Neel Threadz Spa’s technicians are well versed in ancient Eastern beauty practices. Their nimble fingers sculpt brows using a centuries old threading technique, removing unwanted hair follicles more gently than waxing methods and more efficiently than hammering each hair back in with a hammer. The technicians also extend their expertise to henna tattoo services, adorning skin with intricate designs in temporary ink.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
Protect-A-Bed's basic mattress protector ($29.99–$49.99) is a machine-washable fitted sheet that defends vulnerable nostrils against dust mites and allergens, treating ticklish noses to good-night sleeps and fewer sniffles. Its breathable and waterproof Miracle Membrane keeps mattresses clean while allowing air to circulate, reducing the occurrence of nightmares set inside saunas and active volcanoes. For extra protection, try AllerZip terry mattress encasements ($119.99–$179.99) that include patented three-sided BugLock zippers, which create an impenetrable barrier between slumbering sleepers and bedbugs, allergens, and deceivingly adorable dust bunnies.
Back to Bed is a trusted source for sound sleep, growing from a single store in 2000 to a mattress empire with more than 45 locations across the Chicagoland area. Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses await rigorous testing at each of their show rooms, where sleep-savvy employees can help shoppers determine if they're more suited to a firm or soft mattress or to creamy or chunky peanut butter. Back to Bed also induces relaxation in a nonhorizontal form with a selection of plush massage recliners and Human Touch's Perfect Chair, which cradles bodies in a muscularly neutral position.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.