With new baby KiKi in tow (7 weeks old already!), my son and I
set out on a beautiful, sunny, warm, November (???) day
for a coffee break and a little neighborhood wandering. We'd passed
by the little store Cat and Mouse, intrigued, for
months, heading to school down Armitage in our Bucktown
neighborhood, but hadn't stopped in until now - and what a fun
surprise! If only we'd taken a look sooner!
Cat & Mouse Game Store fits right in with our new once a
week family tradition: Game night. This family owned store
specializes in non-electronic games and puzzles for all ages and
interests, including a huge selection of family and strategy board
games, particularly European-style games, card games, and classic
games such as Chess and Go, as well as a wide variety of jigsaw
puzzles and brainteasers. The in-store play area gives you a chance
to test run games before purchase, and the knowledgeable owners are
on hand to answer any questions or help choose age and interest
My son came across several games and toys that piqued his
interest - and were educational to boot. He especially liked the
Shark Billiards game. I'll definitely be back on the sly to do some
Christmas shopping. I'm focusing on supporting locally owned shops
this holiday season: They keep our neighborhood unique and vibrant
- and I like the special treatment and calmer atmosphere that
simply doesn't exist in big box stores.
Check out Cat and Mouse's website for more information on weekly
game nights, tournaments and events.
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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