Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths?such as VersaSpa?or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
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.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling windows in the waiting room at Lift Laser & Body, where a trio of doctors oversees aesthetic treatments powered by cutting edge technology. These procedures range from natural-looking plastic surgery such as tummy tucks and breast enhancements to less invasive procedures. Noninvasive treatments include SkinTyte, which relies on broadband light to get clients firmer and younger looking skin. Lift Laser & Body also offers rejuvenating ProFractional laser treatments for faces that can make patrons look younger, much like not calling a MP3 player “walkman.”
Lighting living rooms for more than 30 years, Littman Bros. stocks stylish wares from more than 200 lighting, furniture, and home-accessory manufacturers, as well as fashionable, energy-saving options. Littman's luminous 10,000-square-foot showroom features an incandescent collection of bathroom, outdoor, under-cabinet, and wall-lighting fixtures, including Trans Globe flush-mount fixtures ($124.20) and rattan table lamps ($82.80). Homeowners can dress domiciles in a fetching and phantom-free Metropolitan chandelier ($1,592), or illuminate outdoor grub-digging sessions with an ornate Dolan wall lantern ($184).
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.