Dressing up digits since 1905, Sartor Hamann employs a well-versed crew of registered jewelers and certified gemologists to adorn shoppers with a vast selection of sparkly stones and accessories. Swarovski Crystal figurines ($40+) replace shabby hood ornaments with geometric symphonies of light, and freshwater-pearl necklaces ($99) seek sanctuary from clamshell captors by elegantly clinging to safe-harbor necks. Sartor Hamann's own line of swiss watches ($150+) simultaneously pleases eyes and dissuades Captain Hook with beautifully crafted precision tuning. A panoply of 14-karat gold earrings ($50+) and engagement rings ($295+) awaits to illuminate romantic gestures. The Gemvision CAD system lets you create your own custom jewelry, bringing personalized bling to life like a laser-wielding Geppetto. The gargantuan showroom at Sartor Hamann’s newest Lincoln location on Pine Lake Road casts a glowing sheen over an impressive showcase of designer pieces, and the blisteringly bright array of engagement rings at the O Street location keeps emergency-apology supplies on hand following another disastrous weekend getaway to the cement museum.
Most Popular Service: Superior dance education and training
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Watch your dancers dance in our state-of-the-art dance center and get to know our staff personally.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have often provided financial assistance and/or dance scholarships to families whose dancer(s) could not otherwise afford to continue dance.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
We are very flexible in the placement of our dancers in classes, making every effort to appropriately set expectations. We make it very easy to find classes for the child, teen, or adult recreational dancer who enjoys dancing once or twice a week for the creative, fun, and physical outlet. If you are looking for a more disciplined program with more hours of training, we offer award-winning competition teams and a pre-professional ballet company.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Victoria Summers (owner and executive director) studied dance nationally, performed with the Rockford Dance Company, Rockford Dance Ensemble, and graduated Distinguished Scholar with a BS in dance performance. She is also a faculty advisor for the Harper College Pom and Dance Team, Dance Company, and Spirit Crew. Vicki is a 2012 recipient of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award of Excellence and a 2005 recipient of the Entrepreneurial Award National Women in Management.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Summers Academy of Dance's objective is to help students develop scholastic aptitude and excel in life by providing excellent education through various forms of dance and performing arts.
The Dance Center offers both an instructional program, pre-professional program, and competition teams.
All Dance Company members are actively involved in making their community a better place to live through their participation in studio and volunteering for community events.
Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
The staff at Rejuvenation Salon knows that depressing feeling after your first post-haircut shower, when you know you'll never be able to get your hair to look as good as it did when you left the salon. Taking a proactive approach, the stylists run Bubbles-N-Blowdries classes designed to teach clients of all ages how to style their coifs at home. In addition to sculpting cuts, they also run a one-stop beauty salon with treatments for nails, hair removal, and Cry Baby mascara, which is professionally applied and can last for up to two weeks.
Winery owners Randy, Kelly, and Nate Meyer are so passionate about winemaking that they've designed their entire vineyard to symbolize it—each phase of the buildings' architecture reflects a different step in the winemaking process. A planter crafted from locally harvested limestone marks the entrance to the winery and supports arbors symbolizing trellised grape bushes in the vineyards. The arbors extend through the earth-toned Chancellor Hall, where a towering cathedral ceiling laced with heavy beams can shelter more than 200 guests at once. Inside, light streams in through towering windows overlooking the vineyard, as well as through heavy double doors leading out to a patio and courtyard, where the same arbor continues to form a roof and shield wines from straw-wielding helicopter pilots. Outside, 16 acres of vineyards house rows of Midwest varietals such as Vignoles, St. Vincent, Frontenac, and Catawba. Staffers pluck vines entwined on trellised rows and carry their bushels into a processing building, where they unload pounds of fruit into imported presses and custom-made fermentation tanks. These grapes age into wines in a room designed in the shape of a barrel, which represents the winemaking and fermentation process as well as the winemakers' fear of being trapped inside a barrel. The Meyers also use the wines in these barrels to reflect their love for the region; they've named many of the dry and semidry wines for weather phenomena associated with Tornado Alley.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Most popular offering: Steak-grilling kit
Pro Tip: For tender steaks, sear both sides first, locking in the natural flavors.
Madison Taylor Entrees' butchers collect meats from throughout the Midwest and seafood from both coasts. They put their knives to work, paring each delivery down into individual portions, which they then age to the peak of flavor. Then, they flash freeze and vacuum seal each portion, packing the serving-sized cuts for delivery. Customers can always recognize the delivery truck coming, thanks it's bright yellow paint job, commercial sub-zero freezer bed, and rows of people lining the streets, slow-clapping as it drives by.