There are just some things that need to be purchased in a big box store - electronics, computers, brand names, or outdoor equipment. But for almost everything else, there is a store in Winnetka that can meet your needs. In fact, Winnetka has 50 retail stores scattered throughout its three shopping areas: Hubbard Woods, East Elm, and West Elm.
Shopping locally has been touted for years as a way cut down on driving, keep the money and taxes in town, and discover hidden treasures that no mall could possibly have (or if it did, you'd need a sturdy pair of walking shoes, a backpack for provisions, water . . .) Here's what else it means to whittle your list down in your own town:
- Local stores are more tailored to local tastes and the small business owner is the one choosing his wares, as opposed to corporate buyers who buy for chains
- Small retail outlets are more environmentally friendly - some sell cool recycled or local craft work.
- Local stores want you to be happy with your purchase and are more likely to be helpful
Winnetka Shopping in West Elm (west of Green Bay Road)
Ellen's on Elm - 841 Elm St., 847-441-5244 - formerly Multiple Choices, this wonderful gift store offers a great selection of gifts for all ages.
Noah's Ark Pet Store - 831 Elm St., 847-784-0125 - come on! Everyone's pet needs a special little something this year!
Book Stall - 811 Elm St., 847-446-8880. What they don't have they can order and you'll get lots of good recommendations from the attentive and well-read staff.
Francis Heffernan - 810 Elm, 847-446-2112. 4500 sq. ft of upscale clothing for your most discerning giftees.
Village Toy Shop 807 Elm St., 847-446-7990. Classic and new toys can be found in this village favorite - free gift wrapping and lots of suggestions.
T.L. Fritts Sporting Goods - 560 Chestnut St., 847-446-6694. Sporting goods and bicycle shop which offers a huge selection of items including school mascot clothing, baseball, games, diving equipment and lessons, lacross, football, and just about everything your athlete may want/need.
Bleacher's Sports - 557 Chestnut St., 847-441-7767 - Totally different from T.L. Fritts - this is a sports memorobilia and baseball card store with lots of signed jerseys and photos.
Kaehler Luggage and Travel Goods - 553 Chestnut St., 847-501-3990. Great selection of luggage and travel related items including comfortable travel clothes.
Hubbard Woods Shopping