Shop Downtown Aurora on Small Business Saturday this Nov. 28

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Shop small in downtown Aurora. We have blocks of fun and unique shops. Here are just some of the things you can fill your bags (or stockings) with at businesses located right in downtown Aurora. Did we mention the free parking?


If you have foodies on your list, then downtown Aurora — with around a dozen eateries — is a great place to fill up on gift cards, gift certificates and more. Here is a sampling of tasty items:

Restaurant Row. Gift certificates to Gillerson’s Grubbery, Ballydoyle, U Samba? and Fairbanks Steakhouse (inside Hollywood Casino) are easy and perfect for anyone.

River’s Edge Café. Baked goods, fresh coffee, and even t-shirts can all be found at 14 W. Downer Place. It’s a sweet spot that everyone can enjoy.

Fox Valley Homebrew. Two doors down from River’s Edge Café is Fox Valley Homebrew — a beer crafters dream. The small store sells beer and winemaking kits plus a whole lot of accessories for the hobby. Visit


Wardell Art Glass Studio. You might not need stained glass, but Wardell Art Glass Studio at 28 S. Stolp Ave. has a small gift shop in front of the large street level workshop. Ceramic art tiles, gift cards and other unique gift items are available.

The DLP. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., is a great place not only to soak in some art and culture, but also to shop. A gift shop to the left of the entrance is filled with handmade jewelry, gift cards, historical Aurora items and books. Pick up your 2016 calendar today!

YM Boutique, 5 W. Downer Pl., and Glanze Boutique, 40 E. New York St. Shop for stylish women of all ages in downtown Aurora.


Paramount Theatre. Make someone really smile with tickets to entertaining performances, tours and concerts on the grand stage of the historic Paramount. If you want to be thanked for the next 10 years, buy them tickets to the three remaining Broadway Series shows: “A Christmas Story,” “Hairspray,” and “West Side Story.” (630) 896-6666

Riverfront Playhouse. The Riverfront Playhouse along Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora is a treasure that keeps on giving. Every year, the small local theater puts on quality plays that are worth seeing and telling friends about. Since they don’t have regular box office hours, call 630-897-9496 for tickets or order them  online.


AKA Dance. Give a gift certificate for dance lessons to the dancer in your life.

Bad Monkey Circus. Skateboards, offensive t-shirts, some vinyl. It’s all kinds of good at Bad Monkey. 24 S. Stolp Ave.

Culture Stock. Books, books, and more books. And music, too. Wait. There is also games, records, and more. 43 E. Galena Blvd.


Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Looking for toys and things that are shiny and bright? Stop by Aurora’s one-of-a-kind fire museum in downtown Aurora and peek in the gift shop. You’ll find great toys, books and other fun gadgets that are perfect for the good boys and girls on your list.

SciTech Hands On Museum. A yo-yo will make anyone smile this Christmas. Visit SciTech’s gift shop and pick up stocking stuffers that bounce, spin, and roll. You’ll be amazed by the creative selection, and kids will love the STEM present.

All Spoked Up. You can buy a bicycle and have them hold it until Christmas, or they’ll store it all winter and have it tuned up for spring riding along the Fox River Trail. 14 W. Downer Pl.


PME Cake Decorating at the southeast corner of New York and Broadway is a must visit for cake decorating accessories. Everyone has someone who loves to bake in the family.

If These Walls Could Talk. The frame shop and art gallery makes beautiful, keepsake shadow boxes for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. 32 S. Stolp Ave.

Jewelry shops and dress boutiques along Broadway also encourage browsing. Stops at Vic’s Vapes on Broadway and Mausoleum Gallery, 213 S. River St., can fill up stockings for the over 18 crowd.

Mexican bakeries on Galena Blvd. are filled with goodies for people who have it all.

Visit Aurora Downtown on Facebook for more downtown shopping ideas. There are too many to mention here. Shop small and local in downtown Aurora!