If you’re still looking for the perfect holiday present for that special someone, check out the brand-new gift shop that opened right in the middle of Logan Square: Pixie & The Boy (2605 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Specializing in fun gifts and home goods, Pixie & The Boy fills the void left behind by former neighborhood gift purveyor, Shop 1021.
The new store launched this month, setting up next to neighborhood stalwart Webster’s Wine Bar (2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.).
Owner Trish Carnevale curates a selection of jewelry, kids’ accessories, planters, candles and more, some made by local artisans and even Carnevale herself. “I want Pixie & The Boy to be a ‘go-to’ neighborhood store,” said Carnevale, who also lives in Logan Square with her family. “I want people to come in and feel welcome. The things I make and purchase for the shop are things that just make you smile.”
A few of Carnevale’s personal favorites are the greeting cards, her collection of throw pillows and the Desert Fleur fragrance from Bohemian Reves.
Some shoppers may recognize Carnevale from another spot in the neighborhood: Terracotto Plants and Pixie & The Boy, at 3056 W. Diversey Ave. Carnevale had teamed up with former business partner Cotto over the summer to launch a storefront for their respective products, plants and crafts. Their combined success inspired the two to open their own independent shops.
A Spot For Local Artisans
A former hairstylist, Carnevale started Pixie & The Boy while staying home with her son, Max. “I needed a creative outlet, ” Carnevale said. “I began making all sorts of things: pacifier clips, bibs, bows and more. When he started school, I realized I didn’t want to go back to a salon. I wanted to start my own endeavor.” So, Carnevale started Pixie & The Boy four years ago as an online shop featuring children’s accessories. The name is a tribute to her previous career as a hairstylist and to her son.
Carnevale’s vision for the new brick-and-mortar Pixie & The Boy goes beyond just being a boutique. She said she plans to support other artisans by offering her space for them to sell their products or lead DIY classes, and she is looking to introduce a rotating art gallery for local artists.
“When I started the Pixie & The Boy [online shop], I felt very supported by the community,” said Carnevale. “Wolfbait [3131 W. Logan Blvd.] was one of the first to carry my kids’ accessories. Now, I have items in Fleur [2651 N. Milwaukee Ave.] and Play [3109 W. Logan Blvd.]. I love that my little business has come full circle and I’m just a block or two away from these amazing shops.”
If you plan to shop local for the holidays, Pixie & The Boy is open Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit the shop’s website or Instagram.
Featured photo: Francisco Hernandez