Evanston residents are invited to add some sparkle to the season while supporting the community. Glisten, an offering from ten Evanston retailers, encourages participants to Go Local, Independent, and Small and have some fun doing it.  Through Dec. 31, patrons of the contributing businesses may collect stamps, receive special discounts, win prizes and attend a special post-holiday party. 

Started by Malik Turley of Hip Circle Studio and Mary Berg of Simply Chicago Art, Glisten aims to help people discover some hidden gems in their neighborhood and lighten up the stressful holiday season. 

Shoppers are invited to pick up a game card at any of the 10 participating glisten retailers in Evanston: Annie’s Irish Knits, Ayla’s Originals, Belgian Chocolatier Peron, Casita Azul Folk Art, Eureka! Antiques, Grateful Yoga, Hip Circle Studio, Piccolo Theatre, Sarah B. McLaughlin Heartwood Center and Simply Chicago Art.  Glisten runs now through Dec. 31, and discounts vary by retailer and cannot be combined with any other offer.  No purchase is required to take part and attend the post-holiday party: the more, the merrier!  Full details can be found at www.glistenevanston.com.