The Uptown Shop is stocked with a mélange of whimsical clothing, bridal gifts, high-quality Trollbeads, and Vera Bradley products. Festoon a forearm with a Vera Bradley Emma bag ($35), a floral-patterned wristlet ($27), or procure a pattern-print Zip ID case ($12) with a front ID window to quickly show that you're of age to purchase Skittles. Bestow brides with gorgeous gifts such as a Seda France pagoda candle ($32) or a 5-ounce Trapp Private Garden candle ($20). The Brighton charming world necklace ($42) and Jay Strongwater starfish charm ($125) festoon necks, and cardigans and skirts garb golems in preparation for middle-school science fairs.
Inspired by their mutual passion for babies, sisters Jackie Wilkinson and Debbie Feiler set out to apply their experience raising 11 children by opening Beautiful Beginnings in 1995. Bright lights twinkle from the high ceiling, illuminating high-end colorful wares designed to outfit youngsters or decorate nurseries. A design team aids parents in selecting all the pieces to create a custom space for a baby, from pairing complementary wardrobes and cradles to matching beds with the perfect size boogey monster. For parents-to-be, attentive designers stand at the ready to assist them in creating a registry.
Corks pop, glasses clink, and bubbles fizz at The Village Cellar, an intoxicating blend of wine boutique, wine bar, and wine school. On any given evening, shoppers browse racks that soar nearly to the top of Tuscan-style, sponge-painted walls. Meanwhile, if school is in session, pairing experts may be carving cheese to serve with a cabernet sauvignon and plating dessert truffles. Although the bottles of West Coast and European wines probably get the most attention, the bar and shop also share a collection of more than 50 india pale ales, milk stouts, and other craft brews. In the summer, a sidewalk patio blooms along the Cellar’s stretch of downtown Hinsdale, an easy wine-barrel roll from the Metra station. The Village Cellar's blog provides gift ideas along with updates on upcoming events.
Patrons can come and go as they please during The Cellar Door's open-house-style tastings, which warm tongues from noon until 4 p.m. and send palates on global jaunts through 20 specialty wines from around the world, each fluent in its own flavor language. Between samplings, sippers can nibble on light hors d’oeuvres as they browse the shop’s ample bottle selection for the perfect aperitif adoptee. The Cellar Door's commitment to providing the finest vintages at vintage-low prices means that guests can find their ideal quaffs without having to cruise the illegal burgundy market.