Hmm, let us guess! You are bored to death wearing the same outfits and are looking for a wardrobe overhaul? What could be a better place to visit than Amisha Boutique, the one stop shop for clothes, accessories and what have you! The decor is extremely classy and the shop is owned by twin sisters who make you feel welcome form the moment you step in. They have the most amazing and unique collection of pants, skirts, tops, dresses, jewelry, handbags and belts from across the world. The jewelry collections from Rosanne Pugliese, Teri Bienvenue, and Como Blonde are beautiful; seen to be believed! All in all, this one's a knockout presentation that leaves you floored!
Thinking of sending flowers or fruits to someone, but bored with the same drab bouquets? Then head to this well-known store that gives a new dimension to flowers and fruit craft. In Fruitflowers, arrangement of luscious fruits in a decorative and appetizing manner will surely make you forget the normal fruit tray in your kitchen. Creativity of the owners of Fruitflowers has been acknowledged by far and you can see their creations in many hospitals, meeting rooms and parties. The store has creations for every season and every occasion. So what are you waiting for, just step in to the world of fruity fragrance.
Beadniks isn't a typical arts and crafts store. This thoughtful shop- adorned with woodcarvings of Buddha, beads from African Hill Tribes, and Balinese gold- is good for hours of fascination. For just three dollars (and the cost of materials), customers can sit down and work with the knowledgeable staff to create custom jewelry. New to the art of beading? Try their beginner's class. For $60, you will be taught the basics, make and take home earrings, a necklace, bracelet, and jewelry making tools. It is an experience you will not soon forget. -Eun Jung Decker
1623 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647-5411
In the scope of Chicago's epic restaurant scene, it seems unlikely that anyone would want to venture out of his/her way for bread. Yet, through the passion of the bread makers at Red Hen, this bread is some of the best, and most exciting bread, you will ever find. Red Hen boasts that they make 350 different types of bread. After a single visit to one of their two locations, one may have the desire to go through all 350. As if the bread weren't enough excitement, Red Hen carries cookies, pies, and many other products that equal the quality taste of their bread selection.
When it comes down to it, any place that goes by the name of "The Boring Store" doesn't know the first lesson just in positive self-promotion. Unless the trick is on us, which certainly is the case with the ironically titled The Boring Store. Brainchild of author Dave Eggers, The Boring Store specializes in spy gear. Yeah, that's right, spy gear! If you are looking for a mustache disguise set or a pair of glasses with a hidden camera, look no further. And whether you are planning to spy on your neighbor or just impress friends at a costume party, rest assured that proceeds from The Boring Store help to fund 826CHI-an educational program that teaches kids creative writing.
Apartment Number 9 is the new destination for the fashion conscious men in Chicago. A vibrant collection of casual and semi-formal clothes for men is what this store offers. New designers like Nicole Farhi, John Varvatos share rack space with Paul Smith and Fred Perry. Prices can daunt you a little but they have a discount rack at the back for the budget shopper. Customers are pampered and well guided by the staff. If you are in the mood to indulge yourself for a special occasion check out this store.
Stock up your picnic basket with yummy treats from The Goddess and Grocer at Bucktown. Perfect for those who want to pick up a quick bite, this deli-like store sells a range of delicious sandwiches, cheeses, salads, chocolates, cookies, deli meals and more. All freshly made, these items may be expensive but are tasty, wholesome and convenient. Gift bags and packed lunches are also up for grabs and catering is another service offered. Wine and beer are available.
Zegna may not be as popular as Giorgio Armani, but the truly hip man will be familiar with this brand. Find classic cuts and designs, such as knitted black three-quarter length coats, simple but sophisticated suits and plain, woolen sweaters. Comfort is another of Zegna's priorities, with an emphasis on soft, wearable fabrics like cashmere, silk and mohair. They also stock an up market range of shirts, ties and accessories. Definitely for the discerning gentleman!
This Bucktown outlet of New York based Scoop has a huge collection of casual wear and accessories for men and women. Jackets, skirts, shirts, denims, belts, shoes and other apparel are up for grabs. The warehouse-like store has no dearth of designer labels-creations by Jimmy Choo, Vera Wang and more are available. And after a hard day's shopping, rest a while at Scoop Cafe for refreshments. Metered parking is available.
Alcala's is the place to get your hats and boots to complete your cowboy attire. Jeans, buckles, belts, perfumes and more, line the racks. And just for the record, they have more than 12,000 pairs of boots. The mainly Spanish speaking staff provides attentive service. In case you can't find what you're looking for, Alcala will specially ship it for you! So quit pondering and get your favorite piece of Stetson or Resistol.