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.
With more than 25 years of experience in the holistic healing field, the staff of Apollo Healthcare Services has learned the secrets of encouraging whole-body well-being. The healing therapies on offer include biofeedback therapy, reiki sessions, and skincare services. During treatments with the Ondamed biofeedback-therapy system, staff members aim to relieve inflammation and infection by guiding the electromagnetic pulses over the body, helping to deliver increased blood flow and oxygen to the cells. A European facial or an IPL photorejuvenation treatment can fade the signs of aging, and microdermabrasion sessions release miniature tornados of crystals across the skin to sweep away dead skin cells, hyperpigmentation, and pores packed with Wicked Witches of the West riding their bikes in circles.
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.
At Sushiyaki, chefs roll up creative cuts of sushi, glaze meats with teriyaki, and whip up noodle entrees complemented by Japanese beers, wines, and teas. Red walls, eclectic decorations, and tunes from guest DJs fill the traditional dining area, and Japanese-style private rooms feature low tables and floor cushions. Bento boxes and sushi buffets let visitors plan their own taste-bud excursions, during which the smooth, black sushi bar becomes an airport check-in desk inexplicably staffed by fish-slicing chefs.
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.