For nearly a decade, the technicians at Fodeo have preserved grainy videos, film, slides, and photos from the effects of wear and age by transferring them onto more dependable and accessible digital formats. On a daily basis, celluloid formats spend their days aging inside drawers and on shelves, where they can fall victim to such hazards as water, dust, and snack time. Technicians work in-house to rescue captured images, ensuring treasured footage remains safe and in one place during its transformation.
In addition to preserving images, Fodeo has developed innovative methods for displaying them as well. Fraimz–durable adhesive photo frames that can stick on multiple suface types without causing damage to either the photo or surface–is the result of their nearly four years of research and development.
In 1958, Charlie Hartley's dream of supplying and maintaining quality bikes began to take shape in the form of an upstart shop operating out of his basement. More than half a century and two moves later, Charlie's son Ken still clings to the belief that bikes should be assembled and serviced with meticulous care. Ken and his technicians tune up ailing cycles and direct patrons toward the accessories and apparel needed for safe, smooth excursions and successful getaways from tricycle gangs. They also stock fully grown cycles from popular brands such as Eddy Merckx, a company that has been manufacturing bikes for three decades.
At Sass-N-Class, a helpful staff collaborates with patrons on creating invitations and stationery, from choosing the paper to stuffing mailboxes with custom-designed pieces. First, the invitation style will fall into one of four categories: stock ($2.25 each) and select ($2.95 each) feature flat designs printable in a spectrum of colors, and premiere ($4.25 each) and elite ($4.95 each) come with embossment or textural embellishments such as ribbons. Upon request, the crafty staff can then assist with writing content—ensuring that messages convey the right tone, stay within an appropriate word count, and form into a perfect anagram of Don King's voicemail greeting. Once completely designed, the finished product is printed on the spot, and cost of printing is included in the price of the invitation.
Nearly a decade ago in Denver, the founders of Savory Spice Shop set their culinary ambitions into motion by hand-grinding spices, hand-blending more than 140 seasonings, and then arranging them along rustic cabinets for shoppers in need of recipe renovation. Now with roots in Hinsdale and throughout the nation, Savory Spice Shop continues to tickle palates with only the freshest flavorings. Signature spice blends including the Adobo Caribbean ($1.95 for 1 oz.) add subtle zest to entrees, and sauces such as the sweet and spicy mango hot sauce ($5.95) and the fiery ghost chili ($10.95) heat up dishes and the ears into which they're poured. Organic and natural extracts are crafted with essential oils to ensure potency, and gourmet spice gift sets, such as Loco Cocoa ($22) with spicy Mayan and Mexican cocoa, serve as perfect presents for friends who already own socks and ponies.
My Sister Kate's chic shelves bustle with a stunning array of vibrant, high-end threads and accessories for discerning moppets. Diminutive eye-apples delight in a sprawling selection of girls’ apparel that includes dresses by Splendid and Ella Moss ($50+) and a colorful bouquet of wardrobe fodder from Juicy Couture, Tea Collection, and Little Marc Jacobs. Young bucks caper through the utopia of boys’ clothing, such as Lacoste polo shirts ($40–$55) and a plethora of other duds as dazzlingly stylish as Harry Potter’s invisibility sweater, available in sizes up to 12. Swaddle newborn joy-bundles in Petite Bateau velour pajamas ($55), or drift through the blissful profusion of toys, books, and nonargumentative imaginary friends by Hello Kitty, Little Giraffe, and a multitude of other designers.
Stockholm Objects plunders the fashion fjords of Scandinavia to collect clothing, accessories, home accents, and more that exude both trendiness and tradition. Elegant cardigans, tops, jackets, and dresses flatter fashionistas from the ankle up, while clogs, fleece-lined boots, and snow joggers keep feet toasty more sustainably than hiring a puppy to lick peanut butter from your toes ($60–$115). Stretchy jeans adhere to the subtle curves of lady legs ($25+), while accessories such as handbags, scarves, and jewelry round out outfits and crime-fighting ensembles. The men's selection caters to golfers and fairway lollygaggers with an array of J. Lindeberg Lawrence shorts, jeans, belts, and short-sleeve shirts.
In 1952, downhill pioneers Mr. and Mrs. Keyser—fresh from helping establish Vail, Colorado as one of the nation’s preeminent skiing destination—opened King Keyser to outfit Midwesterners with quality ski equipment and expert advice. The shop continues to carry on the couple's vision while also embracing innovations in the sport. They have stocked snowboard equipment since 1982 and currently carry a full supply of Burton boards and bindings, K2 boots, Giro helmets, and Anon goggles. Skiing gear is well represented as well, including Völkl skis, Lange boots, Look Nova bindings, and K2 poles.
When not busy equipping riders with proper equipment and rentals, staff members preserve personal gear with in-house maintenance services. The team stone-grinds and waxes skis to enhance glide, and they also provide complete tune-ups to keep snowboards’ motors from breaking down on long trips.