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362. This Week in Barrington Suburban Life

 They’re taking a look back at the year in pictures in this week’s Barrington Suburban Life free newspaper which arrives by mail in zip code 60010.  I can’t wait to see which images they chose as the most defining of Barrington in 2013.
But that’s not all you’ll find in this week’s paper.  Barrington Suburban Life Reporter, Tarah Thorne shared this snapshot of the range of stories in this week’s issue……

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357. Solisq Offers Last Minute Holiday Shopping SUCCESS

 There’s one full shopping day left until Christmas and, if you’re still looking for wonderful gifts of warmth to keep your loved ones cozy this winter, you need look no further than Solisq Accessories by Gina Ahn at the Ice House Mall in Barrington.
Gina is the owner of Solisq and says, when you’re looking for a great gift, you can not go wrong with beautiful gloves and hats that can be used immediately during this winter season. She says they also serve as a warm reminder of the gift giver.
“We definitely have a wide variety of gloves and hats for all lifestyles, functions and across age groups. We are also very sensitive to budgets so we carry many options across all price ranges.”
“We also have a nice selection of scarves and wraps made of different materials and also in different price points.”
“And we are expanding our collection of gifts of cashmere.  We carry a lot of luxurious fabrics and materials and unique finishes. I have some pretty cashmere scarves with mink pom poms, 100% silk and a lot of fair-trade. I’m also expanding into alpaca hats, gloves, hand warmers, all fair-trade and, of course, our everyday fashion collection of gloves.  Plus, we have some really unique, locally made jewelry and another affordable line of jewelry which is made in Canada.”
Gina just celebrated her shop’s first anniversary in Barrington. She opened Solisq in November of 2012 and she is excited to announce that she’s moving her shop to a new location in the heart of downtown Barrington at the beginning of 2014!
“I’m so excited to start the new year in a brand new Barrington location…”…

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354. Little Shop of Papers has Gifts Galore

 If you’re still in the market for gifts this holiday season, we have a great new local resource for you. Okay, maybe not new, but most definitely reimagined, refreshed, and restocked. Little Shop of Papers, located in the Foundry of Barrington, has long been a destination for custom cards and invitations. Did you know, though, that they’ve recently expanded their giftware to include luxe lines like Juliska and Michael Aram? And that they even have great gifts for the men in your life? Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of offerings in store.
When Jean Stahr first opened Little Shop of Papers in 1988, paper cards and invitations were all the rage. Jean had found a great niche, and earned a loyal following from customers in the Barrington area and beyond. They still have a very strong customer base, but Amy Hawking, Jean’s daughter and the store’s co-owner, says it’s time to “open the next chapter.” Amy came up with a plan for helping the business evolve, while still “bringing manners back.”
The shift to digital photo cards and invitations certainly changed Little Shop of Paper’s business, but not its raison d’être: Jean and Amy are still on a mission to maintain civility in a culture that often prefers efficiency. And since gift giving is such a gracious art, they’re determined to offer a selection of gifts that you’ll be proud to give.
Amy and Jean are thrilled to introduce their new high-end, collectible lines. Juliska, which is headquartered in Connecticut, and Michael Aram, based in New Delhi, India, both offer artfully designed dinnerware and home decor items. The store is currently featuring Juliska’s Winter Frolic line, which features nostalgic scenes of winter fun against the backdrop of an English country estate. The pieces are timeless, and each is packaged in a keepsake box – no wrapping required!
Each piece in Michael Aram’s line is artisan-made, and showcases natural forms. You won’t find two alike, and that’s the beauty of his creations: each are hand-crafted in metal to reflect the beauty of both the materials and the uniqueness of the subject. From candles topped with a single perfect magnolia, to cheeseboards featuring black orchids, each gift is an enduring appreciation of nature – and of the lucky person who receives it.
If you have a few more holiday parties on your calendar, Little Shop of Papers is the perfect place to purchase hostess gifts. The shelves are still stocked with fun items–from candles and holiday-themed matches, to floral trays and pillows–at very reasonable price points.
“We’ve had Michel Design Works for many years, and it’s done very well for us,” Amy says. “Plus the scents are so much fun! Even my husband, who is not exactly discerning when it comes to scents, said, ‘That is the prettiest candle!'” The candles (pictured below, on the center shelf) come in festive scents like Sleigh Ride, and White Christmas, and sell for $25. “Michel also makes these fun foam soaps, like this one, Nutcracker Sweet, which go flying out of here.”
And if you’re setting a holiday table, why not make it easy with paper placemats? These fun Roseanne Beck designs (pictured below, on the bottom shelf at left) come in packages of 20, for just $12.
Amy has some great ideas for gifts to put under the tree as well. “We also have these fun Chicago-themed items by Dish,” Amy says. One of Amy’s customers was delighted to find the collection so close to home. She purchased several pieces for her grown children, not because they live in Chicago, but because they had recently run the Chicago marathon. A large platter is $54, and will serve as a reminder of their accomplishment for years to come.
And look at the beautiful glass ornaments with a winter snowfall scene, all tied up with a plaid bow. Wouldn’t they be lovely as gift toppers?
For trimming the tree, Little Shop of Papers has an amazing collection of ornaments from designer Eliot Raffit. Raffit, who is also a Cornell-trained architect, designs the vintage-inspired shapes and covers them in glass glitter. The glitter is made from pure silver in a seven-step process, so the ornaments reflect light like a diamond….…

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353. This Week in Barrington Suburban Life

 We’re down to the last few Barrington Suburban Life newspapers of 2013 and ballet dancer Ali Lidbury is featured on the cover of this week’s issue, which arrives in our mailboxes today.  Ali is a member of the Midwest Dance Collective and performed during Saturday’s Holiday Tea and Sugar Fairy Ballet at the Garlands of Barrington.
This week’s paper is full of great stories and here’s a preview of what you’ll find inside from the paper’s editor, Dan McCaleb……

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