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Shopping & Services

BOOKS & MUSIC

Dusty Groove America This brick-and-mortar outlet of the expansive online shop specializes in “everything that falls through the cracks” at other indie record stores, including old funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop, and world music. The rotating stock of some 10,000 mostly vinyl albums in­cludes releases on the store’s own Dusty Groove label. Used vinyl can be exchanged for cash or store credit. ArrowDaily 10 AM-8 PM, 1120 N. Ashland, 773-342-5800 or dustygroove.com. —Paul Schrodt

Electric Guitars by Fred Mangan Mangan is a luthier who builds guitars from pieces of scrap—“so strange art collectors are the only people who buy them”—but he also carries used guitars and effects, strings, picks, and other basics. He does repair work too. Arrow Tue-Fri noon-8 PM, Sat noon-5 PM, 2351 W. Augusta, 312-497-2418 or fredmangan.com. —Patrick Daily

Permanent Records The emphasis here is on indie and psychedelic rock, but you’ll find a little soul, jazz, and hip-hop thrown in as well. Check out the dollar-or-less bin for a laugh (Bananarama 12-inch, anyone?). Besides the music, there are also a couple racks of vintage clothes and a motley assort­ment of secondhand books. The store buys and trades used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and books. Arrow Sun-Thu 11 AM-8 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, 1914 W. Chicago, 773-278-1744 or permanentrecordschicago.com. —Heather Kenny

Vigilante Press Here you’ll find everything from the Hulk’s latest adventures to Optic Nerve’s tales of urban hipster angst, as well as art books, zines (SteamPunk, Geek), Scarface and Star Wars action figures, posters, T-shirts, DVDs, and then some. ArrowMon-Tue & Thu noon-8 PM, Wed, Fri & Sat noon-9 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 1931 W. Chicago, 312-423-6774 or myspace.com/vigilantepress. —HK

chocolate & tobacco

Coco Rouge This glam chocolate shop is run by Le Cordon Bleu London grads Jeremy Brutzkus and Erica Panther, who create truffles and choco­lates with unexpected ingredients like saffron, quince, and bacon. The shop also sells coffee, tea, artisanal honey, and hot chocolate (drink it in the lounge area or take home a mix) in flavors from Madagascan single-origin bittersweet to pistachio and white chocolate. Arrow Tue-Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-8 PM, 1940 W. Division, 773-772-2626 or cocorouge.com. —HK

Sweet Tooth As well as a wide selection of flavored tobaccos, this shop stocks hoo­kahs, papers, rollers, incense, candles, and adult toys. Smoking is allowed inside. Arrow Mon-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Sun 11 AM-6 PM, 2030 W. Chicago, 773-276-9211 or sweettoothchicago.com, 18+. —PS

Crafts

Beadniks This outlet of a small national chain specializes in beads from around the world. Customers can buy finished strands or fashion their own jewelry on-site. A $3 table fee includes tools and instruction. Beads—made of everything from glass to brass—range from 5 cents to $50 apiece. Arrow Mon-Fri 11 AM-9 PM, Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-7 PM, 1937 W. Division, 773-276-2323 or beadniks.com. —PS

Renegade Handmade Everything here is handmade by designers from around the U.S. (plus a handful from the UK and Canada), so the stock is continually changing. Current offerings include plush toys in the shape of breakfast foods (buttered toast, bacon strips, eggs over easy), jewelry made of brass, lace, and wood, and journals made from vintage books. ArrowDaily 11 AM-7 PM, 1924 W. Division, 773-227-2707 or renegadehandmade.com. —PS

FASHION

Alcala’s Western Wear This family-run busi­ness (six brothers and a sister) has been outfitting caballeros—both real and wannabe—for 36 years. Besides an impressive selection of boots, hats, belts, jewelry, and embroidered and fringed shirts for men, women, and kids, they also carry bridles, chaps, spurs, and other riding essentials. Haters of the premium denim trend should look here for classic Levi’s and Wrangler styles. Arrow Mon & Thu-Fri 9:30 AM-8 PM, Tue-Wed & Sat 9:30 AM-7 PM, Sun 9:30 AM-5 PM, 1733 W. Chicago, 312-226-0152 or alcalas.com. —HK

Amisha Boutique Amina and Isha Kandeh, twin sisters from Sierra Leone, stock their shop with flashy but affordable going-out clothes and accessories from all corners of the globe; prices range from $20 for a pair of earrings to $300 for a Johnny Was jacket with embroidered detailing. Arrow Mon-Sun noon-8 PM, 2019 W. Division, 773-227-7878. —PS

Andina Buenos Aires Gonzalo Barenas’s main focus is Argentinean leather goods and accessories—from coats and travel bags to clutches, portfolios, and wine holders—but he also carries shawls and scarves as well as blankets in a llama-hair-and-wool blend. A small selection of jewelry incorporates hardwoods from Central and South America. ArrowTue-Sat noon-7 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, phone first on Mondays, 1740 W. Division, 773-227-6225 or shopandina.com. —PS

Bonnie & Clyde’s Upgrade your punk-goth wardrobe with a feathered cap, finely tailored military jacket, or pinstripe blazer with gold buttons. Brands include Total Skull by Sheri Moon Zombie and the much-hyped Elmer Ave, a new LA label inspired by skaters and rock stars. Prices range from $65 for a Bauhaus T-shirt by Just Another Rich Kid to $970 for a bubble skirt with blossom suspenders by Cosa Nostra, Project Runway designer Jeffrey Sebelia’s label. ArrowMon-Fri 11 AM-8 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Sun 11 AM-7 PM, 1751 W. Division, 773-235-2680 or bonnie-clydes.net. —PS

Casa de Soul Owner Kennedy Octane says in its five years his store has evolved from a fashion outlet into a way of life: “We’re not just that store that sells you a shirt.” Octane travels the world in search of interesting pieces, from masks and leather floor mats from his native Nigeria to clothes and accessories from Europe and music from South America. He also carries magazines, photography books, and video compilations by New York-based Upper Playground. A DJ spins soul, Afrobeat, and Brazilian music in the corner while you shop. ArrowMon-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 1919 W. Division, 773-252-2520 or casadesoul.net. —PS

Funkshion This newish coed fashion outlet bills itself a “lifestyle space,” hosting regular fashion shows and DJ events and offering personalized shopping services. Brands range from Turkey’s TWN Black to Fortune Denim. An in-store lounge serves complimentary water, wine, beer, and champagne. ArrowTue-Thu 11 AM-7 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Sun-Mon noon-6 PM, 2121 W. Division, 773-697-4119 or funkshionclothing.com. —PS

Gamma Player DJ Jeff Mills and wife Yoko Uozumi just celebrated their first year in business last month. They carry mostly European designers, including Italy’s 24/7 Suit for men and AVIU for women, with a few Asian and South American labels thrown into the mix. This season there are a lot of whites for men and bright greens and pinks for women, all set off nicely by the store’s pitch-black walls. As well as jewelry, handbags, and a small selection of books, there are a few CDs hand-picked by Mills. Arrow Tue-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 2035 W. Division, 773-235-0755 or gammaplayer.com. —PS

Habit Once a struggling designer, owner Lindsey Boland stocks this women’s boutique with clothing and accessories by up-and-coming talent as well as her own line, Superficial Inc. Locals on her roster include Art Institute grad Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, Kate Mitchell of Twig Design jewelry, and Carol Hillinger of C. Differently handbags. Arrow Tue-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1951 W. Division, 773-342-0093 or habitchicago.com. —PS

New’d Brandon Nappi thrifts so you don’t have to, selling recycled clothes by brands like BCBG, Theory, and Marc Jacobs in an intimate space with the feel of an upscale boutique. A small selection of new items includes summer dresses by Doki Geki and men’s and women’s graphic-print T-shirts and hoodies by Milwaukee-based Newd (no apostrophe, no relation). The jewelry and the art is all by local artists. There’s a gallery-style opening with free PBR and a DJ on the third Friday of every month, 7-11 PM. Bring in your old duds for cash or store credit. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat-Sun noon-6 PM, 1917 W. Division, 773-510-9965. —PS

Noir This women’s boutique sells colorful clothes for a night on the town, plus shoes and accessories to match, at low-to-moderate prices. Arrow Daily 11 AM-7 PM, 1726 W. Division, 773-572-6084. —PS

Penelope’s This shop has an emphasis on comfortably chic clothes by mostly independent and emerging designers. The clothes are arranged by color, the spectrum disturbed only by a smattering of housewares and crafty accessories, including tote bags, notebooks, and jewelry by local brand Lulu. A modest selection of casual shoes includes Zuriick canvas sneakers for men and Pink Studio flats and heels for women. ArrowMon-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 1913 W. Division, 773-395-2351 or penelopeschicago.com. —PS

Pistol Bazaar No, they don’t sell guns. This vintage clothing and accessories store is a bit ramshackle (note the peeling pink-painted floor) but that’s how it should be. Gloves and clutches are displayed in a claw-foot tub, while millinery in sherbet shades sits in a glass display case like an array of bakery treats. There are also new clothes, accessories, and housewares by independent artists (including hand-painted suitcases by Brett Whitacre) and old records on vinyl. Spend $50 or more on vintage and get a free session in the photo booth. Arrow Daily noon-7 PM, 1717 W. Chicago, 312-929-2350 or myspace.com/pistolbazaar. —HK

Plein Aire Former flight attendants Jacquie Barrios and Jill Carroll opened this boutique three years ago with the aim of helping women to “look [their] best without spending a fortune.” They stock mostly casual, modest clothes—lace tops, sleeveless dresses, boot-cut jeans—plus Hanky Panky lingerie and accessories like belts and turquoise necklaces. Gift items include candles and paperweights. Arrow Tue-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 2036 W. Division, 773-227-3772 or shoppleinaire.com. —PS

Public I This small, warmly lit boutique specializes in high-quality basics for men and women, plus some statement pieces like a foot-length halter dress in burnt orange and yellow by Jenny Han. The travel and gift lounge has flasks, photo albums, luggage, and more. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1923 W. Division, 773-772-9088 or publicifashion.com. —PS

Pump This women’s shoe boutique specializes in flats and heels by designers ranging from Jessica Simpson to Betsey Johnson and carries a range of hats, handbags, and jewelry by local designers. Boots are stocked in the fall and winter. Arrow Mon-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1659 W. Division, 773-384-6750 or pumpshoeschicago.com. —PS

Soko Inside this sleek space with cheerful orange walls you’ll find women’s clothing and accessories, including argyle rain boots, swingy plaid jackets, and bright blue vinyl bags, all at prices appealingly proportionate to the average twentysomething’s income. Arrow Tue-Sun 11 AM-7 PM, 1925 W. Chicago, 773-592-1089 or sokofashion.com. —HK

Strut Strut opened in mid-March and carries an eclectic mix of trendy men’s and women’s wear by designers “from LA to Italy.” Offerings include swimsuits by Beach Bunny and Miss Sixty and an electric-blue leather bomber by Doma. There’s free drinks and a DJ every first Friday from 6 to 9 PM, when everything in the store is 10 percent off. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 11 AM-8 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 1744 W. Division, 773-227-2728. —PS

Thr3ee Boutique Urban men’s and women’s wear here includes graphic tees, hoodies, and hats by in-house label Chii Clothing. According to the Web site, “The same people that created the designs, sew the patterns, and tagged the hats are ringing you up at the counter.” Arrow Mon noon-7 PM, Tue-Thu 11 AM-7 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, 1632 W. Division, 773-227-8200 or thr3eestore.com. —PS

flowers (and wine)

A. Vision Chicago This is the retail outpost of an event-planning company of the same name, with the focus here being wine and stem flowers. There are always about 70 bottles in store; prices start at $10 and go into the high 50s. Flowers start at $3 each. There’s a free tasting every Friday from 5 to 7 PM, featuring boutique wines from around the world. Arrow Tue-Sat 11 AM-8 PM, 910 N. Damen, 773-227-5700 or avisionchicago.com. —PS

Cattails Cattails is designed to emulate a European flower market: “more flowers, less stuff.” So aside from a few soy candles, all-natural incense, and organic treats for the neighborhood pups, there’s nothing to distract from the stems. In addition to the traditional offerings you’ll find baby cacti, curly bamboo, and even flowers for planter boxes. Same-day delivery is available Mon-Sat if you order before 11 AM. Arrow Mon-Fri 10 AM-7 PM, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM-4 PM, 1935 W. Division, 773-486-1621 or cattailschicago.com. —PS

Stephen J. Florist This family-owned florist offers contemporary and traditional arrangements with fresh, silk, and dried flowers. There’s also a selection of plants, gift and fruit baskets, candles, and greeting cards. “Floral consultants” are available by phone 24 hours a day; call before noon for same-day delivery. Arrow Mon-Sat 9 AM-6 PM, Sun 9 AM-3 PM, 836 N. Damen, 773-235-7600 or stephenjflorist.com. —PS

Stems Stems’ roster of corporate clients includes impressive names like the Art Institute and Harpo Productions, but regular folk order their elegant bursts of flowers too. Arrow Mon 9 AM-4 PM, Tue-Fri 9 AM-6 PM, Sat 9 AM-5 PM, 850 N. Ashland, 312-243-4470 or stemschicago.com. —HK

Gifts & STATIONERY

Anjenu Most of the stationery and greeting cards here come from local producers, including Nourishing Notes, Girl Metro, Orange Beautiful, and Fresh Frances. Gift items include jewelry, aprons, and journals. Owner Kristie Lee Wagner does custom hand-crafted stationery and event invitations. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1747 W. Division, 773-469-2212 or anjenu.com. —PS

Delta Ukrainian Enterprise Maria Brama has run this business for 26 years, first with one daughter and now with another. It relocated to a smaller space two months ago, but it’s still packed to the gills with everything from Ukrainian children’s books to intricately designed pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) to Ukrainian wedding icons and embroidered rushnyk for tying together the bride and groom. Arrow Mon-Fri 10 AM-5 PM, Sat 9 AM-5 PM, Sun 10 AM-1 PM, 2222 W. Chicago, 773-235-7788. —PS

Elevenzees The name’s a take on the British late-morning snack, but this isn’t a restaurant—it’s just meant to suggest the comforts of home. The stock includes an array of family-friendly stuff, from waffle mix and milk glasses to baby socks and knitted monkeys. ArrowMon-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun 11 AM-5 PM, 1901 W. Division, 773-772-1150. —PS

Paper Doll The Swett sisters have reinvented Hallmark for hipsters, eschewing Shoebox Greetings and Precious Moments figurines in favor of stationery goods by UK designer Orla Kiely, illustrated planners by San Francisco’s Little Otsu, and Munchlers animal-shape insulated lunch bags, designed by Brooklyn-based illustrator Stephen Savage for Built. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun 11 AM-5 PM, 2048 W. Division, 773-227-6950 or paperdollchicago.com. —PS

Rotofugi The designer toys and collectibles here start at around $5 and run up to $100 or more for limited editions. The selection ranges from plush Uglydolls to vinyl Japanese-style kaiju (monsters). Last year owners Whitney and Kirby Kerr joined with Squibbles Ink to begin producing figures designed by Chicago artists, and you can often see local work displayed in the gallery next door (see Galleries & Museums). Arrow Mon-Sat noon-8 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1953 W. Chicago, 312-491-9501 or rotofugi.com. —Julia Thiel

RR#1 The polished wooden cabinetry and dis­play cases of this onetime apothecary are overflowing with a jumble of tchotchkes and gifts, including printed cloth aprons, squeezy Venus de Milo toys, old-fashioned bike horns, and of course jewelry and greeting cards. Arrow Mon-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 814 N. Ashland, 312-421-9079, rr1chicago.com. —HK

Glasses & eye care

D/Vision This store carries a range of frames and sunglasses by designers including Paul Smith and Oliver Peoples. Dogs model the merch on the store’s posters. Eye exams and contact fittings by appointment. Arrow Mon-Thu noon-8 PM, Fri noon-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 1756 W. Division, 773-489-4848 or dvoptical.com. —PS

HOME & GARDEN

April 7’s Custom Framing The husband-and-wife team behind this frame shop—they share a birthday, hence the name—are open to unusual ideas like encasing art in the frame of a vintage TV; the unusual window displays, including a bird perched in a nest of frame corners, hint at their creative capacity. They showcase work by local artists and also sell hand-knit caps by co-owner Martin Hrezuch’s mom. ArrowSun-Mon noon-5 PM, Tue-Fri noon-7 PM, Sat noon-6 PM, 1945 W. Chicago, 312-455-1965 or aprilsevens.com. —HK

Aspen Kitchen and Bath A store for the fixer-upper, Aspen stocks everything from doorknobs and granite to kitchen sinks. Arrow Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM, Sat 9 AM-2 PM, 2133 W. Division, 773-227-5900 or aspenkitchens.com. —PS

Black Walnut Gallery Most of the rustic, hand-crafted furniture in this modern art gallery is made from trees slain by nature, not man. Other works for sale include sculptural light fixtures, as well as paintings and photos. Robert Wayner, the gallery’s curator and owner, also accepts orders for custom furniture. ArrowThu-Sat noon-7 PM, Sun 1 PM-6 PM, 2135 W. Division, 773-772-8870 or blackwalnutgallery.com. —PS

Bower Natural Bedding A frustrated search for an organic baby mattress prompted the opening of this all-natural mattress store. The goods here are made from natural latex and wool, and there’s a small selection of organic linens and other bedding, as well as the Terressentials line of natural body lotions and skin-care products. ArrowTue-Wed & Fri 10:30 AM-4 PM, Thu & Sat 10:30 AM-6:30 PM, Sun by appointment, 2246 W. Grand, 312-226-8060 or bowernaturalbedding.net. —HK

European Furniture Warehouse Midcentury classics like Isamu Noguchi’s walnut-and-glass cocktail table and Eero Saarinen’s white fiberglass dining chair share space with sleek, chic media cabinets, bar stools, and sofas in this massive showroom. There are good deals in the floor sample section. Arrow Mon-Thu 10 AM-7 PM, Fri-Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 2145 W. Grand, 312-243-1955, eurofurniture.com. —HK

Grand Street Gardens Besides a sizable out­door lot of seasonal plants in warmer months, you’ll find a small selection of indoor greenery, glazed pottery in hues of bright blue and green, and supplies for an eco-friendly garden. There’s also Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products, Thymes lotions and potions, and some high-end pet food and supplies. ArrowMon-Fri 9 AM-7 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM-6 PM, 2200 W. Grand, 312-829-8200 or grandstreetgardens.com. —HK

Modern Times Tom Clark and Martha Torno hand-pick exquisite, mainly midcentury modern furniture, housewares, and accessories, from elegant upholstered furniture to chunky silver jewelry. Current stock includes a George Nelson dining table, rocking chairs by Frank Gehry, and an Alcoa aluminum chess set. Torno also has a sideline in unusual vintage handbags; see modbag.com for more. Arrow Fri-Sun noon-6 PM or by appointment, 2100 W. Grand, 773-772-8871, moderntimeschicago.com. —HK

Porte Rouge High-end kitchen- and barware by designers from across the globe, plus tea imported directly from Mariage Freres, the longest-running tea company in Paris. Customers are invited to sip a cup while they shop. Arrow Mon-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun 11 AM-5 PM, 1911 W. Division, 773-269-2800 or porterouge.biz. —PS

Pour Vous Bath and Body A relative newcomer to the neighborhood, offering bath bombs, scented soaps, body lotions, and shower gels, plus pajamas, bathrobes, and blankets. Most products are “all-natural”. Arrow Tue-Fri noon-6 PM, Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1750 W. Division, 773-698-6024. —PS

Sprout Home This plant store and nursery, which recently opened a Brooklyn location, has a design-conscious edge: besides shrubs and perennials it carries round glass Normann Copenhagen hanging planters, curvy modern vases, and silk-screened pillows by local company Binth. Garden furniture includes terrazzo stone tables with cube stools and weather-resistant steel folding chairs with flower cutouts. For the kids, there are Venus flytraps and sea monkeys. ArrowMon-Fri 9 AM-8 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM-7 PM, 745 N. Damen, 312-226-5950 or sprouthome.com. —HK

Symmetry A furniture and home accents store with hand-knotted rugs from Tibet, simple, clean tables from Canada, and Angus Hutcheson’s Ango light fixtures, including a lamp with a rattan shade like a bird’s nest. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-6 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-5 PM, 1925 W. Division, 773-645-0502 or symmetryshowroom.com. —PS

Willow Home Home decor that tends toward the crafty or the cheeky: trash bins made of clothespins, wooden staplers and tape holders, ice trays that make cubes in the shape of dentures, and bowls made of bike chains. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-4 PM, 908 N. Damen, 773-772-0140 or shopwillow.net. —HK

kids

Bullfrogs & Butterflies There’s a little bit of everything at this one-stop tot center, including toys, clothes (up to size 7 for boys, 6x for girls), shoes, books, and furniture ranging from standard-issue strollers to the unbearably adorable mini Cubs rocking chair, with matching lamp, toy box, step stool, and coatrack. Arrow Daily 10 AM-7 PM, 2124 W. Division, 773-661-1632 or bullfrogsandbutterfliesshop.com. —PS

Sole Babies This children’s shoe boutique stocks brands like Diesel and Pediped in sizes up to youth size 5, as well hosiery, hats, and hair accessories. While parents browse, kids can hang in the play center, which includes a flat-screen TV and a 90-gallon saltwater aquarium. There’s a dressing room with an attached stage for modeling anything in the store. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 10 AM-7 PM, Sun noon-6 PM, 2033 W. Division, 773-342-7653 or solebabiesboutique.com. —PS

PETS

Doggy Style Pet Shop This shop stocks organic treats and grooming products as well as bedding and other essentials for cats and dogs, plus an extensive collection of “doggy couture.” You can rent a spot to wash your dog in for up to $20 depending on the weight of your pet. Arrow Mon-Thu 11 AM-8 PM, Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-7 PM, 2023 W. Division, 773-235-9663 or doggystylepetshop.com. —PS

The Grooming Gallery Grooming services for cats and dogs of all sizes and breeds start at $51. For an additional $20 your pet can enjoy an “ultimate spa treatment,” including aromatherapy and a facial scrub. Arrow Tue-Sat 8 AM-5:30 PM, 911 N. Damen, 773-252-7400. —PS

Spotland Yard Everything for the pampered pooch, from organic and holistic food and fresh bakery treats to doggy strollers and custom-made beds. There’s plenty for owners, too, including carriers in stylish orange and green cotton and deodorizing candles that smell like black cherry, sugar cookie, and cafe au lait. Arrow Daily 11 AM-7 PM, 907 N. Damen, 773-698-6087 or spotlandyard.com. —HK

Salons & spas

Chicago Avenue Salon Besides the usual hairstyling services this salon offers manicures, pedicures, and facial waxing. Each season makeup artist Sarah Evenson and stylist Stacy Caruso offer two-hour classes in makeup and blow-out techniques. They’re $65 whether you bring in your own products or use the salon’s. Individual lessons are available by appointment. Arrow Tue-Thu 10 AM-8 PM, Fri 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 9 AM-5 PM, 1941 W. Chicago, 312-421-0336 or chicagoavenuesalon.com. —PS

Division Street Russian Bathhouse At these historic Russian baths, established in 1906, $20 gets you a locker, sheets, two towels, and all-day access to the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, cold pool, and relaxation room. Massage is available for $30 per half hour. The bathhouse is currently for men only but renovations are under way to add a women’s facility and a restaurant. Arrow Mon-Fri 9 AM-9 PM, Sat-Sun 7 AM-9 PM, 1916 W. Division, 773-384-9671.

Chicago Touch You can walk in and enjoy 50 minutes of acupuncture, Reiki, reflexology, or a variety of massage styles—Thai, Swedish, prenatal, deep-tissue—for $75, but if you book at least a day in advance there’s a significant discount—$30. For $360 the store offers 500 minutes that can be used for anything on the menu, including the slightly more expensive tandem (four-handed) and “raindrop” oil massages. Arrow Mon-Fri noon-8 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-8 PM, 1121 N. Ashland, 773-342-3650 or chicagotouch.org. —PS

K Chula Hair Salon Services at this cozy four-chair salon include coloring and styling, manicures, facials, and waxing. Prices start at $5 for a bangs trim and go up to $100 an hour for Japanese hair straightening. Walk-ins are welcome. Arrow Tue-Fri 10 AM-7 PM, Sat 9 AM-7 PM, Sun-Mon by appointment, 2152 W. Division, 773-697-0185 or kchula.com. —PS

Marquin Salon Owner Montgomery Marquin prides himself on running a multicultural salon with an emphasis on healthy hair and styles tailored to the individual. Spa services include facials and mani-pedis. Arrow Sun-Mon, Wed-Fri 10 AM-8 PM, 2114 W. Division, 773-782-8477 or marquinsalon.com. —PS

Nail Boutique A basic mani-pedi, normally $45 here, is only $39 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Waxing is also available. Arrow Tue-Fri 11 AM-8 PM, Sat 10 AM-7 PM, Sun 11 AM-6 PM, 2142 W. Division, 773-227-3090. —PS

Ruby Room Salon and Spa You can have your hair cut or your muscles massaged, sure, but you can also get acupuncture or have your numbers read at Ruby Room’s “healing sanctuary,” practice yoga in the second-floor studio, shop in one of the three boutiques for everything from chakra sprays and Chinese herbs to makeup and Parisian perfume, or even stay the night in one of eight guest suites (no phone or TV). They don’t do nails, though. Arrow Mon-Fri 10 AM-7 PM, Sat 9 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-6 PM, 1743-45 W. Division, 773-235-2323 or rubyroom.com. —PS

Scooters

Second City Scooters The brothers behind this scooter retailer say they’re like Wal-Mart, “only not evil.” Prices start at $1,150 for a two-stroke 50cc model and go up with engine size. ArrowMon-Fri 3-8 PM, Sat 11 AM-8 PM, 1644 W. Chicago, 312-624-8126 or iheartscooters.com. —PS

Windy City Scooter & Bicycle Rental Company The shop, which rents out scooters and bikes and sells the occasional used luxury car (see Recreation & Education), recently became the state’s exclusive retailer of Lambrettas, which start at $1,999. Arrow Tue-Sat 10 AM-6 PM, 2151 W. Division, 773-276-5200 or windycityvespa.com. —PS

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