Candy Candy Candy: Nostalgic Candy
Candy Candy Candy has a simple name, but is really an old fashioned candy shop. With hard to find candy that was big in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, I always have to stop in to get some of my hard to find favorites. The store has a simple layout and a good selection of nostalgic and newer candies. If you are looking for something and not sure if they make it, the staff will most likely be able to let you know if it is still available. Chances are, if they still make it, Candy Candy Candy will have it. There is a wall with countless News Anchors photos. This store looks to be a favorite of many!
What to buy: My picks are always the same...Fizzies drink tablets, Chuckles, Cup O Gold, and hot dog gum. But there are plenty of unique and retro candies to choose from. Idaho Spud, Skybar, Space Food Sticks, Lik M Aid, Howard's Violet Mint and Gum, Razzles, Abba Zabba, Runts, Valomilk, Mallo Cups and much more. There are also favorites such as Jelly Belly Jelly Beans and Bosco chocolate syrup.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable. Most packaged candies are in the dollar range. Some are less, some are more. Gift baskets are available as well.
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Mister Kitschy: An Amusing Little Shop with some unique finds
Everytime I visist Geneva now, I have to go to Mister Kitschy. This odd little shop opened just about a year ago and brought some new and exciting finds to Geneva. When a lot of the stores in town are upscale and serious, Mister Kitschy is anything but! There is an everchanging eclectic mix of new and vintage items. I am like a kid in a candy shop when I go into this fun little shop. There are so many fun things to see. I usually spend about 1/2 hr to 45 minutes looking through all the drawers and reading their greeting cards. From the street, you can't really tell what kind of shop it is, but once inside, it is like an offbeat joke shop. Don't let the toys fool you, the atmosphere is really for the 20 year old and up. Sure there are plenty of toys that kids would like, but they really wouldn't get Garbage Pail Kids, Beatles, and Wacky Packages. A lot of fun items to buy for a funny gift!
What to buy: I could easily spend hundreds of dollars at this shop, if I picked up everything I liked. Fortunately the prices are reasonable and I can get a bunch of funny stuff for gifts for work, friends, parties and more. I found out early on, that the store tries to change out their products relatively quickly. Some of the items are old finds and once they are gone, they may not get them again. Unfortunatley, I decided to wait on a couple of items and they were gone when I came back. :0( So if I see it and like it, I make sure to buy it. Mister Kitschy has a little back room with some of the funniest greeting cards around, there is also an assortment of retro inspired or humorous books. I got a Twinkie cookbook here, an Oscar Mayer wiener whistle, Garbage Pail Kids Cards, New Kids on the Block items, a Beatles lunchbox (a newer repro), Some hilarious magnets, a Bettie Page magnet set and a whole bunch of stuff I knew I couldn't live without! :0)
What to pay: The prices are good. Items start at just change and I didn't see much over $15. There are a few items that go past the $15 range but not many. I usually can't get out of there for less than $30, just because I accumulate so many finds that I know will make a great gift. If you can control yourself, you can spend less than $10 and find something that no one else around carries.
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Persimmon Tree: Cooking and Entertainment Store
Store filled with great cooking and entertaining pieces. Reasonably priced. Great for gifts. Everything from bar ware to cooking tools.
What to buy: I recently bought Joe (who LOVES Michigan) a serving platter for $19. It is really nice with the U of Michigan logo hand painted on it.
What to pay: Monday-Friday: 9:30am to 8pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 5:30 pm
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Olive Mill: Olive Oils and Balsamics
The Olive Mill is a unique store where customers can come in and taste the different olive oils and balsamic vinegars each poured from Italian stainless steel tanks. They have a wide selection of different oils and vinegars: California, Spanish, Greek and some new ones from Australia. They also have flavored oils including Blood Orange, tangerine and fig (which is really good). You pick out which oil you want and they pour them for you in their own bottles.
What to buy: I bought the fig balsamic vinegar which reportedly the chefs in town use with the blood orange olive oil for salad dressing. I also bought some extra virgin olive oil that is used at the famed French Laundry in Napa Valley.
What to pay: I paid between $11 and $15 a bottle.
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The Little Traveler: Mrs. Raftery's Treasures
This Geneva landmark consists of 36 rooms of merchandise. The brainchild of its creator, Mrs. Kate Raftery, The Little Traveler first opened its doors in 1922. She often said it was her dear friend, Lucy Monroe Calhoun, who inspired her to start The Little Traveler. As a world traveler, Mrs. Calhoun found beautiful bolts of Tribute silks, fur robes, pewter items, jade ornaments and festive lanterns to send to Geneva. Mrs. Raftery displayed these goods on her grand piano when acquaintances visited from Chicago and the North Shore.Soon many of her friends wanted to buy those lovely things and, before long, Mrs. Raftery was persuaded to go into business more formally. As the number of friends sending her goods from Europe and Asia expanded, so did The Little Traveler.
What to buy: With the most extensive selection of gourmet foods and candies in the Chicago area, The International Food Court is a delight for everyone, from the most casual cook through the most serious chef. The Housewares Corridor features everything you need to outfit your kitchen with style. Unique serving pieces and picnic accessories complement an endless array of kitchen gadgetry, cookie molds, glasses and stemware, colorful dish towels and oven mitts, indoor/outdoor rugs, and much more. There is also a crystal room, a Christmas shop, lamps, linens, antiques, toys and more.
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