| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:03 PM
A wide range of luxury vehicles featuring limited edition interiors, all-wheel independent suspension systems and peek-a-boo windows are on display at "Stroller Park" in Bel Bambini, a Costa Mesa baby boutique.
Inside the store, more than 20 strollers...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Fewer than 20 days after the last bell rang for the 2012-2013 school year, big box retailers launched their annual back-to-school promotions.
Advertisements for 25-cent boxes of crayons and brightly colored displays of glue sticks and notebooks...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
It’s only August, but retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are already getting a jump on what is expected to be a difficult holiday season.
On Wednesday, discount giant Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:14 AM
Book a sitter, grab your biggest shopping bags and sharpen your elbows, friends; it's time to run through some of Chicagoland's best children’s consignment sales. For a few extra bucks, many offer presale access to new parents, consignors and...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:59 PM
The parent company of Toys R Us and Babies R Us agreed to pay nearly $180,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the retailers overcharged Southland shoppers, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
The Wayne, N.J., business...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 7:46 AM
As we come to the close of another challenging year on the economic front for many, local nonprofit groups throughout the area are struggling to make ends meet and address growing needs in the community.
These groups and the people they serve need our...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 5:47 AM
If you've got a baby on the way or one or more already at home, consider swapping out used equipment like strollers, cribs and car seats for discounts on purchases of other baby goods.
Toys"R"Us is holding its fifth Great Trade In event from Fri., Aug....
| May 29, 2011
If chi-chi baby and toddler gear makes your heart beat a little faster, the Plush consumer trade show (short for "posh little urbanites show") will have you praising the luxury gods.
The show, which is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 5, at...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 1:53 PM
The shelves of a bookstore hold the perfect gift for those on your holiday list, no matter their interests or hobbies. And for people who prefer not to shop online or at large chain bookstores, the Chicago area has an ample supply of independent stores....
| Nov 21, 2011
| 1:50 PM
Ethan and Zach Taylor, 4-year-old twins, were spending a rainy Monday at the Essex Library when they noticed people placing new toys in a large decorated box. Their mother, Rachael Taylor, explained those toys were donations, destined for needy children....
| Dec 12, 2011
For years Pete Schaefer was an executive at McDonald's Corp., jetting back and forth to booming markets in Asia. Today, he runs the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and a road trip to Rockford counts as a notable departure.
Going from a multibillion-dollar...