Owners, Sasha Tsupina and Kate Gordin.
711 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, (847) 520-7277, www.romantika-lingerie.com
There’s a new luxury boutique in town and the name is fitting: Romantika. Here you can find anything you need for your enchanting night, weekend or anytime with the one you love. Exclusive and original sleepwear, hosiery and the finest undergarments are all available from famous designers. Romantika’s ambience is elegant and wordly, yet still comfortable for the every day shopper. The entire concept is built around the European concept of making sure that women not only look, but feel beautiful. “The Romantika woman takes the best of European sensibilities - elegance, sensuality, quality, femininity,sophistication, and a sense of history - and combines it with the modern role of an on-the-go woman with very specific needs and desires. “ Of course, male gift buyers can also feel at home at Romantika, especially since it’s not your typical mall shopping type of experience. A passion for quality lingerie in a stately retail setting brought Romantika partners Sasha Tsupina and Kate Gordin together to create this one-of-a-kind boutique. The Romantika woman “feels fabulous every day because she invests in what she wears-even if no one can see her most treasured pieces.” Hours are Monday – Friday 10 AM – 7 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM, Sunday Noon – 5 PM.
Owner, Narmina Plyam.
Eye Q Optique
722 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, (847) 947-8875
Eye Q Optique provides first-rate eye care to the Buffalo Grove area, while offering competitively priced optical products and treating their patients with the utmost respect and care. Choose from their selection of over 2500 frames in their showroom including the most exclusive worldwide designer frames as well as simple and economical choices. They are specialists in custom eyewear, contact lenses, lens tattooing and color grooving and have something for everyone in the family. Regular eye examinations are an important part of maintaining your best possible vision and eye care. Doctor appointments are available three days a week. Most insurance plans are accepted. Hours are Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM, Friday 9 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM.
Owner, Mariola Makowka.
MARIOLA’S ORGANIC SPA & RETREAT
3976 Route 22, Long Grove, (847) 847-7093,www.mariolasorganicspa.com
You will only find healthy products at this relaxing and environmentally-friendly spa. From the moment you walk in, you will feel more at peace, and as the knowledgeable and experienced therapists cater to your specific skin’s need, you will fall into a world of renewal and rejuvenation. Between the aromatic array of oils and herbs and the soothing music, you will forget every trouble and become enveloped in the experience. Customers can feel secure in the natural organic products, which are the only kind they use and sell. Check the website for specials that are changing all the time or to order a gift certificate for someone who just needs to get away. Whether you are looking for a facial, hair removal or a tension erasing massage, you can find it here at an economy-aware affordable price! Hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday – Saturday 9 AM – 7 PM, closed Sunday.
Owners Rhonda & Sarah Phillips
4147 Dundee Road (in Sanders Court), Northbrook, (847) 498-4147,
Outstanding customer service and one-of-a-kind unique gifts are the cornerstones of this elegant retail gift gallery. This warm and inviting specialty store is owned by a mother and daughter sales team that are home stylists who offer home decorating assistance. You will find everything from wall art to jewelry to all kinds of home accessories. All of your gift-giving needs will be met in one place, whether you are looking for presents for a birthday, wedding or bridal shower or perfect housewarming gift. Intrinsic Surroundings has an upscale feel with price ranges of prices for everyone. Free in-home consultation is also offered to give your home a new updated look. "We like you to turn the place you live into the place you love." Hours are Monday - Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and closed Sunday.
Owner Steve Geffen
Manager Frutoso Sandoval
the MEAN WEINER
532 Sheridan Road, Highwood, (847) 433-3701
If you love hotdogs, but have never experienced the ‘filet of hot dogs’, then you absolutely cannot miss the ‘Mean Weiner.” Once you’ve tried this half-pound, footlong dog made of Black Angus Sirloin, you will have a very hard time going back to any old hot dog. This top of the line hot dog and sandwich shop also offers a variety of menu items to tempt and tickle your taste buds. Italian beef or sausage, Philly cheese steak or chicken and gyros are just some of the delicious sandwiches to enjoy at this family friendly restaurant. Various hamburgers are also available as well as amazing buffalo wings with special mouthwatering sauce made daily! Private parties are offered and catering service for any small or large event! Enjoy your dog in the sun with their outdoor seating! It is hard nowadays to find this much quality in a product at reasonable prices, so come to The Mean Weiner, where “Our sandwiches destroy the rest.” Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM.
CLUCKERS CHARCOAL CHICKEN
760 Sheridan Road, Highwood, (847) 432-2582, www.cluckerscharcoalchicken.com
In this upscale, yet affordable family restaurant, you can experience mouthwatering range-free rotisserie charcoal chicken as well as many other delicious specials. Spring sandwiches, Chicken Parmesan and Enchiladas are just some other specials offered daily. You can even watch as your rotisserie chicken spins and bakes for you in the exhibit kitchen. The decor includes flagstone tiles, which gives the place a rustic, modern southwestern look. Televisions will entertain the children even though your meal will always come in a speedy manner. Private parties, catering and delivery are also available, making this a favorite. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11 AM - 8 PM, Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM, and Sunday 3 PM – 8 PM. Closed Tuesdays.
Owner Bob Crimo & Wife Denise
BOB’S PANTRY & DELI
55 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park, (847) 432-3354
Bob’s Pantry & Deli, owned by Bob Crimo, a well-known staple of the community, is more than just a one-stop convenience shop. Yes, you can quickly find just about anything you need here, but it’s a sociable environment as well. Unlike most 24 hr. small stores, Bob’s has a dine-in area with tables where you can enjoy whatever you buy in the store. You can cook your hot food in their large tunnel oven, or enjoy one of the sumptuous sandwiches with every kind of meat, cheese or bread you could possibly ask for. Wraps, salads, and bistro soups are just a few other examples of the tasty treats available. A coffee island keeps the customer traffic flowing and offers gourmet coffee roasted to order. What makes this place even more unique are big, comfy chairs where you can watch television or sit at the counter and read the paper while you wait for your train. Please join us in the evenings where musicians take the stage for your musical pleasure! This is a place to adore, where you pay for one thing, but always get more! Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Owner Laurie Williams
The Soap Box shop
1853 Second Street, Highland Park, (847) 681-0267
This intimate Highland Park gift shop prides itself on its inventory of eco-friendly, all natural body care products. Keeping with the “Green Theme”, The Soap Box Shop actually constructed fixtures and displays from discarded items. A chandelier made of discarded bottles or a salvaged swing set ladder utilized to make shelving show the deep commitment to the movement. There’s also a philantrhropic side of this business, as seven different suppliers are certified non-profit organizations that benefit the community. “Enterprising Kitchen” produces a line of organic spa products while creating job training for women or “Friemdan Place” who offers trendy hand-knit bags which funds a residential program for the visually impaired. Owner Laurie Williams, says “Our mantra is…do something for your mind, your body and your neighbor everyday.” Pamper yourself and pay it forward at The Soap Box. Hours are Monday – Friday 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday Noon – 5 PM.
Owner, Melissa VanPopering
WISHES TOY WONDERLAND
1885 Tower Drive, Glenview, (847) 657-9474, www.wishestoywonderland.com
This magical wonderland decorated with murals and painted mirrors is both a parent and child’s dream. Every toy you can think of - plus ones you didn't even know about, will please children of all ages. You'll find product lines that aren't available in other stores that carry unique toys from all over the world. Eco-friendly toys can also be found here, and all toys are safe and kid-friendly. Retro toys that parents will remember playing with can now be enjoyed by every generation. Their extremely customer oriented staff will gift-wrap, ship items to you or even meet you for curbside delivery! This summer, kids will love the selection of clothes and accessories for camp. A gift registry will hold a gift 'wish list' for a friend or relative's next birthday. Come to Wishes Toy Wonderland, "Where Fairy Godmothers Shop." Hours are Monday – Friday 10 AM -9 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM.
Employee Stacey Michna
1434 Waukegan Road, Glenview, (847) 724-7245
What restaurant will deliver your food right to your counter or booth on a G-scale train? Railroad Junction! This unique and fun eatery has a train and carnival theme throughout, including an interactive mini train ride outside for kids. Carnival type fare is comprised of pizza slices, popcorn, large pretzels and cotton candy for the sweet tooth. But don't worry; there is also a healthy lunch and dinner menu for children and adults. Come and feast on a tasty variety of hamburgers, a big juicy Chicago hot dog, many special salads or the best Reuben sandwich you'll ever find. Private birthday parties are also available at this entertaining and incomparable family find! Hours are Monday –Thursday 11 AM - 8 PM, Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM.
Owners, Stella Chun &
STELLA AND GRACE
1879 Tower Road, Glenview, (847) 724-9720
Stella and Grace are a fashion savvy duo that believe it doesn't always have to cost a lot of money to look great. Grace, being a designer, knows about the importance of quality in clothes, and Stella, a fashion maven, knows what's relevant in today's society. With a unique vintage chic atmosphere, this spacious boutique offers stylish and trendy clothing, shoes and accessories at the most affordable prices. You'll enjoy the freedom of seeing how you look in their great selection of items in dressing rooms the size of a walk-in closet! Stella and Grace believe in complete customer satisfaction and will be there to enhance your outfit and give honest suggestions to help you look great and leave confident and happy with your purchases. At Stella and Grace, “You'll find excitement while discovering your style." Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM, Closed Sunday.