Event: Holiday Prelude – This Friday!

Are you looking for something fun to do with friends – something to get you really into the holiday spirit? Well, we have just the thing! The Guild of St. Mary Christmas Prelude is THIS FRIDAY! It is such a fun thing to do on a Friday afternoon. Grab a glass of wine, stroll through aisles of booths – some of your favorite vendors – TONS of new vendors from all over the country – we know you will be pleasantly surprised! Then lunch with your friends and watch a groovy fashion show (you are sure to cheer for the cute girls on the catwalk). You’ll go home with great gifts, a little afternoon buzz and fun holiday memories with your pals.

We happen to know the girls that are hosting the event…They are super chic and creative so it is sure to be a great show.

See you there!




Coolest Gift: Three Brother’s Boards

We found these beautiful stand-up paddle boards by Three Brother’s Boards in this month’s Garden N Gun Mag (great stocking stuffer idea, by the way). They are really rad to look at and I’m sure glide through the water with ease. There are all sorts of cool features like full nose which allows stability of taking off and paddling through waves. A pulled tail which allows easier turning and maneuberability. Evidently, it is able to handle big waves but easily catches the small stuff too. Lots of things that probably make these the coolest paddle boards out there.

We really love their story. Here’s how they got started:

Our story starts out very similar to a lot of yours, I am sure. Three brothers who grew up in the water and loved surfing. Like most brothers, arguing with each other was a regular part of our every day, but no matter what was going on, the second our feet hit the water, it all disappeared. I can’t really explain it, but being in the ocean just made everything great. It was almost like there was an invisible line we had crossed once we hit the water and it was a different world – A world where negativity and arguments were not allowed.

Like most brothers, as we grew up, we went in separate directions. Our connection with the water always remained. When we were younger, we had hoped to make our love of surfing into a career by opening our own board shop. It had always been a dream, one of those things we were going to do, but just never got around to it. 

In the beginning of 2009, our youngest brother, Jason, unexpectedly passed away. The idea of opening a surf shop wasn’t a thought in our minds. Our dream would probably never become a reality.

About eight months after our loss, I was out paddling. I suddenly felt a peace and closeness to Jason I never thought I’d ever be able to experience again. The second I came in, I immediately called my other brother and said we need to open the shop – the three of us. Jason may not be here physically, but he is just as much a part of it as we are. 

This is our story. It’s never too late, no matter how impossible or distant the dream.
It’s Never Too Late.

Not sure if you have a paddle boarder in your life but no matter if you are on the Atlantic, Pacific or right here on Lake Michigan paddle boarding is an awesome thing to do on a beautiful summer day. It’s also a great workout. We think a Three Brother’s Board might make a super-fun, out of the box gift!


Tartan Plaid Blanket


We love this Cotton Blanket from Land of Nod for a little boys room – but think it would also be a perfect throw to pull out this time of year. We love the giant oversized tartan plaid in any room at holiday time.

Kind of a fun hostess gift for a friend – tied with a giant piece of rope or ribbon.




Shop Local!

We’re pretty sure your Inbox’s are overflowing with emails from big chain stores offering awesome Black Friday deals. Sometimes they are hard to pass up but remember the great, little stores in your Market Square are also offering great bargains starting today.

Shopping Local…

Protects Local Prosperity Character and Prosperity

Builds strong neighborhoods

Keeps dollars in the local ecomomy

Creates more jobs

Promotes Entrepreneuship

…and lots of other good stuff!

So hop on your bike, strap on your walking shoes or jump in your car for a super short trip uptown. See you in Market Square!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope you enjoy your day with friends and family.  While the food is definitely the focus of the day – we think that you will enjoy this Cranberry Ginger Fizz.   It’s a beautiful and refreshing holiday cocktail.  Enjoy!


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 orange, cut into slices
  • 1 1/2 cups dry gin – Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Tangueray suggested
  • 1 cup chilled Ginger Ale
  • 4 mint springs


  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; pour off all but one cup of syrup, reserving any extra for another use.
  2. Heat the syrup to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Add the cranberries and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they just begin to burst. Remove from heat and let cool in syrup.
  3. Place 2 Tablespoons drained cranberries and 6 Tablespoons cranberry syrup in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices.
  4. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit.
  5. Stir in gin and let steep for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Strain into a medium pitcher.
  7. Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice and 1/4 cup ginger ale.
  8. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then pour half the cranberry mixture into the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds, strain liquid into two glasses. Repeat.
  9. Mound additional ice on top of each glass and garnish with 3 candied cranberries and a mint sprig

Top Notch Tailoring

Have you ever wondered where to take a black tie dress to be fitted? Or maybe you have a favorite blazer from 1997 that with a little alteration to the lapel might be super chic in 2012?

Well, maybe you are a devotee of the Lake Forest Shop’s Tailoring Department like so many local women in the know…if not, welcome to the club! In addition to clothing and accessorizing women on the North Shore for 90 years, The Lake Forest Shop is home to the most fabulous group of women who have been perfecting wardrobes for just as long.

Here’s what we had to say yesterday about the savy seamstresses at The Lake Forest Shop on the store’s blog.

P.S. In case you didn’t know,  The Lake Forest Shop’s blog is updated every Tuesday so please add it to your favorites so that you can keep abreast of all of the events, shipments, sales and shows going on at the store and in and around our Market Square.



Re-invent Gallery


 Re-invent Offers Gifts and Goods by Artists Near and Far….

When WGN-TV’s Anna Belaval shot her Around Town show at Re-invent of Lake Forest, she dubbed the store, gallery and studio “an exciting new suburban arts hub” – and people from throughout Chicagoland have been discovering she’s right! The retail shop offers hundreds of hand-crafted gifts and creative goods from over 50 artists for sale under one roof.  The 4000sf building also houses Re-invent’s fine art gallery with rotating exhibits and sales, and a studio/workshop space, too.

The innovative retail shop offers an ever-changing selection of original gifts, jewelry, artwork and other goods by national and international artisans – and also many talented local artists as well!  Among such current “native” offerings are: colorful prints by Mark McMahon, fine jewelry by Mary Mowry, paintings and photography by Julianna Sheehan, paintings by Wendy Cheney, mobiles by Arthur Bauman, glasswork by Bob Pasquesi, Asian art by Elizabeth Cunnison, knit work by Jillian Chapman, stone sculptures by Mary Saunders, gardeners creations by Elizabeth Grob, vintage memorabilia by Charles Howe, photography by Corinne Torkelson, Caitlin Saville, Kerri Sherman, and Sprite,  holiday art by Sarah Meyer,  upscale vintage clothing by Brittney Minorini, woven children’s hats by Sarah Stahl, jewelry by Boo Vernon, Carrie Zare and Cathy Lanyon, sunglasses by Carter Hansen and handmade headbands and bracelets by Danielle Sullivan. There are also books by Wendy Thornycroft, Libby Worsley Crouch, Penny Barlow Liston, and Julie Morse. Creative green goods by EcoOptions and Debi Kiddle and cause-based products, are also a staple, as are art supplies and kids’ projects.

The Studio hosts art workshops by local artist-teachers Sue McFarlane of Lake Bluff who teaches floral silhouette and watercolor classes,  Lisa Fisher of Lake Forest who teaches Nuno felting/scarf-making and Regin Igloria , a The Director of Artists in Residence at Ragdale, who teaches a book binding workshop . Creative parties and gallery rentals add to the fun.  Ladies Night Out workshops are also a fun way to do something creative over a glass or two with friends, with painting, ornament-making, mosaics and card-making offered.  The adjacent Re-invent Gallery is now hosting the inventive metal sculptures of Steve Gallagher and collage photography of Jason Bennett Harris through December 8; and on December 14 a six-week show entitled “Peace on eARTh” opens, featuring the multi-media work of incredibly talented Lake Forest High School students!

Re-invent is owned by Lake Forest natives Kristin Mikrut and Cecilia Lanyon.  Now celebrating their first holiday season as store owners, these artists-entrepreneurs invite you to come shop locally and creatively at Re-invent, located across from Caputo’s at 202 E. Wisconsin Avenue. (Look for the REALLY BIG red bow!)  Phone 224-544-5961 or visit reinventlf.com