Over her years of training—some under award-winning Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Steven H. Dayan—aesthetician Julie Kline has learned the power a simple skin treatment can do for a person's complexion. At her intimate studio within A Tamara Berry Studio, she calls on enzymes from natural sources to jump-start purification and renewal processes, and she anoints faces with more advanced chemical peels to obliterate the signs of aging. Some of her treatments don't require a single touch: when adjusted to a precise color, her range of light therapies can kill blemish-causing bacteria, boost the production of wrinkle-banishing collagen, or spotlight a talented freckle with Broadway aspirations. Microcurrent facials use painless low-level lasers to firm and tone facial muscles. Julie uses the skincare tools she's assembled to customize her treatments to each client's individual skin issues, whether they involve acne, sun damage, aging, or another aesthetic problem.
Whether updating a kitchen's dated tiles or replacing its Nerf countertops with something sturdier, Builtmore is the one-stop shop where you can find all the materials you'll need. Builtmore's online virtual kitchen lets kitchen remodelers test out color combinations between the backsplash, counter, cabinet, and floor—resulting in far fewer accidental deaths than the store's kitchen holodeck. From there, browse more than 90 colors of granite countertop cut with eight different edges and polished to a mirror-like sheen ($45 per square foot and up), then pick out a sink or floor tile ($1.25 per square foot and up) to match. Builtmore's eponymous line of cabinets comes in five different colors and gives you plenty of apartment units to rent out to pet tarantulas, as do custom Wellborn cabinets, which were featured in HGTV's 2011 Dream Home. Installation fees vary by project; call ahead for a quote.
Glory Years's memory preservationists transfer media from outdated formats onto DVDs. Specializing in sports media, the film gurus ably preserve action shots of any variety, from recordings of last weekend's swim meet to games featuring Mike Ditka, Joe Namath, and other stars before they were famous. An online database of high-school sports, organized by school and coach, help graduates relive favorite games years later and prove once and for all that the mascot and the quarterback were the same person. The shop also transfers heirloom slides to DVD to abolish the need for projectors and converts 8 mm or 16 mm home-movie reels for easy viewing. Glory Years's team can even repair VHS tapes with broken reels before transferring them to DVD.
Swatches boasts more than 1,500 bolts of fabrics, alongside trims, tassels, and hardware drapery from brands such as Kirsch, The Final Company, and Paris Texas Hardware. Before launching textilian makeovers on pillows, couches, or chairs, solicit advice from Swatches' in-house design team of Karyl and Michelle. They can help define your project and steer you toward the appropriate solid or patterned fabrics ($12.99+ per yard). In addition to selling fibrous coverings, Swatches stocks collections of trim ($2+ per yard) and tassels to tame and accent edges of drapes and blinds with magazine-ready elegance.
The two young brothers smile shyly from beneath their caps, their suspenders and bowties slightly askew on their small frames. From behind her camera, Tracy Snyder gently asks the older boy to lean in toward his little brother, and as a mischievous smile breaks across his face, she captures the fleeting grin with the click of a button. A champion of immortalizing moments such as this one, Tracy prides herself on creating essence-capturing portraits thanks to her skill for forging relaxed connections between herself and each of her subjects.
Tracy—a shutterbug with years of experience both behind and in front of the camera—founded Little Rascals Photography as a means of exploring the timeless appeal of old portraits, which is often lost in modern portraiture. This predilection for the past is evidenced in her signature sepia and black-and-white shots that hearken to bygone days, thanks to vintage costuming and careful lighting. Tracy further upholds this old-world approach to photography by hand-tinting her monochromatic shots with pops of color. Her strengths in creating vintage looks also translate to the modern photographing style she uses when taking high-school senior portraits. Each carefully arranged shoot is held either in Tracy’s studio, which houses indoor settings with stairs and windows, or outdoors amid the scenic picket fences and waterfalls found throughout the historic village of Sharon Woods Park.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.