Window-shopping reduces the chances of getting a bag-related paper cut, but increases the chances of ruining windows with oily fingers and frustrated head-butts. Follow through on your desires with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of merchandise, eats, and services at any Brookside Business Association merchant. Redeem this Groupon for your gift certificate at Bank Midwest, open Monday through Saturday.
Brookside's shopping district is a pedestrian paradise teeming with eclectic shops and enticing restaurants touched with old-world charm. A vine-ripened splash of Taurino Salice Salentino from Berbiglia ($13.97/bottle), when combined with a set of Clean Undies tea lights from 5B & Co. Candlemakers ($8.50 for 10), makes for a romantic dinner and renders washing machines useless. The award-winning Avenues Bistro reels in diners with elegant eats such as the lobster ravioli speckled with succulent Maine lobster in a pool of sherry-laced tomato-cream sauce ($21). Picking up where time machines left off, The (New) Dime Store resurrects nostalgic nuggets such as Valomilk candy and Shrinky Dinks, and also traffics in functional housewares, hardware, and deeds to future properties on Neptune. Customers can also use their gift certificate toward services such as a private Pilates session at Pure Pilates ($65).