I never feel fully settled in a city until I’ve discovered my new go-to spot.
In Phoenix, it was Lux and Camelback Flowershop. Whether it was for a cup of coffee and a side of something sweet or just to grab a beautiful arrangement and catch up with the lovely designer during Fresh Flower Happy Hour, these two were my regular hangouts. Over in Iowa City, it was Bread Garden Market. From homemade gelato and freshly pressed juices to watercolor birthday cards and organic beauty products, there was nothing you couldn’t find. It was until fairly recently that I stumbled across something similar here in Chicago.
Humboldt House is a gorgeous, sunlit space located directly across from – you guessed it – Humboldt Park. Filled with all things local, this boutique screams my name. In fact, it’s what fueled some of my earlier posts. Does Chandler Candle Company and Chelli Harms Collection happen to ring a bell? Owner and expert curator, Claire Tibbs, is no stranger to this ever-growing creative community. For the past two and a half years, she’s built a haven for small business owners to sell their goods and connect with like-minded individuals. It was evident the moment I walked through the door.
After receiving a warm welcome, I was quickly introduced to a couple of Claire’s good friends. Shortly after, a handful of regulars from off the street popped in to say hello and check out the updated merchandise. People clearly felt comfortable here and, even more so, comfortable with the products they were purchasing. There are no smoke and mirrors at Humboldt House; just honesty. You’ll find an apothecary line that is certified cruelty free and vegan, a candle collection inspired by music, love, and travel, bespoke jewelry made from naturally found minerals and stones, vintage furniture and artwork passed down from generation to generation, and yes. Rest assured that all of it has been handcrafted in Chicago.
With transparency like this, can you think of a better place to devote your time to?