At Back to Bed's South Loop location, manager Kip Wilkinson puts customers at ease with a friendly attitude, helping them find a bed that fits their individual needs and budget. The experienced delivery staff also sets up new beds and removes old ones, with a variety of delivery options available. At the show room, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses await rigorous testing, and the sleep-savvy employees help shoppers determine if they're more suited to a firm or soft mattress or to creamy or chunky peanut butter. Aside from a wide selection of mattress types and brands, Back to Bed also offers accessories such as ergonomic memory foam pillows.
Owned by a friendly family of flora lovers, Olde Schaumburg Flowers creates memorable floral arrangements for special occasions and everyday expressions of gratitude. The shop flaunts its bloom-chopping chops for each florist-designed bouquet ($39.99+), drawing from two decades of experience, a collection of the season's most stunning specimens, and a supply of fresh flowers that arrive daily. Shoppers can treat birthday girls to pink Poetry corsages, made of heather and orchids ($25.99), or can convey sympathy with a Warm Embrace bouquet of white calla lilies and blushing roses ($94.99+). Snag an FTD Festival of Color vase ($59.99+) to announce new love more boldly than a pack of tuba-playing elephants.
Walter E. Smithe's huge showrooms contain more than 500 collections of high-quality designer furniture and home accessories, stocking brands including Drexel Heritage, Nourison, Hancock and Moore, and Bradington-Young. Fill a brass-trimmed vase ($119) with flowers, pencils, or wishes, or keep winter moisture stylishly contained in a hand-painted umbrella stand ($99). Walter E. Smithe's selection of four-legged pieces includes an Ontario end table ($299) and a Louise chair ($599). Most products come with impressive warranties, including a 10-year guarantee for every cushion on the comfy Kayla sofa ($1,749).
MultiStone Countertops garbs kitchens in a wide selection of speckled stones. With today's Groupon, homeowners can invite their knowledgeable staff into homes to ask questions about each mineral's durability, color, and mouthfeel. Adopt 30 square feet of level-one granite ($35–$45/sq. ft.) or 55 square feet of rare level-three granite to cap a mid-size kitchen's cabinetry with complexly colored swirls ($2,200 with installation). Marble or Zodiaq and Caesarstone quartz are also available and usually take under a week to complete a job from measurement to installation. After installation, all countertops are topped with Stain-Pro of sealant to protect them against grease, grubbiness, and late night pig-outs.