Category Archives: Retail and Services

Spring Arrivals at J Prince Studio in Boystown

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One of Chicago’s top interior designer and event planner, Ramsey Jay Prince  has set up a permanent shop, J PRINCE STUDIO,  on North Broadway, and has something for everyone.

The boutique is a beautiful mélange of Prince’s trademark, luxurious style with carefully selected one of a kind vintage and salvaged pieces with seasonal couture items also for sale. This is the urban Fashionista’s one stop shop for their home, fashions, and gifts.

 

Lots of new spring arrivals!  Including one-of-a-kind mens swimsuits, shorts and shirts!   Check out the Spring Fashion Show and Sale!  Friday  April  25th at MiniBar.

Spring Fling Fashion Show and Sale. See the hottest looks in Spring/Summer sportswear and swimwear. You will be able to  purchase some of the looks right off the runway in the  pop up shop with a portion of all sales to benefit Chicago House ! Doors at 8 show at 9
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Besides lots of wonderful gift items and decor for the home, the store has gotten a very unique line of swim suits, underwear and summer clothes that no one else in the city is carrying.

Cute shorts and fun shirts plus hot swim suits!

Stop in and see what’s new!

3744 N Broadway.   

b/t Waveland Ave & Grace St in Lakeview. 

  • Phone number (312) 547-0958

 

 

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Brown Elephant Resale in Boystown Is Moving

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Sad news today….

In July, Howard Brown Health Centers (HBHC) flagship Brown Elephant Resale Shop in Lakeview will move to a new location at 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue. For over two decades, the popular Brown Elephant shop, currently on Halsted, has been an outlet for gently used vintage clothing, furniture, electronics, and other items in the Lakeview community.

The new location will offer our loyal customers a warm, inviting retail experience, said David Ernesto Munar, HBHCs President and CEO. The Lincoln Avenue space will enhance our ability to meet the health needs of LGBTQ people and our allies. The store is better suited for the resale operation and collection of donations.  A flexible floor plan and private offices will allow us to host community events and on-site services.

HBHC established the Brown Elephant in the 1980s to support a full continuum of affordable health-related programs and services for low-income LGBTQ people and allies. The revenue generated by donations and purchases support essential health care for thousands of uninsured and under-insured patients each year. 

The current location at 3651 N. Halsted will keep normal business hours (daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) until the end of June.  Effective July, HBHCs Brown Elephant locations will be: 

Brown Elephant in Lakeview
3020 N. Lincoln Avenue
773.549.5943

Brown Elephant in Andersonville
5404 N. Clark Street
773.271.9382

Brown Elephant in Oak Park
217 Harrison Street
708.445.0612

Tax-deductible donations of household items, furniture, electronics or apparel can be made at any location.  To learn about pick-up options go to http://www.howardbrown.org/hb_brownelephant.asp    or dial 773.549.5943 Ext. 1.

 

The Brown Elephant is much more than a resale store but a way for individuals to give back to their community, Munar said.

In the months leading up to the move, HBHC will host a series of community town-hall meetings at the store on Halsted and its new location to invite public input on LGBTQ health needs and topics. Public input will support a community health needs assessment, conducted by HBHC every five years. The schedule of discussion topics and meeting facilitators is forthcoming.

We are so grateful to the tens of thousands of shoppers and donors who have generously supported LGBTQ health via the flagship Brown Elephant for over two decades, Munar said. As we plan for the shops new location, there is not a more fitting use of the space on Halsted than to invite community input to help shape future health and wellness initiatives to better serve the community.

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Audio Archaeology offers Vintage Records, Nostalgia and Vinyl Lifestyle

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This place is way cool! If you like nostalgia, vinyl, cool bar sets, consoles, vintage furniture and  some local artwork, this store is a treasure  at 1324 W. Devon.

Repurpose. Refurbish. Revinylize.

Records represent more than just a superior sound; they’re a little bit of nostalgia – in the richness of the music, the style of the album design, even the smell of the vinyl. It’s the tangible feel as you stack albums on a changer, and pause to flip to the B-side.”  explains owner John Arnsdorff  of his new store Audio Archaeology.

As a child, I combed thrift shops for 78 records, and took tube radios apart so see how they worked. Audio Archaeology is the culmination of a lifetime of collecting, decorating and tinkering.

If you have an idea for a unique system, or if you’re looking for something classic, we can help. From Mid-Century Modern consoles or Bakelite Portable Record Players to Contemporarily-styled Systems and Component Turntables, we have something for every purpose. We offer a full line of Crosley record players, for a new take on classic styles.”

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Owner Arnsdorff, with friend and Marketing Director Nick Kuttin ( aka Nikutn ) have created something very special here.

“I’ve been an antique collector pretty much my whole life and I’ve always had a thing for archaic technology and also for music and really started getting back into vinyl the last few years,” said Arnsdorff. “I love the sound, especially of the older systems. The things they’re making today, there are some you can find that are high-end audiophile, but most of it’s kind of pedestrian. I’ve enjoyed finding things, fixing them up, refurbishing them.” – (Taken from Windy City interview  HERE).

PLUS they plan to feature an artist every month. This months event takes place this Saturday, March 22nd   from 7-11pm.  Sean Walker.

There’s more to a ‘vinyl lifestyle’ than just music! Check out the awesome home accessories and gifts, sure to compliment a modern, classic style.

SHOP LOCAL!

 

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Cold Chicago Weather Could Mean Plumbing Issues

It’s  Here!

The arrival of the winter season and cold weather  = potential plumbing problems in our homes and apartments. Whether you rent or own, you can have Frigid morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, flooding, and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by  winter weather.

Fortunately there are things that you can do to prevent or minimize the likelihood of these winter plumbing mishaps. 
    Preventing Clogged Drains: Once a week, treat your sink and bathtub drains to this quick, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning process. Make up a mixture of 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Pour equal amounts into your various drains and follow it with 2 cups of boiling water for each drain. Or buy something like Bio Clean. It’s a blend of bacteria and enzymes.Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria
begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides
and top of the drain pipe. Cool!
    Pipe Insulation: This is more for home owners of condo owners in small buildings. Use foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape to guard your pipes (both hot water and cold water) against freezing. Any exposed pipe or plumbing fixtures should be kept warm with space heaters (lamps) from a safe distance. Every few days, check out pipes in basements or little used areas of the house to make sure no ice or frost is accumulating or cracks developing.
    Running Water: Be sure to run water from every valve in your house at regular intervals throughout the winter.  This will prevent freezing.
    Be Careful with Holiday Cooking: Cooking grease and oils put a real strain on drains, pipes and garbage disposals.  Grease and oil are more likely to collect and clog when your plumbing is colder, so do your best NOT pour down the drain. Also, refrain from putting hard to grind objects or stringy substances down into the disposal. Always run cold water through the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after each use. Be sure to turn the disposal on before filling it with food debris.
    Spread Showers Throughout the Day: At least 10 minute intervals between showers is optimal to maintain hot water and proper pressure. You may also want to turn up the water heater during the cold season as well; to prevent burns, do not put it above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
If Your Indoor Faucets Freeze:
    Leave the cabinet doors under the faucets open so that they can get more heat.
    If it gets intensely cold, run a little bit of water from each valve in the house each day. Let the water trickle very slowly into the sink.
    Heat every room of your home, not just a few rooms. Allow warm air to circulate freely throughout your house.

Brought to you by the plumbing experts  GOODE PLUMBING.
                                                 1-800-662-1875

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Ramsey Jay Prince Design Studio Has You Covered for Halloween

 Stumped on what to be for this Halloween? 

No problem, stop by the  J Prince Design Studio  in Lakeview at 3744 N Broadway.


Chicago’s top interior designer and event planner, Ramsey Jay Prince  has set up a permanent shop, J PRINCE STUDIO,  on North Broadway, and has something for everyone. 


The
boutique is a beautiful mélange of Prince’s trademark, luxurious style
with carefully selected one of a kind vintage and salvaged pieces with
seasonal couture items also for sale. This is the urban Fashionista’s
one stop shop for their home, fashions, and gifts.

Masquerade masks, Venetian Carnival masks. sparkles, custom swimsuits, and custom costumes made with stunning fabrics – it’s all here and Ramsey can help you create something special and one of kind.  –


But get in soon, as the big gay holiday approaches, things are selling fast and his sewing schedule is getting booked up!





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SOFA 20 Expo at Navy Pier Oct 31 – Nov 3

Latchezar Boyadjeiv      Freedom-1, 2013
Cast glass     40 x 25 x 6 in       Habatat Galleries

GORGEOUS ARTWORK  at  SOFA  EXPO  2013!  Atlanta‐based show management company Urban Expositions has acquired the
international Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA)
from The Art Fair Company. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this
year, SOFA is the largest and longest continually running art fair in
Chicago. 

Urban Expositions plans to build a division specializing in art
fairs and SOFA is their first such acquisition. The Art Fair Company
will continue to run the fair during a transition period and Urban
Expositions will take over at the completion of the upcoming 2013 event.
SOFA will take place at the Navy Pier’s Festival Hall in Chicago,
October 31 – November 3, 2013.

Vivian Beer     Low Rider, 2013
Steel, patina and ferrocement     (concrete)     48 X 42 X 34 in         Wexler Gallery

Nancy Josephson   Killer, 2013
Fly ashtray, insecticide spray pump, glass beads, rhinestone, Scrabble letters,
assorted embellishments          5 x 8 x 24 in       Judy Saslow Gallery

“We are thrilled to take ownership of an event that is so well known and
respected by galleries, collectors, museum curators, artists, dealers
and countless other members of the international art and design
communities,” says Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “With the
expert guidance and invaluable industry insight of Mark Lyman, Donna
Davies and the entire SOFA team, we will initiate a seamless transition
process through to the 2013 fair that builds upon the event’s solid
foundation and impressive reputation by continuing to grow its exhibit,
educational, and networking opportunities.” 

“Urban Expositions is the perfect management team to take over
the ownership of SOFA,” explains Mark Lyman. “Urban partners Doug Miller
and Tim von Gal have built their own company through a hands-on
management style and keen desire to truly understand and serve the
specialized needs and business goals of their customers. When we began
talking about the acquisition opportunity, they instantly understood
that this fair’s distinctive focus, unique educational programming and
sense of community were the underlying keys to its longevity. I have
every confidence they will continue to enhance the SOFA experience for
the international art community.” 


Caprice Pierucci      White Seafoam
pine     36 x 54 x 12 in        Diehl Gallery

Lyman launched SOFA CHICAGO at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in 1994.
The first edition drew 58 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors. Located at
Navy Pier since 1995, today SOFA CHICAGO attracts around 80 exhibitors
each year and its average attendance is close to 34,000. 

The artwork exhibits are presented from dealers around the world
in a host of media, including glass, ceramics, textiles, wood and
metalwork by artists at every stage of their careers. SOFA CHICAGO
features a signature lecture series, including presentations by renowned
artists, collectors, curators, critics and designers. In addition, a
number of special exhibits, tours and live demonstrations further
enhance the educational outreach of the fair.

OPENING NIGHT  is  October 31st!

7 – 9:00 pm

Friday  11am-7pm,  Saturday   11am – 7pm   and  Sunday Noon – 6pm

Tickets are available online, or at the door.
Cash and credit cards (VISA, American Express & Mastercard) are accepted.

Groups (10 or more) 
$12.00 (in advance)

SOFA  EXPO

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Ramsey Jay Prince, Chicago’s event, interior and floral designer, opens boutique and studio in Lakeview

Chicago’s top interior designer and event planner sets up permanent shop in Lakeview!
Ramsey Jay Prince, Chicago ’s premier event, interior and floral designer known for his over the top designs, will open his first boutique and studio in Lakeview.
 J Prince Studio will become the outpost for Prince’s design and event firm where clients can meet with Prince and his team, plan their dream event or space and have their events come to life while viewing inspiring vignettes. In addition, the 675 square foot boutique will offer Prince’s handmade florals, hair hide and leather messenger bags, exotic textiles, floor coverings, lighting, furniture designs, and a round up of custom furniture and decorative accessories. 
Also featuring couture pieces from Chicago ’s indie designers like Boris Powell Handbags and Purses, knits from LV Jordan and jewelry from Prince’s new collection. The boutique is a beautiful mélange of Prince’s trademark, luxurious style with carefully selected one of a kind vintage and salvaged pieces with seasonal couture items also for sale. 
This is the urban Fashionista’s one stop shop for their home, fashions, and gifts. 
Ramsey Prince, a Baltimore native, moved to Chicago six years ago to bring his innovative designs and unique style to Chicagoans. Ramsey has been designing and planning events for more 20 years and has a natural ability to create, design and produce experiential events that leave a lasting impression. With a diverse background that spans from intimate garden parties to large scale weddings, Ramsey is able to translate his client’s ideas and vision into reality.
 Boutique and Studio Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm 
                                               Sunday + Monday,  by Appointment Only 
                                                   3744 N Broadway Chicago , IL 60613 
312-547-0958 For more information on Ramsey Jay Prince designs, please visit www.jprincestudio.com

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Celebrate 20 years of Restoration Salon August 24th

Celebrate 20 years of Restoration Salon while raising money for Have Dreams.
$20 suggested donation. Doors open at 7pm Hair/Fashion show at 8pm
Please bring checks or cash for Donation and raffle tickets!
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Huge Blow Out MOVING Sale at Re Stock on Halsted


GOING  GOING….soon to be GONE!

Doors Close this Sunday, Aug. 18th!

Boystown Location:  3519 N. Halsted St.
Thurs. – Sat. 12-8pm   Sun. 12-6pm

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Dog Poop in Chicago…The BEST bag ever Invented!

Is there anything worse, then walking down the street, minding your own business, and step in some business! Dog Poop. It stinks and it’s messy, it’s nasty, there is NO REASON for it  and Dog owners need to take responsibility.

 in some cities, people are SO LAZY,
they don’t bother to pick up their dogs poop! And I am so sick of it!
If you own a dog, clean up after it!

The island of Capri (Italy)  is going high-tech to deal with an age-old problem: dog
poop.They have solved the problem and more cities are talking about it.

The mayor of the island, located off the coast of Naples, is determined to
rid Capri of the rather distasteful predicament by using DNA testing.

The small island is a large tourist destination and is home to 7,305 people
owning 1,000 dogs. Unfortunately, some of the residents seem unwilling to scoop
up poop. In order to maintain the pristine setting Capri is famous for, the city
is using technology to track down pet owners who befoul the town by leaving
piles of scat behind.

The mayor plans to take advantage of a law that requires dogs to undergo a
blood test for canine diseases. The city will use the blood to perform DNA tests
on puppy excrement and identify the source of the smelly mess.

Ok – so lets say you ALWAYS pick your dogs poop. You grab one of those “recycle bags” that every store in the world  uses now, right? And you throw it away. But then what? Where does it go?? It gets sent
off somewhere, to live on forever and ever and ever.

You
may not think about it, but chances are if you have a dog you’re creating
excess waste, somewhere. There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the
United States. That’s a lot of poop! 



A brilliant man in Chicago has come up with THE BEST solution, and THE BEST DOG POOP bags ever made!  Biodegradable Poop Bags by PoopBags.com meet the ASTM D6400
specification for biodegradability, compostability, and comply
with California’s compostable product claims.*
FACT  — 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste:
Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and
dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog
waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in
contaminated waters.

Various
plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term “biodegradability” –
shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM D6400 specification puts a
kibosh on all of that. Basically, the specification requires that the
material is fully tested to ensure that it will degrade at a similar
rate as an apple (composting), and that no large plastic fragments
should remain.

More than likely, the loose and light manufacturers’ bags do not meet
biodegradable/compostable standards of any sort, and are just regular
plastic bags. All in all, bag manufacturers – who claim their bags are
biodegradable or compostable but do not meet the ASTM specifications –
are misleading consumers and are acting negligently towards the
environment.

California’s law, SB 1749, maintains that bags should meet the ASTM
D6400 specification for compostable product claims. Several other states
are also instituting policies like California. The Original PoopBags
proudly meet this standard, and our other bags meet national ASTM
certifications as well.

Additional Facts about Poop Bags:
– Made from a combination of corn and other renewable products.

– Shelf stable just like paper plates or paper towels.

– There are no chemical additives to enhance decomposition. The bags
degrade naturally when exposed to the earth’s elements and
micro-organisms in the soil.

– “Breathe” – allowing heat and moisture to escape or evaporate. This
feature reduces bacterial build-up of collected waste, thus reducing
odor.

– Will decompose in a commercial composting environment between 60 and 90 days after use. PoopBags.com strongly urges consumers not to
place feces-filled bags into home composting systems or green bins as
this could lead to E.coli contamination. Basically, dogs eat meat.

– Will decompose in a natural setting at an extended rate comparable
to other naturally compostable materials, such as paper, leaves and food
waste.

If the poop bags are placed in an “open” or “turned” landfill they
will decompose at a rate similar to other biodegradable/compostable
materials in the same setting. 

If the landfill is anaerobic/locked, no
biodegradable/compostable products will degrade – even banana peels.
 

*Please note this statement does not apply to the flushable bags.



BUY the ORIGINAL     BUY THE BEST.

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Get Dosed! At Dose Market Sunday April 14

Get DOSED! on Sunday, April 14th at the River East Art Center, 
435 E. Illinois St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dose
is a monthly market featuring the finest selection of vendors in one
place: the modern, lofted halls of the River East Art Center. Join us
once a month to celebrate Chicago’s most dynamic gathering of innovative
fashion, artisan food and high design.


 There’s no better way to spend a
Sunday!



$10 gets you in – Free cocktails and food tastings and Fabulous shopping!
Serving up a stunning selection of the finest in food and fashion, join us and 50 Dosers !

You heard it here first: this is the finest drinking vodka on the planet and it wears its Chicago stars with pride. Next Star Vodka make
their DOSE debut with gratis pours of their stellar Chicago mule —
ginger beer, lime juice and their fanatic-inspiring spirit — the perfect
way to get ready for your Très Awesome photoshoot.

You heard us right: this DOSE is your time to shine. Wear your
favorite outfit (or build it at the Market and get plenty of help) and
find yourself on the sweep in front of Chicago’s reigning street-style
maven, Emma Arnold of Très AwesomeWith
seriously cool technology, you’ll not only get a great shot, you’ll
have a shot at winning some fantastic Spring accessories.
Your ticket to DOSE always includes the opportunity to try the
finest brews, wines and spirits free of charge if you’re the appropriate
age. We realize, though, different strokes for different folks. You may
now trade in your drink ticket for DOSE h2o!

Dose Market

Check this out!
Need a free ride there??  Have you heard of the SIDE CAR app?

SideCar
CHI will be providing DOSE-goers the opportunity to try the service and
snag a free ride to the Market this Sunday! Just enter the code
ILOVEDOSE for a $15 credit toward your first ride.
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The OUT NYC planning to open OUT CHICAGO Hotel in Boystown

THE OUT NYC is New York City’s first ‘straight-friendly’ urban resort
complex, serving as a travel and entertainment destination for visitors
and locals alike.
THE OUT NYC’s features include a boutique hotel with 105 modern guest
rooms, 3 outdoor courtyards, The Spa at the OUT NYC, a glass-covered
atrium, jacuzzis, steam room, sauna, 24-hour fitness center, XL
Nightclub, KTCHN Restaurant, and conference facilities available for
special events and catering.
They consistently get rated 4 and 5 stars by travelers. Excellent, Top Notch, Faultless, Flawless, Fantastic, Gorgeous….these are just some of the words, guests have used, to describe THE OUT NYC!
Parkview Developers, a well known development company in New York are now looking to expand their luxury brand to Chicago, Washington DC, and possibly Milan.
The Chicago property will be located between Sidetrack and Mini Bar. And build up into the air, several floors. 120 rooms of luxury on Halsted!
THE OUT CHICAGO is coming in 2015. Strategically positioned in between
SIDETRACK & Minibar and across the street from Roscoe’s (the 3 top
grossing gay bars in Chicago); this is in the epicenter of Chicago’s
‘gayborhood’ appropriately called “Boystown”. This 4 star Urban Resort
complex will include..
….

– ±112 boutique hotel rooms (including Shared Luxury Accommodations & Extended Stay Suites)
– 1500SF full service Spa, Gym & Wellness Center – “The Spa @ THE OUT”
– 2500SF of Conference/Meeting/Event Space
– 3000SF Fully Enclosed Glass Atrium Courtyard – 1500 SF Enclosed
Rooftop Bar & Lounge with spectacular views of downtown Chicago 
– “KTCHN Art” Restaurant (consultation and possible partnership with Celebrity Chef Art Smith)
– 2000 SF “XL Minibar” with Dance/Cabaret Space (acquisition and
partnership and/or management contract is currently in negotiations with
Minibar)
– Marketing Partnership with Sidetrack Bar and access to their 15,000 sf bar complex from the THE OUT CHICAGO Lobby. 
– BOUTIQUE lobby shop.

About us…..

http://theoutnyc.com/media-gallery/

FODORS TOP 100:  Our “Straight-friendly” Urban Resort (THE OUT NYC)
surrounding our XL Nightclub was named one of this year’s top 100 hotels
in the world by Fodors featured in the “Trendsetter” category and
featured on CNN.com and we are #3 on TripAdvisor (of 156 Specialty
Hotels in NYC).

THEOUTNYC.com (4 star resort + & $99 Euro style luxury hostel pods)

Xlnightclub.com (#1 night club in NYC)

Xlcabaret.com (major performance acts)

KTCHNnyc.com (Zagat favorite new restaurant)

Theoutnycspa.com (full service Spa&/gym)

The ManifestOUT.com (Cultural & Event Blog)

THEOUThousenyc.com (Private Membership Social Club like Soho House)

KTCHN: Zagat –
Thttp://blog.zagat.com/2012/06/best-thing-we-ate-last-night-red.html
 
NY Times Article – “To be a Hotel and Gay in NYu” http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/travel/seven-gay-hotels$-in-new-york.htm

TIME Magazine Article – “I Had a Gay Old Time” http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2113812,00.html

It could mean big things for Lake View and Boystown. A study of the community
has long identified it seriously lacks hotels, a part of the reason why
the Ricketts Family now plan to open one near Wrigley Field.

One was also planned in the Addison Park on Clark development, but the developer behind that project recently announced the hotel deal fell through.

Officials with Ald. Tom Tunney’s office say a hotel in Boystown, however, might be just what the community needs.

“I actually followed up and saw the product, and it’s great,” said
Chief of Staff Bennett Lawson. “It’s very boutique. Our master plan
identifies we need more hotels in the area, so if the space could work
with the right kind of anchor tenants, height and zoning, we’re on
board.”

The developer is having a neighborhood meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 7PM at
the 19th District Police Station Community Room.
Everyone should
definitely attend and support this project. Chicago is very lucky to
have been chosen for their 2nd hotel location!! 
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Discount Gucci and Prada in Chicago? Yep!

Just about 5 minutes from O’Hare will sit The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, the biggest retail
project to happen in Chicago in a very long time. 

 

They claim, it’s So Big you’ll be able
to see runway shows happening on the LED Screens from low  planes flying into
O’Hare. 
The anchors of the 2-floor 530,000 square-foot mall, opening  are Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman
Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Forever 21. 
Upstairs will be higher-end outlets ranging from
Prada to J.Crew.  J. Who? We’re talking Nike Factory
Store, Halston, Herve Leger, Helzberg Diamonds, Hugo Boss, Allsaints,
Andrew Marc, Brunello Cucinelli, Cole Haan, Georgio Armani, Michael
Kors, L.K. Bennett, Gucci and even Haagen Dazs.  
AND in addition to all these supah stah shops, representing the best of the best of 120 outlets, there’s two fine dining restaurants; Prasino
and Villagio and a first-level food court.
“Beyond the robust slate of retail and dining attractions, Fashion
Outlets of Chicago also will offer an exciting set of customer amenities
and social experiences, including a world-class art installation,” AWE
Talisman Chairman Arthur Weiner said in a statement.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago is located on Fashion Outlets Way off of
Balmoral Road in Rosemont and off of I-294 at the intersections of I-190
and I-90. The full store list can be found here.
OPENING  8-1-2013
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World Gym DEEP DISCOUNTS Feb 14th

 How is that New Years resolution going? 

PUT DOWN THAT BAG OF CHIPS
 and get to WORLD GYM FEB. 13th!
Unbeatable prices one day only. 

2 for 1 pricing

Half Off memberships

New members get free fitness assessments
All fitness classes are FREE and led by local experts and designed to help all skill levels conquer goals on the path to ultimate fitness glory.
In 1976, it all began here. The iconic celebrity fitness scene. The serious, no-nonsense workout. The commitment to always remain a true gym, not a resort. A place where great shape is an authentic passion. Where you belong among friends. Where everyone’s a star, and you have the power to lift yourself to greatness. This is World Gym.
909 W Montrose Ave 
(773) 348-1212

Tell them you saw it here!

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Pamper Yourself with Great Personal Services in Boystown

In the last few months, some new personal service businesses
have popped up in Boystown, joining the ranks of long time style makers like
Tim Weber  of Restorations Salons .

We have been a fan of Tims Restoration salon since it’s
first opening in 1993, in Lincoln Park. (2151 N. Sheffield)  Tim steadily grew his business and
later opened 2 more locations, one in Andersonville (5349 N. Clark) and the newest spot in
Lakeview (3255 N. NBroadway).

What makes 
restoration different? or special? “Restoration Salons’ pride themselves on having experienced
professional stylists, a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, and the focus is on
hair and our goal is to restore
,” says Tim.

 Do guys in Chicago follow the trends?  or do their own thing, when it comes to
hairstyles?

 “Trends can be tricky, by the time some of them catch on, its
time to move on… Some heads can pull off trends and some should never try
them… I usually try to make the client look there best; whether it is a trend
or timeless!”

How to choose a good salon or stylist?

“I  always say that a client needs to find 3 things: A salon that they like (the atmosphere,location,style) a stylist that they love (enjoy talking too, and happy to see them) and a stylist that can achieve a great cut/color. If you can find all three you will be happy for a long long time! Our staff is always ready with a friendly smile. We ensure you a great service and a high quality experience, that will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and restored!”


The new girl on the block is Kinley Preston, owner of the new VANITE‘  Paul Mitchell Focus Salon at  3161 N. Halsted. There are only 5 Focus Salons in the entire Chicagoland area and this is the 3rd such salon, in the city. 

So what is a “focus salon”? Kinley explained, “We carry the entire Paul Mitchell product line, including the pet products. The staff is Paul Mitchell trained and educated. 

We are happy to be a flourishing Local
Independent Business and active
in giving to our community. 
As a “Paul Mitchell Focus
Salon” we have the opportunity
to receive advanced training
from Premier National Award
Winning Stylists several times
each year. We are committed to
keeping up to date and pleased
to deliver these techniques with
the latest ideas to you! 
Cut and Coloring is our
specialty. We don’t settle for
average and neither should you! 
We offer you more than just a
cut.. get an experience! We think we offer a better quality service for the same price as some of our competitors.

Kinley’s new salon is sleek and elegant. I was pampered with a shampoo and cut recently. The comfort experience begins with the chairs and shampoo bowls. Both from Japan. Both providing comfort and allowing the guest to fully relax and enjoy the 5 minute scalp massage in the dimly lit, LED glowing room!

Kinley herself was a graduate of the Paul Mitchell School but chose to be an owner and manager, instead of a stylist.  A great side story –  FYI – John Paul Jones DeJoria, the mastermind behind Paul Mitchell, was born the second son of an Italian immigrant father and a Greek immigrant mother in Los Angeles. His parents divorced by the time he was two years old, and at nine he began selling Christmas cards and newspapers with his older brother to support his family. When his single mother proved unable to support both children, they were sent to an East Los Angeles foster home.

DeJoria spent much of his youth in a street gang in East Los Angeles, but changed when he was told that he would “never succeed at anything in life” by a math teacher at John Marshall High School. He graduated in 1962 and spent two years in the United States Navy, after which he floated through a series of jobs ranging from janitor to insurance salesman.

DeJoria entered the world of hair care as an employee of Redken Laboratories. He was fired from this position and in 1980, he formed John Paul Mitchell Systems with hairdresser Paul Mitchell and a loan for $700. In 1989, Paul Mitchell died and was replaced by his son, Angus as company co-owner. As of 2011, John Paul Mitchell Systems had revenues of $900 million annually.

So DeJoria understands personal struggles and hurdles. And he in fact, played a key role in Kinley’s life and was instrumental helping making her salon, a reality. “Three years ago, I was destitute. Living in my car. He really took a personal interest in my story, at a time when I was going through a lot. I wrote a business plan, and the company loved it.”

Now Kinleys salon is a reality and she is very involved with the community and sits on various boards from the local Chamber of Commerce to the Joffrey Ballet Auxiliary board.


The world is all about pure, natural  and organic these days. People are willing to pay a little more, for better products and services. 

There has been a global shift taking place in the food, water and health sectors, as we face consequences of environmental damage due to pollution, global warming, agricultural trends and pesticide usage. 

Enter Vincent Dinh of Savon Spa. (3635 North Halsted Street) “Growing up in Vietnam, everything we ate was organic.” explains Vincent. “There were no chemicals used. Poop was used to fertilize! With that experience growing up and then moving to America, it was like culture shock. OMG, the cucumbers are so big here! And no taste. My food was growing up was small, beqautiful and SO MUCH TASTE.

At Savon Spa, Amy, Vincent and their staff strive to give clients a luxurious, purifying organic spa experience in an elegant setting reminiscent of old world Paris. In fact,  much of the furniture inside the spa is eco-friendly reclaimed and/or refurbished.

Indulgent, Earth-friendly, organic products, hand-made organic soaps, scrubs, masks, lotions and treatments.  In atmosphere of serenity, warmth, and beauty, Savon Spa offers a soothing array of services. From  various massages (60 minute deep tissue $110), advanced facials (24k gold mask or placenta treatment $200), body treatments (Hungarian mud wraps $80), manicure, pedicure, waxing for men and women and non-surgical skin rejuvenation services by cutting-edge aestheticism Dr. Randa Sawan. “We offer a great no lift, non-yellowing nail treatment. There is no chemicals and no odor. And it’s stronger than acrylic or gel nails,” explained Vincent.

Every experience can be customized to the guests’ desires to provide the perfect escape from the city, whether it’s for a quick massage or an entire day devoted to absolute bliss. 

Savon Spa even offers “Beauty on the Go”, a mobile spa, designed to pamper you at home, in the office, or wherever your travels lead you.

Savon Spa is committed to giving you a perfect, joyful spa day every time you come in. “I have always had expensive taste.  And when I was a computer consultant I was able to travel the world a lot and stay at 5 star hotels and spas. Our goal here is offer a high end experience and make it more affordable. You’ll leave Savon Spa with brighter, softer skin and a brighter, softer soul.”

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Holiday Gifts Galore at Randolph Market Dec 15-16

Get your holiday shopping and party planning off to the
right start with wares in all price ranges, from thrifty to extravagant, and
not to mention the brilliant ideas you’ll get in regards to your own holiday
displays.

You will discover fabulous keepsakes from embroidered hankies to
estate jewelry with everything in between. Timeless antiques and modern
treasures including vintage and indie fashion, furniture, jewelry, art,
decorative objects, house wares, and more will make this holiday show a
memorable experience. Get a jump on the holiday season, beginning with vintage
cheer spanning the decades!

Have all your holiday decorating, party planning, fashion and entertaining questions answered by the vintage kings and queens at the Randolph Street Market’s 6th Annual Holiday Market, December 15 and 16.

The Randolph Street Market is the perfect one stop shop for your holiday needs when it comes to tabletop, indoor/outdoor décor, holiday fashion and jewelry, and so much more. Make this season as unique as the selection of wares you’ll find at the market with free giftwrap on site and free furniture delivery in Chicago.

Randolph Street’s 6th Annual Holiday Market

WHEN:
Saturday, December 15– 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 16– 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

WHERE:
Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago FREE PARKING in huge onsite parking lot only steps away from entrance    

PRICE: Discounted $8 tickets are available in advance (click here); general admission $10, students with ID $3 or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under free.

NEW IN 2012: Every paid admission gets a $5 or $10 shopping voucher good toward purchases. For more information, visit www.randolphstreetmarket.com

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North Halsted Window Walk Dec. 8th

The Northalsted Window Walk. 

Saturday DEC 8th
A festive little way to support the businesses of Northalsted & an excuse to drink hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps (sm). We will be kicking things off at Space Park at 2pm and then heading out to stroll the street & support businesses without the fear of being bitten or trampled. Additional details are available at www.northalsted.com. Cocktails, shopping and prizes…what’s not to enjoy?

This
holiday season when you buy a Northlasted Gift Card, you automatically
get an extra 20% value on your card. For example, purchase a $100 gift
card and get $120 on your card!

The best part? The Northalsted Gift Cards can be used at over 70 locations on North Halsted between Belmont and Broadway. Click here to buy your giftcard today.

They always sell out, so get yours before they’re gone!

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Seasons Greetings and Tax Season

Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays!

You know what that means – 
      Tax season is just around the corner!
the 2013 tax filing season could be a “real disaster,” IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said Thursday, if Congress doesn’t make key tax decisions before Jan. 1.
 
“You could have a real disaster in the filing season where there is total confusion,” Shulman said during a speech at the National Press Club.
Members of Congress strongly disagree on tax policy and most have agreed to put off any substantive changes until after Nov. 6 elections. That doesn’t leave much time to make decisions and revamp IRS procedures before the traditional Jan. 1 beginning of tax season.

Some strategic planning done before year’s end can amount to significant savings for some. I often meet with clients during the last few months of the year with an eye toward projecting their tax liability and developing a plan to reduce their tax liability.
A self-employed individual can expect to pay approximately forty-five percent tax on income that reaches into a higher tax bracket. Income taxed in a lower tax bracket is taxed at approximately thirty-five percent. The key to managing a tax liability is to know when you have income that goes into a higher tax bracket. 
Single taxpayers pay a higher (25% versus 15%) rate of tax when taxable income exceeds $34,500. 
You want to  reduce taxable income thereby lowering the tax liability. Additional business expenses will reduce all three federal, state and self-employment tax liabilities. Taxpayers can also purchase equipment or vehicles before the end of the year that can net huge tax savings. For example, a$2,000 computer purchase will end up costing only $1,100 when the tax savings is factored into the purchase. Learn what deductions you can or should take. 
There are also tax deductions, retirement funding for example, that we utilize that will reduce the federal tax but not the self-employment tax. Planning and projecting a tax liability is an integral segment of the tax preparation process. If you are a small business entrpreneur that has a tax bill of more than $500, you should be paying quarterly estimated taxes. You could be hit with IRS penalties which can severely impact your business’s cash flow.
In addition to tax deductions there are some tax credits that have been reauthorized and some credits set to expire have been extended for two years.TALK TO SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO HELP YOU!
Tax credits are beneficial because they directly reduce the tax while a tax deduction reduces the amount of money being taxed. Once again I particularly like the energy credits, particularly the solar credit, and the education credits. Credits for windows and doors still exist, but are capped at 10% up to $500 (windows are capped at $200). 
The modified education credit is now referred to as the American Opportunity Tax Credit. This credit has been expanded to include expenses for course books, supplies, and equipment. The credit is equal to 100% of the first $2,000 spent and twenty-five percent of the next $2,000 per student each year. Therefore, the full credit amount of $2,500 may be available to a taxpayer who pays $4,000 or more in qualifying expenses. 
Remember that I am here throughout the year to answer any questions you might have, and I am looking forward to helping you maximize those tax deductions and credits in the upcoming tax season! MENTION THIS ARTICLE WHEN CALLING OUR OFFICE.
Happy Holidays!
Linu Thomas
Provident Light Advisors
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Vanite Paul Mitchell MITCH Party Dec 8th

VANITE Paul Mitchell Salon will be hosting a special party at Minibar, Saturday December 8th! (3341 North Halsted Street )
There will be a champagne reception, lots of MITCH giveaways and a chance to win a trip to LAS VEGAS! It all starts at 9pm. 
As busy men we don’t have the time better yet the knowledge to know
what’s better for our hair. Fast pace life’s full of family, work,
relationships and the gym keep us on the go. Our hair might get
neglected time to time. We don’t have time for shampoo and conditioner!
Do we?
Men I’m here to say yes we do! Thanks to Paul Mitchell and the NEW men’s
Mitch line! Specifically the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, Double
Hitter.  Double Hitter is a sulfate-free shampoo with a healthy lather and rich
sent. This 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner is perfect for us on the go!
Washes and leaves our hair full and healthy ready to take on the world!
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Special Holiday Sale and Party Dec. 5th

BestGayChicago.com
invite you to Celebrate the Holidays and Shop LOCAL.

2 of our favorite new small businesses at one Boystown address!

MEBLE Design Studio & Vanite’ Paul Mitchell Focus Salon

Meet and greet the dynamic mother-daughter duo Agnes & Danuta at Meble Design where they sell antiques, artwork, unique interior design pieces, upholstery and accent items – all AMAZINGLY PRICED.

From pictures and accents to couches and chairs – it’s ALL HERE!
Need a custom piece created or have an item you would like refurbished, updated or bedazzled? That’s their specialty!
ALL guests will enjoy 30% off store items or services discussed during this special event!

ALSO, meet Kinley Preston and her staff at the brand new Vanite Paul Mitchell Hair Salon for men & women.

Kinley will be on hand showing off her gorgeous new salon space and you can pick up Paul Mitchell samples and ENJOY 30% OFF all Paul Mitchell products.

PLUS, everyone gets a BestGayChicago.com swag bag of goodies, just for stopping by!

Come have some wine and cheese and shop and mingle!
Please RSVP, if you can.

Its an Open House event party 5-9pm, so stop in and peruse and mingle anytime convenient and bring a friend.
But if you do stop by during the day, just mention BestGayChicago.com and the 30% off special will apply.

It is so important that we are aware of the small businesses in our community so that we can refer them to friends and support and shop local when we can so that they continue to be in business in the future.

3161 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657

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