Day in and day out, Metra’s northwest train pulls into the Des Plaines stop, just opposite of Pop O Licious Popcorn. A brick building on the corner, the shop brandishes a bright blue and yellow sign with promises of fresh-made, gourmet popcorn. The family of popcorn pioneers creates more than 60 varieties of classic and flavored kernels each and every day, from staples such as butter, kettle corn, and caramel corn to innovative flavors including creamy dill, hot cinnamon, and even fruity tutty. For casual snacking, the shop owners can scoop the fresh-popped kernels into bags that come in four sizes, while gift-givers and musicians in need of a new drum can order their snack in a decorative tub. Beyond popcorn, Pop O Licious purveys Maurice Lenell cookies and handmade milk chocolates.
Cards with Care has a wide range of invitations and stationery products to choose from. Whether it's an invitation for your son's first birthday party, stationery for your best friend or gift tags for your holiday packages, Cards with Care has something to offer you.
Crash Candles lights up lives with candles made with long-lasting natural soy wax and pure cotton wicks, each of which arrives with a durable glass candleholder and matching scent designed by emerging artists. Vibrant geometric patterns by Angela Adams adorn candles such as Sea Fantasy ($24), surrounded by blue-hued bubbles and wave-like swirls and imbued with the calming scent of sea grass to invoke a beachside memory or night spent sleeping in a patch of sea grass. A Scandinavian flair infuses candles by Lotta Jansdotter, who creates such whimsical designs as the fruit-fragranced Kvitt candle ($24), and creations by the Binth group, such as the black-and-white fig-scented Wanted ($24) candle, add a down-to-earth edge to homes. Candle kindlers can also opt for wax in a classic metal tin, topped with a botanically bedecked lid by Susan MacConnell, or flambeaus with invigorating grapefruit and persimmon ($14) or soothing lilac and lavender ($14) fragrances. Candle forgers hand-pour each candle in Illinois, and every style is available sans fragrance by request for those with sensitive noses or overly sensitive lavender gardens.
Sleepy's is the American dream. It all started when Louis Acker landed on Ellis Island in the late 1920s. In 1931, he opened a mattress store in Brooklyn, where he and his son, Harry, tied knots and stitched mattresses by hand. After Louis passed away, Harry carried on the family business, eventually transforming it into Sleepy's, whose first store opened in 1957. There, he built the company's foundation upon quality products and an expert staff of Mattress Professionals.
Today, those Mattress Professionals share their wisdom at more than 1,000 showrooms across the United States, helping people figure out which sleep system is best for their body and wallet. The modern-day version of Sleepy's has grown into customers' source for the industry's top brands, including Simmons, Serta, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy's also carries a wide range of other specialty sleep products, from pillows and mattress pads to sheets, blankets, and headboards.
Originally a clearinghouse for the glamorous Saks 5th Avenue department store, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH has blossomed into a universally respected retailer of high-end clothing and accessories for women and men. Like the fact that neckties can work in a pinch in a ribbon-dancing competition, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH is one of the fashion world's best-kept secrets with its deep discounts on apparel and accessories from more than 800 different top brands and respected designers, such as Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Halston Heritage. Guests shop in-person or online for faux or real fur pieces, timeless cropped leather jackets, luxurious handbags, slim-fit suits, and on-trend shoes.