At its 38 locations, Wireless Communications, a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer, puts clients in touch with the wider world, providing smartphones, accessories, and phone plans. As a Verizon Wireless retailer, each location may stock phones from brands such as Samsung, Apple, LG, and Motorola.
Shas Boutique spruces up wardrobes with stylish designer clothing and jewelry for women, girls, and tweens up to size 14. Shop a selection of kids' brands including Haven Girl, Lipstik Girls, and Little Mass, or adorn necklines with assorted jewelry ($12+) to add sparkle to a new outfit. Girls can perform an impromptu in-store ballet in tutus ($26–$32) or try to wrangle their way into AARP membership by using burnt-out retro T-shirts ($24) as proof of age. Women's shimmering sequined black tops dazzle onlookers ($38), and boys' accident-prone arms find refuge from scrapes, sunburn, and errant tattoos inside long-sleeve cotton shirts by Desigual ($45).
When the recession hit, Sheri Hood responded by founding Our Hands Together: a marketplace that supports local artisans and strengthens their community ties. Inside the store, wares from more than 60 merchants radiate personality from their own booths. Shelves display an eclectic range of media, collecting jewelry and blown glass alongside paintings, handbags, and crocheted pieces. Handmade and utterly unique, many works have been assembled from recycled or repurposed materials, a practice that also inspired the market's Trash-to-Treasure art festival and foster home for used paintbrushes.
Though each artisan brings his or her own vibrant contribution to Our Hands Together, Lake Murray magazine asserts that "the community spirit is its real ambiance." Sheri lets area children and teens rent a plot for their art next to the professionals, and several classes scheduled per month welcome students of all ages to shape their own opera.:m]]
The certified specialists at Wild Birds Unlimited open up an encyclopedia of avian-spotting opportunities in local forest preserves and backyards alike with a stock of bird-watching and bird-feeding accessories that promotes the appreciation and conservation of wildlife. They’ve accumulated more than 30 years’ worth of research and experience, culminating in an impressive array of high-quality birding supplies, some of which boast a lifetime guarantee. The specialists cull regional blends of bird feed that consist of 100% edible seed that’s safe for backyard birds. In addition to vending bird food, bird feeders, birdbaths, and powerful optics equipment, the company disseminates helpful information online about bird feeding, migration, and current top 40 bird song charts.