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September 2019

CLOSED for the Holiday

September 2

The Little Traveler will be closed on Monday, September 2, in honor of Labor Day.

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Mary Ann Johnson Pop-Up Shop

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

“Cute is the new black” is the motto of Mary Ann Johnson, an artist from Crystal Lake, IL. Her whimsical style captures the happy and positive energy of everyday life. Locals will love her adorable “Geneva Girl” notecards. Come inside the store to meet Mary Ann and see her delightful works during this Pop-Up Shop on the Saturday of Festival of the Vine.  

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Sterling Risers Pop-Up Shop

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sterling Risers are the newest sensation in Housewares. Add height and dimension to your tablescapes with these innovative stands that have interchangeable legs and decorative toppers. They’re meant to shine in the spotlight, not be covered with a tablecloth. Designed & made in the USA.  Come into our Housewares dept. to meet Kathy Albaugh, creator and founder of Sterling Risers, during this Pop-Up Shop  on the Saturday of Festival of the Vine. Our very own Janice and Mary Lou give great use…

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Gourmet Tasting: Stonewall Kitchen

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come into our Gourmet Rooms and see what innovative flavors our Stonewall Kitchen rep is sampling at this special tasting during Festival of the Vine. All Stonewall Kitchen products start with the highest quality ingredients and are crafted in small batches to make sure you get the very best in every jar.  The Stonewall Kitchen story started in 1991 when founders started selling their handmade jams at local farmers’ markets. They quickly sold out and soon began applying their standards…

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Gourmet Tasting: The Zen of Slow Cooking

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

See how delicious easy meals can be at this special tasting in our Gourmet Rooms during Festival of the Vine. These award-winning spice blends are specially crafted for crock pot and Instant Pot cooking. The Zen of Slow Cooking adds serenity to the kitchen and provides employment for adults with disabilities. With a special needs son, co-creator Meg Barnhart of Lake Forest wanted to incorporate a way to help individuals with disabilities. She’s partnered with Planet Access Company, a Des…

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Personalized Sandblasted Rocks

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Masterblasters return to take orders for personalized sandblasted rocks. Ranging in size from 2-11 inches, these rocks are perfect for gardens or as a welcome at the front of your home. Add your family name, address, a note to a beloved pet or family member, or a favorite short quote. They make a wonderful give for those who've lost a beloved pet or those who've recently moved into a new home.     

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