We had hired Aspen Exterior to replace our living room and dining room windows last year. This was an especially hard project, as the windows in the living room are ceiling to floor and are extremely tall, and this ended up being a custom window order as they panes were basically one long, long pane of glass. Taking out the windows was tricky, but even harder was the task of actually putting them in so that they fit and don't leak. It required a lot of work, but the workmen completed it within the time frame they had estimated it would take, and even more important, the windows look good and they don't leak!!!
I am married to a master painter, who over the years has decided that he does not want to buy his paint at the Home Depots or Menards, of the world anymore. Instead, he just goes to the Paint Wagon to buy his paint. He is a happy man, as he can walk in and buy a good quality paint and a good brush and get back in the car, drive home in 5 minutes, and start painting. The guys at the Paint Wagon will mix the paint for him anyway he likes, and he has had no complaints since he started buying his paint there, even though they are not open on Sundays (other than he he can't believe he has to paint the whichever room walls again already......).
LJ Brown Plumbing has been in business since the 1940's. They do a full array of plumbing services, and can fix water heaters, leaks, sump pumps, faucets, toilets. And they accept major credit cards for payment. When we thought we had tree roots in our sewer line and the one company rodded out the line and it didn't help, we called LJ Brown, and they concluded that we had a broken pipe leading from the utility room out into the street, which they did end up fixing for us (which was great, as my laundry was starting to pile up.)
The Seven Brothers restaurant has been on Waukegan Road for years. They are open almost 24 hours, and have an American menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We go there often for breakfast. On weekends (for breakfast at least), both sides of the restaurant are open, and one side is non-smoking only. Or, you can sit at the counter and get counter service and read your newspaper. They always have specials as well. The waitresses have been there for years, and are always friendly and quick. Someone will always refill your coffee cup. We've been there for dinner a few times, too, but usually when we're especially hungry because by the time you finish the juice and salad and main course and dessert you've hit the breaking point. There is plenty of parking, and it's pretty busy on weekends for breakfast, so you might have to wait a bit.
We usually go up to Door County at least once a year. And there is no way we can go home without eating at least one meal (usually breakfast) at Al Johnson's. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its decor is Swedish or Scandinavian which is fun/different. And they do have several Swedish items on the menu, including my favorite, the Swedish pancakes and lingonberries. (Lately we have been requesting two separate serving dishes of lingonberries, so there is no fighting......). There is also a very nice gift shop to browse in, in case you have to wait to get in. And you can buy the Swedish pancake mix and a jar of lingonberries there, so you can enjoy it at home, too. Almost forgot about the goats - the roof of the restaurant has sod on the top, and it's a pitched roof so that the goats can wander about and eat the grass. So bring your cameras and get ready for a goat siting!
Sometimes you just want to go to a grocery store where you can get in and out very quickly, that still carries a full line of produce, meat, deli, dairy, and regular groceries, and where you don't have to fight through a lot of traffic to get there. If that is true, then Happy Foods is the place to go. They have a parking lot as well as some street parking. As I don't live that close to the store, I don't receive their weekly flyers, but they do have weekly specials just like the Jewel and Dominick's do. I like their selection of deli salads, and I always end up buying more things than I had originally planned.
If you are ever in Door County and you're tired of camping, hiking, biking, swimming, or sleeping and you're not sure what to do, you can go bowling at Sister Bay Bowl. There are six lanes (I think). And if the adults would like to be in the bar area while the kids are bowling, then it's a win-win arrangement. There are also a few video games there as well. It should be noted that this is one of two bowling alleys where I have actually had a higher score than DH, which I duly remind him of each time we are in Door County. Interestingly, we have not bowled there since........:=)
If you ever need some really special bouquet or floral arrangement for an important someone or important occasion, Kiko's is worth checking out. On the occasions that we have used them, the flowers were absolutely gorgeous!! The one time when we weren't quite sure what type of arrangement to purchase, the salesperson worked with us closely, and we looked at different books to find the one that seemed to be the best suited for us. The flowers were also delivered on a timely basis, and stayed fresh for a good period of time. There is plenty of street parking which is close by, in case you need to carry the flower arrangements yourself.
Minelli's is a small food store located on Milwaukee Avenue near Oakton. It carries groceries, produce, dairy, wine and beer, and most importantly it has a meat counter. The type of meat counter that grocery stores used to have, where you can tell the butcher what you want or pick out the one you like and he will wrap it for you. And they have really great Italian sausage (and if you pick the hot version be careful, as it's a lot hotter than the one at the Jewel or Dominick's). And they have homemade frozen Italian ravioli, lasagna and gnochhi. And yes, they have cannoli (frozen)....:=)
George Garner Cyclery has locations in Northbrook, Libertyville, and Lake Zurich. DH had been searching for a new bike the last few months. The folks at George Garner Cyclery in Northbrook on Waukegan Road were especially helpful with some good advice, and he ended up purchasing his new bike there (a 27 gear specialized Crossroads Elite bike, which has special flat protection tires, padded grips, rapid fire shifters which minimize wrist movement, and an upright seating position for a more comfortable, longer distance ride.) He also found that test driving the bike outside the store was very helpful in deciding on the bike he ultimately ended up buying.