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Games to Get Us Through the Winter

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

Since October, Andre and I have been playing My City, a legacy board game created by one of our favorite game designers, Reiner Knizie.  If you're not familiar with legacy games, they're a style of game that evolves over the course of multiple plays.  For example, new rules and new components will be introduced from one game to the next, and the board will be transformed by applying stickers.  You generally play them with the same group of people from game-to-game, so that you can experience the evolution of the game together.  Eventually you "complete" the game, much like you would complete a video game. ...

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Santa Express - Guaranteed Pre-Christmas Delivery within Chicago!

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

Santa has lent us some of his elves to help get the last of the Christmas presents out of our shop and into your homes, HOORAY!!  On December 22 and 23, our elves will be loading their sleigh with orders and hand-delivering them throughout our lovely city, no snow required. Here's how to guarantee that your order gets to your home, or to your recipient's home, in time for Christmas: Select SANTA EXPRESS as your delivery method upon checkout. Orders must be placed no later than Wednesday 12/23 at 7am Santa Express delivery applies only to CHICAGO shipping addresses. Santa Express orders...

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Annals of Gifting: New Hobbies for a Lifetime of Fun

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

Considering the business we own, it's no surprise that our family is full of hobbyists and enthusiasts.  Milo spent years honing his yoyo and diabolo skills, and he loves the creative pursuits of drawing and painting miniature figures.  Andre was also an avid yoyo-er, and has spent a lot of time perfecting magic tricks. Cyrus has always built anything you put in front of him, which might explain why he's in the Rube Goldberg Club at college.  All three of them still enjoy gathering around a table for a rousing Dungeons & Dragons adventure.  I started cooking avidly when I was ten and discovered Julia Child...

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Annals of Gifting: For the Chicagoan who's Missing this Beautiful City

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

I was born and raised in Delaware, the small mid-Atlantic state that's home to our future president.  I've never been too sentimental about my the place that I came from, but now... with my inability to go back to visit family and old friends, I find myself frequently thinking about my hometown.  For Christmas I'd love a jigsaw puzzle featuring scenes from Delaware, or maybe even a paint-by-number of a Delware Blue Hen chicken.  HA! I'm sure that doesn't exist, but that would be great!  In any case, if you have a friend or family member who is feeling sentimental about Chicago just like I'm...

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Annals of Gifting: For the Active Indoors Kid

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

It's ALWAYS a long winter here in Chicago, but this year, I suspect it's going to be a R-E-A-L-L-Y-L-O-N-G one, UGH!   Especially if you have kids in the house who are distance learning and not getting gym or recess, they're probably already bouncing off the walls.  When it's too cold outside or you just don't have the desire to bundle up, here are some indoor-friendly active play toys to help give that energy a healthy outlet.  

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