Shop Local: Shop Downtown for the Holidays

Shop downtown Aurora this holiday season for treasured, one-of-a-kind gifts.

Shop downtown Aurora this holiday season for treasured, one-of-a-kind gifts.

Shop local 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 options:

Chef Amaury at 33 West. Located at 33 W. New York St. along Restaurant Row, this intimate, local restaurant owned by Auroran Amaury Rosado features several delectable courses inspired by local, seasonal and organic fare. Rosado frequently hosts wine dinners, and tickets would make an ideal gift for the foodie in your life.

River’s Edge Café. They brew coffee, cook and cater at downtown’s only independent coffee shop located at 14 W. Downer Place. They’ll also make baked goods for you, or a frittata for holiday breakfasts. Their pumpkin muffins will make you want to practice your parallel parking.

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 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 2015 calendar today!

YM Boutique and Glanze Boutique. 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 two remaining Broadway Series shows: “Tommy” and “Les Miserables.”

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.


Aurora Fastprint. Grab some fun notepads, or make personalized cards or calendars at downtown’s print shop at 54 E. Galena Blvd.

Backthird Audio. Give a gift certificate to the musician in your life for a studio session.

The Skin You’re In. You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate for a facial. The women on your list will adore you.


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.

Flyte Retro Tees and Kicks. Pick up a hip t-shirt or pair of pants for those with a little urban style in the family.

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