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.
Erehwon Mountain Outfitter equips adventurers for hiking, camping, and other outdoor pursuits with a vast stock of sporting equipment and clothing from international brands such as The North Face and Columbia. Torsos stay dry while wearing the men's Capilene 1 silk-weight stretch T-shirt from Patagonia ($29), made of a quick-wicking fabric designed to keep skin comfortably arid. Climb and stride in comfort with the women’s Merrell W’s moad ventilator summer hiking shoes, which protect feet with leather straps and a light mesh that increases breathability more than bulky Scuba insoles ($85). The Klean Kanteen Classic lubricates parched throats during all-day expeditions with a 40-ounce stainless steel interior and a cap that proffer fresh water free of BPA and other harmful toxins ($27.95). The Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2 ($212) warm-weather tent connects up to three campers with the wilderness via a convertible-roof window perfect for nighttime stargazing or daytime cloud-calling.
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.