A family-owned-and-operated outfit, Crest has been furnishing homes from Indiana to Wisconsin for more than 20 years. Its aisles brim with elegant, name-brand pieces for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and boiler rooms. At any given time, more than 120 lines rotate throughout its show room, from manufacturers such as Century, Parker House, Eagle, Robin Bruce, and DR Kincaid.
Head trainer and founder Giacomo Ribaudo earned his second-degree black belt at age 17 and began his competitive kickboxing career shortly thereafter. His training went on to include karate, kickboxing, boxing, judo, jiujitsu, and wrestling. He and the experienced staff incorporated elements of each of these fighting styles into their mixed-martial-arts program. Using floor pads and heavy bags shaped like the thimble that always beat you in Monopoly, Extreme MMA builds fitness and self-defense skills with kickboxing and the ground-combat form of jiujitsu. Furthering their dedication to helping patrons protect themselves, the team holds regular women’s self-defense and anti-bullying seminars.
At Back to Bed's South Loop location, manager Kip Wilkinson puts customers at ease with a friendly attitude, helping them find a bed that fits their individual needs and budget. The experienced delivery staff also sets up new beds and removes old ones, with a variety of delivery options available. At the show room, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses await rigorous testing, and the sleep-savvy employees help shoppers determine if they're more suited to a firm or soft mattress or to creamy or chunky peanut butter. Aside from a wide selection of mattress types and brands, Back to Bed also offers accessories such as ergonomic memory foam pillows.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.
Stones Institute founder Daryl Stones, a member of Mensa and National Guild of Hypnotists practitioner, tailors hypnotherapy sessions to unearth and extinguish the causes of various physical and mental ailments, such as anxiety, panic attacks, and smoking addictions. Each personalized 50-minute session delves into the underlying reasons behind these afflictions, combating problems with supportive reinforcement to uproot paralyzing phobias, confidence issues, Cold War–sleeper-cell triggers, and sleep disorders that stand in the way of comfortable living. Sessions often spill past the 50-minute mark as Daryl customizes each subconscious exploration to the needs of her clients.