Shopping small on Southport Avenue

The news of Abercrombie & Fitch has been one of the biggest commenting events on our social media platforms, and one of the highest views on the blog. However, many of you have commented about chain stores taking over and that you would rather shop small. Here’s some of the favorite small businesses on Southport Avenue in Chicago. Which one is your favorite(s)?

M2 Boutique closing end of October

In a Instagram post, M2 says its farewell, says a “retail tobacco shop” is coming to their space.

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Chicago Sugar Daddy Patisserie now open

Chicago Sugar Daddy Patisserie is now open in its own permanent location today after several months as a pop-up, Block Club reports. Sugar Daddy is co-owner James Cox’s nickname, bestowed upon him by friends of his life and business partner Ryann Ibasco for his habit of always bringing baked goods to gatherings. The bakery serves cookies, cupcakes, petit fours, trifles, macarons, custom cakes, and more. 

Chicago Sugar Daddy, 3243 N. Broadway, Open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Small fire at Cafe Tola

There was a small fire at Cafe Tola Southport on Thursday, September 23. Thankfully it was not major, and on Friday, Cafe Tola was back open. Support small businesses!

From Yesterday:

Photos were documented on Instagram by @jaclynackergarland:

Touring Chicago’s Southport Corridor – Addison to Grace Street

A tour around Lakeview’s Southport Corridor neighborhood in Chicago during the Early Fall of 2021

Tour Time! Shopping, eating and playing between Addison and Grace Streets along Southport Avenue during the early Fall of 2021.

When will M2 Boutique be leaving Southport? And more national retailers coming

New national retailers are coming to the former DavidsTEA, Gearhead spaces as well

M2 has lost their lease, and will vacate their current space “30 days after “new” tenant signs.”

And even more national retailers are coming to Southport including the former DavidsTEA location and Uncle Dan’s/Gearhead space – with “large, complicated build-outs.”

See the listing for M2 here from Loopnet.

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Primrose Southport Corridor: “Small Businesses Make People Happy”

Husband-and-wife team Erik and Leah Thallemer operate Primrose, a locally owned shop that opened in 2019.

Husband-and-wife team Erik and Leah Thallemer operate Primrose, a locally owned shop that opened in 2019

On the window of recently opened plant shop The Sill on Roscoe Street, the words “Plants Make People Happy” greet customers in a bold, white font.

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Southport’s Sidewalk Sale Today

The sidewalk sales will take over the Southport Avenue and Roscoe Street commercial corridors, encouraging people to support small businesses as they reopen from the pandemic.

Shop summer styles and enjoy amazing discounts at the Summer Sidewalk Sale happening Saturday, July 17 & Sunday, July 18 at stores along Southport Ave from Henderson to Grace and Roscoe St from Damen to Western! Check out some participating shops at

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M2 Boutique has lost their lease

Sad news for all M2 Boutique fans. The store has lost their lease and is closing on the Southport Corridor. M2 has been a staple of Southport for years, and will very much be missed.

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Support small business

📷 @coalfire_southport
Please continue to support your small neighborhood independent businesses… before we are all swallowed up by large developers and giant corporations with deep pockets. Please please please support the little guys who make your neighborhoods what they are! #coalfirechicago (at Coalfire)

Farewell to our Original G or should we say M2!

📷 @m2chicago
Farewell to our Original G or should we say M2! Final weekend in our space- if you are in town this weekend please come by and bring wine! Or champs… all good. 🤪Let’s celebrate an amazing 13 years in our “corner store”! (at M2 Boutique)