Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Jump!Zone’s indoor playgrounds envelop kids aged 2–12 in an inflatable world filled with challenging obstacle courses, fun slides, and cardio-boosting bounce houses. While navigating the plush courses under the watchful eyes of air-filled dinosaurs and superheroes, kids burn off extra energy and participate in activities that may help develop motor skills. Jump!Zone’s energetic staff supervises all play as kids climb on pirate ships and trampoline inside princess castles. Specific inflatables may vary by location but often include towering bounce houses shaped like fire trucks or octopi as well as party rooms, games, pizza, soda, and other festive fare. The bouncy center also hosts birthday parties, fundraisers, and special events.
Inspired by their own quest to find locally grown, organic food to serve their kids, Irv and Shelly decided to start their own network of independent farmers and deliver their produce to doorsteps. Drawing on their backgrounds in economic development and nonprofit environmental activities, the two connected with suppliers such as Jack Erisman of Goldmine Farms in Pana, Illinois—where beef has been raised USDA-certified and organic since 1993—and Harmony Valley in Viroqua, Wisconsin, where 30 years of experience is put to work cultivating high-quality vegetables and berries. As Irv and Shelly deliver the yield from their partners, they choose the most efficient route so as to reduce their carbon footprint. This means they can’t promise specific delivery times, but most orders arrive in the afternoon in boxes whose client-customized bounty is kept fresh by ice packs.
For 20 years, the experts at Computer Solutions have been servicing and speeding up the motherboards of devices from Dell, Gateway, Sony, and Toshiba. Well-versed in the minutiae of Windows operating systems, technicians provide proactive 24/7 monitoring, data backup, system tune-ups, and data-recovery solutions. The all-purpose tech company offers free pickup and drop-off within 10 miles of its Chicago and Skokie locations, but levies substantial charges for computers that arrive strapped to the leg of a carrier pigeon.