12 Shops of Christmas {2014}: Local Artisans: Apples & Nana’s Boutique


Welcome to Little Lake County’s 12 Shops of Christmas! Each day for 12 days we will feature a wonderful local retailer as a way of encouraging our community to shop local this holiday season.

When you buy local you are making an investment in yourself and your community. Learn more about these unique shops doing business close to home. Local doesn’t have to mean a brick and mortar store though! Today we will be featuring 5 local artisans that live and create here in Lake County, consider them in our holiday gifting. 

Apples and ‘Nana’s Boutique

Apples and ‘Nana’s is an Esty Boutique run by Whitney Smith and her mother, known as ‘Nana to Whitney’s daughters. I have several items from Apples and ‘Nanas and have loved every one of them. Apples and ‘Nana’s makes handmade burp cloths, bibs, blankets and boppy cases.

We have one of the minky lined baby blankets in chevron. We had it custom made when my last son was born (note that they are currently not taking custom orders for the holidays). Even though we have four kids and lots of baby blankets its one of my favorites.

Chevron Blanket by Apples and 'Nanas © M. Haak | Little Lake County.com | 2014
Chevron Blanket by Apples and ‘Nanas © M. Haak | Little Lake County.com | 2014

Lest you think that this is a shop just for those with babies, they also carry handmade children’s aprons and tooth fairy pillows. This one would be perfect for holiday baking:

Merry Little Christmas Apron from Apples and 'Nana's
Merry Little Christmas Apron from Apples and ‘Nana’s

We also have had the personalized and custom-made tooth fairy pillows. Finding handmade items for boys can sometimes be difficult and while my son really loves camo I don’t like everything being camo. Whitney worked with us to put together a great design that was masculine and had camo without being in your face camo.

Tooth Fairy Pillow from Apples and 'Nanas
Tooth Fairy Pillow from Apples and ‘Nanas

Orders need to be placed through Etsy by December 8 to ensure delivery without upgrades, local delivery/pick-up may be available. Contact Whitney through Etsy to check availability. You can also pick up items at one of the two remaining craft fairs they have this year:

Saturday December 6th
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Sarah Adams Holiday Expo
The Chapel Lake Zurich, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich

Saturday December 13th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
D56 PTO Holiday Shop
Viking School, 4460 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee

Apples and ‘Nanas Boutique makes quality, unique, fun and functional infant and children’s items that cannot be easily found in a store. They are affordable and display a level of craftsmanship not found in most mass-produced store-bought items. Be sure to connect with them and add hem to your holiday shopping list.

Apples and ‘Nana’s Boutique 
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Apples and ‘Nana’s is offering 15% off all orders of $15 or more in the Etsy shop using code  LLCFAN15. Offer expires Monday December 15, 20114.

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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