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.
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.
Artizone is nothing if not ambitious. The online grocery delivery service aims to link its customers with the city's top culinary artisans?all without making them leave the house. It may seem like a stretch, but it's actually a fairly simple idea. Customers begin the process by shopping in Artizone's online store, where they'll find fresh produce and other groceries from gourmet brands such as Rare Bird Preserves, Ipsento Coffee, and Pleasant House Bakery. Next, they schedule a delivery and pay online with a credit card. All that's left is to wait and fill the bathtub with boiling water for when the pasta arrives.