At Belle Handbags, Shoes and Accessories, chic women's adornments from brands such as Rioni and LYDC London pack the shelves, earning praise from City's Best in 2011. Patrons root through jewelry, hair accessories, and wallets, finding treasures such as shimmering necklaces that accentuate elegantly poised formal heels or their more casual flat brethren. Alternatively, awe-invoking handbags comfortably hide makeup and spare red noses for spontaneous circus performances.
Within this Paul Mitchell salon, stylists keep up to date with the latest trends. They repair damage with the Awapuhi Wild Ginger treatment, which uses keratin proteins to hydrate and strengthen hair. In addition to adorning crowns with flattering coifs, the staff turns their attention to improving skin with custom facials and waxing treatments.
Whether you've come for a specific hard-to-find pinot from a small family vineyard or to peruse the impressive selection for inspiration, the professional staff at Bella Vino can answer any of your wine-related wine questions and admirably tolerate unrelated whines. Bella Vino carries more than 1,000 varieties of wine, ensuring that no oenophile will be left behind when it comes to taste. The specialty selection is impeccable, so if you are an accomplished aficionado of grape bloods, stroll confidently up to the counter and ask the merchants for the current market values of some of the best wine available. If you'd rather peruse the inventory for yourself, you'll encounter bottles of liquid treasure such as Redtree pinot noir ($12.95), Three Clicks sauvignon blanc ($19.95), Cucao chardonnay ($14.95), and Sole Luna Red ($14.95).
Family Music Centers bolsters beginning Bachs with supportive and nurturing tutelage in a wide variety of melodious mechanisms. One of more than 50 qualified music masters will lend their skill and experience to enhancing your harmonious abilities, in one of their more than 20 private studios. Bring a guitar, saxophone, flute, or collection of wet-rimmed glassware to understand the scales and subtleties held within. Four consecutive weeks of classes will lay a solid base to build upon, until eventually you're ready to perform “Three Blind Mice” with the New York Philharmonic. Family Music Centers provides pianos for potential key mashers, while other instruments can be rented at the center for an additional fee.
Thanks in part to Miracle on 34th Street, the classic Christmas film, and its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's has been immortalized in the minds of generations of Americans. It's hard to imagine that Macy's was once a small storefront operation founded by a businessman whose previous stores had failed. But success was just around the corner.
Eleven dollars and six cents. That was the total of first-day sales when Macy's opened its doors in 1858. Of course, at that time, it wasn't a retail superpower—it was a small dry-goods store on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Before founding that little shop, Rowland Hussey Macy had suffered several failed retail ventures. This time, things would turn out differently.
By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store, spreading its way into the ground spaces of 11 adjacent buildings. Just about 25 years later, the store had outgrown even those expanded confines, so the company moved to its iconic Herald Square location on Broadway and 34th Street. There, Macy's began to attract shoppers from the rest of the country and the world. This location also saw the store become a major part of American holidays, especially in 1924, when immigrant employees wrangled the city's packs of stray floats and organized the first annual Macy's Parade.
Today, Macy's boasts 850 locations across 45 states and US territories. A far cry from that initial dry-goods shop, the modern-day stores carry everything from clothing and shoes to furniture and electronics. Though it is now headquartered in Cincinnati, the company's flagship store in Herald Square still attracts throngs of customers from all corners of the globe. The same can be said for the Macy's website, which is one of the most visited retail destinations on the Internet.
“Japonais is a culinary experience that blends immense enjoyment with sturdy savoir faire,” declared former Chicago Sun-Times food critic Pat Bruno, writing of the sleek Asian eatery near the edge of the Chicago River. While one coexecutive chef, Jun Ichikawa, lends his expertise to the sushi side of the restaurant’s menu, the other, Gene Kato, designs its selection of hot plates. Together, they churn out traditional and modern dishes—such as the house-specialty Kobe prime rib and Le Quack Japonais, a house-smoked duck slathered in hoisin sauce and mango chutney—whose appeal led Condé Nast to name their establishment one of the top 66 restaurants in the world. Ingredients from both surf and turf star at the sushi bar, which serves options such as spicy king-crab nigiri and a Crazy Veggie roll that insists on wearing its lab coat and goggles at all times. As selections emerge from the kitchen, says Bruno, “the presentations … are elegant … the shapes and swoops of the plates are a feast for the eyes.” The two dining rooms at Japonais meld industrial Japanese design with a touch of European richness. Squares of gold velvet frame an oversize mirror that hangs over the Red Room, the restaurant’s more formal dining space. Across the hall, the Green Room’s slate-and-brick fireplace and whimsical tree centerpieces that occasionally don sweatpants add to its more relaxed atmosphere. Wavy ceiling panels and Lucite chandeliers accentuate the high ceilings that unite the two spaces, hanging over a staircase that leads downstairs to the riverwalk café. There, sheer drapery panels frame views of the Chicago River for those seated on pillow-laden couches and chairs. As they lounge, guests can sip specialty cocktails or enlist the top-shelf liquors to help them win gargling contests against the river.