Before opening Windmill Acres, Bruce and Lee Ann spent years exercising their green thumbs. Both raised on fourth-generation farms, the couple started a produce company after they were married. In the fall, Lee Ann painted pumpkins to sell from their farmers'-market stand, a tradition that mushroomed until she needed to hire more employees to paint as many as 6,000 pumpkins every year.
In 1997, the pair opened Windmill Acres, a place where they could combine their talents for horticulture and art. The nursery stocks a bumper crop of seasonal plants, from vegetables and flowers to a beanstalk rumored to be a shortcut back home to Ithaca. A miniature farm houses furry critters that visiting kids can pet while their parents enjoy steaming cups of coffee and talk gardening with the knowledgeable staff. Near the bucolic scene, a gift shop made of reclaimed barn wood showcases jewelry, flowers, paintings, other creations from local artists.
Alsip Home & Nursery's more than 40 years of sowing, growing, and plant-bestowing earned the distinction of Best Nursery/Garden Center 2010 by the SouthtownStar. The expansive greenhouse and nursery houses hundreds of annuals, perennials, tropical houseplants, vegetables, bulbs, and seasonal plants looking for a place to lay their roots. Alsip's plant finder makes it easy to locate a suitable sprout or a tenacious tree, and it boasts a bevy of lawn and garden accessories such as adjustable hand rakes ($19.99), steel pruners ($30.99), and patio furniture from which to admire birds lining up for your sunflower tube feeder ($25.99). The knowledgeable staff will gladly advise patrons on plant possibilities and which watering cans combust when filled with Tang.
Across four Chicagoland locations, Capitol Nutrition's capsule experts aid customers in selecting the ideal supplements to improve workout experience and bolster personal health. They steer clients towards body-building products sold at wholesale prices, as well as aisles brimming with the latest vitamins and supplements designed to bolster memory, energy, stamina, and overall well-being. Many goods on the shelf have enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame on the Dr. Oz Show, including raspberry ketones and saffron extract, both of which have memoirs coming out early next year. Before entering Capitol Nutrition's health-fostering confines, patrons can peruse a collection of diet tips to learn how to construct a dietary plan, pick supplements for weight loss, and pretend donuts are nothing more than miniature tires.
StreetFood Artistry is an inaugural celebration of Chicago’s street food scene highlighting chefs of gourmet food trucks, old school food carts and street inspired dishes from Chicago’s finest restaurants. This family friendly affair will offer something for everyone. Activities include live entertainment and cooking demons
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Antonio and Rosa DeRosa came from a long line of merchants who sold Italian staples such as pasta, olive oil, and wine in Montedecoro, Italy. The family was well known around Naples for these provisions, and when Antonio and Rosa immigrated to America in 1926, they stocked their business, DeRosa Imports, with these same Old World staples.
Today, grandson Anthony DeRosa runs the shop, where he upholds tradition by importing extra-virgin Sicilian olive oil, Italian espresso, and pastas ranging from rigatoni to gnocchi. Over time, the family has expanded their selection to include products from countries such as Croatia and Serbia. Artisanal pickles, sauces, and jams infused with rose hips or sour cherries line the shelves, along with bottles of wine to pair with dinner or pour on thirsty houseplants.