Chef Alexa Lemley’s gourmet marshmallows were never supposed to be sold. The thoughtful chef prepared these sweet, inventively flavored cubes as gifts for 240Sweet’s original catering clientele, but they quickly became a customer favorite.
Today, chef Lemley keeps up with demand by gathering quality local and organic ingredients to craft small batches of her inventively flavored gourmet marshmallows. She combines Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose, and Indiana cornstarch and whisks everything together into dense, fluffy cubes, which she then flavors with handmade vanilla extract.
She has developed a line of creative, standard flavors such as Hoosier strawberry, maple and brown sugar, and coffee chocolate chip. Additional flavors rotate in celebration of monthly events, including the Dirty Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day and Love Stinks! for Valentine’s Day. Each individual treat is sold in thoughtful, minimalistic packaging: a clear plastic bag tied with a ribbon. 240Sweet also provides online recipes for other sweet treats, including popcorn balls and salty s’mores, and it runs marshmallow-making classes where patrons can combine their own unique flavor combinations or make a life-size marshmallow snowman.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
No matter how many portraits can fit on the wall, there comes a time when simply covering up an outdated or worn-out paint job just won’t do. That’s where Wells Painting comes in—they employ only trained professional painters with more than 15 years of experience under their belts. The painters can beautify nearly any surface and possess expertise that lies beyond painting and extends into wallpaper removal, deck staining, and power washes for homes left muddy after rolling in a puddle.