Category: Marketplace Monday

263. Marketplace: “Top 10 Must-Haves for Fall” at Notice: Accessories for Living

 I recently left one of Barrington’s hottest new apparel and gift boutiques with a major retail therapy rush and a list of the top 10 new items in the store that they call “must-haves” for fall. If I were you, I’d run to Notice: Accessories for Living on Cook Street if you’re in the market for:  a.) a “little bit of sparkle”, b.) the “perfect pants” or c.) a perforated vegan leather dress that’s “celebrates your curves, is hot, very hot, and great for many occasions”.
We’re excited to welcome Notice:  Accessories for Living as the newest member of the Barrington Online Marketplace here at
We’ll be sharing their Top 10 “Must Haves” list in a moment, but first, here’s a quick look at how our Marketplace works…
At the beginning of each workweek, we introduce you to the latest local businesses & organizations that join our Barrington Online Marketplace by featuring them here at and via our weekly email newsletter.  If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events in Barrington, we promise we’ll prove worthy of your email inbox.  Just enter your email here and click “Submit”.
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You’ll find the new community resource at To have your business, organization, home or event featured, visit for more information or call me (Liz here, nice to meet you) at 847-691-3150.
Notice:  Accessories for Living opened in Barrington this past May.  The Barrington location is the third in this series of family-owned Notice boutiques run by by mom, Mari Barnes and her two daughters, Hannah and Becky.  They have two additional Notice locations in Evanston and Lake Geneva.
I caught up with Hannah and Becky to find out about the store’s latest inventory and they shared their favorite new items for fall.  Hannah, who manages the Barrington store,  told me one of the highlights at Notice is that they work hard to keep their inventory fresh.
“Everything is constantly changing with new scarves, new gloves, great fall pieces, winter items and spring merchandise which will be here before you know it.”
Becky says they’ve learned a lot about what Barrington shoppers want since opening this past spring and are introducing new products based on local customer feedback.
“The Barrington shopper loves feminine designs.  They like to be on-trend, with put-together looks that are very fashion-forward, but done in a sophisticated and ladylike way.”
So, without further delay, here’s the list of Notice’s “Top 10 Must Haves for Fall”, complete with explanations from Becky about why these items are great as gifts and made for any wardrobe.  (But hands off my perforated vegan leather dress ;))……

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258. Marketplace: Norton’s U.S.A. Rewards Shoppers for Donated Coats

 The owner of Norton’s U.S.A. on Lageschulte Street in Barrington is rewarding shoppers who donate gently used coats when they visit her store this month. Deborah Leydig says she’ll give all donated coats to WINGS, a local nonprofit organization working to end domestic violence and homelessness. In return, Deborah will give shoppers who contribute a coat a 20% discount on all outerwear in the store, like these Janska fleece jackets which, Deborah says, are flying off the racks.
We’ll share more about the coat donation discount and some other exciting news out of Norton’s in just a minute.
But first, we’d like to welcome Norton’s U.S.A. and Deborah Leydig to the Barrington Online Marketplace. They’re our newest members and, in case you’re new to, here’s a quick look at how the Marketplace works…
On Mondays each week, we’ll be introducing you to the latest members of our marketplace and they’ll be featured in our email we send weekly on Tuesdays to people who’ve signed up for our newsletter, The 365 Barrington Buzz. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events, we’d be happy to add you to our list of subscribers. Just enter your email here and click “Submit”.
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You’ll find the new community resource at To have your business, organization, home or event featured in the new Marketplace,visit for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.
Now back to Norton’s U.S.A., an old-fashioned general store on Barrington’s Lageschulte Street housed in what used to be a livery barn in the early 1900’s. Deborah opened Norton’s in June of 2007 with a firm commitment to only carry goods made in the United States. You’ll find a wide assortment of products available, from toys to clothes to goods for your home and garden. But Deborah says absolutely everything has been made in America. “When you buy American, you keep Americans working and when Americans are working, our country is better off because they in turn have purchasing power.”
Deborah says she expanded her inventory to include more Janska coats this year, which inspired her to also start the coats for WINGS campaign. She says she fell in love with Janska’s women’s fleece jackets at a recent gift show because……

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255. Marketplace: Developers Share Plans for Barrington Village Center

 The developers planning to build two new buildings in the center of Barrington are sharing an update on the project’s progress and the prospective tenants they’re working hard to recruit.

The buildings are planned for the vacant lot on the southwest corner of Hough and Main Streets, offering approximately 22,000 square feet of first floor retail space, including restaurants, and up to 30,000 square feet of second and third story office space.

Building 1 is a one-story, 6,000 square-foot retail building (just west of M.J. Miller Jewelers).  Buildings 2N and 2S (on the Hough/Main corner) are up to three-story buildings that connect on the office floors by a pedestrian walkway from the corner of the parking lot.  The site will also provide over 150 parking spaces.

But the developers say it’s the site’s location that ultimately sold them on pursuing this project. 
“We think this is an area that has tremendous purchasing power and has all the attributes that a retailer would want in terms of good traffic and strong demographics.  If you look at a 15 minute drive time around this site, there are a lot of homes and a lot of people who we believe come into town to eat and to shop and we can further increase those numbers if the right offering is here.”
We recently caught up with two of the guys behind the development to learn the status of the project and find out what kind of stores, restaurants and office tenants they’re working to put in the space….…

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