Supporting Area Retailers Strengthens the Community

On the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) news reports are filled with stories about crazed shoppers competing for deals. We’ve all seen the pictures, read the stories under screaming headlines and seen the broadcasts.

A few years ago another shopping phenomenon started: Cyber Monday is when online retailers offer deals that shoppers find enticing. Cyber Monday this year is November 26.

All that commerce is great for the national economy, but lost in the hype is the impact on locally owned businesses.

So many enterprises here in SW Lake Co. are locally owned, mom-and-pop shops offering a remarkable variety of goods, services and values. This year when your holiday shopping kicks into high gear, please consider the merchants featured all year in the pages of SW Lake Lifestyle. When we Shop Local we strengthen the local economy while supporting our neighbors, their employees and their families.


The Gift of Grooming

18/8 Fine Men’s Salon is the reinvention of the barbershop into an experience that brings out the best in men. 18|8 in Barrington offers handcrafted haircuts and a wide range of luxury skin & hair treatments, including classic straight razor shaves, that’ll leave a man feeling like he runs the town. Owner Jeff Eggert provides a friendly vibe, highly trained stylists & barbers, pampering and hospitality that have made 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon in Barrington a two-time winner of the Best of SW Lake Awards. Gift cards, VIP memberships and guys’ grooming products are ideal gifts this holiday season.

Learn more at Visit the salon at 120 S. Hough Street, Barrington.


A Local Gem

For more than 25 years Timothy Grant Jewelry has been committed to offering quality craftsmanship and dedicated customer service for their guests. Custom jewelry is a specialty, producing a wide variety of designs from replications of photos clients bring in, to creating original one-of-a-kind pieces. An expert team guides customers every step of the way from the initial sketches, choosing stones and metals, to the finished product. Attentive customer service ensures a client’s unique vision is perfectly met. Fine jewelry, repairs on premises, appraisals and watch batteries while you wait are also offered.

Learn more at and visit them at 155 N. Rand Road (Lake Zurich) and 10 S. Roselle Road (Schaumburg).


Affordable Chic

Add a hint of sparkle this holiday with fun accessories. A cozy knit hat has metallic thread details and a pom-pom accent for only $25. Sparkling crystal beads chicly convert from wrap bracelet to necklace and are beautifully packaged on display cards personalized with inspiring quotes for only $20. Find these items at LUXE wearhouse along with other accessories, apparel, and jewelry perfect for holiday gifting or just for you. Owners Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang offer a luxury boutique shopping experience without the high prices.

LUXE wearhouse is at 20771 N. Rand Road (Kildeer) in The Quentin Collection;


An Extraordinary Shopping Experience

Visitors to Historic Long Grove are often delighted when they cross the threshold of Epilogue Boutique for an unexpected and rewarding shopping, gifting and learning experience. Owner Rachel Perchal, a long-time Long Grove merchant, truly appreciates her discerning clientele and works hard to seek out wonderful and surprising high-quality handmade treats by artisans from across the country.

Visit Epilogue Boutique in Long Grove at 130 Old McHenry Road. Learn more at


Sweet Treats

Nothing Bundt Cakes is the perfect solution for holiday gifting needs and holiday parties. Nothing Bundt Cakes offers four different sizes of cakes in a variety of flavors which are baked fresh daily. “Bundtinis,” mini-cakes (sold by the dozen), come packed in a beautiful branded bakery box. “Bundtlets,” individual-size cakes, are packaged in individual containers and can be gift wrapped in a one, two or three “Bundtlet Tower.”  Larger 8” and 10” cakes are available with hand-crafted decorations and gift wrapped.   

 Learn more at and visit them in Kildeer at 20413 N Rand Road, #104.


One-Stop Shopping with Style

Need a last-minute hostess gift? Got a hard-to-please guy? Want a little something-something for yourself? Threads Boutique is where you gotta go. This remarkable little shop has it all whether it’s select men’s casual apparel, women’s fashion and accessories or hard-to-find gifts for girlfriends, co-workers or as stocking stuffers. Located in charming downtown Wauconda, owner Linda Starkey recently remodeled the shop and is ready to help you find just what you’re looking for.

Visit Threads at 118 S. Main Street and learn more at