And yes, THAT Joan Cusack.
Because besides from being an Emmy-Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, she’s also the owner of local boutique, Judy Maxwell Home, in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago.
Here she is serving up oranges at the Chicago Marathon.
This girl’s no one-trick pony.
Judy Maxwell is an urban general store that’s—in their own words—”generally pretty good.” And while we generally love a good general store pun (haha), we would have to disagree. This place is seriously awesome… Definitely not your average gift shop.
Think: Farts in a Can, “Mug Shots” (shot glasses with famous mugshots printed on them), tons of funky cookbooks, “Cleaner than Sh*t” hand soap and so, so, SO much more stocked on those crazy shelves.
But the best part?
Drum roll, please!
Joan herself curates one-of-a-kind gift baskets with her very own merch that you can purchase at the shop with Giftbar gift cards!!! We mean… you guys, her hands are touching these things.
The same hands that have held an Emmy award.
With her name on it.
So yeah, push aside those thoughts of gross candies, wilted flowers and cans of assorted nuts, because gift baskets are back in the gift-giving game. And they’re coming back with style and plenty of laughs.
Or if you’re feeling lazy, just send a Judy Maxwell digital gift card to your giftee, and they can go pick up the basket themselves. It comes down to 20 seconds of tapping a keyboard versus a rush-hour drive through Old Town… Just sayin’.