Shopping small is easier than ever. Not only can shoppers visit dozens of stores, but online shopping is plentiful at both retail and resale stores in downtown Aurora.
Supporting local businesses contributes to a healthy and vibrant downtown and gives a boost to our local economy.
In the last few years, new shops have added to cherished mom-and-pop businesses such as Wardell Art Glass, 28 S. Stolp Ave., and downtown is once again a burgeoning shopping destination.
Warehouse 55 brings mid-century modern furniture and thousands of antique items to its two floors at 55 S. Lake St. On the second floor, Blissful Blooms sells fresh floral bouquets and plants.
Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl., is filled with curated must-have items like fair trade kitchen towels and cocktail mixes as well as boutique women’s clothing. It’s a retro paradise at its lower-level Offbeat Thrift and Vintage shop (pictured). Two doors down, there’s All Spoked Up. They have bicycles, skateboards, and lots of gear.
The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange features nearly a dozen artisans who offer clever, handcrafted signs, unique coasters, fun home decor, and vintage albums. The shop is currently in the process of moving into a new location on River Street, so take this opportunity to support them by shopping their online store. Aurora Downtown merch such as hoodies, candles, and t-shirts are also available at the shop.
On Broadway, Patron Boots is filled with leather boots and menswear. There are more than a dozen shops and salons to visit along Broadway. Stop into Happy Daze for incense and fun stocking stuffers. Pop by Yetee Station to play games while you’re out and visit Superjumbo, their sister store around the corner on Galena to find fun retro and collectible toys.
Stop into Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., for houseplants and curated home decor. The store is filled with eclectic and bohemian gift items. They sell Christmas trees in December, and then reopen for the season in February.
For personalized gifts such as a framed family photo, visit If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. Skin and hair products can be purchased at neighboring locations Pure Skin Solutions and Do or Dye Designs respectively.
Visit Crystal House, 59 S. LaSalle St., for special, etched glass keepsakes. For items that sooth the soul, stop by The Perch’s online store, and visit them on social media for info on their Saturday market at 31 W. Galena Blvd. Ste. 301.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, has a great gift shop for local merch! The museum’s exhibits remain closed, but the gift shop is open for business both online and walk-in.
For everything resale, pop into The Hope Chest, 36 N. Lincoln Ave., and shop clothing, jewelry, furniture, and more.
Almost 40 years after the last major department store left downtown, shops are starting to become plentiful again. With locals shopping small and supporting downtown businesses, they can continue to thrive.