If you’re like most of us at Smart Living, you probably aren’t done with your holiday shopping just yet. There’s no need to panic-buy something expensive online when these local businesses have got your back. The following shops in our region have excellent products and customer service to help you purchase meaningful gifts for everyone left on your list.
6410 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, (815) 633-9443, 640meats.com
Independent, locally owned butcher shop and deli with a wide selection of meats, side dishes and other savory eatables.
510 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 222-7384
Stylish women’s clothing imported directly from Europe, with brands that include Mat, Rimini, Twister and Yoek.
102 N. Elida St., Winnebago, (815) 335-2787, thoseflowergirls.com
A flower shop that also offers flower arrangement classes.
Gustafson’s Furniture and Mattress
6651 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 636-8608, gustafsonfurniture.com
A family-owned furniture store with a showroom featuring over 100,000 square feet of home furnishings and more than 1,000 mattresses in stock.
6969 S. Main St., Rockford, (815) 269-4069, barnstormerdistillery.com
A farm distillery that grows many of its own ingredients to create delicious and unique whiskeys, vodkas, rums and moonshines.
4616 E. State St., Rockford, (608) 345-7802
Women’s clothing boutique that specializes in comfortable yet chic women’s fashion, accessories and gifts.
Lucky Quilt Company
516 Main St., Pecatonica, (815) 239-1026, luckyquiltcompany.com
Quilting supply shop that carries a variety of fabrics, kits and quilting supplies. Also offers classes and retreats. Official seller of Janome sewing machines.
3065 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, (815) 282-8881, porchboutique.com
This store offers a one-of-a-kind selection of jewelry, home decor, garden art, baby gifts, bath products and candles.
The 3R’s Learning Materials Center
5388 Williams Dr., Roscoe, (815) 270-0406
Family-owned store that specializes in educational materials, toys and games for children.
3622 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 398-4900, rockfordretool.com
A one-stop shop for do-it-yourselfers and professional contractors. Buys, sells and trades new and used hand and power tools.
6730 Broadcast Pkwy., Loves Park, (815) 977-4332, shinelovespark.com
Boutique offering gifts, jewelry, décor, and everyday-use items. Also has the area’s largest selection of Polish pottery.
2636 McFarland Road, Rockford, (815) 654-4000, zavius.com
Jewelry store that specializes in custom-designed, handmade original pieces of wearable art. ❚