By their own estimation, the photographers, video editors, lighting technicians, and other staff at Chicago-based Complete Music And Video are involved in more than 13,000 weddings each year. They cover five major facets of wedding and event production: Using DSLR cameras, their photographers take a candid, photo-journalistic approach, which allows them to capture intimate details, such as fingers gently touching over a tablecloth, or large-scale ones such as horses bursting out of the wedding cake. Similarly, their videographers can preserve the best moments—or an entire evening—using state-of-the-art HD cameras.
Meanwhile, the DJs work with clients to craft evening announcements as well as toe-tapping playlists. Lighting technicians, on the other hand, use overhead lights, monograms, lighted tables, and other elements to conjure any atmosphere you desire. Additionally, Complete Music And Video will let you and your party guests take memory-capturing into their own hands with enclosed photo booths, each of which contains a selection of playful props.
Loomcraft’s textile experts guide home decorators through a show room of more than 200,000 yards of designer-brand fabrics, and resurrect furniture with their custom labor, reupholstery, and slipcover expertise. Lost shopping carts wander amidst a jungle of striped and floral cotton prints, and velvets and silks try to out-snuggle one another on tightly packed shelves ($10.99+/yd.). Stitch a variety of decorations to use all over the home with housebroken indoor fabrics or rugged outdoor materials strong enough to weather the elements. An array of trim and lining crisply define home-improvement projects, adding a professional edge to re-covered couches or modern tapestries depicting the shape of the Internet.
ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.
Jessica Kaplan Lundevall and Donna Zaidenberg aren't just the owners of Studio Beads—they're also beaders themselves, and passionate about the art of jewelry-making. They can often be spotted around the shop wearing their own wares or jewelry made by other artists, and they help customers create their own wearable masterpieces during a full slate of classes. Beadwork lessons meet once a week, helping students complete a finished piece by the end of the month. Alternatively, specialty workshops—some of which are taught by nationally known instructors—generally last a few hours, and the whole class works on a specific piece. And on Monday afternoons, those in need of a creative fix can stop in for open beading, where they can take advantage of the studio space and talk openly about their deepest, darkest beading fantasies.
Twin sisters and Alpaca Art owners Becky and Brenda helm the cheery studio’s kiln and ready-to-paint bisque objects. Guests of the studio sidle up to an “idea counter” stocked with stamps, stencils, and inspirational booklets before bringing patterns to life on a chosen ceramic. During a weeklong layover in the shop, each personalized curio receives a coat of clear glaze and boards the kiln, becoming immune to the heat of microwaves, dishwashers, and stewardesses who want to put tray tables in their upright and locked positions. The studio also hosts pottery-painting parties for birthdays and other special events and leads summer camps for children and workshops for adults.
Candy-coated shades of pink, lime, and turquoise coax mini mavens into Glamour Girlz, a kids' makeover mecca perched on the upper level of Northbrook Court. Under the supervision of friendly staff, glittery accessories gild little pigtails, earlobes, wrists, and fingers, and mini makeup kits gloss cheeks and lips with color without the need to melt crayons in an Easy-Bake oven. Divas can opt for one-on-one pampering during an individual makeover package, or invite friends for a full-blown party with photo shoots, dress-up sessions, and mock paparazzi interviews about revelers' favorite limo colors.