Stationery Store Day

Stationery Store Day postcard

Join us Saturday, August 6, for the very first Stationery Store Day!  We’ll be spending the day celebrating all things stationery in our little shop. We’ll have a press set up for you to print with us. Plus, a free gift with every purchase, free tote with $50 purchase (while supplies last), goodie bags for the first five paying customers and raffles throughout the day. It’s gonna be fun. Stop by between 11am -5pm Saturday, August 6 - 4432 N Kedzie Ave.


goodie bag

 goodie bag for first five sales

Be sure to visit the fellow stationer Bari Zaki studio at 3858 N Lincoln Ave, who is also participating. Bari has created a beautiful gift for online and in store orders of $25 or more. Long live stationery!


free tote with $50 purchase

Free tote with $50 purchase!

building sidewalk sale!

sidewalk sale banner

The Businesses of 4432 N Kedzie Ave are hosting a Sidewalk Sale!
You can shop Friday and Saturday, July 15 + 16.
There will be deals on the sidewalk, as well as in the back garage space.
That's right... Six different, amazing, small businesses to shop all under one roof!

2021 sale items
2021 sidewalk + garage sale - a. favorite design

Friday + Saturday, July 15 + 16 11-4
Sidewalk at 4432 N Kedzie and Back Garage in the alley

a. favorite design will be offering discounts on cool, vintage props and displays from trade shows, plus, greeting cards, gift wrap, holiday items, vintage office supplies and desk accessories.

Anchor Baby Vintage will have racks of their beautifully curated clothes and accessories at reduced prices along with housewares. All Anchor Baby items will be $10 or less!

The Manual Shop will be open and also hosting a special exhibition in their retail space with guest Green Spaces Plant Shop! The Manual Shop is the home to two Chicago design studios and features original and thoughtfully designed cookware, barware and housewares.

Northside Kung Fu will be hosting an Open House in their second floor studio both Friday and Saturday from 11-4. They'll offer tours of their space and introductory lessons as well as refreshments and snacks for visitors.

Rare Vintage and Design will be showcasing their stunning refinished, vintage furniture. Rare Vintage and Design focuses on midcentury modern + clean design heirloom pieces.

We're excited to have such a creative, entrepreneur community in our building.
Stop by and see for yourself!

mindful, creatives - send us your resume!

Are you a believer in the magic of snail mail?
Are you artistic and resourceful?
Are you conscientious?
Are living in Chicago?
Are you dreaming of working in a creative space?
If so, read on!

a. favorite design is looking for a part time (18-33 hours a week) helper with potential for more hours during the busy season. Fewer hours in June, July, and December, almost full-time in January, March, April, September and October.
Below is a list of tasks we need help with:

folding & packaging cards
pulling orders
order fulfillment
shipping wholesale & retail orders
meeting shipment deadlines
quality control
maintain inventory supply

-assistant help-
return emails to customers & sales reps
entering orders in QuickBooks
writing thank you notes to stores
writing notes & mailing catalogs to stores
help maintain website & Faire 

We’re looking for someone who is ambitious, thoughtful, organized, self-starter, punctual, conscientious, efficient, flexible, pays attention to detail, has a sense of humor, loves BIG dogs; someone who is positive, can easily shift from task to task throughout the day and isn’t afraid to ask for help or offer suggestions if they see something that needs improvement. Would prefer someone with a creative background who is willing to brainstorm and talk through ideas. We need a helper who can problem-solve and thinks projects through completely and efficiently. Ideal candidate would work two and a half to four days a week, depending on workload and efficiency. Experience with quality control, paper and crafting desired but not required.

This is a production helper position. You most likely won't be printing on a press (unless you have years of experience on a C+P). However, you may be trained and operating an industrial cutter and scorer, depending on skill set. If you're open to working a some retail hours in our cute brick + mortar, that's an option too.

We know this is a BIG list for a part time person.
If you fit the bill and live in the Chicago area, please email your resume and cover letter to: info(at)afavoritedesign(dot)com
No phone calls please.
We look forward to meeting you!

shopping small at one of a kind holiday show

Did you attend the 20th One of a Kind Holiday Show? If you didn't, you really should next year. The show had 400 artists and makers this year. In non-pandemic times they have about 600 artists. It's was an impressive mix of goods. Seriously. You could easily do all your shopping there. They had everything. I was fortunate to have a couple hours Friday and Sunday mornings to wander the aisles, talk to makers and shop for gifts. And boy did I! Gifts to give and several to keep. It's the largest retail show we've ever been part of. I saw an amazing variety of art, sculpture, home goods, pottery, beauty products, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, culinary delights, pens, and all price ranges too. It was impressive and a little overwhelming at first. Below is a roundup of the goodies I invested in. I also had some amazing trades with vendors. I'll do a separate post with those. Be sure to visit the artist page on the One of a Kind Holiday Show.


Left to Right, Top to Bottom
People's Garment Co. - these shirts are beautifully designed and based on forgotten history. I got my Mr. a "made in Chicago" shirt, he's the only person I know actually made in Chicago.
Soap Distillery - the best soaps based off everyone's favorite cocktails. I love taking baths on my day off and got the Tonic Mineral Salt Soak. It smells of woody citrus and relaxes me completely. My skin feels nourished for the entire week. Pure magic and the stuff bath time dreams are made of! You won't wanna leave the tub.
Katherine Anne Confections - I have a thing for caramel. I can't resist the buttery deliciousness. Every time I do an event with Katherine Anne Confections, I get caramels, this time was no different, except I also got truffles, drinking chocolate and cinnamon sugar marshmallows. Merry Christmas to me!
Yellowcake Shop - this dress is so damn flattering and feminine. I got it in black and am sure it will be a staple. It has pockets and I absolutely adore it! Check out their Chicago boutique on Western Avenue. Beautiful, flattering clothing in extended sizes!? Yes, please!

 one of a kind shopping

Left to Right, Top to Bottom
Dave's Coffee Cake - another vendor I can't resist! I buy Dave's triple cinnamon coffee cakes every, single time I see them. Seriously, they're perfect for family gatherings or Sunday brunch.
Six Point Pet - Every year Scooby-Doo gets a new Six Point Pet collar. He just looks so good in them. The Mr. prefers the Chicago flag but this year, I changed it up to a Chicago style hot dog - because he is truly a hot dog.
Transit Tees - I saw these Chicago dog socks and had to get them for my Mr. We visited Superdawg weekly during 2020, it was the only restaurant that works during a pandemic - an actual drive-in. While we cut back on our hot dog consumption this year, we still visit Superdawg monthly for the best dawgs in Chicago. A perfect stocking stuffer for Mr. Favorite.
Old Salt Merchants - I have foodie friends who love grilling. What a perfect gift - a Custom Sampler Gift Set of six delicious salts. I also got a Cocktail Kit Gift Set, which I'm very excited for my personal spirit guide (aka bartender) to make drinks with.

One of a Kind shopping

Left to Right
Bonnie Skincare - as mentioned before, I'm all about relaxing baths on days off. Cloud Bombs by Bonnie Skincare have become a staple. They slowly release the most dreamy scents while dissolving into a soft cloud on top of bath water. My skin feels amazing after and bonus - my tub isn't left slippery. Perfect for our long Midwest winters.
Lila Barn Clothing - this top is so incredibly soft and comfortable. I fell in love with the hand-dyed pattern and magical colors. Truly spellbinding and perfectly named - Witchy. Bergen insisted I try it on, I think she knew I couldn't resist. Once on, I didn't want to take it off! Each item in the Witchy Collection is hand-dyed and one of kind. Better hurry, they sell fast.

I had such a wonderful time shopping One of a Kind and meeting new artists, as well as catching up with old friends. What a great reentry to in-person shows. I got lots of gifts checked off my list and loved being part of the show. The artist page is still online, be sure to check it out for more amazing artists.