Equipped with in-depth product knowledge and bottles from all over the world, the consultants of PRP Wine International waltz into homes ready to answer nearly any question a novice oenophile may have. As they pour samples for small groups, they explain everything from the intricacies of flavor profiles to the correct pronunciation of “pinot noir” to the most dramatic way to throw a glass of red at a mortal enemy. After tastings, guests can select any of the wine varietals sampled, all of which are chosen by PRP consultants after thorough scrutiny.
Frostline has served the Greater Chicago Area for over 36 years by designing, and integrating Audio Visual Systems, SMART Interactive products, Frontrow Classroom Amplification systems, LifeSize High Definition Video Conferencing Systems, Lutron lighting and Crestron Control systems for Educational and Corporate customers.
The versatile cobblers at Grove Shoe Repair and Orthopedic Lab have been mending shoes, handbags, and other leather objects for more than 40 years. Repair services for women's shoes range from replacing the bottoms of high heels ($10–$15) to restoring leather soles ($35) to reducing ruby slippers' teleportation abilities. Men's shoes can undergo a full heel replacement ($25) or get a thin, protective sole implant ($25). Once Birkenstocks' cork footbeds no longer float enough to play battleships with in the bathtub, Grove Shoe Repair can restore them ($85) or their buckles ($8 each) using authentic Birkenstock materials. The store also contains a full-service orthopedic lab, where trained technicians craft custom orthopedic inserts ($75 for a half-inch), with or without a doctor's prescription.
The result of a variety of visits to Italy by two childhood friends sharing an intense love of coffee, Blanell Coffee was brewed on a hotplate of passion to deliver American audiences fine Italian coffees and accessories. The distributor dispenses coffees from brands such as Lucaffe, Pellini, Passalacqua, and New York Caffe. These brands cater to coffee connoisseurs that prefer espresso pods, pre-ground batches, grinding their own beans with their shaking teeth. To brighten drinks with flavors such as passion fruit, almond, and amaretto, Blanell Coffee also purveys syrups from Monin—a century-old French company.
Granite Max boils the countertopping process down to three steps: slab selection, fabrication, and installation. For step one, customers peruse a wide range of natural stone types, including granite, onyx, and marble, before choosing an edging style. Granite Max then begins the fabrication process and tears out the client's old counters to prepare for installation. In addition to custom-fitted countertops, Granite Max also produces premade vanities to give sinks a fresh new face.
Threaded with dramatic marble patterns or shimmering quietly in zinc, Precision Stone Designs' countertops are eco-friendly and backed by a one-year warranty. Slabs of granite, marble, quartz, and engineered stone—all available in about 200 colors—await choosy renovators, as does 3D design software that helps homeowners realize their design dreams. Technicians typically install countertops and cabinets themselves, but industrious customers can opt for customizable DIY packages.