Vogue Fabrics in Evanston & Chicago, IL has got to be my all time favorite fabric store. I have been shopping at the Evanston store since I was in seventh grade and beginning to sew. We would make pilgrimages up from the northern suburbs and pore over all manner of useful and exotic fabric, always being sure to hit the remnant room to collect an armload of bargains before heading home to the sewing machine. I sewed addictively and it was sewing that led me to a life and career in textiles.
I was thrilled when they began carrying my line of artist's ribbons, which they still proudly label as "designed by hometown artist Laura Foster Nicholson" years after I decamped to southern Indiana. Loyalty begets loyalty, I guess.