At Pokey D's Bar-B-Que & Chicago Style Foods, chefs bring together Southern and Midwestern food traditions, serving fall-off-the-bone barbecue alongside polish sausages and hearty italian-beef sandwiches. Smokers slow-cook slabs of ribs at 175 degrees, imparting a juicy tenderness to every mouthful of meat, and homemade sauces deliver savory and spicy flavor to sandwiches and main courses. In addition to chowing down on homey Southern eats, guests sample some of the celebrated fare of the Windy City in meals of veggie-topped chicago-style hot dogs or delectable rib tips.
Since 1988, owner Rita Hall and Cloverdale Florists’ team of professional florists have banded fresh buds into festive bouquets. Roses and tulips pair with hydrangea, lilies, and orchids in a variety of festive arrangements to celebrate occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or teeth cleanings. A selection of potted plants blossom within households, and fruit-and-flower gift baskets combine edible and aesthetic pleasure. The colorful petals of customized bridal bouquets, floral cake decorations, centerpieces, and wedding ceremonial flowers can distract guests from the groom’s drooping toupee.
The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club?where kids aged 8?12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool?to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.
Karen Laing has followed her love for beautification down many paths, including attending school for aesthetician studies, acting as both beauty queen and pageant judge, and her current profession as a permanent-makeup artist. She meticulously draws on individual eyebrow strokes or enhances peepers with permanent eyeliner with the experience that comes not only from her extensive training, but also from having permanent makeup herself. In addition to makeup, Karen also individually bonds synthetic eyelashes to natural ones to create more lush and dramatic blinks, and treats signs of aging with wrinkle-reduction, sunspot-reduction, and other anti-aging therapies.
Cach? helps women turn heads with fun, vibrant outfits that transition easily from day to night. From lifestyle sportswear to cocktail dresses, the national specialty boutique has what women need to look fabulous before, during, and after their 9-to-5. To ensure a personalized shopping experience, stylists stand ready to advise customers in every boutique. Shoppers can even schedule a one-on-one appointment to streamline preparations for a special event.
Though these looks change from season to season, Cach? is known for incorporating bold prints and patterns into everything from floral pants and dresses to animal-print tops. On the flip side, Cach? also maintains an entire collection of LBDs?little black dresses?that fit in just as well at a cocktail party as they do at the office.
Puff's Family Fashions stocks starved closets with brand-name apparel for men, women, and children, all sold at discounted prices. Frugal fashionistas can rummage through designer collections from Kentucky Denim, Zoo York, Lee, Apple Bottoms, Levi's, Sean Jean, and more to find stylish swaddlings for any season or board-game-playing soiree. Snag wardrobe basics such as hoodies, jackets, and jeans from a wide variety of $9.99 clothing items. Meanwhile, higher-end ensemble pieces ($12.99–$19.99) allow for elegant dress-up games without sacrificing the wallets' cherished Andrew Jacksons or Tecumseh Shermans.