In 1988, Russ Weldon was on the cutting edge of technology: car phones. He opened up the first location in what would become a chain of Wireless Zone stores with The Car Phone Store. His business took off, but it wasn’t long before cellular phones stole the spotlight from their car-bound brethren. Today, his business has grown into a healthy chain of Wireless Zones, which includes a location in Long Grove, and Russ and his team continue to adapt to technological advances. The staff curates a collection of cell phones, GPS navigation devices, prepaid phones, and accessories that help keep customers in touch when they’re on the go, far away, or far away and stuck in a pit of quicksand.
Fourth-generation storeowner Robbyn Ratskoff and her staff of trained stylists outfit clients of all body types in the latest blouses, jeans, and dresses from brands such as Black Halo, Hazel, and Rich & Skinny. Apprenticed under her mother—founder of two local boutiques—Ratskoff leveraged years of retail experience to bring her sharp fashion sense to the people of Buffalo Grove. With an emphasis on high-end, designer denim, the boutique's jean inventory includes styles that hug curves better than an Aston Martin at a roller rink. Meanwhile, racks support the soft heft of light, flowing blouses and warm sweaters from brands including 360 Sweater and Autumn Cashmere.
Swaddling sports fans and educational aficionados in clothes and accessories celebrating the nation’s highest institutions, University Avenue packs a sizable stock of scholarly products inside its hallowed walls. With clothes and accessories saluting more than 75 schools and universities, the campus clothier has everything to satisfy doting grandparents, fresh-faced freshman, and enthusiastic college-football oddsmakers. Celebrate a sibling’s graduation by sporting a t-shirt ($16–$28) or hoodie ($32+) emblazoned with the moniker of their alma mater, or toast your school’s physics department’s recent acknowledgement of gravity with an assortment of college tumblers, mugs, and water bottles ($7–$20). A huge selection of hats ($21.99–$24.99) and shorts ($29.99–$34.99) help lend authenticity to bathroom-mirror Heisman Trophy acceptance speeches, and to stoke the healthy flames of competition, University Avenue even has decals ($4.99) for coating school spirit across the faces of adversaries.
Galway's private lessons focus on honing hunter- and jumper-style riding, which skirt western-style accessories such as spurs, saddle horns, and John Wayne bobbleheads. Aspiring equestrians aged 7 and up rehearse trots and lead changes across the 7,200-square-foot heated indoor arena, and an observation room and deck provide sweeping views of students' jumps and turns. Weather permitting, horses unleash longer strides on the 20,800-square-foot outdoor riding arena. Four full-time trainers conduct and observe every lesson, ensuring safety while safeguarding megaphones from any passing horse whisperers. After lessons, equine companions retire to one of 26 heated stalls in the barn, inviting lucky students to exclusive mucking parties. The stable leases lesson horses and offers boarding for current horse owners.
Eco Mattress Store helps clients sleep soundly with comfy memory foam mattresses and environmentally conscious business practices. The store specializes in all-organic beds made in the USA, taking its devotion to the planet one step further with by remaining carbon-neutral in all business endeavors.
Matt Kuhlman, a fitness instructor and owner of The Sweatshop, likes to maintain a fun atmosphere. For starters, he keeps a list of lighthearted rules for his employees, one of which is ?all employees must be able to dance, sing off key, and change into a bunny suit in less than 10 seconds.? Yet for all the gym?s silly workouts, its group fitness and boot-camp classes are no joke, combining a hearty mix of body-weight and plyometric exercises to keep exercisers engaged and help them lose weight without just moving to the moon.