Semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals sparkle from DreamScapes Boutique & Studios’ shelves of jewelry, but its local artisans refuse to conform to any one medium. Some shape clay into pots, others mold wire and gemstones into necklaces, and another group stitches whimsical designs onto children’s clothing. In addition to the boutique’s loot, DreamScapes holds crafting classes, putting the power of jewelry or collage design in its customers’ hands.
Situated on Bangs Lake, Wauconda Boat is a full-service marina with certified and master technicians on staff. In addition to renting out paddleboards, kayaks, and pontoon boats, Wauconda Boat can also supply boat motors, parts, and mermaid repellent.
At Kits Sports Center, children and adults can play basketball, baseball, soccer, or flag football. Youth programs like preschool PE, co-ed dodgeball, floor hockey, kickball, and beginning basketball instill teamwork, discipline, agility, and other skills. Adults can socialize in women's or men's soccer and volleyball programs, or push it to the max during a Flight Athletic Fitness Training workout, which incorporates sprints, drills, and bench-pressing of coaches.
Carole Childers, the founder of All Ways Healthy, is something of a modern day Odysseus. When her two daughters were younger, only alternative therapies could address their childhood health problems—which sent Carole on an epic quest across the city, seeking out specialty stores with her desired products in stock. Nowadays, she strives to make healthy living a little less time-consuming with her natural-food store.
The groceries, organized by dietary lifestyle for speedy shopping, range from gluten-free cupcakes to USDA-certified organic produce. None of the food contains preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, or a hidden side of fries—and for additional information on any food item, shoppers can consult with Carole, who is a licensed dietary nutritionist. To complement the healthy food, the shop also carries skincare and beauty products, none of which were tested on animals.
The chiropractors, exercise therapists and massage therapists that helm each of The Wellness Group's four locations are uniquely qualified to heal what ails you. Whether the pain stems from overexertion, a work-related injury, or a chronic condition such as arthritis, the staffers combine their unique skills to put patients back on the road to a pain-free existence. They can also help patients shed pounds through medically supervised weight loss programs.