We have a libation theme going this weekend with a number of beverage-centered specials and events taking place in Barrington.  With the first day of summer only five days away, merchants downtown are getting a jump start on the season by hosting the first ever Summer Wine Walk, a compliment to the well-attended Winter Wine Walk they hosted in March.

The FREE event will be hosted by participating businesses surrounding Cook and Station Streets from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th.  Each merchant will have a wine map for you to grab so you can see what’s available for sipping before you move on to your next destination. Participating merchants will be offering a total of 14 wines to sample along with appetizers from Cooper’s Pizza.  And to add a little summer sizzle, Park Avenue Restaurant will feature live music with Brian Saltzman from 3 to 6 p.m.

More merchants have joined the downtown wine walk for tomorrow’s event.  Here’s a look at who’s participating and what you will enjoy as you power your way through the town…

Park Avenue Restaurant and Wine Bar – 205 Park Avenue – ParkAvenueWineBar.com
The Park Avenue Wine Bar is a distinctive destination for wine enthusiasts in Barrington and the Chicagoland area. Park Avenue features wines and other libations in a chic, comfortable bar setting.

Re.De.Find – 115 E. Station Street – VintageReDefind.com
Re.De.Find. is an eco-friendly boutique and art studio that specializes in vintage, re purposed and handmade apparel, accessories and art. The three-year-old store features garments from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, as well as newer items and pieces made locally by skilled seamstresses.

Mia Sorella – 104 S. Cook Street – Mia-Sorella.com
Owned by two local sisters, Mia Sorella (Translation:  “My Sister”) is a “…get-away in the heart of downtown Barrington. We are a full service salon, spa, and boutique all under one roof. Our salon offers the latest in color and styles making sure every client leaves feeling beautiful.  Along side our salon and spa is our boutique filled with the latest fashions.”

Urban Flair – 104 S. Cook Street – ShopUrbanFlair.com
Right next door to Mia Sorella, Urban Flair is a specialty boutique that offers unique and stunning jewelry along with chic and stylish handbags & accessories for women.  The owner, Judy Benkendorf, says, “I am proud to feature the work of both emerging and accomplished designers.”

Acacia Organics – 100 E. Station Street – AcaciaOrganics.com
Two friends, a registered nurse and nutritional consultant, opened Acacia Organics in Barrington two years ago to offer an alternative to many of the mainstream products on the market that expose us to toxic chemicals.  In their store, you’ll find a great variety of household cleaners, skincare products, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, foods and more that are natural, healthy and chemical-free.

Angelina – 200 S. Cook Street – ShopAngelina.com
Angelina is an eclectic shop filled with unique gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, stationery, handbags, original artwork and more.   Angelina’s owner, Katie, says she has a passion for creativity, femininity, and beauty. Her mission is to offer an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind products so you’ll always bring home something special.

SweetPea Cakes – 100 E. Station St., No. 140 – SweetPeaCakeStudio.com
At SweetPea Cakes, each unique dessert is designed to fit special occasions with the highest regard to both taste and creativity. All cakes are made to order, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

Barrington Flower Shop – 201 S. Cook Street – BarringtonFlowerShop.com
The Barrington Flower Shop was established in 1988 on the corner of Cook and Station streets in a building built in 1872, the oldest continually operated commercial building in Barrington. Their floral designers are very creative, up-to-date on the latest trends and always find elegant ways to make everyday flowers extraordinary.

Grassroots – 205 S. Cook Street – GrassRootsBarrington.com
Grassroots is your hometown store. They carry apparel for the entire family as well as everyday items for the household. Whether you need some new clothing, a new skateboard or just a refreshment, you’ll find great choices at Grassroots.  To get a feeling for the store’s vibe, check out the music playing in the background when you visit their website at GrassRootsBarrington.com.

The Blue House – 205 S. Cook Street – Check out their Facebook page by clicking HERE.
The Blue House is a gift shop and gallery including fair trade, local artists, equestrian items and home decor. They have Fair Trade jewelry, purses, kids items, accessories, scarves, purses, and decorative items. You can find artists’ work from Lake Zurich, Algonquin, Elk Grove Village and other surrounding areas and their equestrian room features unique gifts, paintings, prints and something for just about every horse lover out there!

Notice – 202 S. Cook Street – Notice-This.com
As a small family owned boutique, Mari and her daughters want women to have lots of choices in what they shop at Notice. With items ranging from apparel to accessories, baby and gift as well as personal and home fragrance, they often buy all a line has to offer. Smart, contemporary, feminine, urban & suburban, socially responsible, fashion forward, mothers and daughters, grandmothers and their grandchildren—Owner Mari Barnes and her daughters Becky Jackson and Hannah Hannick always keep these women in mind as they strive to bring modern gifts, accessories and chic clothing to their stores.

The merchants are so excited about tomorrow’s event, they even put together a video to help get you into the spirit for this new community event and, of course, the start of summer!


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Laura Pavin is a quick-response news and feature writer with a keen eye for human interest happenings in Barrington and throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs. To learn more about her background and the stories she writes for local news publications, visit her website at http://laurapavin.wordpress.com/.

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  1. So cute. I loved the video. It makes me wish my store was over by all the cool stores on Cook St. Hope I can come by and see all the happenings tomorrow before 6:00:)

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