Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding, skis, and ice skates. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups, and even sharpen skates or wax snowboards. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Adi Mor opened the first Garden Fresh Market in 1980, selling fresh produce from a 1,000-square-foot lot in Skokie, which he would stock by taking 2 a.m. trips to Chicago's South Water market. Today, Garden Fresh Market sprawls over six suburban locations, where fresh produce from apples to zucchinis is still procured daily.
Grocery items range from fresh meat from Midwest famers to a wide selection of ethnic foods and national brands. The deli slices meats and cheeses both domestic and imported, and house-made seasonal salads and main courses make bringing dinner home easier than stealing it from a neighbor's windowsill. Many of the market's online recipes have even made it onto NBC5, giving its cooks their share of 15 minutes of fame.
Using thorough, residue-free cleaning techniques, White Glove Cleaning and Restoration's insured cleaners descend upon homes to relieve them of dust, dirt, and grime. Owners Mandi and Derek's team of spick-and-span savants pummels dirt on carpets, upholstery, tile, air ducts, and dryer vents. In accordance with White Glove Cleaning and Restoration's satisfaction guarantee, cleaners tenaciously scrub homes until each room glistens to customers' expectations, or until grout sparkles bright enough to disorient migrating geese.
Illinois Air Duct Cleaning enhances the health of households and commercial buildings by eliminating unwanted impurities lingering in air-circulating systems. During vent-cleaning treatments, specialists approach each register with negative-pressure technology that loosens and removes stubborn buildup and stalactite formations clogging up duct systems. A washing allows the moving parts in heating and cooling systems to function properly and efficiently without dirt and bacteria slowing them down.
For the past 15 years, financial expert Vlad Karpel has honed the Tradespoon platform into a daily stock-pick service that helps members take advantage of high-return trade opportunities. Underneath the user-friendly interface lies a well-oiled machine of statistical analysis and sophisticated algorithms that help determine the daily and weekly stock, option, and option-spread picks.?Tradespoon also provides members with buy and sell recommendations, stock-market training webinars, and a virtual trading platform that allows members to practice trading without?worrying about taking a mortgage out on the tree house.
Chaos to Order's team of tidiers helps clients reclaim personal space by organizing cluttered homes and offices. A neatness ninja leads the three-hour session, taking an initial assessment, outlining goals, and formulating a customized attack on unruly areas. Corralling closets and making shelves shipshape, they advise clients on optimal use of storage space and how to best arrange a collection of WKRP in Cincinnati figurines. A next day follow-up checks on progress, recommends supplies, and applauds disposal of bales of junk mail.