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  1. Meet our Spa Night Special Guests

    March 28, 2017

    During our second annual Spa Night, to be held on Thursday, April 29 from 5:30-8pm, you’ll be treated to wellness insights from local experts. We’re proud to have such talented neighbors and invite you to learn a little bit more about them. You can register for Spa Night online or by calling the store and […]

  2. Meet Our New Visiting Lighting Repair Expert

    February 16, 2017

    Bob Auwaerter’s affinity for restoration projects began with the restoration of his 1920s St. Charles home. He’s always been mechanically inclined and has a talent for restoring motorcycles, tractors, cars, etc. When his wife became an antiques dealer and collector, he turned his skills toward restoring antiques and made a natural progression into lighting. When […]

  3. Local Artist Recreates a Piece of The Little Traveler’s History

    December 1, 2016

    The vintage Little Traveler sign on 3rd Street has become a landmark of sorts in downtown Geneva, IL. The original was painted by artist William Moulis, world traveler and protégée of Mrs. Kate Raftery, founder of the store.Because the piece was hand-painted, the stalwart sign eventually succumbed to the wear and tear of the elements. It was […]

  4. Shoe Shopping with Purpose

    May 26, 2016

    Twice each year, The Little Traveler, Naot shoes by Yaleet, and Lazarus House work together to donate brand new and gently used shoes to local women in need. At the latest shoe trade-in event this spring, The Little Traveler invited customers to bring in their gently used shoes for donations. In addition to those donations, […]

  5. Geneva and The Little Traveler Featured at WGN

    May 20, 2016

    Check out this interview with The Geneva History Museum on WGN. Learn a little bit about the history of Geneva and the history of our store. 

  6. Introducing Our New Lighting Gallery

    April 14, 2016

    Things are brightening up around The Little Traveler with the addition of a new lighting gallery. Mike Simon, owner of the mutli-department boutique, explains, “With many lighting showrooms in the area closing recently, we saw a need for an expanded selection of quality home lighting options.”The Little Traveler did more than just expand its lighting […]

  7. A New Look for an Old Tradition

    March 23, 2016

    The Atrium Cafe within The Little Traveler, the cornerstone of Geneva’s downtown shopping district, recently received a makeover. The cafe dates back to the early nineteenth century, when The Little Traveler was frequented by the carriage trade. Travel to Geneva, IL was often an all day affair, so Mrs. Kate Raftery, the store’s founder, served […]

  8. Swahili African Modern

    February 29, 2016

    Handmade, fair trade beautyWe welcome Swahili African Modern to our Fair Trade Galleries.  The company operates from a small warehouse in the Pacific Northwest, but its network spans the globe. Founded over 20 years ago by Leslie Mittelberg, the company develops long-term relationships and handcrafted products directly with artisans in Africa. Working in Africa presents challenges, but Swahili […]

  9. Amidst the Great Grand Mamas

    October 19, 2015

    Dear Little Traveler,Around August 17th, a small group of us visited your Atrium Café. It was a rather impromptu event hastily thrown together before one of us left for overseas, one started school, another was planning a big party and the last one was on a rare break from caregiving duties.After a lovely time, memorialized […]

  10. Recipe: Artichoke Chicken Piccata

    August 12, 2015

    Ingredients 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/4 cup flour Salt and pepper to taste 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 Tablespoon butter 1/2 cup Scotto Family Cellars Chardonnay* 1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Artichoke Piccata Simmering Sauce* 1 bag of your favorite Pastabilities pasta shapes* Directions Pound chicken breasts to 1/2-inch thickness. Place flour, salt, and pepper […]

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Meet our Spa Night Special Guests

During our second annual Spa Night, to be held on Thursday, April 29 from 5:30-8pm, you'll be treated to wellness insights from local experts. We're proud to have such talented neighbors and invite you to learn a little bit more about them. You can...

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