Juggling scores of domestic and imported brands, the staff at Lincolnwood Wines & Spirits presents patrons with an exciting display of more than 1,000 hand-picked wines, premium spirits, and fine cigars. Shoppers can stock their cellars with the creamy, un-oaked Rietvallei chardonnay ($9.99) or Mother Zin, a zinfandel named for its creator's mom and how she loved to curse ($13.99). Create a special drink with North Shore's Chicago-made vodka ($33.99) by mixing it with nothing else and serving it in a Ming vase. Safely stowed inside a walk-in humidor, esteemed cigars such as Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real ($7.99), Acid Kuba Kuba ($6.99), and Cohiba Robusto ($13.99) eagerly wait to be taken into loving homes, guillotined, and set on fire.
With more than 40 years of experience, Decorator Hardware showers shoppers in a brassy bounty of cabinet knobs and pulls ($5+), as well as door hardware, bath accessories, faucets, and switch plates. Sporting a stylish selection of name-brand manufacturers, the interior aestheticians at Decorator Hardware will help homeowners attain their design vision for homes, offices, or crows' nests. Dress up demure doors with a set of ornate period-brass handles, or install an upstanding towel bar ($40+) to keep linens from cavorting on the ground with crafty ceramic tile. Decorator Hardware also offers modern and minimalist faucets from Jado, soap and tumbler holders from Valli&Valli, and decorative switch-plate covers to cover shy light switches ($6).
With more than 90 years of family-run experience, Lazar's emphasizes function and aesthetics as they help parents-to-be select clothes, bottles, and bedding for their budding bundles of joy. Tour its 9,000-square-foot showroom to equip kiddies with a secure and latex-free Café booster seat ($59.95) or prime pintsize adventurers for their first road trip with a new stroller or Primo Viaggio car seat ($249.99). Lazar's trained staff can also pair parents with all-natural baby accessories, including the Coco organic crib mattress ($399) or brand-name baby furniture from Romina, Munire, Pali, and Bonavita. Lazar also carries an assortment of bath-time accoutrement including the European spa baby tub ($44.95) as well as colorful toys to entertain children in between baths.
Isabella Samovsky fell in love with a salt lamp. Well, not just the lamp, but also the salt-assisted healing it provided. Her love for the salt lamp and its alternative approach to maintaining health inspired her to create Solay Wellness, a center that offers salt-based products and treatments. The Himalayan salt at Solay is harvested from ancient, mineral-rich seabeds, and can be found in hundreds of fair-trade and organic health, beauty, gourmet, pets, and lifestyle products including salt inhalers, natural rubber yoga maps, and soy candles. Solay Wellness also offers an extensive range of fair trade Himalayan salt crystal lamps with UL dimmer cords, which can be shaped like bowls, pyramids, globes, or salt shakers.
At the center’s private salt room, guests can meditate on lounge chairs as they breathe in the salt’s negative ions, which can help to reenergize the body, purify the skin, reduce stress, and alleviate allergy and asthma symptoms. Guests can also take up Tibetan singing-bowl sessions in rooms lined with ancient Himalayan salt blocks. Tiles and loose salt are also on hand to help stimulate pressure points in feet and give children a place to play. In addition to salt-based treatments, the center also offers reflexology and massage. Parking is available across the street, and a train station is nearby.
In 1908, Madison and State became the numerical zero-markers of Chicago’s new street system, making the corner where they intersected the new epicenter of city commerce. On nearby Wabash Avenue, the company jumped into the furniture game the same year, selling home furnishings built by skilled local craftsmen. More than 100 years later, the shop still buzzes with that original energy, connecting customers with the finest home furnishings from more than 50 manufacturers. The fourth-generation family business has migrated from the city center to five suburban locales, where showrooms display gleaming hardwood tables, towering entertainment centers, and elegant leather couches. Along with accent pieces and kid-centric design items, each Toms-Price location also offers special services such as furniture refinishing, reupholstering, and moving help. On-staff interior designers can also lend their eye to design projects, artfully arranging rooms and selecting the color schemes, fabrics, and wax doll heads that best bring out the inner you.