By Marianne Walsh
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, there are many unique shops in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood that are sure to please. Shopping local offers truly distinctive gifts for the fashionista, the foodie and more! Be sure to ask about any special Mother’s Day deals when you visit or call. For a directory of neighborhood businesses that support the community visit bapa.org.
Sweet Freaks Chocolates gourmet candies are bound to satisfy the sweet tooth in every mom. The shop’s signature cherry bites, chocolate covered strawberries and handcrafted novelty candies have been delighting both young and old since 2013. 9927 S. Wood 773-610-6320 sweetfreakschicago.com
The Bloom Bar on Walden prides itself on creating the perfect, customized bouquet for every occasion. Fresh, hand-picked blooms are chosen specifically to meet the budget and special event of every client. 9909 S. Walden Pkway. 847-347-9617 facebook.com/erincoxdesigns
Steuber Florist & Greenhouses has been a staple in the Beverly/Morgan Park area for 80 years. This third-generation flower shop offers premium designer’s choice arrangements just in time for Mother’s Day plus a great variety of bedding plants, herbs and vegetables for Mom’s garden. Place orders in-store or online. 2654 W. 111th St. 773-238-2013 steuberflorist.com
Bookie’s Books is the place to go for the latest best-seller or the gently used copy of an author mom just discovered. Be sure to pick up a great book for the woman who never missed a bedtime story for you! 10324 S. Western 773-239-1110 bookiesbookstores.com
Al’s Cookie Mixx delivers handmade cookies sure to delight everyone this Mother’s Day! Chef Alvin Green’s staff includes people with special needs and his specialty batch creations can be ordered online at alscookiemixx.com.
Let’s Get Poppin’ is a family-owned business established in 1995. Besides the usual selections of gourmet popcorn, there is a plethora of choices from pecan caramel to sour cream and chives. Let’s Get Poppin’ is offering 15% off on purchases over $10 on Wed., May 10, so stop by and pick a flavor mom loves! 11758 S. Western. 773-779-6132 letsgetpoppin.com
Belle Up Boutique is a mom-owned women’s lifestyle and maternity boutique. With both a storefront and online presence, Belle Up helps women make every entrance with style. From apparel to purses to distinctive accessories, there is plenty to inspire and excite a mom’s love of fashion. 1915 W. 103rd St. 773-233-2442 belleup.com
Emilia Gray Chicago is a women’s boutique specializing in essential pieces that embrace the latest trends. With both a storefront and online presence, Emilia Gray’s line of spring clothing and accessories are truly stunning and definitely mom-worthy. 2501 W. 103rd St. #102 shopemiliagray.com
Jazzy Ladies Jewels Boutique prides itself on its exceptional selection of beautiful clothing and accessories for women. With a mission to make women look good with fun, fashionable and affordable apparel, moms everywhere will be impressed. Complimentary pearl necklace sets will be given with every purchase, May 12 and 13. 2261 W. 11th St., Suite 2. 773-440-2268
Now It’s Yours Consignment Store was created by a mother and daughter duo who were “driven by the thrill of finding those stand-out-from-the-crowd items.” With an eclectic mix of old and new in every category of shopping imaginable, the shop is perfect for finding a gift for the mom who loves something a bit different. 1816 W. 103rd St. 773-366-3702 nowitsyoursllc.com
Running Excels is a woman-owned running store specializing in high-performance athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. The store has proudly served the South Side since 2010. With an experienced staff to get mom sized up for the best running or walking shoe imaginable, Running Excels cares about its customers. The store is doing a Mother’s Day promotion where non-discounted shoes get $10 off by mentioning “The Villager.” 10328 S. Western 773-629-8587 runningexcels.com
Olivia’s Garden is a greenhouse providing exceptionally charming plants and gifts since 1992. All flowers are grown organically. So if mom is hoping for great annual or perennial plant or a new shrub for her garden this Mother’s Day, Olivia’s Garden is the place to go! 10730 S. Western 773-238-0362 oliviasgardenbeverly.com
Manicure, pedicure, spa services. Mom would love a gift certificate or a Mom and daughter spa session at Color Me Beauty Bar where they use natural products. 1810 W 99th St. 773-941-8349 .