Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Before joining forces, Jennifer Goldstein-Fritz and Alba Gonzalez-Nylander spent years pursuing their individual passions for video, honing their craft separately at renowned companies including FOX, E!, and CBS. Eager to venture out on their own, the two women joined their talents in 2010, co-founding AJ Media Services with the goal of combining their knowledge, with services that include bringing major-media quality techniques to home movies. In the years since filming their first promo, Jennifer and Alba have worked tirelessly to create polished, unique moving pictures via a host of services, from video production to duplication and transfer services. To create immersive digital experiences, AJ’s virtual tours throw viewers into smooth, 360-degree views of spaces, from the dining room of a recently opened restaurant to a new home’s finished basement and its organ-playing phantom.
Olivia Olive Oil scours the world for artisanal olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and gourmet foods, then imports them to a chic location where guests can mingle at private tastings or take home bottles of gourmet condiments. Though humans have enjoyed olive oil for centuries because of its rich, complex flavors, health-conscious chefs also praise it for its potential health benefits, including reducing inflammation, cutting risk of heart disease, and promoting invisibility. Guests at Olivia's tasting parties eagerly sample a variety of oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, learning about the pressing process and bonding with friends over cheese, bread, and drinks. The shelves call out to customers with bottles of fine oils and vinegars from around the world, such as a grassy organic oil from Spain, a white-truffle-infused olive oil from Alba, Italy, or a traditional balsamic aged for 18 years in oaken barrels. An arsenal of appliances and accessories helps clients properly enjoy their newfound culinary treasures, with items such as olive-wood serving spoons, hand-blown glass-drop bottles, and handy cork spouts.
At first, it was just one batch. Then it was two. Then three, then five, and before he knew it, Mark Kamp had collected an impressive selection of homebrewing gear. And he had a lot of beer. For Mark, the next natural step was Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company, which he started with his brother, Andrew. Along with Mike Kraft, the award-winning brewmaster behind the innovative beers at Turtle Anarchy, the three embarked on creating a rye IPA, a golden ale, and a stout, in addition to seasonally rotating brews. Today, the guys can be found around the brewery, giving tours, creating new batches, or subduing growlers.
Inspired by Chicago’s tradition of peppering caramel popcorn with savory cheese-coated kernels, the corn gourmands at Poppin Chicago Style meld sweet and savory ingredients into a complex bouquet of flavors. Kernel chefs craft popcorn one batch at a time to ensure quality and keep thought bubbles from slipping in. Only high-quality ingredients like hybrid mushroom popcorn with full-bodied kernels, and real butter, sugar, and cheese qualify to fill Poppin Chicago Style's festive tins.
Silver Steer & Co.’s wooden shelves and marble tabletops are stacked with scented candles, aromatic lotions, and quaint gifts. Patrons peruse paisley bags, coozies crafted from license plates, and bird-patterned pillows. Chevron placemats and designer lamps, as well as many other handcrafted items can be found on display throughout the boutique’s eclectic confines.