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College Serving Pieces
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
Address: 127 S 3rd St
Phone: (630) 232-6446
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.
Address: 315 James Street
Directions: And Third Street
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.
Address: 404 South Third Street
Directions: downtown Geneva
Phone: (630) 232-4200
Theme: Department Store
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