A Downtown Highland Park Small Business Saturday Feature

Guest Blogger: Emily Schiller, The Style Du Jour

In this week’s post, we’re pleased to feature our second installment highlighting the variety of local Highland Park businesses you can check out for Small Business Saturday (November 25) and for the rest of the holiday season for all your gifting needs.

If you missed last week’s post, you can catch my review of the first six Highland Park shop previews here.

Vintage Bliss & Co. is known for their one-of-a-kind Charm Bar where you can create a custom piece of jewelry from a huge selection of unique charms. In addition to custom print charms, the owner, Nancy Gissendaner, will hunt down any charm you have in mind. Vintage Bliss & Co. carries a wide variety of one-of-a-kind jewelry, from edgy-glam to urban and on-trend looks, to family heirloom gifts made with antique China. Artisanal candles, U.S. made apparel, and a Glenview-based perfume, Saor, are just a few of the other unique gift items on display. Plan a girls night out at Vintage Bliss & Co. to make personalized gifts at the Charm Bar for yourself and everyone on your gift list!

Style Shack is the definition of #homedecorgoals. What began as a passion project between two friends more than fifteen years ago has evolved into a home décor and gift company with a delightful mix of vintage and new. Boasting everything from glassware to jewelry made by both International and local designers, the shop offers pieces from a mix of styles (from modern and boho-chic to vintage and traditional). Hot gift items include Karen Lazar Design sterling silver and gold filled bracelets (starting at $45), Land Down Under Italian-made wool throws and PurseN cosmetic bags.

Riche Organics is a labor of love company developed by a mother and daughter team. Riche Organics specializes in small-batch and handmade organic bath and body products made with a combination of natural and premium ingredients to ease the most sensitive of skin including eczema. Goat milk, raw Manuka honey, Argan oil, and salts from the Dead Sea are just a few of the ingredients used in their products to ensure the highest concentration of minerals and beneficial nutrients. Each handmade bath and body product looks like a work of art, making them a beautiful and unique gift choice for holiday party favors, teacher’s gifts and stocking stuffers. Plus, all of their products are cruelty-free!

Rock ‘n Rags is a family-owned business owned by Steve Kessler, a long-time Highland Park resident. With the help of his daughter, Kira, the store’s buyer, Rock ‘n Rags features apparel with an on-trend and edgy vibe, including sweaters, coats and of-the-moment jean styles, all for less than $100. While you shop for your closet, peruse their unique CD and vinyl collection, which is known to include rare and unusual music releases, or chat with Steve about his local band’s, Saturday June Band, latest gig.

Ami Ami, an upscale women’s boutique, features day to evening attire with a focus on luxurious fabrics, textures and rich colors. Ami Ami’s owner, Merrie Spade, lends her fashion-forward eye (with decades of experience dating back to the opening of her first store, Sauvage, in 1984) to feature up-and-coming designers in the store along with notable, high-end brands. Looking for a jean that not everyone else is wearing? Ami Ami is the destination to shop from the limited distribution Japanese jean, Moussy Jeans, available in boyfriend cut, straight leg and distressed.

Garfinkle’s Fine Jewelry has been a family jeweler in Highland Park since 1976 when the business started in the house of the owner, Jill Garfinkle. Garfinkle’s offers jewelry for all ages from baby gifts to Bat Mitzvah presents to engagement rings and anniversary pieces. You can also mark special occasions with the creation of one-of-a kind custom pieces. In addition to timeless fine jewelry, you’ll find a handsome collection of men’s watches and casual, on-trend jewelry selections. For those early holiday shoppers, take advantage of the 20% sale, storewide (excludes special orders) until November 23.

Love That Spice marries the culinary and healing powers of herbs and spices to offer premium and custom spice blends, in-house brewed beverages and healing shots. Every day, Love That Spice owner, Marlena Jayatilake, and her team prepare small-batch herb and spice combinations, made daily to ensure the highest potency of beneficial compounds and nutrients. Marlena brings her family ties from Sri Lanka, along with her vivacious energy, to educate clients on the healing powers and cooking opportunities with both familiar and unfamiliar herbs and spices during regularly scheduled cooking classes and on their food blog. Best-selling teas include those for anti-inflammation, immunity-boosting, circulation enhancing and overall wellness. Marlena’s specialty dried teas and spice blends make the perfect present for the tastemaker or wellness-focused person on your gift list (or as a wellness gift to yourself for the New Year!)