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Patch Passport: Treasure Hunt in Barrington

Barrington is home to many unique stores offering a variety of uncommon merchandise.

Barrington may not be a very large town, but it’s certainly packed with some unique retailers offering everything from handmade jewelry to antiques, to merchandise only made in the U.S.A.

Grassroots, 205 S. Cook St., has a distinct rock vibe. Store owner Todd Rhodes describes his shop as “a crossover between Americana and Rock.” Grassroots rocker feel is obvious as you browse through the racks. Music greats Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles other famous rock stars are displayed on t-shirts and other artwork throughout the store.

Unique finds at Grassroots include a section of one-of-a-kind hand painted skateboard by artist Matt Tomczyk, rocker inspired clothing that Rhode’s describes as “…American inspired, edgy alter ego.” The store is filled with high-end brands, but not their price tags.

Travel down to Lageschulte Street and you’ll find Norton’s U.S.A., a hometown general store selling merchandise only made in America. Owner Deborah Leydig opened her one-of-a-kind shop inside of building with as much character as the store itself: a former barn.

Norton’s sells products you’d come to expect at a general store. Shoppers will find children’s toys, American made clothing, handmade wrapping paper and many other unique finds. One thing is certain when you shop at Norton’s. Leydig knows where every item came from. “Every product does have a story and we know that story,” she said.

If vintage is your thing, Barrington has several places to go. One of those stores is Re-De-Find, a vintage clothing and accessories store at 115 East Station Street.

Shop owner Laura Knecht features vintage clothing from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Elegant mannequins are dressed in colorful hats and beautiful dresses. Customers will also find one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, purses and accessories.

One thing Knect prides herself on is being local and green. “There’s a lot of re-purposing here,” she said. “I order nothing from China or wholesale anything. I hire local teenagers. I hire local seamstresses.”

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