If you’re still out shopping for those on your holiday gift list, it might be worth checking out some small businesses in Rogers Park. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, The Phoenix took a look at some of the unique local businesses in Rogers Park.
From a bike shop for the cyclist to a t-shirt company for the activist, here are some of Rogers Park’s local offerings.
Roberts Cycle Chicago
If you have someone on your list who spends a lot of time with their bike, look no further than Roberts Cycle. The shop has been around since 1955 and sells bikes, parts and accessories in addition to doing services like repairs. The shop is located at 7054 N. Clark St., about a mile and half northwest of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC).
In addition to repairs and sales, the shop offers a service for those who bought a bike online and aren’t familiar with how to assemble it. For $90, the shop will assemble and make all necessary adjustments so customers don’t have to.
Hours vary from day to day but the shop is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays and capacity is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about Roberts Cycle, check out its website.
Tee Mart Apparel Company
For those looking to support a Black-owned business in Rogers Park while also picking up locally sourced apparel, Tee Mart is a great option. Tee Mart opened back in March and saw initial success through its support of social justice movements, The Phoenix previously reported.
Tee Mart sells a wide range of products ranging from face masks to bags. Its primary focus, however, is t-shirts. It offers a wide range of designs, from faith and social justice-inspired tees to holiday and humorous designs. If you can’t find something that fits your style, Tee Mart also has a custom design option.
For this holiday season, co-owner and founder Renee Matsushima said the shop is focusing on personalized gifts, such as custom stockings, t-shirts and mugs.
In addition to selling apparel, Tee Mart offers its customers a way to fundraise using t-shirts. Prices vary but Tee Mart says profits can range from $5-10 depending on the shirt, according to their website.
Tee Mart is located at 1445 Morse Ave., about five minutes away from LSC via the CTA Red Line. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information about Tee Mart, check out its Facebook page or website.
Homegrown Wrappings Gift Company
If you’re looking to take a more artisan approach for those on your gift list, Homegrown Wrappings Gift Company (HGW) is one solution. HGW offers custom gift baskets made using products from small niche vendors mostly based in Illinois.
These products range from home goods to neck ties to sweets. Shoppers can build and order their baskets entirely online and for pick-up, delivery or shipment. To create a basket, shoppers must pick out the products, decide whether to have a picture frame attached to the basket and card, upload a photo for the basket and arrange for shipping and payment.
Shipping is free for orders over $150 and costs $12.99 for orders under $150. Baskets ship to any U.S. destination, according to its website. HGW is located at 1507 W. Morse Ave. — less than a block down the away from Tee Mart — though the shop is appointment only for in-person sales.
If you have someone on your list with a sweet tooth, XO Marshmallow may be the shop for you. XO Marshmallow offers a wide variety of marshmallow-based treats with different flavors ranging from bourbon to peppermint. It also offers s’mores and hot cocoa kits.
XO Marshmallow ships to the U.S., Canada and the U.K., according to its website. For those who live in the area, XO Marshmallow has a cafe located at 6977 N. Sheridan Road, about a seven minute walk from LSC. The cafe is open Tuesday-Sunday and hours vary due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its website