Despite its rustic name, Liquor Barn purveys a wide array of sophisticated libations. Its shelves span continents with their stock—wines hail from Europe, South America, and Australia, and more than 2,000 domestic and imported beers appease hops aficionados. As for spirits, the store carries a mix of popular brands—Bacardi and Smirnoff among them—and exclusive collectibles, such as the cask-matured Auchentoshan 1975 limited-release bourbon, 1 of only 500 bottles ever produced. These coveted pieces display craftsmanship both inside and outside their containers. Tequila bottles, for example, might resemble painted skulls or ceramic cacti, instead of traditional flasks.
The staff facilitates purchases with onsite expertise. Each of the two Liquor Barn locations boasts specialists on certain types of drinks, from cognacs to craft beers. During social events, they showcase their know-how by leading pairing dinners, weekly free tastings, and cooking demonstrations along with special guests. Employees needn't be in the store to furnish parties, either: they can ferry drinks to nearby locales in a fleet of delivery trucks powered by popping champagne corks.
Chicago Jewelry and Lapidary School's instructors have had their work shown in galleries around the world. These acclaimed artists put their experience and passion to use by equipping students with the tools and know-how to create their own art. From courses on forging rings to constructing bead sculptures, the class schedule offers a wide array of creative outlets for the curious crafter or surreptitious bead thief. After class, students can post their masterpieces in the virtual art gallery or peruse the online boutique’s selection of healthy teas, essential oils, and chi-aligning crystals.
Verizon - Mobile Generation retail centers have expanded as rapidly as an onion in bloom while unloading a spectrum of cellular devices and services from one of America's largest mobile networks. Knowledgeable staffers can help patrons set up tailored service plans or pilot them through the wilderness of home and car chargers. Interactive showrooms chirp as customers test-drive basic cell phones and smartphones, and the store's vast inventory of phone covers offers protection to devices used to call Adrian long distance from the boxing ring.
ARC Performance doesn't cut corners when it comes to sports training. Its vast facility is the sports-equivalent of Wonka's chocolate factory, with 20 yards of indoor turf, a mondo track, and NFL-ready run rockets to build explosive power and speed. Olympic-quality weights and weight-training machines round out the gym's muscle-building arsenal, and the staff of expert trainers uses each piece of equipment to help their clientele reach their peak potential during group or individual training sessions. The workouts, designed around functional power, increase sports-related conditioning and help prevent injury. The gym's other services include therapeutic massage and highly custom training for specific sports, including staring contests with goldfish.