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Gift shop benefiting GiGi's Playhouse opens

Megan Niklas of Naperville, left, and volunteer Kim Matz, center, assist Hoffman Estates Village Clerk Bev Romanoff at the checkout during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi’s Playhouse.

Megan Niklas of Naperville, left, and volunteer Kim Matz, center, assist Hoffman Estates Village Clerk Bev Romanoff at the checkout during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi's Playhouse.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 Dozens of mugs line a countertop during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi’s Playhouse.

Dozens of mugs line a countertop during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi's Playhouse.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 Lauren Bryk of Rolling Meadows selects items for purchase during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi’s Playhouse.

Lauren Bryk of Rolling Meadows selects items for purchase during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi's Playhouse.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 Christine Maxwell, left, shows Erin Gunsteen of Schaumburg how she applies her hand-drawn designs to mugs during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi’s Playhouse.

Christine Maxwell, left, shows Erin Gunsteen of Schaumburg how she applies her hand-drawn designs to mugs during the grand opening of Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop and Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi's Playhouse.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald report

Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop & Cafe, which offers keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi's Playhouse, held its grand opening Saturday.

The event featured a ribbon-cutting with Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, as well as remarks from parents and participants and tours of the store and adjoining National Achievement Center.

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"The greatest part about Hugs & Mugs is that it's run by adults with Down syndrome," said Marc Portugal, GiGi's Playhouse development director. "We cannot be more excited to open up Hugs & Mugs today, and offer it up to the community."

Hugs & Mugs is located at 2350 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.

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