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Central Evanston Small Business Spotlight

Central Street Evanston and its namesake east-west boulevard are located in Evanston’s far northside. Acting as a main artery for all local commerce, attractions, and family-friendly activities, this bustling neighborhood is home to a plethora of notable hot spots. Many of Fulton Grace’s employees and agents call Evanston home, thus the Central Evanston strip is among the most visited areas of their neighborhood and ideal for showcasing the very best the neighborhood has to offer. Below are 6 small businesses that Fulton Grace’s Leadership team hand-selected as among their most cherished in this area of Evanston. Read a few of their reasons why along with reviews of the business by visitors.

Aim & Ailie Hair Boutique

This modern hair boutique located in Central Evanston prides itself on eclectic clientele. “Drawing from a vast wheelhouse of cut and color techniques ranging from classic to cutting-edge, our talented stylists craft precise, sophisticated looks to fit our clients’ lifestyles.” I mean, can it get any better than that?! This is undoubtedly where you want to go if you’re looking for a bold change or an expert color match. Even better, they have kits you can buy to apply at home and offer expert consultation in your hair journey.

Lush Wine & Spirits

This long-time Chicago favorite first made an imprint on our hearts in West Town, near our Wicker Park office. However, their Central Evanston location is a big hit among our local leadership staff. This wine and spirits shop offers a wide variety of wines, beers, and spirits. Although most notably, they offer a seasonal menu that perfectly compliments their libation offerings. Looking for a snack instead of a meal? How about the duck fat popcorn. Yeah, you read that right.


Notice Shop is Central Evanston’s one-stop-shop for literally any gift, accessory, or seasonal IT item you might need. Not only do they have a curated collection of clothing and accessories but also fun personal items like stationery, home decor, handbags, self-care items, and gifts perfect for any occasion. With friendly staff and notable customer service and their presence of over a decade in Evanston makes Notice more like a neighbor than a place to shop.

Backlot Coffee

Backlot coffee really puts other local roasters to shame. We mean that in the nicest way possible of course! They have an impeccable range of coffee and caffeinated drinks available, without the fuss to judgment if you have no clue what it is. They take their time with each client, spreading kindness and insight with each cup. Check out their Instagram for a taste of their love for coffee – there are so many helpful videos and inspirational content on the variety of ways anyone can enjoy coffee. They even won the best Best Of award for Cafes in the Chicago suburbs! Pssst, do NOT sleep on their bagel sandwiches!

Beer On Central

Big into hops? Same here. And we’ve got the place perfect for any of you enticed by IPAs, ales, and more. Craft beers, seasonal selections, and a tasting room that offers any visitor a chance to truly perfect your purchase. Many of the FG staff love to stop by before a holiday or friend in town, as the selection is not only vast but often a visual treat with many local breweries in attendance. It’s really a beauty to behold.

Beth’s Little Bake Shop

This European-inspired bakery and pastry shop is cloud nine for Evanston residents. Although most famously known for their macaroons, it’s their customized cakes and other sweets that truly pack a lasting punch. Just ten minutes driving from the Northwestern University campus, you can trust that this is the perfect place to meet your parents, grab a box of delicious treats to gift, or a quick escape from the routine.



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