The Wehmeier Portraits studio has a warm, family feel to it. And that’s no surprise, given that Rob Wehmeier and his wife Elise run the place. Inside, there is a living room with a leather couch, a baby-changing area, and a selection of beverages and snacks—amenities all designed to make families feel at home on the day of their portrait session. As parents themselves, Rob and Elise understand how short youngsters’ attention spans can be, so they encourage kids to play while they set up the studio. Clients return to the leather couches five–seven days after their session to view projections of their photos.
Rob has been a professional photographer since 1991, and he has knack for arranging subjects into poses, whether it’s directing a large family into a unified group or guiding a solo high-school senior into the shape of a diploma. The Wehmeiers' studio allows for some flexibility, too; it has one whitewashed wall, another wall for patterned backdrops, and a third wall for colored panels. Occasionally, the Wehmeiers haul their camera gear away from the homey studio to photograph weddings and on-location events.
Each Discount Mattress store stocks hundreds of name-brand memory-foam, latex, gel, and pillow-top mattresses, all with prices averaging 50%–75% below retail. Brand-new mattresses from manufacturers such as Stearns & Foster, Spring Air Back Supporter, King Koil, Comfort Solutions, Americana, and Kathy Ireland Collection saturate the showroom floors, offering a variety of firmness levels to suit beds, budgets, and pillow forts of all sizes. Each an experienced sleeper themselves, staff members are well-suited to assist customers in their quest for sounder slumber, and each purchase is backed by a 110% price guarantee should the same mattress appear somewhere else for less. In addition to supporting spines, Discount Mattress helps buttress the Illinois economy by selling mattresses that are made locally, and caters to busy schedules by offering same-day delivery to homes from the western suburbs to downtown Chicago.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
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.
Stocked with traditional and contemporary furniture styles for every space, Darvin Furniture's 130,000-square-foot showroom contains an expansive selection of sofas, beds, desks, and tables. Outfit your living room with a recliner by Lane Furniture ($299) and a 99-inch casual contemporary sofa ($749), or beautify your dining room with a five-piece casual dining room set ($499+), ideal for your family's annual watermelon-eating contest. Other items include a 100% leather sofa ($899) and a multi-faceted Broyhill queen platform bed ($499). Meanwhile, bed frames can be accessorized and blanket forts can be strengthened with mattresses from top-quality brands including Simmons, Serta, and Sealy.
The staff at Chicago Mattress Outlet is determined to prevent people from paying too much for a good night's sleep. The mattresses come only from respected brands such as Serta, Simmons, and Tempur-pedic, but they make their way to the spacious showrooms in a variety of ways. Many are overstock pieces, meaning that they're sourced from stores that either bought too many or didn't notice when the mattresses they already owned decided to pair off and multiply. Others are discontinued models, while others are sold in mismatched sets or have cosmetic irregularities.
To empower their customers, staff at Chicago Mattress Outlet have drafted a buying guide. Above all, they recognize the importance of really getting to know the surface where you'll spend a third of your day, suggesting customers do things such as lie down for ten minutes on a potential purchase and try out different models in order from firmest to softest. They also roam the sales floor—not to try to push more-expensive products, but to guide customers through their recommended three-step fitting process.