Candy-coated shades of pink, lime, and turquoise coax mini mavens into Glamour Girlz, a kids' makeover mecca perched on the upper level of Northbrook Court. Under the supervision of friendly staff, glittery accessories gild little pigtails, earlobes, wrists, and fingers, and mini makeup kits gloss cheeks and lips with color without the need to melt crayons in an Easy-Bake oven. Divas can opt for one-on-one pampering during an individual makeover package, or invite friends for a full-blown party with photo shoots, dress-up sessions, and mock paparazzi interviews about revelers' favorite limo colors.
StrengthTime's calculated approach to training emphasizes measured, low-speed movements on top-of-the-line, immaculately maintained MedX equipment. Under the tutelage of the gym's certified instructors, people forge muscle, improve cardiac health, and melt calories during a personalized workout as potent as homemade schnapps. The gym's trainers, who receive ongoing education, record and adjust the resistance and number of reps in each meeting, allowing them to target specific muscle groups with the optimal level of intensity. This precise, deliberate approach provides a high level of customization and prevents injuries associated with more hazardous workouts, such as bench-pressing a Komodo dragon.
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.
An independent in the retail jewelry game since 1960, Smart Jewelers provides authorized sales and service for such luxury timepiece brands as Ebel, Victorinox Swiss Army, and ESQ by Movado. Keep personal timepieces in ticking order with a lifetime supply of battery changes. Bring wristwatches or grandfather clocks shackled to the ankle to sure handed jeweler—on-premises Mondays through Saturdays—for a shot of life-giving juice. Smart Jewelers' patrons enjoy complimentary parking, provided they give the time of day to the befuddled passersby who each guard parking space.
On the outside, Quilter's Heaven appears to be another stately old home in Northbrook, IL, but the inside is dedicated to everything quilting and sewing. Filled with 2,700 bolts of fabric, a full notions wall, patterns, books, kits, and a Gammill long-arm machine, the store carries everything for the novice to experienced quilter.