Shop Local for Mother’s Day!

In a panic for a thoughtful last minute Mother’s Day Gift? Don’t be, Locatile’s got your back. Just like your mom always does. Click here for some inspired Mother’s Day gift ideas!

Mother. Mom. Mommy. Mama. Mami…

So many names for the person in our life who is our biggest cheerleader, our protector, our safe place and our home. Many cultures have tens if not hundreds of words to describe concepts that are important to their way of life. Did you know the Inuit’s have dozens of words for snow?

And not just words, but feelings. The word ‘Mom’ alone can evoke many emotions. Because at one point in time she was the center of your universe. And you will always be the center of hers. 

There are also so many different ways one can become a mother. There is the obvious way, the way most will think of first, which is through the agonizingly beautiful way of one growing inside another, but there are so many other beautiful and selfless ways for someone to become ‘Mom’. We have Aunts who can step into the role as mother when needed. There are Stepmothers out there who have forsaken so much to make our lives a little (or a lot) better. There are foster moms and adoptive moms and neighbors and grandmothers and teachers and friends… and the list goes on. So many selfless women who see a void and step up to fill it. 

So. As we approach the holiday that keeps the U.S. Postal Service as busy as Christmas and Easter, help celebrate that special woman in your life. The calendar keeper, the captain of the ship, the one who knows where your black soccer shorts (the Adidas ones, NOT the Nike ones) are, and the only one who remembers where the small scar on your knee came from. Celebrate the women who know best how to soothe an ache, whether it be on your body or in your heart. 

As the day draws nearer and you realize you haven’t found the perfect gift yet, turn away from something quick and impersonal and look to Locatile to honor the unique woman you get to call ‘Mom’. There are so many different and wonderful items right here in our own community! Our own shop proprietors have hand selected some wonderful ideas from their shops, all you have to do is browse in the comfort of your own home. Check out all the shops here! Just put “Mother’s Day” in the search box and get to shopping! Select local pick up at check out and you’re set!

She’s put so much thought into you, put a little into her Mother’s Day gift to show her how important she is!

LOCAGIVE: Pedalpooza 4 Family Health Partnership Clinic

LOCAGIVE: Pedalpooza 4 Family Health Partnership Clinic

Locatile Gives Back

Locatile’s mission, from the very beginning, has been to provide support for our community. At Locatile we believe that nothing is more important than helping each other in times of need. One of our goals when we started Locatile was to be able to give back. So, what did we do? We created LOCAGIVE, our corporate philanthropy program in the hopes of helping other business and charities in our community.

We are very happy to announce our first charity partner: Pedalpalooza! Pedalpalooza is an event hosted by the Family Health Partnership Clinic. Their mission is to provide a broad spectrum of health care services to the uninsured men and women of our own community. Pelase join us in registering for this great event taking place on May 22 and 23rd throughout McHenry County.

Locatile is a proud sponsor of the event and will be donating 5% of our proceeds to Family Partnership Health Clinic for the entire month of May! Just use code PEDAL4FHPC at checkout for the charity to recieve the give back on your shopping. We are also offering shoppers a 5% coupon on their shopping. Just enter the coupon code of PEDAL4FHPC at check out for a discount.

About the Event Pedalpalooza event!

Kick the summer off with an event that is fun for the whole family and benefits your community!

Pedalpalooza is a spectacular bike event over the weekend of May 22-23 throughout McHenry County utilizing our incredible bike trail system.  Participants receive a cool T-shirt, wristband & map of biking locations along the trail. Your wristband provides for special discounts, offers or raffles at each participating Pedalpalooza location. Let’s rally our community together to support our awesome, local small businesses while bringing awareness and much needed funds to local nonprofit, Family Health Partnership Clinic.

You can bike as much or as little as you want, take a solo trip or gather a group, stop at one place or seven! How much you decide to participate is up to you! Be a part of something great!

How to Get Involved… The Three P’s

PedalSign up for PedalPalooza and support our awesome friends at the Family Health Partnership Clinic. Bring your friends and family and enjoy beautiful scenery and explore new shops and restaurants in your own backyard! You can purchase tickets and learn more about the event here.

Purchase– Shop your favorite stores at Locatile and use code PEDAL4FHPC to donate 5% of proceeds to The Family Health Partnership Clinic. Also use the coupon code of PEDAL4FHPC at check out for a 5% discount on your shopping. GIVEBACK and Coupon Code valid May1-May31.

Pick up– Select local pick up, map out your ride and pedal to pick up your treasures along the event route from Locatile shopsin Crystal Lake and Algonquin. Crystal Lake Locatile Shops include, Mum117, Mellie’s Chocolates, Lulu’s Wiggin Out, Wear Did You Get That and Crown & Contour. Swedish Ivy is a Locatile partner in downtown Algonquin. Shop them now to PEDAL for Pick up here.

So, dust off your bike, call up your friends and come enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery! Pedal to your local shop and pick up your trinkets, then head to your favorite restaurant or brewery to enjoy some bites or pints!

Spring Shopping Spree: Special Finds!

Spring Shopping Spree: Special Finds!

Spring is officially here and Locatile is full of amazing seasonal items. Perfect for a wardrobe refresh, seasonal home decor, Easter and Mother’s Day gifts too!

There’s a great selection from all the shops to choose from. Want to peruse the shops by town?
Click here to pop in and out of the shops based on location.

Want to search all the products and filter by Categories such as Spring, Easter, Gifts for Home, Mother’s Day, Gifts for Her?
Click here to view all the products in one spot.

We’ve selected a few special finds from each shop that are unique and ready to find a new home or owner! Make them yours today or send them to someone as a gift! Just a few ideas to peek your interest to fill your cart with unique local finds! Get something while supporting small businesses!

Few of our favorite things…

Few of our favorite things…

Locatile stands for local mercantile. What is a mercantile? A mercantile is a hub for trade a variety of merchandise. Locatile unites local businesses on a single platform while making it easy for consumers to shop locally online. Plus were always open, so you can shop 24/7 and when convienent for you!

Our virtual marketplace aims to replicate the in-person shopping experience. Like popping in an out of great boutique shops or taking a drive to a great main street community for a day of shopping. It’s a way to find unique gifts and items that are special while supporting small businesses.

There are a lot of great products on Locatile, and as we add merchant shop partners there will be lots of items for gifts, special occassions of virtually every category of consumer goods. One great thing about shopping small boutiques is the owners select great brands and things you don’t find everywhere.

While perusing the products be sure to check out a few of our favorite things. It’s hard to narrow it down yet we are happy to share some of our top picks and we hope you like them too.

  1. Nora Fleming products from The Thoughtfulness Shop on the Historic Woodstock Square.
    -Nora Fleming started in a pottery studio outside of Chicago
    -Founder was inspired to create a neutral platter and colorful minis that interchanged through all of life’s seasons and occasions.
    -It’s simple, select a Nora Flemming base and minis. The minis are interchangable between bases.
    -Great for collectables and gifts. Select from seasonal designs and holiday options.
    We like the Cutie Containner perfect for a vase, candy, desk organizer for pens/pencils and so many other possibilities. Greate starter base or gift.
  2. Aged & Infused. Perfect to spruce up your at-home bar and mixology. These great kits and refill’s are sold by the Thoughtfullness Shop.
    -Made in Chicago
    -Kits make it easy to try new flavors and cocktails.
    -Ingredients are sourced from farms
    -Just add your favorite spirit, and let the fun begin. 
    -After about a week, you’ll have a fully-infused, ready-to-pour drink. 
  3. Be the Maker Puppet Kit from Mum117 in Crystal Lake. This is a fun project for kids and parents alike. Cate and Levi was born from a fathers desire to fill the lack of one of a kind, responsibly made, and beautifully designed products for children. So the founder created a unique collection of products that would be intricately crafted and environmentally responsible.
    -Recommended for ages 7+
    -Sustainable utilizing reclaimed wool
    -Everything you need to create your own puppet
  4. Locatile also features one-of-a-kind items and curated boxes. The pandemic has so many people cooking, baking and finding joy in the kitchen. The owner of Mum117 has put together this amazing book, apron and rolling pin to help you bake up amazing bread! Click here to buy this special bread making set!

    5. Self care and wellness is huge. If you are looking for products for your beauty routine, for a gift or for your home use the seach feature to search a varitey of products by unique brands like:
    TokyoMilk
    -K.Hall Designs
    -Clean Kitchen
    -Michelle Design Works
    -Kobo Candles
Gratitude + Appreciation

Gratitude + Appreciation

When we started out to create locatile.com, we did not do it alone. We want to thank our families and close friends who gave feedback, resources and encouragement. Building a virtual marketplace during the pandemic means our spouses and children have been intimately involved and we appreciate their support and also sharing this journey with them. We care deeply about the health of the local economy, and we believe locatile.com can make a positive impact, and having our children involved has been very special.

During the early stages the Illinois Small Business Development Center at McHenry County College helped us expedite our incorporation as well as make important legal and financial determinations. Resulting in mentorship and marketing/PR support from Sue Dobbe of Dobbe Marketing and PR. These consultations and resources helped shape our business model, marketing strategy and launch planning. We highly recommend the ISBDC not only for those considering a startup, also for those looking to expand an existing business. This grant funded program is a resource available to businesses in McHenry County and their services include:

  • business advising, guiding business growth
  • timely courses where you can network with other small-business owners
  • entrepreneurial resources including assistance obtaining funding

The development of a multi-merchant virtual marketplace has many complexities, including fulfillment. As we determined how to best execute options for shipping and local pickup, Jackie Speciale of MAC Automation provided business coaching to help us flush out scenarios as we refined the minimum viable product for our business. She was a great sounding board and generous with her time and advice.

locatile.com was made possible by the web development and design prowess of Peak3 Digital and Mowgli Studios, as well as sound tax advice by Jason Firak, CPA. The work with these partners has just begun, and the countless hours already in the books has resulted in a website that is designed for the customer and for the backend functionality for our merchant partners. We took on removing headaches and obstacles for small shops that typically deter them from selling online, and we are grateful to Peak3 for their commitment to making this a reality.

We would be remise not to mention the 33 generous individuals who contributed to our startup campaign on GoFundMe. Their confidence in our business idea raised $4,175 towards our $10,000 goal. This funding helped expedite our rate to market and provided the seed money to build the eCommerce platform. When people shop at a local independent business 68% of each dollar impacts the local economy, and these startup donors helped us build a sales channel that will help consumers shift online spending from national retailers to small businesses. We’re almost half way to our goal, and any future contributions will just further the services we provide to the merchants and investments into our platform development.

In November of 2020 we embarked with the vision to support our community and communities like ours by the development and marketing of an eCommerce Marketplace for small independent businesses, and we grateful for the many who helped make this a reality. We can’t wait to share data and the impact made on each zip code with merchants on locatile.com. Our mission is for people to really connect with what it means to shop and support small. That if you #thinklocalfirst even when online shopping you can make a difference to a small business owner. Even if it’s not in your town, you can learn a little bit about each store and know your online spending made a difference to their dream, to their employees and in their community.

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.” ― Wilferd Peterson

#thinklocalfirst

#thinklocalfirst

Locatile is actively utilizing and promoting the hashtag #thinklocalfirst. Why? It’s at the core of our mission, to lift up small brick and mortar businesses through a virtual mercantile giving shops another sales channel through online shopping. It’s a philosophy of local patronage and for people to audit how they can #thinklocalfirst before shopping a national retailer. It goes beyond just retail and is applicable to dining and services as well. When you shop local you do good with your wallet and impact the local economy! When you buy local, it keeps four times the funds in the local economy compared to shopping in chains. We will be a voice and partner to locally-owned, independent businesses and will raise awareness of the importance of shopping local and we encourage others to do the same and join us to #thinklocalfirst.

It’s the mission of Locatile to encourage you to #thinklocalfirst and in addition to shopping on locatile.com there are many ways to support local businesses, including things you can do for free. Shifting spending habits to local small businesses keeps dreams alive and ensures that brick and mortar businesses not only survive the pandemic, that they will THRIVE expanding their customer base to online complimenting the in-person shopping experience. We appreciate you joining the #thinklocalfirst movement.

Ways to support and shop local:

#thinklocalfirst when shopping for gifts items for your home, clothes, health and beauty supplies, kitchen/cooking, holiday décor, books/cards/stationery, jewelry, art, accessories and more.

-Buy gift cards.

-Purchase items and gift cards from local boutiques and restaurants and donate them to local charities. This is a great option when you don’t particularly need something for yourself or a gift yet want to support

Things you can do for FREE to show support of local independent businesses.

-Like, Follow, Comment & Share small businesses on social media.
[Locatile would love you to do this for our start up too!]

-Tag others on social media posts to help build awareness for the local business.

-Signup for eNewsletters to stay informed on the business, special offers, events and sales.

It’s easy to like, share, repost and tag! Follow Locatile on Instagram and Facebook.
You can join the Locatile eNewseletter here.

Each Locatile Merchant shop‘s storefront has links to their website and ways to follow them online!

Local Pickup or Shipping, Your Choice!

Local Pickup or Shipping, Your Choice!

Wondering how the great items from the small businesses will be fulfilled? Two options are available. Each merchant offers Local Pickup or Shipping. When shopping products add them to your cart and you will be offered the option to select local pickup or shipping.

Local Pickup is free and operates a lot like curbside pickup from restaurants. Orders won’t be ready right away, yet once your order is prepared a notification will be sent via email. Once the order is ready, you can pickup your items during shop business hours. Shop operating hours can be found by clicking here and visiting the storefront you ordered from. Still unsure about when a shop is open? Either call the phone number or click on the social media icons provided on the storefront pages, those are great ways to confirm hours of operations. Please note that shops will have varied hours and that holidays and weather may affect these hours.

Locatile’s mission is to promote shopping local online, and for shoppers to still connect and learn more about the people and boutiques they are supporting by purchasing on this platform rather than on a large retailers website. So selecting Local Pickup is a great way to interact with the businesses.

Once you receive notification your item is ready for Pickup, you will park near the shop and can either walk into the store and at their checkout counter share that you are a Locatile shopper and picking up an order. You can give them your name to retrieve your package. If you’re sending someone in your place forward your order confirmation email with them if the shop owner asks.

If you prefer to curbside pickup when you park, call the shop number and let them know that you are parked for curbside delivery from Locatile and give them your name, car model/color and where you are parked. If you need the number for the shop, click here and select the shop and the number can be found on the storefront page. Many towns have CURBSIDE parking spots. These spots are for shops and restaurants so you can use these or find a spot by store to either run in for pickup or call for curbside delivery.

Shipping is also offered for all orders. If you shop online often you are probably accustom to paying for shipping. At check out shipping is calculated by weight from each merchant. Meaning, if you shop from three independent stores, you will see three shipping charges. Once the order has shipped tracking numbers are sent via email, and typically items are delivered within 3 to 5 days of shipping. The email tracking is sent by Sendle our shipping partner. So check your inbox and spam for notifications from Sendle. To keep rates competitive, at this time standard shipping is through the USPS. To set expectations, we ask that you don’t compare shipping from local small shops to national retail eCommerce delivery options. It’s not apples to apples and you won’t see free shipping or same day/one day arrivals. As our virtual mercantile platform grows we will continue to refine and develop fulfillment options to best serve the needs of the customer and small businesses.

If you have questions about an order or Local Pickup or Shipment contact the shop owner for assistance you can also:

  1. Log in to your Account Dashboard
  2. Locate the sub-order number in question
  3. Click the Order Inquiry button
  4. Complete the quick form to send a message to the merchant
  5. They will respond within 48 hours
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