Twenty-six years ago, working mother Karen Scott had a light-bulb moment. She envisioned a one-stop children's clothing, toy, and furniture emporium. Karen and her husband set up shop in their garage, connecting new moms and dads to high-quality baby clothes, nursery furniture, and educational toys. They meticulously researched products before creating their own catalogue, and as a result watched their enterprise blossom into a lucrative online business. Today, One Step Ahead employs their own in-house design team responsible for exclusive labels of kidswear such as Cozy Cub winter wear Sun Smarties swimwear and summer gear.
Regular meetings with a Parents' Panel keep One Step Ahead designers in touch with the needs of modern parents. Seeking out their input has led the design team to create products such as a fleece-lined car seat for comfortably toting a baby in cold weather and a hanging closet organizer for managing a child's superhero identities.
Employing 33 years of experience in tuning and restoring pianos, Mark Brown transforms dull-sounding ivories into pitch-perfect sound dispensers. Brown's expertise has gained him a solid client base, which has included renowned musicians Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Frank Sinatra, and the Chicago Lyric Opera. This note-tweaking prowess has also made Brown the go-to tuner for two high-end piano dealerships in the Chicago area. As a professional musician himself, Brown ensures concert-quality tunings and piano benches containing no brown M&M’s.
Mike Semerau and the instructors at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons have a trick up their sleeve. In addition to in-person tutelage, they provide professional pre-recorded take-home videos of proper drumming techniques for students to refer to while practicing. This kind of constant visualization and repetitive watching is what the instructors claim makes their students so successful as they drill new techniques such as double bass, ostinatos, and stick control. During lessons, teachers also cover subjects such as soloing, learning a student’s favorite song, creating original beats and fills, and teaching yourself. Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons has a play-along machine stacked with more than 1,000 songs, all of which have no drum track so that students can provide their own percussion and experience the sensation of playing and keeping time with other instruments.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our violin teacher has graduated from one of the top 2 music conservatory's in the nation as well as playing in many professional symphony's in and around Chicago, IL.
Our teacher has taught violin for over 20 years and teaches all ages. She has toured the world as a violin soloist.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
The student will need a violin or may rent one through Vintage Violins. We will provide any and all music books.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My father began this business to provide high quality instruments for a low quality price. Teaching violin is a passion, and watching children and adults learn to play and enjoy the violin is a dream come true.
What do you love most about your job?
I love watching people learn to enjoy playing the violin like I do. Playing violin can bring such joy to anyone's life. There is no age limit to learning this instrument. I love teaching.
Ayurveda, considered to be the root of many ancient healing practices, is also the inspiration behind all of the services at House of Ayurveda. The center's holistic practitioners bring balance to clients' bodies and minds through Shirodhara treatments, during which they pour a soothing stream of therapeutic oil over the forehead, and relieve allergy symptoms with Nasya treatments that target the sinuses. Clients can also take an active roll in their own wellness by attending the center's yoga classes instead of just rolling themselves like the calmest burrito inside their yoga mats at home.