Holiday Shopping: 20 Gift Ideas You Won’t Find on Amazon

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. We think there’s something irresistible about searching local stores for unique treasures. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started.

Dress Up Your Home for the Holidays

Whether you enjoy decorating your home for the holiday season or dread the work involved, we’ve found some tips from the experts on how to make holiday decorating simple and enjoyable.

Success Stories: Marvin’s Toy Store

Imagination is precious in the mind of a child, and it’s also the driving force at this locally owned toy store. This mother-daughter duo is helping kids to play and create without the need for screens or electronics.

Milestones: Out of the Box Celebrates Six Hard-Earned Years

Never mind that it opened at the beginning of an economic recession. This whimsical gift store is thriving, thanks to its unique products, ideal location and loyal base of customers.

Shop Local For the Holidays: 2014 Gift Guide

Your search for that perfect, unique gift idea ends here. We’ve searched high and low for one-of-a-kind items for the entire family, and you’ll find them only inside these independent retail stores.

Interior Decorating: It’s All in the Details

Fall is an ideal time to spruce up your interior spaces, and there are plenty of little changes that can make a big difference. Discover some of the small-scale updates that make a cozy living space.

12 Great Christmas Celebrations

The snow is coming, and so are the holiday festivities and traditions that we hold dear. From one of the largest light festivals in the Midwest to an historic downtown square, we highlight our favorite civic gatherings.

10 Ways to Brighten Your Home

Winter’s a great time to freshen up your home. We talked to some of our favorite local designers and home decorators for advice on perking up your hibernation headquarters.

Nooks & Crannies

Check out these hidden gems around our region.