Category Archives: Retail and Services

Chicago Soap Makers Expanding

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Chicago soapmakers Real. Soaps is expanding into a studio to increase production and begin teaching classes on soap making and natural products.  But they need your help.

Shamus McClain started Real. Soaps because many “soaps” are not actually soap; they’re detergent, and the chemicals in them make them far less than natural – some are potentially dangerous.  Sadly, it is this way with a lot of products, so I learned how to make them myself with REAL ingredients.   I am self taught and since the beginning have been focused on taking what I have learned and sharing it with people so they can make smarter choices about the products they use.

What started as handmade, small-batch soap has grown over the past 3 years.  I now have an ever-expanding line of all natural products.  I continue to make every product in small batches with intention & care and with my own two hands.   Real. Soaps has gained popularity through word of mouth, friends and family, Etsy, working with local shops, farmer’s markets, craft fairs and pop-up shops.  I now stock over 20 stores here in Chicago and several out of state.

“Through 4 apartments I have been growing this company – and now Real. Soaps finally has a space to call its own!   I have been offered an opportunity to grow my business in the form of my own work space.  I will use this space to increase my own production and continue spreading the natural/green beauty message by teaching classes on how to make similar products on your own!  As a maker, this will be my work space and a retail space for my product. As a teacher, I will share my knowledge with my community. ”

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Chicago Gay Mens Chorus Auction

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CGMC’s Annual Fundraiser, The Big Package Auction, is taking place on Saturday, April 18th at SIDETRACK from 5 – 8 PM with a special VIP reception from 4 – 5 PM.

The event will be hosted by the legendary Lady Bunny!

– Get Your Tickets Now –
(Seriously, before they’re all gone)
Tickets are limited with our early-bird prices:

VIP – $100
General Admission – $40 ($50 after April 13th!)

VIP Tickets include a pre-show Meet and Greet and photo opportunity with Lady Bunny, a preview of the Silent Auction, one-hour of open bar, Garrett’s Popcorn Bar, catered food from the delicious Shaw’s Crab House, a swag bag, and early admission to the Live Auction area before General Admission. Plus all the benefits provided the General Admission patrons.

General Admission tickets include two drink tickets, catering from Bar Pastoral, Petterino’s Restaurant, and Revival Social Club, and access to both our Live and Silent Auctions!

TAKE SNEAK A PEAK AT THE BIG PACKAGES
We’ve got six really great Live Auction Packages planned for this year’s event. See below for a sneak peak of two of them. Keep an out eye on our social media to learn more about these two fabulous packages and more this week.

The ultimate movie lover’s package will provide you with a trip to LA and an invitation for two (2) to the exclusive Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on the night of the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony.

Bound to be a magical holiday treat, this package includes a trip to Washington DC with an invite for two (2) to decorate the White House for Christmas and to attend the opening White House Holiday Reception.

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Oprah’s Yard Sale Auction

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Oprah may have had a difficult time in trying to ditch her spacious 56th floor Water Tower Place unit, but the media mogul is now unloading the contents of the 9,600 square foot pad to raise funds for her education foundation; South African girls school.

Oprah will be auctioning off 571 lots in a big one day event on April 25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers  announced the sale, which will be conducted at its Chicago salesroom.

“People love Oprah,” Hindman said. “There’s something for everyone. There’s things that are $100 and things up to $100,000.”

Slowly but surely, Oprah has been cutting ties with Chicago over the last few years, selling two other units along Lake Shore Drive, a farm in Indiana and her Harpo Studios campus in the West Loop.

Oprah also recently announced that she plans on shutting down Harpo’s Chicago operations for good.

If you plan on attending Oprah’s ginormous garage sale, be sure to bring a pile of cash as many of the items being sold are valuable antiques and artwork.

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Chicago LGBT Wedding Expo March 7th

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Frost Fest Week in Boystown

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This February, Boystown embraces the brisk weather for a first of its kind Frost Fest, a week long schedule of events celebrating all things cool in the neighborhood.

 

Soup Walk
Sunday, February 22nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Visit participating shops and sample soups from your favorite restaurants.
Taste of Northalsted
Monday, February 23rd – Thursday, February 26th
Visit northalsted.com to print your $10 OFF Coupon.
Warm-Up Wednesday
Wednesday, February 25th, 6:00 PM
Enjoy warm and spirited drinks at the bars along the Northalsted strip
Brisk Brews – Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, February 28th
Pick between two 3 hour tasting sessions beginning at 1:00 PM or 6:00 PM.
Sample over 20 local craft brews in our heated outdoor tent.
Buy your tickets at www.northalsted.com.

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Chicago Liposuction and 3D Abdominal Etching

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January usually brings New Years Resolutions and many men turn their attention to their bodies. Some resolutions include losing weight and/or adding muscle and looking and feeling fitter.

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With Summer coming, many people wish they could wave a magic wand and have abs! Or at least reduce the abdominal bulge and waistline inches a bit, to give us a slimmer and tighter body.

As we get older, it’s harder and harder to realize our fitness goals and our bodies may not respond to diet and exercise, the same way they did in our 20’s.

There are various techniques of liposuction and/or 3D Abdominal Etching that may be the answer to help you. Liposuction removes fat from your body using suction. In recent years, improved techniques have made liposuction safer, easier, and less painful. Liposuction is usually done as an outpatient procedure in a properly equipped doctor’s office or hospital. In general, it does not require an overnight stay unless a large volume of fat is being removed. Local anesthesia is used in some cases. And you may or may not be given a sedative to help you relax. The main purpose of liposuction is to reshape one or more areas of your body, not to reduce body weight. Liposuction is typically used on “problem” areas that have not responded well to diet and exercise.

High-definition liposuction or abdominal etching is a great way to improve the overall definition of the abdomen. For some individuals, their genetic makeup restricts them from attaining the chiseled abdomen appearance they desire. Abdominal etching, a technique specific type of liposuction, will thin the remaining fat on top of the stomach muscles and accentuate the natural break points in the wall. The resulting contour lines aid in the creation of the appearance of a muscular abdomen or “six pack”.

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Established in 2010, the award winning cosmetic surgery practice of David A Shifrin MD, provides the complete experience by combining excellent surgical results with personalized care. Dr Shifrin has the training, expertise and experience to make your dreams of a healthy appearing, attractive body and abdomen a reality.

A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Dr. David Shifrin is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, respected for his work with cosmetic surgery and breast cancer reconstruction. Dr. Shifrin returned to his home town of Chicago in 2010 after years of training in the Midwest and South. His travels afforded him a learning experience with some of the most respected plastic surgeons. His academic accomplishments, which include multiple peer reviewed journal article publications and national conference presentations, and his love of teaching and mentoring led him to seek out an academic appointment with the University of Illinois at Chicago division of plastic surgery as an assistant clinical professor.

Dr. David Shifrin specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. He is a plastic surgeon who completed a highly sought-after integrated training program in Michigan, followed by two advanced fellowships. The first, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, concentrated on reconstructive microsurgery. The second fellowship focused on Aesthetic surgery under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Hunstad, a world renowned plastic surgeon in the area of breast and body contouring.

Dr. Shifrin maintains multiple convenient office locations. He focuses his time at Shifrin Plastic Surgery, Downtown Chicago, on improving the aesthetic appearance of his patients through the use of state of the art skin care, botox and fillers and surgery. He prides himself on enhancing his patient’s physical attributes, blending his love of anatomy and science with his surgical expertise to artistically refine the outward beauty of his patients.

Dr. Shifrin is devoted to providing the best possible experience to those he cares for. He has been awarded Top Plastic Surgeon Chicago region 2012 and 2013 by Health Tap, Patient’s Choice Award and Most Compassionate Doctor Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by American Registry.

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In addition to seeing patients at Shifrin Plastic Surgery (680 N. Lake Shore Drive), he currently practices with the Advocate Medical Group at Christ hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Dr. Shifrin looks forward to serving all of his patients with professional and personalized care.

If you like what you have been reading here, request a consultation with Dr Shifrin to learn more about how these procedures can help you achieve your desired appearance. You are encouraged to print your favorite photos and bring them with you during your consultation to help communicate your goals and expectations.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique. Plastic surgery is a blending of art and science and results are thus variable.

David Shifrin MD

CHICAGO: 312.590.3572

OAK LAWN: 708.684.4198

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Stain Resistant Ground Breaking Fashion

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It’s 2015 and the game of fashion is changing forever.

Nationally respected fashion designer, Borris Powell, who recently launched a brand new men’s line, has introduced nanotechnology to the fashion world.

“My luxury men’s and women’s lines will be stain resistant in 2015,” the designer says. “This technology is revolutionary and I’m ecstatic to be the spokesperson of it to the luxury fashion industry.”

Powell, who has partnered with ACT, the developer of the technology, drips wine on his jacket and the droplets fall right off. “The treatment of the clothing is nontoxic and environmentally safe. It sprays onto the clothing and with heat application can be ready in thirty minutes. It’s undetectable, resistant to water, oil, and dirt, breathable, and safe. You can’t even tell it’s there. The suit feels exactly the same.” It can be applied to everything and anything in Powell’s line—whether it be one of his Emmy, Oscars, or Grammy’s gowns, or his one-of-a-kind dapper suits. The only fabrics it cannot be applied to are Lycra and Spandex. “What’s worse than having a stain on your favorite blazer or vest? This isn’t a problem anymore. A gentleman always looks his best.”

“2015 is going to be so big,” he chimes in. “This is just the beginning.” The designer is known for his stunning looks and homage to the classic. His men’s line, which premiered in late 2014 and features up-and-coming Film Director Kyle Thomas as the face of the line, focuses on the gentleman. “Technology has changed the way we do everything: communicate, date, and present ourselves to the world. It’s time that technology become a part of our fashion,” Thomas states. Recently, Powell announced his role as the Creative Director of Fashion for the new series SEX + LOVE, with Thomas being the creator of the show. “Fashion is integral to how Millennials present their images to the world. People want that sense of glamour and romance,” Thomas states. Powell grins widely. “The gentleman is back and that’s what my newest campaign integrating nanotechnology shows.”

 Photography by Ronald Leon Hale. Make-up by Kimberly Thomas-Schaffer. Location Odyssey Cruises in downtown Chicago.

For more information on Borris Powell,
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Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon

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With (FUE) Follicular Unit Extraction And Surgical Robotic Technology

 

International lecturer and teacher, Dr. William Yates, M.D., Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon, breaks through the old stereotypes of hair loss and hair transplant and brings Chicago’s North Shore the very latest cutting edge technological advancements in the field, offering patients an array of state-of-the-art facial and hair restoration services. He is a world-renowned expert in Follicular Unit Extraction.

He is so passionate and confident the Follicular Unit Extraction technique is superior to traditional methods; he only performs this highly skilled technique for hair transplantation.

Dr. Yates specialized skills make him one of the elite surgeons to educate and train other physicians to perform this specialized technique both locally and internationally.

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What is FUE?

While performed under local anesthesia, the hair or follicular units are individually harvested or punched from the back of the scalp or donor area in the hands of Dr. Yates using whatever instrument is best for his patient to obtain optimal results. He utilizes the most advanced ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System or various manual, hand-held instruments to delicately punch out each individual hair follicle.

The camera system and algorithms in place with the robot or Dr. Yates skilled eyes and hands, choose the most robust hairs to remove for transplantation. With the traditional strip method for hair transplantation, not only do you have to take all hairs (even weak hair), the patient also incurs a painful cut, stitches and scar that they have to live with and conceal the rest of their lives.

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Dr. Yates utilizes state of the art biological solutions such as Hypothermosol and ATPv (adenosine triphosphate) to store, protect and ensure optimal survival of these valuable grafts while awaiting transplant into the balding areas of the scalp for both men and women.

The finishing touch is completed by Dr. Yates artistic ability to create a natural hairline and hair density in his patient’s areas of thinning throughout the scalp. He uses micro-incisions to create sites to place each individual follicular unit, which will grow into a natural, undetectable pattern over the next year.

The results – – Phenomenal, Natural, Permanent Hair that patients can style anyway they desire without a scar in the back of the scalp. It’s cutting edge methodology like this that separates Dr. Yates’ concierge practice from the cookie cutter competition, who still rely on the antiquated guesswork with a scalpel from when they started 30 years ago.

 

“It’s permanent and not many people can do it right,” says Dr. Yates. “This is the investment that lasts.”
WITH FUE THERE ARE NO TRANVERSE VISIBLE SCARS ACROSS THE BACK OF THE HEAD

If someone is unable to shave the back of his or her scalp for FUE, he also has an answer for this. Dr. Yates is able to creatively trim the hair so that the donor area is completely concealed and you can return to work immediately without any visible signs of a procedure.
Dr. Yates is also very skilled at restoring facial hair such as beards, mustaches, goatees and eyebrows.

He also performs recovery and repair work on patients who have had multiple, visible scars; old-fashioned and undesirable plug procedures; and creative body hair (beard, chest, back hair) harvesting for transplantation for individuals who are “tapped out” of donor hair in the back of their scalp.

 

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State of the Art

        Non-Surgical Options…

 

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
This therapy has been FDA approved and utilized for over 30 years for advanced wound healing. Now, we are seeing exciting results with PRP for hair growth. A patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a specific concentration effective for hair growth. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles. This process stimulates the body’s own growth factors and stem cells to slow hair loss, reverse miniaturized hair to produce a strong, visible hair again, and if used at the time of a hair transplant, it encourages faster graft growth. This has been very effective for both men and women.

Stromal Vascular Fraction or Stem Cell Therapy with Fat Transfer
Adult stem cells are most concentrated in our bodies in bone marrow and even more so in fat tissue or adipose. Dr. Yates is able to harvest these fat cells and concentrate and purify them in a centrifuge system. He then combines the fat cells with PRP to inject into the scalp to stimulate hair growth and stabilize further hair loss. This process offers even more benefits than just PRP alone by replacing the lost layer of subcutaneous fat in the scalp where the hair follicle thrives.

Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP)
With SMP, pigment is used on the scalp to create the appearance of real hair follicles recreating hairlines, adding the appearance of density to thinning areas and covering unsightly scars. This advanced solution for hair loss replicates real shaven hair follicles on the scalp. The appearance is so realistic that it actually looks like you have hair. We know how the hair should look when pigmented, because that’s all we do everyday – HAIR! If someone has limited donor hair and has been told they were not a good candidate for a hair transplant procedure, they now have a great option! This is perfect for those who wear a very closely cropped hairstyle!

Hair Styling for Thinning Hair

Since hair loss affects so many people and everyone’s self-esteem, Dr. Yates even offers an onsite Licensed Cosmetologist with over 17 years of experience. She studied in Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, New York, Miami and Chicago. She specializes in styling and educating patients to look their best if they suffer with hair loss.

 

Someone doesn’t have to be bald to feel the confidence shaking reality of hair loss. For many, it can appear as a lack of volume and expanding thinness. Slowly, their scalp becomes more apparent through the diminishing volume of their hair. Dr. Yates can stop that hair loss in its tracks and reduce the appearance of thinning hair for men and women using the most advanced treatments available in the industry.

 

When hair transplantation is done correctly by a proficient surgeon, the results look so natural that nobody would know you had a procedure. To achieve the best, natural, and attractive results, you need a meticulous surgeon with proven results.

The team at Yates Hair Science Group delivers the best care and quality everyday and are recognized leaders in the field.

213 N Stetson Ave,  Chicago IL  60601

PHONE: 312-261-0872 or visit them online at dryateshairscience.com

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Boystown Gift Cards – Last Minute Gifts

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NEED A  LAST MINUTE GIFT???

Shop local. And give back to your community.

 

Buy a Northalsted Gift Card and earn FREE MONEY with the return of HOLIDAY BUCKS! This holiday season get an extra 20% added to every Northalsted Gift Card you buy!

 

That’s right! For a limited time (while supplies last*), when you purchase your Northalsted Gift Card, you’ll receive an extra 20% of value applied directly to your card.

The Northalsted Gift Card is accepted at 
 over 40 Boystown area businesses!

Buy Your Northalsted Gift Card!

First please select your pick up method:

1)  We will mail your Gift Card to your address free of charge.  Please include full name name and complete mailing address.

2) Or you can pick up your Gift Card at the Northalsted Business Alliance Office, located at 801 West Cornelia Avenue Suite 2S, directly above Hydrate Night Club.  Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Please select Gift Card value between $25.00 – $400.00

20% Bonus* added after purchase price
For every $25.00 purchased earn $5.00 bonus!

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Limo and Transportation Services

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A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

They will find the perfect vehicle for that special occasion. A-List/Midwest Limousine Service has put together special VIP packages for you. Book your personal, premium limousine in over 500 locations worldwide, irrespective of whether you need a limousine in CHICAGO, but also New York,California, or overseas.

As well as a first-class, customized service, you and your guests will be provided with an experienced and reliable chauffeur for use around the clock. This chauffeur service is able to reliably coordinate a schedule or route change even if at the last minute, thus saving time, and bringing you, the customer, to your destination punctually.

In renting a limousine from us, you open up a world of possibilities. Our special event service will safely transport you and your business partners in luxurious mini-vans and coaches to trade shows, conventions and festivals. For special occasions like weddings or gala dinners, your luxury stretch limousine wedding car is ready for you from the same category. Of course the excellent chauffeur service is also provided to you by the A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

 

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Outstanding vehicles from Lincoln MKT, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Chrysler offer the desired luxury you deserve as a business traveler or celebrity. The A-List/Midwest Limousine Service allows you to experience an uncomplicated but sophisticated way of renting a limousine across the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Reservation Phone: 800-729-5110

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Howard Brown Raises Minimum Wage

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Effective immediately, Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is raising the minimum wage for Brown Elephant employees to $10.10/hour. The increase, in concert with President Obama’s recent executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, represents HBHC’s investment in its hard working staff.

Since the late 1980s, Brown Elephant has been supporting HBHC’s health programs and services by selling gently used furniture, clothing, and media collected through community donations. Net proceeds on the resale of tens of thousands of donated items help HBHC offset the cost of charity healthcare for people who are low-income and uninsured.

“Brown Elephant employees assist more than 220,000 donors and shoppers annually and are the backbone of our mission providing LGBT-affirming healthcare that is accessible and affordable,” said David Ernesto Munar, HBHC President and CEO.
The policy change will help HBHC recruit and retain the skilled workforce needed to meet the demands of it retail social enterprise.

Thanks to the generosity of the Chicago community, HBHC’s Brown Elephant has grown to include three locations across Chicagoland:
Lakeview 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue

 

Andersonville    5404 N. Clark Street

Oak Park
217 Harrison Street,
Oak Park, IL 60304
708.445.0612

Andersonville and Oak Park locations are open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Lakeview location is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Selecting Wedding Rings with Gregg Helfer Jewelers

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The Helfer family has been importing diamonds and making jewelry for three generations starting with Gregg’s Grandfather David Helfer. David opened his first wholesale office in downtown Chicago in 1933.

With over seven decades of family experience now behind them, Gregg and Michael carry on their family’s belief that all clients deserve one on one service in a pressure free, personalized, professional, and private environment.

Their website provides a great Education section. Where you can learn about the different gemstones, cuts and quality ratings  as well as information about different metals.

If you have an idea, Gregg Helfer Jewelers can work with you on creating a unique custom design.

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Policy On Conflict Diamonds

Along with the global diamond industry, Gregg Helfer Ltd. has a zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. Through measures such as the Kimberley Process, which tracks diamonds from mine to market, the industry in partnership with the United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations, polices diamond exports to prevent the trade of illegal diamonds.

We only purchase diamonds through the largest and most respected suppliers who, like us, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. All of our diamonds are warrantied to be conflict free. If one of our suppliers was ever found to be in violation of that process, we would immediately sever that relationship. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade.

Diamonds are mined throughout the world, including major mines in Australia, Africa, Russia and Canada. Diamonds are a major source of good in many African nations, employing and providing healthcare to thousands.

Greg Helfer Ltd Private Jeweler.  312-920-0970

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Gerber Hart LGBT Library book sale Saturday April 26 – 27

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Gerber Hart Library and Archives is holding its annual book sale Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27.  Hours are 12-6 pm on Saturday and 12-5 pm on Sunday.  The sale is being held at the Gerber Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St, Chicago.
 

Hundreds of boxes, thousands of books have been donated to Gerber/Hart making this year’s book sale bigger and better than ever! Hardcover books are $2 and paperbacks are $1 and everyone is invited to bring shopping bags and friends and have a blast!

We will have LGBT and non-LGBT books of all genres (including:  Anthropology & Sociology, Art, Bisexuality, Business, Children’s Literature, Drama, Fiction, Food, Foreign Language, Gardening,  Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Art, Gay, Gender,  Health & Fitness, Heterosexuality, Humor, Lesbian, Lesbian Fiction, LGBT Non-Fiction, Male Erotica,  Math & Science,  Music / CD / Vinyl, Odds & Ends, Pets, Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, Reference, Religion, Science Fiction, Self-Help, Sexuality,  Youth Non-Fiction, videos and music, and even a few book cases for sale.

Chicago House will be on site Saturday, April 26, from 12pm-6pm to provide book sale attendees an opportunity to receive a free rapid HIV test.

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the 6500 North Clark Street bulding. Bus routes #36 Broadway and #151 Sheridan start and end at the turnaround across the street.  The #36 Clark Street bus going north stops directly across the street, the #36 going south stops in front of the police station next to Gerber/Hart.

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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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