In order to manage a collection of almost 10,000 libations, the staff at Sal's Beverage World must know their stuff when it comes to wine, spirits, and beers. The massive shop stocks shelves with bottles of wine from popular labels such as The Naked Grape and Snap Dragon, as well as 90+ point wines from Chateau Angelus. The inventory also boast more than 2,000 beers artfully brewed by domestic and foreign companies including Hoppin' Frog and Bear Republic craft breweries, while down the liquor aisles shelves are lined with a hearty collection of whiskeys, cognacs, and aperitifs, such as the Italian Cynar and Pernod 80 Proof. Sal's drink specialists also provide party planning services, regular beverage tastings, and run the Bacchus Wine Club, which offers members access to exclusive tastings of wine and ambrosia.
Arming Windy City's flower followers with a bevy of buxom blossoms since 1889, Amling's Flowers brightens occasions across the spectrum with its fresh floral arrangements. Built from the fruits of partnerships with independent petal peddlers, Amling's artistic arrangements help express emotions fit for a range of occasions, from birthdays to funerals to the first of many joyous parking citations. Lilacs soothe schnozes and seers with a sense-pleasing blend of lavender roses and fragrant hydrangea ($39.95), while the Cotton Candy's bursts of roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums issue forth with pastel explosions not seen since Gregor Mendel cross-bred hyacinths with a stick of dynamite ($34.95+).
Bella Luna Salon regales tresses with cuts, color, highlights, and more using high-end products from Alfaparf and Actyva. Start the styling session with a women's haircut and style ($50) or a deep-conditioning mask, which moisturizes manes as effectively as fire-hydrant hats ($25). A single-process color lightens, darkens, or reddens the 'do (starting at $60), while a full set of highlights brightens braid-strands (starting at $100). Attentive, experienced stylists reconfigure curlicued coifs with the Brazilian keratin straightening treatment which delivers results that last for weeks (prices upon consultation). On the way out, stock up on shampoos, conditioners, and inflatable pompadours from Bella Luna's selection of high-end products.
The Uptown Shop is stocked with a mélange of whimsical clothing, bridal gifts, high-quality Trollbeads, and Vera Bradley products. Festoon a forearm with a Vera Bradley Emma bag ($35), a floral-patterned wristlet ($27), or procure a pattern-print Zip ID case ($12) with a front ID window to quickly show that you're of age to purchase Skittles. Bestow brides with gorgeous gifts such as a Seda France pagoda candle ($32) or a 5-ounce Trapp Private Garden candle ($20). The Brighton charming world necklace ($42) and Jay Strongwater starfish charm ($125) festoon necks, and cardigans and skirts garb golems in preparation for middle-school science fairs.
Emulating the looks of London's fashion-forward Camden Town, Camden Boutique styles women in contemporary and classic fashions from brands such as Tart, Gypsy 05, and Dolce Vita. The clothier's body-covering basics, such as tanks and tops, are cut for a comfy, feminine fit and boast bold colors and patterns capable of concealing mutton leg stains ($50+). Denim by Habitual (about $175) or Serfontaine (about $185) can be paired with jewelry such as chunky bracelets and rings ($20+) or handbags, which hold lip gloss, car keys, and frozen meatloaves ($25–$165).
Cooking is more than just heating things up to a suitable temperature; it’s about combining flavors to create a unified dish that is both tasty and satisfying. That’s why the staff at Elmhurst Olive Oil Company offers at-home chefs the chance to give their meals a little something extra with their line of infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and sea salts. Flavors such as rosemary, garlic, and jalapeno add a slight taste to sautéed meats and vegetables, and the tart taste of pomegranate and smooth tones of vanilla come out in dressings and sauces made with their balsamic vinegars. Staffers also blend together spices to create their own signature rubs and spice blends, and offer sixteen sea salts that give meals the touch of spice or complex, smoky element usually only attained by cooking them over a moving Olympic torch. The shop offers tastings of each oils, vinegars, and spices, allowing chefs to see if inspiration strikes when new flavors hit their tongues.