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 V?lkl 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.
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.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
Patrons can come and go as they please during The Cellar Door's open-house-style tastings, which warm tongues from noon until 4 p.m. and send palates on global jaunts through 20 specialty wines from around the world, each fluent in its own flavor language. Between samplings, sippers can nibble on light hors d’oeuvres as they browse the shop’s ample bottle selection for the perfect aperitif adoptee. The Cellar Door's commitment to providing the finest vintages at vintage-low prices means that guests can find their ideal quaffs without having to cruise the illegal burgundy market.
Corks pop, glasses clink, and bubbles fizz at The Village Cellar, an intoxicating blend of wine boutique, wine bar, and wine school. On any given evening, shoppers browse racks that soar nearly to the top of Tuscan-style, sponge-painted walls. Meanwhile, if school is in session, pairing experts may be carving cheese to serve with a cabernet sauvignon and plating dessert truffles. Although the bottles of West Coast and European wines probably get the most attention, the bar and shop also share a collection of more than 50 india pale ales, milk stouts, and other craft brews. In the summer, a sidewalk patio blooms along the Cellar’s stretch of downtown Hinsdale, an easy wine-barrel roll from the Metra station. The Village Cellar's blog provides gift ideas along with updates on upcoming events.