Inside Briolette Beads & More, hardwood floors and walls lined with multicolored glass beads and beading supplies envelop customers perusing DIY materials or embarking on jewelry-making classes. Under the tutelage of experienced teachers, hands-on sessions abound, from metal smithing to stringing to wire working—in which students twist government surveillance materials into rings and pendants. The brightly hued party room's](http://gr.pn/w7ZafC) neon-green walls are decked in a vibrantly painted peacock and flowers, inspiring revelers as they fashion myriad beaded items, and Thursday evenings boast crafty diva night, during which participants can finish new or existing projects in the company of other crafters.
Larger Than Life specializes in wall art that combines modern materials with state-of-the-art digital-production technologies. With today's Groupon, you'll receive one of its panoramic wall murals, 48 inches by 12 inches in size. Browse the selection of city- and landscapes and order online. Keep it local with a shot of the Museum of Art's classical architecture or the Swann Memorial Fountain, or roam far away with a sweeping shot of a dewy, cobbled Paris street at dawn. Hop in a convenient TARDIS and travel to ancient times with shots of the Pyramids at Giza, or go to the temple ruins in Machu Picchu. Tropical and mountain scenes are also available, along with fields of vividly red tulips and a diner on Route 66. Think not on frames or complicated mounting procedures; all murals are printed on fabric paper and designed to adhere to any kind of wall material, all without leaving residue or damaging the underlying surface. If a band of renegade apiarists is dangerously close to discovering the galvanized-steel hive stocked with superbees in your neighbor's backyard, and you need to leave town, simply peel the mural and go; it's safe to remove and reapply numerous times.
With pieces that have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, hung in the White House, and chosen by Oprah to bestow upon Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to celebrate their joint invention of the cotton gin, Sticks and Stones has made one-of-a-kind art ubiquitous. The company's master photographers have compiled a gallery of black-and-white art photographs depicting natural and structural images that represent each letter of the alphabet, which customers can peruse to craft a framed heirloom up to 14 letters long. Once finished, a panel of judges approves the message masterpiece, which, regardless of semiotic weight, gets framed and shipped. Lauded by numerous other celebrity and media outlets, these letter-based and individually tailored decor concoctions make ideal housewarming, wedding, and new-baby gifts.
In 1962, Val Camilletti began working at Capitol Records, which was ushering in a new era of music, led by The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Ten years later, she opened her own retail record shop, which has spent 40 years distributing eclectic sounds to listeners who, Val says, "are tired of shopping for music in refrigerator stores."
At Val's, you'll find vinyl records lined up in tidy rows and rock posters on the walls. Its expansive, rotating stock features several musical genres and spotlights burgeoning local artists. Knowledgeable staff can also help customers hunt down rare issues, imports, or B-sides. If a record is not in the store inventory, Val's can order it within 24 to 48 hours, depending on how fast they can wake up Keith Richards.
The Book Table is an independently-owned-and-operated bookshop that's been serving Oak Park for the past seven years. The brain baby of husband-and-wife team Jason and Rachel, the store gives literature lovers everything they might desire, from quality used books and publishers' overstock to the newest releases at discount prices. Satisfy an urge for popular fiction and bees with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest ($20.95, hardcover), the latest installment in the bestselling Millennium Trilogy, or shoot over to the obscure olio with Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever ($10.95), a short story collection by Justin Taylor. There is also a plentiful stock of paperback editions of well-loved classics, such as Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe, as well as new graphic novel adaptations of those same literary landmarks ($7.99–$9.50). Whatever's peaking, compressing, or causing your curiosity to break out in hives, you'll find something to scratch the itch on The Book Table's numerous shelves.
Prodigy Glassworks, INC. is located in the heart of the Oak Park Arts District at 207 Harrison St. Oak Park, Il 60304. Our location features a fine art gallery that offers unique hand-blown and fused glass pieces made by local artists and a glass blowing studio on the premises. We are conveniently located steps away from