La Bomboniera stocks its shelves with clothing, home goods, and collectables, all imbued with the spirit of the green, white, and red tricolor. Show support for old-country footballers with an array of Italian soccer jerseys ($19.95+), or don a souvenir Italian T-shirt ($14.95+), which, like Ford's most popular car and karate's most effective stance, is modeled after the letter "T." The shop also helps dress up homes by purveying picture frames ($4.95+) and espresso makers ($24.95+)—outfitted with steam wands calibrated to hiss out frothy renditions of "That's Amore."
The Book Table is an independently-owned-and-operated bookshop that's been serving Oak Park for the past seven years. The brain baby of husband-and-wife team Jason and Rachel, the store gives literature lovers everything they might desire, from quality used books and publishers' overstock to the newest releases at discount prices. Satisfy an urge for popular fiction and bees with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ($20.95, hardcover), the latest installment in the bestselling Millennium Trilogy, or shoot over to the obscure olio with Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever ($10.95), a short story collection by Justin Taylor. There is also a plentiful stock of paperback editions of well-loved classics, such as Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe, as well as new graphic novel adaptations of those same literary landmarks ($7.99–$9.50). Whatever's peaking, compressing, or causing your curiosity to break out in hives, you'll find something to scratch the itch on The Book Table's numerous shelves.
Inside Briolette Beads & More, hardwood floors and walls lined with multicolored glass beads and beading supplies envelop customers perusing DIY materials or embarking on jewelry-making classes. Under the tutelage of experienced teachers, hands-on sessions abound, from metal smithing to stringing to wire working—in which students twist government surveillance materials into rings and pendants. The brightly hued party room's](http://gr.pn/w7ZafC) neon-green walls are decked in a vibrantly painted peacock and flowers, inspiring revelers as they fashion myriad beaded items, and Thursday evenings boast crafty diva night, during which participants can finish new or existing projects in the company of other crafters.
In 1962, Val Camilletti began working at Capitol Records, which was ushering in a new era of music, led by The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Ten years later, she opened her own retail record shop, which has spent 40 years distributing eclectic sounds to listeners who, Val says, "are tired of shopping for music in refrigerator stores."
At Val's, you'll find vinyl records lined up in tidy rows and rock posters on the walls. Its expansive, rotating stock features several musical genres and spotlights burgeoning local artists. Knowledgeable staff can also help customers hunt down rare issues, imports, or B-sides. If a record is not in the store inventory, Val's can order it within 24 to 48 hours, depending on how fast they can wake up Keith Richards.
Prodigy Glassworks, INC. is located in the heart of the Oak Park Arts District at 207 Harrison St. Oak Park, Il 60304. Our location features a fine art gallery that offers unique hand-blown and fused glass pieces made by local artists and a glass blowing studio on the premises. We are conveniently located steps away from
The border buffs at The Frame Factory showcase their mastery of symmetrical shapes by encasing art and memorabilia in artfully resplendent rims. With more than 1,000 wood and metal frames to choose from, creative customers can help design their own trimmings (prices vary based on size and selection), whereas time- or budget-crunched clients can pick from a vast selection of ready-made frames and pre-cut mats (starting at $46 for a 16"x20" piece of art).