At Fine Lines Hair Salon, a member of Intercoiffure, stylists have been enhancing hairdos with cuts, color, treatments, and products from brands such as L'Oréal Professionnel Majirel and Inoa. The European-trained stylists constantly hone their skills in order to deftly cut, blow-dry, and condition hair. In addition to services such as perms, full foils, and partial foils, the salon also offers a wide variety of skincare and beauty treatments.
George Stotis spent three decades selling furniture and antiques at his Chicago Recycle Shop in Andersonville, but his real passion was always conversation. His lifelong dream was to open his own neighborhood coffee shop where neighbors and new friends could gather to dine over in-depth discussions, and so, in 2009, the Sotis family established George’s Ice Cream and Sweets right next door to the old Recycle Shop storefront. A parade of familiar faces and new customers visit the shop each day, eager to devour waffle and pretzel cones piled with scoops of seasonal flavors of ice cream, or share laughs over plates of cobbler or cups of cappuccino. Walls covered in framed photos further the friendly, local-vibe, and cozy couches and armchairs are frequently filled with families sharing a pleasant afternoon out or neighbors swapping gossip about the town haberdasher.
More than 60 years ago, a woman named Ann Sather pooled all of the money she'd saved over 21 years spent working in a meat-packing plant in order to buy a Lakeview restaurant whose owners were closing shop. She stepped into the kitchen and for the next 30 years, diners enjoyed made-from-scratch Swedish cooking. In 1981, Ann sold the restaurant to 24-year-old Tim Tunney, a Cornell University graduate with French culinary training, but not before he'd apprenticed with her for a year to learn her recipes.
Ann passed away in 1996, but the scent of Scandinavian cuisine still wafts through the restaurant, now open in four locations. In the mornings, chefs bake hot cinnamon rolls and pour Hollandaise sauce over eggs benedict with Norwegian salmon and fresh dill. Later in the day, diners can slice into sumptous entrees such as Swedish meatballs or shepherd's pie with cheddar cheese.
For owners Bob and Gina Hartwig, Lovely: a bake shop and Lovely, too: a bake shop are a part of their life's story. The bakeries began as wishful thoughts, daydreams of comforting places where customers could come in for a delicious pastry and cup of coffee before heading on their day. Wanting to turn their visions into welcoming reality, Bob and Gina gathered a family of employees who greet customers, brew Intelligentsia coffee, and dish out treats pulled straight from toasty ovens. Free Wi-Fi keeps guests connected to the outside world, and a full espresso bar gives customers a place to grab a piping hot cup of java and a row of creamer canisters to tell their troubles to without judgment. Their dreams realized, Bob and Gina cemented the business’s place in their story in October 2008, marrying one another on Lovely’s newly-built patio and opening the shop to others looking to merge their lives in a serene setting.
Though Loving Hut has locations sprinkled across the globe, no two menus are the same. Whether in San Francisco or Toyko, the Asian-inspired vegan eatery’s talented chefs concoct dishes catered to local cuisines and ingredients. In Chicago, chefs work with a tasty textured vegetable protein—shortened to “TVP” on the menu. The protein is perfectly executed within Pan-Asian offerings, such as Korean barbecue and the Thai curry that “charmed” Chicago Magazine. Of course, chefs don’t use TVP in every menu item; salads boom with fresh produce, such as sweet potatoes, beets, and avocados, while veggie burgers showcase traditional tomato and pickle toppings. In line with the all-natural cuisine, Loving Hut’s “hut” surrounds patrons in earthy colors and textures. Furthermore, friendly reminders, such as “Share the World with All Beings,” are written across the walls.
For 25 years this bakery has been serving up sweet and savory confections. Bakers at both Chinatown and Uptown locations stuff steamed buns with tender cuts of BBQ pork and curry beef, providing a savory complement to custard buns and sweet mooncakes.