This sponsored post on Forest Bootery is part of a GazeboNews Holiday Shopping Report on “25 Stores in 25 Days” that’s designed to encourage our readers to Shop Local by showing you the variety of gifts at stores, restaurants and salons in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Please click here to read about the “25 Stores” report, and click here to read about the other stores featured so far.
284 E. Market Square, Lake Forest
525 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
Forest Bootery opened in 1949 and has been fitting families in top brands of footwear for generations, but the business has grown into so much more than a shoe store. While it changes and adds to its collection of shoes and boots each season, the Bootery also is expanding its selection of clothing, outerwear and accessories. The unique mix of merchandise indicates the buyers know their customers well.
The stores have a large assortment of brands favored by many in the northern suburbs: Hunter, North Face, Tecnica, Barbour, Holebrook of Sweden, Soriel, and Patagonia, along with handbags, scarves, jewelry and Smartwool socks.Kids love shopping here. Teens do too. So do adults of all ages.
GazeboNews asked owners Cristina and Cara Garrison why our readers should shop local. Here’s what they shared:
Shop Small Today & Everyday Because…
When you shop Small:
1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.
2. You embrace what makes your community unique. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You invested in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community
4. You reinvest in the community you call home. Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
4. You create more choices. Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
6. You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!
Here are just a few of the popular brands available at Forest Bootery this holiday season: