Like a good relationship or a flower with a fertilizer addiction, Shador is growing. The staff of sugaring experts and aestheticians recently migrated to a new space, which has meant an upgrade in facilities and the ability to offer massages. Each service, from botanically based detoxifying body wraps to custom facials, helps to beautify and relax clients. For hair removal, the staff eschews the discomfort of hot wax in favor of a natural sugaring serum that pulls hair out in the direction of growth, and favored strands are magnified through the individual application of synthetic or mink eyelash extensions.
To take the effort out of hauling home a holiday tree, TreeME selects healthy fir trees from a local family farm and delivers them to local homes. TreeME offers a wide variety of tree heights from five to nine feet, so patrons can choose the correct size tree for their home, office, or submarine. Once they receive their tree, customers can trim it with holiday decorations and lights to create a festive atmosphere complemented by the pleasing scent of evergreen forest.
When to Go: Cafe Flora is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Stop in during the day to enjoy the airy glass-enclosed atrium, or take a seat at dinner in the cheerful, art-filled dining room.
Awards and Acclaim
Pot de crème: a French dessert with a custard-like consistency, traditionally served in a porcelain cups.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse gently worn women’s merchandise from the likes of Banana Republic, Nine West, and Chanel at Fury (2810 E Madison Street).
After: Sip on a cocktail or beer at The Bottleneck Lounge (2328 E Madison Street).
Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.