Arrin Williams compares his new Andersonville store, The Haymaker Shop, devoted entirely to objects and furniture made in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest, to the farm-to-table movement in the restaurant world. “It’s studio to store,” he says. “No middleman.” He’s representing more than two dozen enterprises, including local favorites Lagomorph Design, Green Sawn, and –ism Furniture. Offerings range from accessories for less than $30 to a $1,500 coffee table. 5507 N. Clark St., 773-681-0798, haymakershop.com
Aprons, stump stools, and throw pillows are part of the mix. The “bored husband bench” is a cheeky permanent fixture.
Carbondale-based Vegetabowls’ functional earthenware dishes are cast from molds of real edibles, from $14.
Field Notes notebooks, made in Chicago, $10 for a set of three.
Haymaker’s well-designed display window lures patrons inside.
Photography: Sara Pooley