Shopping with kindness in mind

You already love shopping. But how much more rewarding is it when you are shopping with a purpose or knowing that your purchase makes a little difference? A total win-win in my book.

Here are a few stores and boutiques that are clear examples of just that. They have one thing in common–kindness is shown, whether it’s behind the scenes or displayed for all to see.

After all, kindness is always in style.

Talking Shirt Boutique

19805 S. LaGrange Rd., Mokena

What you’ll find: The super cute and fun boutique shop has cute shirts (of course) with clever sayings, inspirational messages (some faith-based), mugs, jewelry by local artists and a few décor items. All guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

How kindness is shown: Their tees literally say it all. From inspirational messages like, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” to “nice matters,” their mission is to spread positivity. The Talking Shirt Boutique also contributes to local fundraising efforts by donating products for raffles, and has even hosted several Girl Scout troops to help them earn their small business badges.

Looking for more places to shop that will surely put a smile on your face?

WAR Chest Boutique

4 E. Jefferson Ave., Naperville

What you’ll find: Candles, jewelry, clothing, fair trade coffees, chocolates and more. In fact, they carry items from over 40 different countries, including the U.S. Items are made with love by or in support of at-risk women.

How kindness is shown: The non-profit boutique is the retail arm for Women At Risk International and 100 percent of the proceeds goes right back to the people who make the products. In fact, every woman is paid an equivalent of what a college educated teacher would make in their country. The volunteer-run boutique also hosts community events many of which are free such as self-defense classes, clothing swaps, school supply drives and fun in-store private parties for groups.

Norton’s USA

400 Lageschulte St., Barrington

What you’ll find: Housed in an old livery barn, the unique general store sells only items made in the U.S., including children’s toys, adult and children’s clothing, food, jewelry and housewares.

How kindness is shown: The sale of U.S.-made items supports American workers and American manufacturers. Norton’s also hosts a few fundraisers during the year that supports local charities. From live auction cake sales that benefit Relay for Life for Barrington to food collections for Barrington Food Pantry, Norton’s is always thinking about the community.

Looking for other ways to be kind? Read about more idea here.

Find more fun things to do in the Southwest Suburbs this summer on O the Places We Go and enter for your chance to win your favorite tee from The Talking Shirt Boutique.

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