At Küle, designer quality meets reasonably priced, accessible styles. Modish wares are available in sizes ranging from 0 to 24. The friendly staff works to accommodate every customer's needs, from finding the best-fitting jeans to selecting the ideal handbags, which, despite their name, are not really meant to store surplus mannequin fists.
The staff at LXXI boutique doesn't believe in saving style for special occasions. The shop’s eye-catching pieces add flair to everyday wardrobes, with a focus on providing casualwear and plenty of items to layer. Boots, sandals, and intricate belts polish off ensembles forged from piles of shirts, sweaters, and jeans folded on nearby tables. Handmade jewelry dangles from displays, and Circle E candles line shelves, waiting to freshen up homes, offices, and mothball factories. Shoppers cultivate their looks amidst the boutique's bold primary colors, track lighting, and pop art.
Guestroom Records is an independent shop owned by Justin Sowers and Travis Searle, who donated their personal record collections for the store's original inventory. Stacked in intimate racks, the albums soon began multiplying, as Guestroom's selection grew to include thousands of LPs ($1–$8 used, $14–$22 new), and CDs ($5–$8 used, $10–$16 new) in two locations. Both stores offer ample opportunity for perusal of racks stuffed with new releases such as Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, and more than 1,000 used records available for $1. Like any good record store, Guestroom employs record-store clerks, who can nonjudgmentally help you find the new release by an American Idol runner-up, or suggest one of their favorites.
Heartstring unleashes an avalanche of precious and semiprecious natural stones, seed beads, tools, and wire from which crafty fingers can fashion vibrant DIY jewelry. Enticingly draped 12-inch strands of colored-glass lampwork beads ($11) and shiny 6-millimeter Czech Crystals ($3) beg to be selected for a project, as do a large selection of individual beads ($1 each) in a hodgepodge of sizes and materials. A range of Beadalon supplies, tools, and wires delivers the framework for hoisting beautiful creations.
Packed to the rafters with a variety of needles, pattern books, and standard and specialty yarns, L & B Yarn Co. outfits all manner of crocheting or purling endeavors. Sort through the substantial stock of skeins, hanks, and balls sorted by color and displayed in a spectrum of plush, creative potential to find a specimen to bat around in feline-channeling glee ($3.50–$62 per ball). Patterns ($3.50+) help needle-clickers master tricky techniques, and they guide thread-wielders through the 11 steps necessary to craft a formal cable-knit unitard. Tame unruly threads into purring stitch lines with an assortment of needles that give hands the agility of a professional soap juggler ($8–$15). Today’s Groupon can also be used toward the cost of a fun and friendly class ($21 for beginner level), helmed by instructors so skilled that they can craft circle washcloths while other people sleep.
Take Five's talented stylists have been serving up beautiful platters of hairstyle since 1993 from their salon near the University of Oklahoma. Their scissors have dipped into the head-threads of folks from every imaginable walk of life, be they style-fixated fashionistas or befuddled Flubber-inventing professors. Once they've gotten your noodle-nest moist and tender with the help of top-of-the-line Aveda-brand products, Take Five will carve the locks of lords, ladies, and ladies' men into a new look that swivels necks and fatally distracts bomb defusers.
FansEdge bestows sports enthusiasts with a selection of more than one million officially licensed NCAA, NFL, NBA, and NFL products to proclaim team loyalty. Cubs fans can brandish a personalized jersey ($99.99), and time-displaced youth can bask in the familiar glow of a Baltimore Colts Johnny Unitas T-shirt, emblazoned with an original logo ($21.99). Bulls fanatics can enshrine their laptops in bold Chicago colors inside a 15-inch laptop sleeve ($39.99) or seat a workplace mouse atop a Bulls graphic mousepad ($9.99). Not content to outfit people and electronics alone, FansEdge also carries a selection of mantelpiece collectibles, including signed football helmets and the costumes of retired mascots.