All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.
Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.
Our store and workshop are unique in the glass business. We offer a wide variety of handmade products as well as an unequaled collection of glass gifts, mission and arts & crafts furniture, and Tiffany-style lighting. We also offer a wide range of stained glass, mosaic and beadmaking classes.
Viking Ski Shop's educated staff calls upon expertise acquired during four decades in business to outfit powder riders with outdoor accouterments, including custom-fitted boots and body-heat-activated base-layer apparel. Patrons prevent frigid digits with Kombi waterguard gloves ($38), and technologically advanced threads from Hot Chillys ($38) band together in moisture-managing ensembles for men and women. Children stay cozy on the slopes in Spyder speed fleeces ($49), which are crafted from the coats of aerodynamic racing sheep. Killtec Namara men's fleeces ($49) also swaddle torsos in downy warmth and pair with Giro G9 helmets ($99) to protect bodies during snowman rush hour. Both shops are closed on Wednesday.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
Studio Visage pampers clients with a wide-ranging roster of skincare, haircare, tanning, and nail services. Aestheticians beautify nails with Shellac polish, which can last up to two weeks, and stylists create new looks with extensions, Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatments, and hairstyles for men, women, and children.
Now operating out of its warehouse location after a fire claimed its Lincoln Park showroom, Roy's Furniture props up an extensive collection of home furnishings. Knowledgeable staff members guide patrons through a variety of custom-fabric options and upholstery sizes to revamp rooms for adults, children, and subleasing gummi bears. Eco-friendly mattresses, tables, sofas, and other heavy lifts can be delivered to homes or retrieved at the warehouse.