Specialty Stores

Harold's True Value Hardware


2912 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201


Hometech provides a spectrum of services for your PC, Mac and other electronics. We also create Smart Homes. A Smart Home integrates your home’s devices and systems—security, lighting, entertainment, energy—into one easy-to-use interface. When everything works together, life is good. A Smart Home is safer, greener, more efficient—and more fun.

1926 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
847- 251-8000

Let's Tailgate, Inc.

  As the Official Merchandiser of Northwestern University Athletics, the folks at Let’s Tailgate, Inc. know a thing or two about sports fandom. On game day, the only thing that matters more than chants, cheers, and celebratory fist pumps is looking the part while you do it. Let’s Tailgate! helps you unleash your inner fanatic by offering the newest name-brand sports gear for team supporters of every color: • Stylish flat-brim and classic snap-back caps • T-shirts from the biggest names in sports: Adidas, Nike, and more! • Team jerseys, including the newest designs for 2015 • Tailgating accessories for parking lot warriors of any allegiance Whether you’re a Wildcat, a Cub, a Bear, Blackhawk, or one who wears their Sox White, the pre-game party doesn’t begin until you say the words: “Let’s Tailgate!”

1805 CentralStreet
Evanston, IL 60201

Millefiori Florists Ltd.

Flowers, plants, and gifts

1943 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Montoya Fiber Studio

  Let Montoya Fiber Studio help you find the perfect yarn for your next project. Open since 2003, Montoya Fiber Studio is a small gem of a knit shop hidden around the corner on Prairie Avenue at Central Street. Originally opened by Cathy Montoya, her husband Fred joined the business in 2012—and yes, he did learn to knit. Our cozy storefront is home to a wide assortment of knitting and crochet supplies, yarn, and patterns. Natural fibers make up the bulk of our inventory, but we also stock yarn in a variety of price ranges, from everyday acrylic blends to exotic cashmeres and silks. Not sure what you need? Stop in and sift through an array of samples for inspiration. Finishing services are also available for those who need a helping hand on the final leg of a project. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced craftsperson, our classes, private lessons, and exceptional inventory are sure to enhance your knitting or crochet experience.

2566 Prairie Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

Old Town Oil

  More than a simple specialty shop, Old Town Oil is better described as a “playground for your palette." Each time you set foot in our store, you’ll surround yourself with dozens of the world’s best olive oils and vinegars. With a twist of the spigot they’re yours to taste, test, and take home to your kitchen. From spicy Italian oils to buttery-sweet Spanish varieties, our cold-pressed, 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils are a healthy and flavorful addition to any meal. Pair them with our premium balsamic vinegars for delicious vinaigrettes, add them to sauces and marinades, or simply drizzle them over your favorite pasta dishes. Or give the gift of flavor a family member or friend. With delicious two- and four-bottle gift boxes to suit your special occasion, you’re bound to receive a tasty thank you from the lucky chef in your life.

1924 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201


Presents. Teas. Decorations. Invitations. Celebrating 25 years in business, Perennials is your go-to gift shop for occasions big and small. Specializing in personal service (including complimentary gift wrapping), we are proud to carry unique and thoughtful products, perfect for the special people in your life—and for you! • Bath products by Crabtree & Evelyn as well as lines from Australia, France, Italy, Ireland and Sweden

• Delicious teas from Tea Forte, Republic of Tea, and Metropolitan Tea Company as well as teapots and accessories

• Ribbon-by-the-yard—the largest selection on the North Shore • Baby and children's items, including clothing, toys, puppets, "lovies," and books • An extensive selection of special and unique greeting cards and stationery • Holiday items and home decor to celebrate every season Invitation Services Perennials provides a creative and comfortable atmosphere for you to select, personalize, and design the perfect announcements, invitations, cards, and stationery to honor or celebrate any occasion. We also stock many unique and beautiful papers for in-house or at-home printing. Just walk in—no appointment is needed—and we’ll help you every step of the way!

1808 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

The Spice House

  Follow your nose to Evanston’s widest selection of premium spices and herbs. A Midwest mainstay since 1957, The Spice House has a little something for everyone: exotic whole and freshly ground spices for the flavor purist, signature rubs for the barbecue buff, and easy-to-use dip mixes and sprinkles for gourmet-made-easy. Big and bold flavors are in the palm of your hand when you stop in to sample one of our 300+ unique products. You’ll quickly see why we believe that in-house grinding and small-batch blending makes all the difference. If your recipe calls for it, chances are we’ve got it, and in multiple varieties! Looking for lemony Greek oregano to brighten up your pasta, or tangy Mexican oregano to spice up taco night? Need some warm and sweet Vietnamese cinnamon sticks to warm a winter drink or a soft and subtle Ceylon to make your pie perfect? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is happy to help you find just the right spice! Try a pinch, take home a pound, and tell your friend you found it at The Spice House.

1941 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Central Shoe Repair

Central Shoe Repair is Evanston's one stop shop for all of your repairing needs. We offer an array of services that include men and women shoe repairs, sporting equipment repairs, as well as repair services on many other leather goods. Although new to Evanston and the surrounding suburb communities, we have employed shoe artists with over 30 years of quality shoe repair experience and associates with extensive knowledge in the profession

1917 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201
847 869 66 59

Oliver Trains and Toys

   Oliver’s Trains & Toys is Evanston’s leading supplier of old-fashioned FUN! With oodles of brand-name toys, games, books, and crafts, Oliver’s is a community toy store for all ages—from tots to teenagers to grown-up tinkerers. If what you love to do is play, we have just the thing you’re looking for: • Toys for infants • Plush • Puppets and dolls • Cars, trucks, and trains. • Card games • Board games • Puzzles • Brain Teasers • Lego building blocks • Activities for outdoors Visit our Central Street storefront for a shopping experience that will make you laugh and a selection of toys you won’t forget.

2002 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201

Preston's Flowers

Preston's Flowers proudly serves the Evanston area. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.

1726 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201