Spring Salon Venue Spotlight: Heritage Littles / by Natalie Pavela

Yesterday we introduced you to Melissa Salvatore & Becca Doell, the women behind A Little Photo Studio. Today, we're taking you on a tour of Hertiage Littles, the space above A Little Photo Studio that Melissa owns and runs with her husband Mike (the site of our recent spring salon!). Heritage Littles opened up in the Lakeview neighborhood in October 2013 as a sister company to their first business just a few blocks up the street - Heritage Bicycles. The Heritage brand is truly built upon the Salvatore family's life experiences, and they credit their toddler Bennett as the inspiration behind expanding the brand with a new space geared towards kids.

The space that houses Heritage Littles is multi-functional, selling a small selection of bicycles and bike accessories for kids of all ages while also housing a milk and cookies bar - it's basically a kid's dream! In the basement you'll find A Little Photo Studio, Avery House, as well as the Chicago arm of Smilebooth. Take a tour of the Heritage Littles space below!

The storefront view from Lakeview Ave. (there's a second entrance off of Lincoln Ave.)

Heritage Little Storefront

The lovely milk and cookies bar. They thought of every detail in this space, including seats and a counter top at an appropriate height for little ones.

Heritage Littles Milk and Cookies Bar

Candy bars and sweet lunch boxes on display!

Heritage Littles Milk and Cookies Bar

And of course, some chairs at adult height to accommodate the parents.

Heritage Littles Milk and Cookies Bar Stools

We were dying over this teepee made from recycled burlap from Stumptown coffee sacks - a kid's dream!

Heritage Littles Bikes and Teepee

Yakkay bike helmets for kiddos adorn one of the exposed brick walls adjacent from the bike collection.

Heritage Littles Kids' Bike Helmets

Heritage Littles sells bikes for kids of all ages - from the Shperovelo to their own Bennett Balance Bike to gorgeous Linus bikes in kids sizes. Did we mention the Bennett Balance Bike has a version made from recycled milk jugs? How fitting for this milk and cookies bar!

Heritage Littles Bicycles for Kids

And how cute is the chalkboard art on the bathroom wall?

Heritage Littles Chalkboard Wall Bathroom Art

Smilebooth has a backdrop station available to capture the moment when a kid receives their first bike, shots from a birthday party or any other event hosted at Heritage Littles!

Heritage Littles Sink and Smilebooth Backdrop

Heritage Littles Storefront

Big thanks to the Salvatore Family for sharing their space with us for the spring salon. We can't wait to come back for milk and cookies sometime soon!

Chicago friends, be sure to visit Heritage Littles between 10am-6pm on Wednesdays through Sundays at 2868 N Lincoln Ave.