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Local crochet queen sells customized accessories

Local crochet queen sells customized accessories

I recently started working in Canaryville, which is about a zip code away from Pilsen.  A client, who is a resident of Bridgeport/Canaryville, told me about Maggies Closet 09, the business of a local crocheter. Is “crocheter” even a word? Anyway, Maggie’s Closet 09′s claim to fame is their crochet items for kids and babies. …

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Two more stores are going out of business

Two more stores are going out of business

I have mixed feelings whenever I go to a “Going Out of Business Sale.”  I feel sorry for the workers who are on the verge of unemployment, but my inner bargain-hunter loves the deals. Two nearby stores are going out of business: Kawaii Japanese Outlet and the Payless by Roosevelt and Kedzie. I kept putting…

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Where to shop for gifts in Pilsen/UIC

Where to shop for gifts in Pilsen/UIC

According to American Express, this Saturday, November 26, 2011, is Small Business Saturday. I support Lower West Side businesses as often as possible because I believe small, family-owned enterprises are truly the “American Dream” in action. I also want to save on gas…Hey, I never said I was totally unselfish. Anyway, here are a few…

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Pilsen pizza: Tofurky is on sale!

Pilsen pizza: Tofurky is on sale!

As Jay and I have mentioned, La Casa del Pueblo is pretty much the best little grocery store ever. It has “Whole Foods” food for “Trader Joe’s” prices. I walked in on Tuesday hoping to find a frozen Amy’s pizza. Sadly, they didn’t have her cheeseless pizza. Amy’s soy cheese has milk protein. But they…

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