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A Downtown Highland Park Small Business Saturday Feature

Guest Blogger: Emily Schiller, The Style Du Jour

The holidays are around the corner and so is Small Business Saturday (November 25) so there’s no better time to visit and support local Highland Park businesses as you check off the holiday gifts on your list this year (and to take advantage of the extended free parking in town from November 18 – December 23)!

As a new Highland Park resident, I set out to visit more than a dozen local businesses in Downtown Highland Park to see what kind of treasures our local stores have to offer. From estate sale finds to European pottery and one-of-a-kind jewelry, what I discovered is that Highland Park is the destination to find unique and world-class apparel, home décor, jewelry, furniture, bath and body products and so much more.

Whether you’re new to the area, like me, or haven’t shopped in town recently, here is a preview of the gems you can find at your local shops.

P.S. Please check back next Monday to read a spotlight on another round of unique Highland Park businesses.

re: home re:look is an estate sale lover’s dream. This small boutique boasts an eclectic mix of new and vintage furniture, décor, art and collectibles at a fair price. Look hard and you may uncover a gorgeous designer handbag as well. When you visit the shop, you not only can find one-of-a-kind pieces to add character to your home, but you can learn from their in-house vintage and antique expert and shop co-owner, Samantha Stolberg. Not sure how something will look in your house? Take it home and make sure you love it before you decide.  

Adesso, a downtown Highland Park fixture for more than 30 years, is now located at a new location on St. John’s Avenue. Adesso is where you’ll find European-made treasures and artisan goods that Adesso’s owner, Kathy Hahn, discovers and handpicks from her travels abroad. From handcrafted dinnerware made in the U.K. to unique and interesting décor items, Adesso is where you can find all you need to create a beautiful tablescape for your next dinner party.

Alchemy & Cloth. “Wear what you love!” is the belief of Alchemy & Cloth’s owner, Carla Levi. While Carla has outfitted the North Shore for more than ten years, Alchemy & Cloth is her new store located in Highland Park that highlights apparel and accessories from both international and local-based designers. With an avant-garde, industrial and funky flare, Alchemy & Cloth is the place to find German designed leather jackets, Italian-made leather scarves and accessories, and modern and unique semi-precious jewelry made in Paris, Beirut and the U.S.

Sanctuary by Vintage Nest, which opened in July, feels like you’ve stepped into a French cottage. The shop houses one-of- a kind furniture pieces, both new and old, including stunning chandeliers, repurposed tables and bedframes, and upholstered furniture. In addition to home furnishings, you can find unique gift items like candles, frames and serving pieces, ideal for holiday presents and hostess favors.

Enaz is a family-owned store that’s been a mainstay in Highland Park for decades. This shop is where you can find your day-to-night looks with selections from premier national brands to unique items like their exclusive private label. From leather and lace to faux fur and velvet, Enaz has everything you need to dress to impress over the holidays. Enaz makes shopping for your friends and family fun with on-trend accessories like faux fur handbags and leather iPhone carrying cases (including some painted by local artists). As an added bonus, Enaz offers complimentary gift wrapping!

Jayne Boutique is known for their premier footwear collection including boots, sneaker boots, wedges and heels, thanks to the shoe expertise of Jayne’s general manager, Roger Wolff (the shoe wizard of The Bootery). The boutique is also full of easy-to-wear apparel made for day to night wear including U.S.-made Majamas pajama separates, soft sweaters and layering tops, moto jackets and casual dresses. Check off your stocking stuffer gifts with super soft UGG socks or jewelry made by local artist Susan Elizabeth Designs.