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  1. A New Face Around Our Place: Hali

    August 6, 2021

    Hali joined the LT family in early June and has quickly become our “Wine Guru.” She works in Gourmet and pours samples of seasonal wine selections. When a new vintage is about to be uncorked, Hali goes the extra mile to research all about the wine so she can share interesting info with you. She’d […]

  2. A New Face at Our Place: Marikay

    July 30, 2021

    Please welcome Marikay, who joined our staff at the end of May. She might be new to the Traveler, but the Traveler certainly isn’t new to her. Marikay has been coming here since she was 12 years old! The store has always been a magical place for her. “As a child, I thought it was […]

  3. Help Us Send Pat Off in Style

    September 16, 2020

    A Request from The Little Traveler Owner, Mike Simon: At the end of this month, Pat is retiring after sharing her creativity, business acumen, wonderful work ethic, and contagiously fun personality with us for 35 years. She’s a key part of the fabric that makes The Little Traveler the special place it is. We know […]

  4. Meet Pat Bokina, Buyer & Manager of Our Gift Galleries

    July 28, 2020

    Pat Bokina is the buyer and manager of our Gift Galleries—that’s where you’ll find candles, elegant giftware, clocks, and of course, our Pet Palace.  Pat’s been part of The Little Traveler family for 34 years, which means she’s seen more changes around the place than most. Her tenure with the store started in the Antiques […]

  5. Around the House: Playing Cards

    February 5, 2020

    Guest post by Beth in our Conservatory: Do you remember the first time you ever played “cards”? I don’t remember the first time I played a card game, but I do fondly remember spending many hours playing cards with my brothers and our childhood friends. One particular summer when our families went on vacation together, I […]

  6. Why Winter is a GREAT Time to Come to The Little Traveler

    January 20, 2020

    During a quiet January day, we went around the store and asked our LT experts why winter is a great time to pay us a visit. Here’s what they said, followed by a list of their Top 10 reasons.   10 Good Reasons to Visit The Little Traveler in Winter: 1. Stay Warm Inside. With […]

  7. Happy Retirement to Babs

    December 18, 2019

    If you’re a Little Traveler regular, you’ll recognize this pretty lady from our Gift Galleries. On January 1, 2020, Babs officially set off on her next adventure—retirement.  Babs came to work at The Little Traveler thirteen-and-a-half years ago. But her history with our 36-room boutique goes back much further than that.  As Babs likes to […]

  8. How to Stuff a Manly Stocking

    December 13, 2019

    In the video below, Melinda from our Bath Shop shares great ideas for manly stockings. After you watch, scroll down for more information about each of the products featured in the video. All items in the stocking are $15 or less, and the stocking itself is now 30% off. Thanks, Melinda! Products Featured in Video: […]

  9. Meet Maria, Our December Employee of the Month

    December 10, 2019

    Congratulations to Maria, The Little Traveler’s employee of the month. Although her home base is our Stationery Dept., you never know where you’ll find her—Toys, Conservatory, you name it, she’s probably worked there since she’s always willing to cover wherever we need her. “There’s a nice variety in the store, and I like to get […]

  10. Meet Linda: Customer or Staff Member?

    October 24, 2019

    When you meet Linda Schamback at The Little Traveler, you could be meeting one of two versions: Linda the Little Traveler fan & shopper or Linda the Little Traveler fan & Clothing Gallery associate. Notice what’s the same about those two versions? For many years, Linda lived near our Geneva, IL store and considered The […]

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Sugar & Spice

When the weather gets cooler, the flavors get warmer. Meet our Top 3 autumn pantry staples. 1. Zingerman's Coffee Yes! We now carry this premium ground coffee from Ann Arbor Michigan. Zingerman’s roasts the highest quality beans in small batches to...

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