By Kristin Boza
Get your shopping shoes on and grab your besties — Sip & Shop 2022 is on Thurs., Sept. 15, with shopping from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and an after party from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy perusing the wares of more than 20 shops and vendors while sipping and socializing at the businesses in the 99th Street and 103rd Street train station shopping districts. Co-sponsored by BAPA and the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, the event promised to be the not-to-be-missed shopping spree of the fall season. Sip on beverages and sample small bites while checking out special sales, fall merchandise, and what’s trending on the local shopping scene.
“The annual Sip & Shop has become a favorite event in the neighborhood because of the high energy at each shop along the way,” said BAPA Executive Director Mary Jo Viero. “It’s a win-win-win for women who love to sip, shop, and socialize! The event brings people from both the neighborhood and our surrounding communities. It showcases our wonderful small businesses and the unique items that they offer. I have heard attendees say ‘I never knew this store was here! I am so glad I discovered it.’”
Caroline Connors, Executive Director of the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association feels the event is integral to connecting shoppers and store owners in an increasingly digital age.
“Sip & Shop is a great way to showcase the unique businesses in the commercial districts along the Rock Island Metra line and facilitate the personal connection between shopkeepers and customers that so many of us are looking for,” she said. “It’s an event that brings residents together for a fun evening in the neighborhood while supporting our local businesses.”
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door; head to bapa.org to purchase a ticket for yourself and your friends and family.
The Sip and Shop begins this year on 103rd Street. Check-in/ticket purchases will be at RMH Lifestyles, 1804 W. 103rd St., starting at 5:30 p.m. The after-shopping fun continues from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 1742 W. 99th Street, cash bar.
Check out the shops opening their doors at the event and start prepping your shopping list!
Belle Up Boutique, 1915 W. 103rd St., BelleUp.com
Belle Up Boutique is a chic, stylish shop with two distinct product lines: one for fashion-forward pregnant and nursing moms, and the other for non-pregnant or nursing women seeking the latest fashion trends. Not only are gorgeous clothes available, but a wide variety of jewelry, bags, shoes, and home décor items to complete the head-to-toe look.
Root Consignment, 1913 W. 103rd St., Facebook.com/RootConsignCompany
Root through the treasures that can be found in every nook and cranny at Root Consignment. Clothing, furniture, art, and more, there’s nothing that can’t be found at Root Consignment. High-end items from Prada and Gucci mix with vintage finds; there’s something for everyone here.
The Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd St.
Rated one of Chicago’s most trusted and well-established custom picture framing businesses for more than 55 years, The Heritage Gallery can handle framing the most precious pieces of art.
Calabria Imports, 1905 W. 103rd St., Calabria-Imports.com
Calabria Imports is a one-stop-shop for all delicious Italian food needs. A grocer, deli, caterer, and food truck, Calabria Imports has been serving up the best-tasting Italian foods since 1975. Check out “The Freddy,” a homemade Italian sausage patty accompanied by sweet peppers, melted mozzarella cheese, and a homemade red sauce; the famed sandwich was featured on The Food Network and The Sandwich King.
Ohana Ice & Treats, 1800 W. 103rd St., Facebook.com/OhanaIceChicago
Since 2018, Ohana Ice & Treats has scooped up creamy ice cream and shaved ice, shakes and smoothies, and even some vegan options. Kids gather there after school and families enjoy Ohana on the weekends. Their signature treats serve to bring the community together in Ohana, which means family.
Made Artisan Collaborative, 1802 W. 103rd St., MadeArtsCollab.com
A unique concept of gathering the wares more than 35 artisans from Chicago and beyond all under one roof. Jewelry, clothing, home décor, fine art, cards, candles, skin care and more is available at affordable prices. Shopping from small businesses helps a thriving community, and Made Artisan Collaborative helps make that possible.
Beverly Phono Mart, 1808 W. 103rd St., BeverlyPhonoMart.com
New and used records carefully curated to please every musical taste, Beverly Phono Mart is owned by a married couple with deep roots on Chicago’s music scene. Check out their new arrivals or bring a box of your used-to-love records to sell to the shop. There’s always something happening at Beverly Phono Mart.
Poppin Events Co., PoppinEventsCo.com
Poppin Events Co. specializes in retail pop-ups in temporary or unique spaces to help brands expand into new markets and reach new audiences. Their goal is to create great experiences for small businesses by curating events to expand brand recognition. Find them at RMH Lifestyle, 1804 W. 103rd St.
Hello My Goddess, HelloMyGoddess.com
An online clothing boutique with a unique focus: customized made-to-order clothing! Hello My Goddess features billowy Boho chic vibes. Jewelry and bags are also available. They will be RMH Lifestyle, 1804 W. 103rd St. for the event.
Jazzy Ladies Jewels Boutique, 2261 W. 111th St., JazzyLadiesJewelsBoutique.com
Jazzy Ladies Jewels Boutique will be at RMH Lifestyle, 1804 W. 103rd St. for the event. They believe that trendy and stylish clothing should always be affordable. Confidence and self-worth are the goals of feeling great when wearing the women’s clothing and jewelry found at this boutique.
John Wesley Eyewear, 10735 S. Western Ave., JohnWelsey.com
Fashion-forward eyewear at an affordable price is the goal of John Wesley Eyewear. Glasses and sunglasses are a major fashion statement, and there’s no such thing as too many pairs! Unique options are available that won’t be found elsewhere. They will be located RMH Lifestyle, 1804 W. 103rd St. for the event.
Bookish Literacy Center, 1830 W. 103rd St., LiveBookish.com
Bookish Literacy Center brings the joy back to reading. Their programs are child-centered, research-based, and most importantly — fun! Each literacy coaching program is tailored to the child to build trust and confidence in young readers.
Color Me Beauty Bar, 1810 W. 99th St., ColorMeBB.com
Color Me Beauty Bar is a natural nail salon — they only use products made from plant and fruit sources, ensuring ingredients are natural, safe, vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally friendly. The trendy and upscale space gives customers the royal treatment and makes everyone feel good and beautiful.
The Bloom Bar on Walden, 9909 S. Walden Pkwy., Facebook.com/ErinCoxDesigns
Florist Erin Cox designs flowers for events, homes, and private parties, and also outside décor for holidays and seasonal plantings. Be sure to sign up for their holiday wreath-making event on Sat., Dec. 3, 3 to 6 p.m.
Beverly Dry Goods, 9915 S Walden Pkwy., BeverlyDryGoods.com
A distinctly South Side Chicago lifestyle brand, Beverly Dry Goods houses handmade and intentionally curated items, from candles to cocktail mixers and everything in-between, to help people entertain with style. The shop highlights women-owned, local, and minority-owned companies whenever possible.
Markland-Hubbard Gourmet Provisions, 1739 W. 99th St., MarklandHubbardGourmetProvisions.com
A café serving up hot gourmet coffee and locally baked pastries, Markland-Hubbard Gourmet Provisions also offers jams, salad dressings, soups, and kitchen accessories perfect for creating a beautiful hostess or housewarming basket.
Sweet Freaks, 9927 S. Wood St., SweetFreaksChicago.com
Chocolate and sugar lovers, don’t miss the goodies at Sweet Freaks. Using Blommer Chocolate Company, the homemade sweets are created by Chef and owner Pat Murphy. Pop in for a bag of their famous Cherry Bites!
Tranquility Salon Co, 9908 S. Walden Pkwy., TranquilitySalonCompany.com
Dedicated to making their clients feel good and look even better, the stylists at Tranquility Salon Co specialize in on-trend hair color, cuts, styles, and extensions. The salon carries the premier R + Co products, giving clients a way to style their hair at home with high-end products.
Two Mile Coffee Bar, 9907 S. Walden Pkwy., TwoMileCoffee.com
A family-owned specialty coffee bar, Two Mile Coffee Bar offers specially curated coffee beverages and delectable pastries, serving commuters and work-from-homers alike. From brewed coffee and espresso-based drinks to loose leaf tea, the team works to carefully craft each drink to fuel the community.
Turkey Chicago, 9913 S. Walden Pkwy., Instagram.com/TurkeyChicago
This delightful boutique has something for everyone. Gorgeous jewelry from an array of artists, candles, crystals, greeting cards, and knickknacks for yourself or the perfect hostess gift. Looking for a special gift for a little one? Turkey Kids has an adorable collection of soft toys and other gifts for the kiddos.
Purchase advance Sip and Shop tickets online at bapa.org/events.