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Where to shop for small businesses Saturday – and throughout the holidays – for local food gifts

Forget about Friday. On Small Business Saturday it's time to mess for the home team. Rather than regret how Amazon…

Forget about Friday. On Small Business Saturday it’s time to mess for the home team. Rather than regret how Amazon is destroying the shopping experience, why not let your wallet talk? (Of course it does not hurt to shop locally throughout the season – bookmark this list!) During the weekend you go for the rest and get a jump on vacation on shopping with unique, locally-made food items, online or in IRL (gasp!) Independent stores .

Producers

Soatsaker Hot Sauce: Fill basic hot sauces from your heavy metal paints pantry. by this local purveyor. Sauces like Perdition (Habanero-based), Omen (Jalapeno-Garlic) and Harbinger (Marzano Pepper) really kick up the heat. soothsayerhotsauce.com

Chicago Honey Coop: Support sustainable agriculture and the local economy while making you feel good about saving bin, all with purchases from this group of Illinois beekeepers. Shop for things like honey, mustard, candle and gift baskets. chicagohoneycoop.com

Nourishing Notes: Please note some great, well-designed market pops and kitchenware from this design duo. nourishingnotes.com

Gray Remedy: These small hand-made ceramics are perfect with any decor. Shop for modern bowls, mugs, plates and more. greyremedy.com

Bitter Ex Bitters: Although created by two exes, this company is anything but bitter. Store your stroller with classic aromatic bitters, or branch with spicy celery, coffee, citrus and spinach. Check out the website for bitter-specific cocktail recipes. bitterexchicago.com

Town Cutler: Although founded in San Francisco, the Chicago site is the second (and only) outlet for the knife supplier. Come here for cutlery, yes, but also for sharpening or other maintenance needs. towncutler.com

Experiences: A lovely bicycle repair meeting cafe sounds like the most hipster of marriage, but Heritage manages to keep things too thin. Winterize your bike, and when you’re on it, get some beans (or different coffee makers) for home. heritagebicycles.com

Shops

Ravensgoods: Pick up pants like coffee mugs, kitchen towels and other gifts (candles made in recycled Jeppson Malort bottles, anyone?) At this Ravenswood gift shop. 4703 N. Damen Ave., ravensgoods.com

Women & Children First: This long-standing favorite feminist bookstore and LGBTQ community bracket has a robust cookbook collection. Do not miss it. 5233 N. Clark St., womenandchildrenfirst.com

57th Street Wines: After a stressful holiday like Thanksgiving, you deserve all the wine. Hit this charming little Hyde Park wine store for global bottles that go beyond the Napa Cabin and Chardonnay. 1

448 E. 57th St., wines57.com

Hackblock: This long-term craftsman is still a shopping store for avid cooks and professionals. Do you want to surprise your sweetheart with more than a cast iron pan? Check out the many classes offered during the year in both places, at Merchandise Mart and Lincoln Square. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107; 4747 N. Lincoln Ave., thechoppingblock.com

Collecting Home & Lifestyle: Sells everything from household items to plants to kitchen utensils. Gather Home & Lifestyle is a single store with elegant and modern and tasteful gifts. Spend five minutes here, and you’ll find something for everyone from your mother-in-law to your boss. 2321 W. North Ave., collecthomeandlifestyle.com

Read and Eat: Chicago’s only dedicated cookie shops, Lincoln Park’s Read It & Eat, are also a must visit for traveling cooks and kockbokförfattare. You will find everything here, from books dedicated to salt or sourdough, to cook-y restaurant-focused tomatoes. Be sure to check out the upcoming classes and events. 2142 N. Halsted St., readitandeatstore.com

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