A Chicago Tribune reporter visiting a Stepping Into Etiquette class admitted that students seemed reluctant at first. "But less than an hour later, somewhere between delivering a firm handshake and choosing the right fork, the 8- to 12-year-olds began smiling, raising their hands to be called on, and begging to help set a proper table in a meeting room at the Naperville Public Library."
The company has also appeared in publications such as Chicago Parent, but the classes are not just for youngsters. There are also sessions for professionals, who can often use a crash course in fundamental etiquette such as eye contact, a firm handshake, and what food is appropriate to juggle. As the Tribune reporter noted, all of the courses are intended to be fun. The school has brought that entertaining spirit to classes for a wide range of organizations, from the Girl Scouts to Barbizon Modeling and Acting School to Chicago State University.
Signature service: Retirement- and income-planning courses
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Financial ABC's of Retirement Planning
Pro Tip: Reservations are required for all classes so we can have the correct amount of materials and room.
In its more than 12 themed play areas, Kids Town not only entertains little ones, but also helps them develop skills for creative self-expression and social engagement. Kids explore the indoor pint-sized city, wandering through the central market with a kid-sized grocery cart before paying a visit to the princess palace, sheriff's office, fire department, and pet clinic. Afterward, youths can cozy up to the pretend-only fireplace to read a book on the petite plaid sofa or enter the dramatically lit party room, with its galactic carpet and Earth-bound walls. All the while, the facility keeps kids safe with careful sanitation?aided by a strict socks policy and nontoxic, all-natural BabyGanics cleansers?and by forbidding all peanut products.
The aesthetician and eponymous owner Erin Sharp's Esthetics Studio beautifies visages with treatments that range from chemical peels to waxing sessions. When she isn't extracting unwanted fuzz or improving complexions, she?s prepping skin for the beach with paraben-free tanning solutions by South Seas Skincare. Erin also bulks up lash lines with synthetic extensions from Xtreme Lashes, which withstand showers, workouts, and days spent staring directly into fans for up to two months. During her off-hours, Erin studies the art of permanent cosmetics so that she can indelibly accentuate eyes, lips, and brows.