Alsip Home and Nursery, which was named Best Nursery/Garden Center 2010 by the SouthtownStar, has more than 40 years of sowing, growing, and plant-bestowing experience. 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. Plant a shrub such as the Magic Carpet Spirea ($6.97) to coat the ground in lush colors that can hide a spare key. Bring some frostable greenery into your garden with a 4.5" Proven Winner plant ($3.99). 'Tis nearly the season to invite a tree into your home to share holiday pies; fresh-cut Christmas trees and trim will soon be available (starting at $19.99).
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.
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.
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.
The specialists at It's About Time Watch Repair keep wrists stylish and time-telling accessories in good working order. The outfit specializes in all forms of general watch repair, such as changing batteries or attaching new straps to replace worn-out bands of masking tape. The shop also purveys paracord survival bracelets hand made from World War II-era parachute rope that boast a tensile strength of 550 pounds.