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.
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.
In the summer of 1989, Neil Rubenstein took a detour while on a family road trip. His two sons wanted to visit Ann Arbor to buy University of Michigan apparel, even though the city was out of their way. The side-trip made Neil realize that there were probably a lot of parents and fans in a similar situation?they wanted official apparel, but found the trek to college campuses difficult to make.
Within a year, Neil had solved the problem by founding Campus Colors. By contracting with the same companies that provided merchandise to schools, he could offer authentic items off-site. Today, Campus Colors has opened multiple Chicago-area locations stocking wares from more than 200 colleges and universities, as well as professional sports teams. The inventory includes hoodies, T-shirts, shorts, and more than 1,000 novelty items, such as bumper stickers and, presumably, real leprechauns.
PC Smart Bar's experienced computer technicians breathe new life into failing electronics without shipping them to out-of-town depots. When customers bring their nonworking, sluggish, or infected computers to PC Smart Bar, staff technicians diagnose and repair them in-house, reducing both service costs and the time needed to complete the job. They also carry a selection of electronics accessories that boost system performance, including memory cards that store hundreds of photos and computer cords that free laptops from their gas-generator dependence. Staff members can also aid businesses in updating their practices by presenting them with Google App packages that streamline services, minimize maintenance, and reduce costs.
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.
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.