Hand-printed invites, a boombox in a suitcase, and other stuff you should buy from your neighbors


Deliver the year's most coveted invitation with these letterpress-printed, vintage invites, printed by hand in Chicago from Steel Petal Press and made with 100 percent recycled cotton rag paper. $4.50, etsy.com/people/steelpetalpress or at Wolfbait and B-Girls, 3131 W. Logan, 312-698-8685, wolfbaitchicago.com.


Fight the good fight against wind-chapped and sunburned lips with Big City Lip Balm. The handmade shea butter and beeswax formula comes in two summery scents: Coconut Island and Cucumber Melon. $3.50 at bigcitysuds.com or the Independence Farmers Market, 3945 N. Springfield, second and fourth Sundays through the summer, 9 AM-1PM.


The Gentleman's Boombox, which can plug into any audio device with a headphone jack, is what Radio Raheem would carry if Spike Lee had made Do the Right Thing about hipsters or Hunter Thompson. $300 and up, Floyd A. Davis IV, 1827 S. Halsted, 312-624-8687, artpentry.com.


Julie Brown's City Caramels, the old-fashioned candy-counter kind, incorporates gourmet local ingredients and adds a dash of regional pride by naming different flavors after the Chicago neighborhoods that inspired them. $12 for a half-pound bag at citycaramels.com.


What better way to say, "You make my atria and ventricles relax and contract mighty fast!" than with this Gotta Have Heart print poster. From the screen printers Ork Posters! who brought you the Chicago neighborhoods poster. $18 at orkposters.com.


Recycled stuff just isn't supposed to look as good as this tote bag by Greenie Bean Recycles. $10-$30, Sifu Design Studio, 5044 N. Clark, greeniebeanrecycle.com.


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