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Check out the sparkling shops and restaurants of Geneva, by experiencing them! Whether you are a foodie looking for a fresh taste or a maker looking for inspiration, this blog will highlight the many ways you can enjoy yourself here. Find out about the wonderful things you can taste and create at a variety of businesses. We’ll update you on exciting new food, merchandise, music and more. Whether you are a resident, business owner or visitor, we will keep you posted on Geneva’s dynamic business scene.

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Nov 20

Shopping Small in Geneva is a Win-Win

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 9:24 AM by Kevin Stahr

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28. Now, more than ever, independent retailers and restaurateurs need your support. By choosing small and local, you are investing in Geneva and putting bread and butter on the tables of our small business owners during this challenging time.

By shopping small or purchasing a take-out meal from a favorite restaurant, your gift can make a big difference to an independent business and benefit the entire community.

Geneva's merchants are in the spirit of the holidays and the present meter here is off the charts.
Keep reading for gift ideas for everyone on your list. Check the Explore Geneva Map to discover every local retailer.

Shop Small

A new top or accessory from a special Geneva boutique makes a fantastic gift. Apricot Lane at Geneva Commons has a great selection of fuzzy turtle neck sweaters and leggings. 

Apricot Boutique

Edie Boutique has shelves and shelves of cute accessories for women, such as this cool guitar strap bag.

Edie Boutique

Mom would love this pastel pink vest with matching cheetah print accessories at Cali & Chance.

Cali and Chance

Head to Motto for Men for clothing and accessories for the guys. This handmade knit jacket would be a perfect dad gift. 

Motto for Men

For a romantic gift with a wow factor head over to State Street Jewelers. They have Sethi Stacks, which are unique stackable rings that you can mix and match.

State Street Jewelers

For an elegant gift for the home shop at Artemisia. Their one of a kind, hand-forged iron candlesticks are a beautiful addition to any holiday table or mantel, and are a very unique artisan gift idea. 


To bring some warmth to your loved ones, Cocoon offers Cherapy therapeutic heat pillows made from all natural cherry pits. Just look at those cute fabrics.


For a gift with a little pampering, Mia’s Wish, a new shop in Downtown Geneva will supply you with locally made soaps, body butter, bath bombs and more.

Mias Wish

You can find these friendly little wooden ornaments at Peaceful Parlour. They are handcrafted and hand painted from Nicaragua.

Peaceful Parlour

Celebrate Geneva’s Swedish heritage with a Dala horse from The Gift Box. Small, sweet, and easy to mail from a store that is celebrating its 73rd year in business!

The Gift Box

Shop local with free gift wrapping at Learning Express in Geneva Commons, where you can find all of the popular toys from Legos to Calico Critters to Squishmallows. They now carry NASA toy action figures and space shuttles for your little astronaut.

Learning Express

If you need a special baby gift head to Little Barn Baby. They have beautiful wooden toys, plush animals and quality baby clothes. Their rainbow macrame teethers, made of organic beechwood, are really cute.

Little Barn Baby

Purchase a variety of paintable ceramics in the online store of Color Me Mine. Gift certificates are available if you would like to give the gift of art, or you can have the kids paint something for a relative. You pick out a ceramic piece and paint, and they will ship it to you or do curbside. Their new Star Wars ceramics are fantastic.

Color Me Mine

Another experiential type of gift can be found at Scentcerely Yours, where you can create your own scent for candles and other goods. If you prefer to shop at home, you can create scents and place orders through their website.

Scentcerely Yours

Loaded with gift potential in 36 different rooms, you are sure to find something for everyone at The Little Traveler. These adorable caped essential worker fair trade ornaments would be a fitting gift for 2020.

Little Traveler

The Beer Cellar is offering a tasty Beer Advent Calendar. The set includes 24 cans in a festive box with 24 perforated slots on top. This could be an early holiday gift that the recipient can enjoy all December.

The Beer Cellar

Harvey’s Tales will happily make a private shopping appointment with you and up to five people in your household for 45 minutes. Call to make your reservation. They have books, puzzles, novelty socks and all sorts of playful gifts.

Harveys Tales

By following the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines for masks, distancing, cleaning, and store capacity, businesses can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Whether you visit on Thanksgiving weekend, or during another time, the shops are decked out for the holidays and can’t wait to help you find that perfect gift. When you have shopped until you drop, Geneva's restaurants are preparing specialties for curbside pickup.

Mayor Kevin Burns has proclaimed Nov. 28, 2020 as Small Business Saturday in Geneva. This is the perfect time to show small businesses some love. Shop early, shop safe, and shop small this holiday season.