Now in its third generation, Dressel’s Do It Best Hardware’s managing family decks its shelves with hardware for any project, complemented by knowledgeable service. The friendly and knowledgeable staff shepherds do-it-themselfers through a 70,000-item store inventory, plus a further 8 million parts for home electronics and lawn and garden equipment available via the store’s partnership with Partscription. Holiday items abound in the shop, including holiday-light sets ($2.49+) to festoon homes in a festive glow and a replica of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree ($14.99) that induces festive nostalgia and shelters gifts from fake snowfall.
Thirty years ago, Jim Brussock started planting Scotch pines on a small stretch of his Wisconsin hunting land. Since then, this small thicket has grown into a 200-acre expanse that sprouts fresh Balsam and Fraser Firs. Trees are cut as late in the season as possible, ensuring that they remain a beacon of brightness and light as the holiday causes people to cry into pans of stuffing. Though Jim and his team procure only the top 5% of their trees for sale, any customer unsatisfied with their purchase can return these or the farm’s selection of wreaths and garland for a full refund anytime before Christmas. A free disposal bag is included with each shipment, meaning customers needn’t dump their naked tree out into the cold.
The staff at The Holistic BodyLab works to maintain long-term health with natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments. Led by in-house medical director, Dr. Joseph Maides, and natural medicine doctor, Kevin Gill, they blend spa treatments, such as facials, with holistic treatments, such as massage, in order to revivify bodies both inside and out. This mix of modern medicine and age-old spa treatments aims to both soothe and heal, just like all those old lullabies about mockingbirds curing babies' tension headaches.
Elite Rehab Institute’s chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and physical therapists may not share the same specialties, but they all have one thing in common: a belief in the efficacy of holistic medicine. At each of the clinic’s six locations, staffers work together to relieve aches and pains caused by conditions such as stress, asthma, and arthritis. Their multidisciplinary approach ensures care from multiple doctors at a decreased cost as well as access to advanced treatments. Chief among these treatments are active-release technique—a soft-tissue massage that relieves pain in overused muscles—and the four-step ideal-protein weight-loss program, which helps shed pounds by stabilizing blood sugars and injecting muscles with daily shots of helium.
When you see a person walk into a restaurant wearing a horned helmet and long golden braids, it might mean you switched your pills with the dog's again, or it might just be an opera singer. OperaGram.com brings joy to people's special occasions through singing telegrams performed by a talented opera singer. The performer can belt out tunes in many languages such as English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German.
Founder of OperGram.com, Rose Guccione, is an award-winning professional opera singer and stage actress with a long list of accolades. She is the Grand Prize winner of the Barnett Foundation voice competition and recipient of the Gina Monastero award. Her singing telegrams have been featured on NBC5, WLS Radio, and the Chicago Tribune, and she has performed the roles of Béatrice in the opera Béatrice et Bénédict, Cinderella's Stepmother in Into the Woods, and Aida in Aida—for which she was called "the genuine article of Verdi singers" in the Chicago Tribune's Critic's Choice awards. Though she helms the tuneage behind OperaGram.com, she remains an active opera performer at Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theater.
With the help of Bespoke Photobooths, cheek-to-cheek smiles, fish faces, and festive smooches are captured instantly, allowing them to be splayed across refrigerators and photo books as mementos of happy gatherings. Suit-garbed attendants stand by and welcome up to six guests into the spacious photo booths, where partygoers can don an array of novelty props and pose before an LCD screen. Immediately following the camera flash, the booths kick out strips of color or black-and-white photos, with borders bearing custom text or dates marking weddings, birthday parties, and obedience-school reunions. The company can also arrange keepsakes such as photo books and DVDs for the hosts as a permanent reminder of their special day.
Chicago Fireplace & Chimney Co. performs cleanings, maintenance, and repairs on chimneys throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Technicians certified by the National Fireplace Institute ensure the safety and proper function of chimneys by thoroughly removing silt and grime, performing camera inspections to search for clogs or restrictions, and perform tuckpointing and masonry repairs on damaged or broken chimneys. In addition, they sell and install everything from glass chimney doors and fans to gas logs, and renovate and restore old chimneys and fireplaces.