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.
For more than 60 years, Fuller’s Carwash, Detail & Lube Center has offered asylum to dirty and run-down cars. During a full-service wash, the staff takes up soft cloths to rid frames of road residue, wiping down the interior and kick-starting a vacuum to suck up carpet crumbs and dog hair before they fuse together and form a neo-dog. The shop's technicians can also slicken a car's innards with up to 5 quarts of oil and a filter, then top off fluids, inflate tires, and putter their way around the automobile, casting suspicious glances at various parts of the car during a 19-point visual inspection.
Inside Briolette Beads & More, hardwood floors and walls lined with multicolored glass beads and beading supplies envelop customers perusing DIY materials or embarking on jewelry-making classes. Under the tutelage of experienced teachers, hands-on sessions abound, from metal smithing to stringing to wire working—in which students twist government surveillance materials into rings and pendants. The brightly hued party room's](http://gr.pn/w7ZafC) neon-green walls are decked in a vibrantly painted peacock and flowers, inspiring revelers as they fashion myriad beaded items, and Thursday evenings boast crafty diva night, during which participants can finish new or existing projects in the company of other crafters.
In the same year that Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was published and California celebrated its official admission as a state, Hinsdale Nurseries sold its first tree. Since opening its doors in 1850, the family-run nursery—now under the helm of a third generation of green thumbs—has upheld its dedication to fostering hardy and beautiful gardens in the oft-extreme climes of the Midwest region, thanks to the staff’s exhaustive knowledge of area growing conditions. These plant enthusiasts coax trees, ornamentals, and perennials from 550 acres of earth in Plano before trucking the verdant bounty to their Willowbrook store for purchase. Hinsdale Nurseries also beautifies green spaces via landscaping services ranging from year-round yard maintenance to pruning backyard labyrinths and shaving their minotaurs.
Thirty years ago, Jim Brussock started planting Scotch pines on a small stretch of his Wisconsin hunting land. Since then, this small thicket has grown into a 200-acre expanse that sprouts fresh Balsam and Fraser Firs. Trees are cut as late in the season as possible, ensuring that they remain a beacon of brightness and light as the holiday causes people to cry into pans of stuffing. Though Jim and his team procure only the top 5% of their trees for sale, any customer unsatisfied with their purchase can return these or the farm’s selection of wreaths and garland for a full refund anytime before Christmas. A free disposal bag is included with each shipment, meaning customers needn’t dump their naked tree out into the cold.
Now operating out of its warehouse location after a fire claimed its Lincoln Park showroom, Roy's Furniture props up an extensive collection of home furnishings. Knowledgeable staff members guide patrons through a variety of custom-fabric options and upholstery sizes to revamp rooms for adults, children, and subleasing gummi bears. Eco-friendly mattresses, tables, sofas, and other heavy lifts can be delivered to homes or retrieved at the warehouse.