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The next time you?re in Evanston--you know, yucking it up with the Northwestern academic types who hang out at the cafés on Main Street--detour off the strip and pop in at an adorable new shop that just opened on under-the-radar Dempster Street.

With its navy-blue awning and cheerful checked carpeting, Paramour Bungalow is a home and gift boutique that looks like someplace you?d stumble into on Martha?s Vineyard or the Cape.

The inventory is befitting of an eccentric beachside town, too. There are linen-covered diaries for recording your wanderings ($24), vintage Americana-themed puzzles ($24) and plush armchairs upholstered in preppy chevrons ($875).

For your North Shore friends, pick up canvas-covered pillows that advertise local zip codes and add to your own stack of coffee-table books with photography tomes on rescued farm animals and rock ?n? roll groupies (both $30).

??And like any great gift shop, there?s no getting out of Paramour without a few so-worth-it splurges: A $30 jug of Common Good lavender-scented laundry detergent is going to make our sheets smell so divine, while a $13 tub of dark cream honey from Ballard Bee is our new favorite breakfast spread.

Paramour Bungalow, 812 Dempster St., Evanston; 847-328-5540 or

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