In March I attended Craft Mafia’s panel entitled Get it On the Shelf.   Artisans in the audience were jewelers, letter-pressers, clothing designers, woodworkers – makers of anything but food, it seemed.   Still I listened as Shirley, co-owner of Wolfbait & B-girls, described her boutique and it’s mission.

The Logan Square store showcases goods made in Chicago.  The goal is a unique shopping experience for customers as well as an unparalleled opportunity for budding and established entrepreneurs.

“Listen to us, without being defensive,” Shirley implored the crowd.  “We hear comments all day long, so what we tell you comes straight from consumers and will help your business.”

Shirley and her partner, Jenny, follow their own advice.  Wolfbait is well edited and merchandised with items you’ve likely not seen elsewhere.  I didn’t know how much I wanted goat soap until I saw the gorgeous bars from Gretta’s Goats.  Made in small batches from animals that graze on a local farm with all organic ingredients.  Uh, bring it.

While Let Them Eat Candles is one of only a few Wolfbait edibles, they are comfortably at home amongst all the handmade originals.  Still hungry? Stop for a bite at Lula’s Café around the corner.  Chicago has plenty of awesome to offer.  Just ask the right bird dogs, or b-girls.

Wolfbait & B-girls

Wolfbait & B-girls, 3131 West Logan Boulevard, Chicago, IL.  312.698.8685


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