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How much fun can a girl have in one day? Yesterday my neighbor Heather and I set out to go to the Lake Bluff Farmer’s Market which is 15 miles north of Northfield. Our plan was to go to the market, grab a quick bite and then head back for Heather’s son’s baseball game. But at the last minute her hubby called to handle carpool duty. So we were off the hook and delighted!

First we went to the market which is in downtown Lake Bluff on Center Street right by the big white gazebo. This Farmer’s Market has been around for many years. It started this season on June 7 and runs through October 11, 2019. The hours are 7:00 AM-12:00 PM on Fridays. There is street parking but it gets busy so be patient and drive around the block a few times if necessary.

Lake Bluff’s downtown area consist of two streets, Center and Prospect. We started at the market. We bought flowers, cheese, lots of veggies, pastries, soup, and salad dressing. There were about fifteen vendors including someone selling smoked fish (great for this hot weather), live music, annuals and perennials.

At the market we ran into my dear friend Daria who told me that there was a big sidewalk sale happening at Twigs (38 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff) and Whitehead Studios (36 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff) which are directly across the street from the gazebo. So these were our next two stops. I bought a great straw purse for a song as well as an antique broach (watch for these in future posts…).


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Twigs is a darling flower and gift shop owned by Jeannie and Erin Fanning who also happen to be mother and daughter. Their ten year old shop has been written up in numerous Northshore publications as they are very creative and make beautiful arrangements. Whitehead Studios is just next door to Twigs and is a houseware store and display area for Julie Whitehead’s artwork. She also is the shop owner. The large peony oil painting is an example of her colorful work.


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For this little road trip I wore a bright pink and navy top (Evereve), a small hot pink cross body purse, cuffed white Bermuda shorts by White House Black Market, and my favorite white leather Keds. My daughter gave me my intertwining circles silver necklace as a present and she purchased it from Amazon.


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By this time we were hungry so we drove two towns south to Highland Park and lunched at That Little French Guy (1791 Saint Johns Avenue, Highland Park). This hopping spot is open Tuesday-Saturday from 7:00 AM-6:00 PM.


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It’s a very quaint place filled with charming accents, delicious pastries and helpful staff. (They even let us pop our salad dressings in their frig while we ate.). We each had smoked salmon sandwiches on croissants with a side salad. Our lunch was delicious. We’re definitely going back. Don’t miss this gem if you’re in the area. They’ve been in business for nine months. It looks like they’re off to a brilliant start!


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So was I right? Was this a great day? Do yourself a favor and head over to all my haunts. I know you won’t be disappointed.


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