Independent Retail Month in Lake County

Independent Retail Month (Indie Retail Month) runs annually throughout July to highlight the vital role smaller and local retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to and in the retail sector as a whole.

The land of lakes has one of the best mom-and-pop shopping scenes. These quintessential boutiques and supply shops give Lake County its personality and character. Continue here to view black-owned businesses in Lake County.

From downtown areas to mini-malls, from niche stores to shopping centers, independent retail shops keep Lake County extravagant. So peruse, why don’t you? Celebrate the holiday and support your local shops throughout July and beyond.

Lake County Libation Trail


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Let’s toast to the Lake County Libation Trail! “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” as suds aficionados, vino connoisseurs and spirit enthusiasts will be elated to experience what Lake County has to offer. The trail is highlighted by 21 participants creating adult beverages from locally sourced ingredients. Lake County is home to North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks, which is the first distillery in the Land of Lincoln. Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville is the first established brewery in the land of lakes. The Lake County Libation Trail also features Bosacki’s Brewery and Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein, Zümbier, Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Breweries and Oppidan Spirits in Waukegan, Copper Fiddle Distillery, Roaring Table Brewery and Phase Three Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich, Light the Lamp Brewery and Glunz Family Winery and Cellars in Grayslake, Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. and Valentino Vineyards in Long Grove, Half Day Brewing Co. and Wright’s Brew & Bistro in Lincolnshire, Harbor Brewing Co./Harbor Brewing Co. Lakefront Biergarten in Winthrop Harbor, Lynfred Winery in Wheeling, Wild Onion Brewery in Lake Barrington, Only Child Brewing Co. in Gurnee, Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park, Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda, 28 Mile Distilling Co. and Pazzo di Vino in Highwood, Vigneto del Bino Winery in Antioch and Black Lung Brewing Company in Round Lake Beach.

Lake County Farmers Markets

Lake County’s Farmers Markets are more than just places to find the freshest, locally grown, and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables of the season. They’re also a place where neighbors, friends and family shop for unique handmade goods and explore the never-ending variety of new exciting items from welcoming vendors.

Mom and Pop Eateries in Lake County

The Lake County pulse is a rhythm started by its mom and pop restaurants, shops and services. The independent small businesses give the land of lakes its vibrancy. Whether it’s a traditional home-cooked meal, a unique twist on international cuisine or something innovative and trendsetting, Lake County’s mom and pop eateries cover the menu spread.

Long Grove Confectionery Co. and Flagship Stores (in Buffalo Grove and Wauconda)

This is the old factory where chocolatey divinity is born. The magical world of cocoa where sweet bliss is created opened its doors in 1975. The confectionery facility began as a retail store around the time of the U.S. Bicentennial, which looks like an 1800s schoolhouse. The sweet treat company is known for its mouthwatering and signature piece the Myrtle®, the confectionery also owns a factory in Buffalo Grove (built-in 2001),  a Nut & Candy Factory Store (opened in 2016) and a Chicago location. The Long Grove Confectionery Co. proudly continues the dessert tradition with a menu containing other types of chocolate, barks, brittles, caramels, pretzels, peanut butter cups and so much more.

Didier Farms in Lincolnshire


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Didier Farms offers a variety of vegetables, flowers and baked goods year-round at the Lincolnshire location. In the fall, Didier becomes a PumpkinFest as they have an abundance of orange fruits, hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, a corn maze and more.

Volo Antique Mall

A shopping spree at Volo Antique Mall is in order. Scour through a variety of antiques, collectibles and other fresh nuggets. Generations of motivated sellers helped to create what this modern-day scavenger hunt shopping environment is today. Volo Antique Mall has been featured on Discovery Channel and The History Channel.

Tony Cannoli Specialty Shop in Mundelein

Holy moly! If you can only check out this cannoli from Tony! The Mundelein confectioner creates traditional and unconventional cannolis for customers to indulge their sweet tooth. Tony Cannoli Specialty Pastries also conducts classes to teach visitors how to make the sweet Italian treat. It will have you quoting Clemenza from “The Godfather” all over again: “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington

Treetime Christmas Creations is your quintessential stop for your artificial trees, holiday decorations and more. Experience the magic and the ‘WOW’ of the Winter Wonderland Showroom in this Lake Barrington facility. Enjoy shopping for the largest selection of prelit holiday trees online with over unique tree styles to choose from.

Rosella’s Boutique in Libertyville


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The Libertyville, veteran-owned company specializes in selling military apparel and accessories. Rosella’s Boutique’s merchandise is highlighted by military hats, patches, pins, shirts, dresses, ponchos, handbags, pieces of jewelry and more.

Downtown Lake County Areas

Downtown Antioch

Experience the heart of the Village of Antioch as the downtown area has an exceptional assortment of businesses. Visit their Antioch Street Market or It’s Thursday Concert. Before or after taking in the town’s festivities, peruse the indie retailers cascading Antioch’s storied main street.

Historic Downtown Long Grove


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Nestled in historic homes and buildings that date back to the community’s roots in the 1800s, Long Grove’s shops specialize in unique gifts, boutiques, antiques, clothing, exceptional art, home décor and distinctive menus. Indie Retailers include the Long Grove Confectionery Co., Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. and the state’s eldest bar and restaurant – Village Tavern. Visitors can stroll down the cobblestone walkways that wind through the historic downtown and enjoy lush seasonal gardens and scenic views. And they can make it a quick trip or a day’s outing, shopping and indulging their tastes with a variety of food and bakery products, cafés and fine eating establishments.

MainStreet Libertyville


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MainStreet Libertyville or Milwaukee Avenue is located smack dab in the middle of Chicago and Milwaukee. From boutiques to salons, from bakeries to the latest trendy clothes, art galleries to home decor and everything in between. Ride your bike (by the way there’s a cyclery in town) or walks the streets and finish you’re not there with a bite to eat complemented by a libation for dinner.

Waukegan Main Street

Devoted to preserving one of Lake County’s most vibrant, historic communities on the shore of Lake  Michigan. Visit the theater, get a bite to eat at one of their many great eateries or spend a day on the water. Don’t forget to make a stop at the Waukegan Arts Council to get the latest in magnificent art mediums. The metropolis has all of your shopping needs at your disposal – from home decor, antiques, delectable treats, the coolest threads and so much more.

Shopping Center Independent Retail Stores


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Lake County is home to two dynamic shopping centers and one open-air mall: Gurnee Mills, Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills and Deer Park Town Center. While many of the shops in these are big brands, corporate companies, many carry the indie retailer.

For more information about Independent Retail Month and the stores, you should support in Lake County, click here.

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