Blue Fin’s design consultants draw on extensive sun-filtering experience to dress windows in a diverse wardrobe of blinds, shades, shutters, and draperies. Inside a well-stocked show room or during a complimentary in-home consultation, the staff interprets each client's window-covering dreams through a variety of samples and color swatches, ensuring a perfect fit and match for windows and their surrounding décor. A set of dangling vertical blinds can adorn the entryway of a patio or doggy mansion, and living-room windows of up to 24”x36” can be clothed in custom-made Graber LightWeaves roller or solar shades ($102). Alternative wood blinds from Hunter Douglas ($86) are Greenguard Indoor Air Quality certified, fabricated with nontoxic materials to keep interiors healthy and safe from the wrath of rampaging trees. Although not included in today's Groupon, installation is $15–$45 per window for blinds and shades, and $6 per square foot for shutters.
Judy's Quilt n' Sew is located in a 100 year old Dutch Colonial home in the small farming community of Hampshire, Illinois. We offer knowledgeable, friendly staff, 2500 bolts of quilt-shop quality fabric, patterns, supplies and a wide variety of classes. Authorized Bernina and Pfaff sales and service.
Alpine Accessories owner Rick broke into the business more than 30 years ago, when he began working part-time at a ski shop. In 1993 he decided to strike out on his own, operating a mail-order catalog for ski accessories out of his basement and garage. Two years later, Rick set up an online store that quickly outsold his catalog, making it more obsolete than an eight-track tape crammed inside a VCR.
The website’s success led to the first brick-and-mortar Alpine Accessories, which opened in 2003. Eventually, its inventory grew beyond ski accessories to also include ski and snowboarding equipment, apparel, and rentals. Today, Alpine Accessories sells and rents K2 skis, Flow snowboards, and mountain garb such as battery-heated gloves and mittens. The store's five standup-paddleboard instructors have introduced the sport to more than 300 students this summer through its lesson and rental program. In addition, its service department tunes and waxes equipment, so skiers can show off their like-new gear when slushing down the slopes or walking along city sidewalks.
To inject some spice into her workouts, Linda Costoff founded Intrigue Fitness as a women-only studio that focuses on group fitness, personal training, and engaging classes. Intrigue specializes in pole-dancing fitness classes, with sessions that include beginner workshops, advanced classes, private lessons, and bachelorette parties. The studio also offers a wide variety of fitness and dance classes.
Gordmans restocks bureaus and residential nooks with an expansive inventory of name-brand merchandise discounted below department store prices, including team apparel and seasonal decorations. Flaunt support for a collegiate club by sliding arm branches through an Illinois color-block polo ($24.99). Fans can also don a pair of Chicago Bears lounge pants ($19.99), ideal for relaxing while watching the game or ripping off to expose Mike Ditka knee tattoos. Artistic wall art festoons vacant environs in colorful creations, such as canvases coated in tones of still-life wine ($24.99) and scenic vistas ($29.99+). Alternatively, a harvest of men's and women's fragrances allows shoppers to uncork new scents for seasonal parties, class reunions, and heated negotiations with the shopping-mall Santa Claus.
Inside House of Tobacco, an enormous humidor houses row upon row of Dominican and Nicaraguan cigars. Once shoppers have unsheathed their favorite one, they can complement it with accessories ranging from cutters and lighters to travel humidors and hookahs. At the Lakemoor location known as Kenny The King Lakemoor, an onsite cigar lounge—complete with television and poker table—awaits patrons who’d like to stick around and enjoy their purchases right away, practicing smoke rings or working on their smoke self-portrait.