their wares.   I took a stroll there yesterday and the quality of the crafts for sale is exceptional. There are several jewelry and bead artists; gourmet food gift maker Terry™s Toffee, Ice Cream and Biscotti; also Atelier fine women™s clothing, hand woven shawls; along with art photography, and even a few antiques.   Don™t miss this shopping experience and help support our local artists. Learn more about the Galleria by clicking here.

Be sure to visit the newly opened Clark street shops, including Coffee Studio just opened Clark and Olive Streets at the north end of Andersonville, and Monkey Gallery next to Cheetha Gym.   Also take a stroll through Gethsemane Gardens Gift Shop to lift your spirits and put you in a holiday mood.  Along with lovely holiday decorations for the home, you will find unusual and memorable hostess gifts, jewelry, ceramics, etc.

Looking for unusual gift ideas and want to help support independent
Andersonville retailers?   Purchase a canvas Andersonville Re-Bag for $15 at any of the places listed below and get instate rebates on your purchases in
Andersonville from 20 of the local retailers. Included are Alamo Shoes, Andersonville Galleria, bon bon, Cassona, Chicago Dance Supply, Women and Children First Bookstore, In Fine Spirits, Landmark of Andersonville, Marrakech Treasures, On the Rocks, Painted Light Photos & Framing, Scout, Sunburst Flowers, Swedish American Museum Gift Shop, Urbanest, White Attic, Wooden Spoon.

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