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Customized, Italian Luxury at Dash’s of Old Town


Striving for the best quality and tip-top craftsmanship of fine menswear, Dash’s been serving their loyal customers at Old Town for over 30 years.

Equipped with a highly knowledgeable, client-first approach to satisfy customers, Dash’s associates provides not only collections from Italian manufacturers, but also fashion strategies to maximize the wearability of your purchases.

Finding accessories to compliment the pieces your wardrobe is easy breezy here at Dash’s. With over 150 ties in store, Dash’s offers a wide array of unique shades and patterns. For a more luxurious look, try Dash’s handmade ties from Italy or the hand stitched and pressed seven-fold ties.

Shhh… for a more personalized experience, schedule an appointment ahead of time at Dash’s website. Visit the website at dashsofoldtown.com.


For a little bit of Christmas charm that feels like you’ve stumbled into a small European village among Chicago’s big city, visit the Christkindlmarket in Daley plaza. At this German-American festival with handmade items you can cross some things off your gift list while sipping mulled wine out of a boot-shaped mug. Indulge in sweet treats like candied nuts and strudel. Be sure to check out the view of the Picasso sculpture and the city’s Christmas tree.


Limonaia: Handmade Goods for the Home

After founder Jessica Goldfarb discovered her love for traveling and Italian décor, she decided to bring a store to Los Angeles that would allow people to marvel and purchase products that were both unique and from across the globe.

Though the name Limonaia comes from the room where lemon trees are stored during cold seasons, the store is less about her love for these rooms and more about her love for unique gifts and goods for the home.

From decorative magnets to children’s toys, most of the products found at this hideaway are handmade and one-of-a kind. If you are looking to redecorate your home or are just looking for that added touch, a trip to Limonaia is essential for the perfect tablecloth or scented candle.

Though her store could easily be found on the roads of Capri, her store is located in one of L.A.’s best and most affluent shopping areas in Santa Monica. If you are interested in visiting the store for a massive shopping spree, visit her website beforehand to sign up for sales events so you can make the most out of your shopping experience.

Finally, someone who really turned lemons into Limonaia.
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3. Find the Unexpected at Art Star Craft Bazaar May 15-16

Picture 33Quirky and unique is what you’ll find at the Art Star Craft Bazaar, an outdoor retail art/craft show that is juried by Philadelphia’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Featuring over 100 local and national artists, shoppers can find a variety of exceptional and high quality handmade goods made from fabric, clay, glass, wood, paper and more. Anything and everything will be found here, including house wares, paper goods, dolls, prints, ceramics, clothing, accessories, paintings/drawings, sculpture and many other unique objects. There will also be music throughout the festival with a line-up of various local bands. For food, there will be plenty of pizza and hot dogs, as well as vegetarian/vegan food from local eateries like A Full Plate Café and the Soy Café. The first 250 guests each day will get a free tote bag filled with various goodies.