If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. We think there’s something irresistible about searching local stores for unique treasures. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started. ...

Whether you enjoy decorating your home for the holiday season or dread the work involved, we've found some tips from the experts on how to make holiday decorating simple and enjoyable. ...

Imagination is precious in the mind of a child, and it’s also the driving force at this locally owned toy store. This mother-daughter duo is helping kids to play and create without the need for screens or electronics. ...

Never mind that it opened at the beginning of an economic recession. This whimsical gift store is thriving, thanks to its unique products, ideal location and loyal base of customers. ...

Your search for that perfect, unique gift idea ends here. We've searched high and low for one-of-a-kind items for the entire family, and you'll find them only inside these independent retail stores. ...

Fall is an ideal time to spruce up your interior spaces, and there are plenty of little changes that can make a big difference. Discover some of the small-scale updates that make a cozy living space. ...

The snow is coming, and so are the holiday festivities and traditions that we hold dear. From one of the largest light festivals in the Midwest to an historic downtown square, we highlight our favorite civic gatherings. ...

Winter's a great time to freshen up your home. We talked to some of our favorite local designers and home decorators for advice on perking up your hibernation headquarters. ...

Check out these hidden gems around our region. ...