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Indiana

AMISH STRUCTURES, LLC. 9626 W 400 N, Michigan City. 219.872.6474. amishsurroundings.com. This company specializes in sheds, but gazebos, lighthouses and other outdoor structures—all built with solid Amish craftsmanship—are available as well. Structures are available in a variety of styles and colors. The wood storage structures are delivered pre-built for the customer's convenience.

BONTRAGER POOLS. 23695 US Hwy 33, Elkhart. 800.875.6550. bontragerpools.com. This pool store-with additional locations in South Bend and LaPorte-offers pools, spas and their accompanying accessories. Installation, service and maintenance are also available. The website features instructional videos and also offers online shopping.

CARPET TOWN. 400 Lincolnway, LaPorte, 219.362.3185. 502 Clay St, LaPorte, 219.324.7759. 7295 W Johnson Rd, Michigan City, 219.874.3252. carpettownfloors.com. For more than 30 years, Carpet Town has been a popular provider of flooring materials throughout the LaPorte area. Flooring is made from high-quality materials such as ceramic, porcelain, laminate, tile, wood and-of course-carpet. Flooring accessories and installation services are also available.

CK BUILDING & DESIGN CORPORATION. 877.448.1516. ckbuildinganddesign.com. With more than 20 years of experience, the builders at this company specialize in custom homes and green building, as well as renovations and remodeling. CK Building works throughout Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana and Will and Cook Counties in Illinois.

COOK BUILDERS. 6919 W Lincoln Hwy, Crown Point. 219.322.3303. cookbuilders.com. In business for more than thirty years, Cook has become a reputable building company across Northwest Indiana, specializing primarily in custom homes. An added valuable service is an advanced Internet-based communication system so that homebuyers can track their selections, allowances and specifications during and after the building process.

DEAN'S LANDSCAPING. 238 Kennedy Ave, Schererville. 219.864.9078. deanslandscaping.com. Dean Savarino and his team at Dean’s Landscaping specialize in designing outdoor rooms for the home. Using a variety of hardscape structures such as patios, walkways and retaining walls, combined with other materials and patterns, Dean’s can create the custom backyard for each customer. Call to schedule a consultation.

FIELDSTONE CABINET COMPANY. 800.339.5369. fieldstonecabinetry.com. Since 1979, Fieldstone Cabinetry has been creating custom kitchens and baths. With more than 90,000 door, finish and specie combinations, the options are endless for either new construction or remodeling products. A comprehensive line of internal organization accessories and decorative embellishments are also available.

HORIZON AWNING. 2227 E US 12, Michigan City. 219.872.2329. horizon-awning.com. For more than 25 years, this company has built canvas and aluminum awnings for the home and business, plus custom boat covers. Canvas awnings are made of long-wearing, fade-resistant fabrics, and the aluminum variety come with whimsical scalloped edges.

HULTMAN FLOORING. 35 E US Hwy 20, Porter. 219.926.1966. hultmanflooring.com. Hultman Flooring, a member of the National Wood Flooring Association, specializes in the design, installation and refinishing of real wood floors.

J KREMKE CONSTRUCTION ENTERPRISES. 314 Spring View Dr, Porter. This construction company specializes in sustainable eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes at reasonable rates. Owner John Kremke II has more than 18 years of experience in home building, land development, municipal planning and engineering, with multiple specialties in the area of green construction. Aside from new construction, remodeling and land development, J Kremke Construction also provides maintenance for bank-owned properties.

MARK SCOTT HOMES. 15645 Embers Dr, Mishawaka. 574.532.1745. markscotthomes.net. Since 1988, this reputable builder has specialized in custom home building. Their portfolio consists of large, eye-catching exteriors and complex and detailed interiors. Mark Scott Homes prides themselves also on building environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes. The staff consists of well-trained, experienced, detail-oriented craftsmen.

MARUSZCZAK APPLIANCE. 7809 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. 219.865.0555. maruszczak.com. For decades, this award-winning, family-owned company has been selling and servicing major home appliances in the Munster area. Its broad inventory includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washer/dryers and more, made by virtually every brand in the market. The company is factory-authorized to service everything it sells, and professional in-house delivery and installation services are also available.

MARTIN SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC. 2154 Churchill Ct, Valparaiso. 219.464.4364. martinsecurityinc.com. Martin Security specializes in the installation of security and fire systems for residential, industrial and commercial properties. Central station monitoring and hold-up systems are also available.

NOVA BASEMENT SYSTEMS. 2465 N State Rd 39, LaPorte. 800.286.8805. nova-inc.com. For more than 30 years, Nova has been one of the largest basement waterproofing and foundation repair contractors in the area. The technicians here also specialize in crawl space sealing and sump pump installation.

OMNI ENTERTAINMENT. 1151 Southpoint Cir, Ste D, Valparaiso. 219.464.1832. omnientertainmentsystems.com. Omni Entertainment provides custom electronic design solutions for both residential and commercial clients. Services include custom installation of home theaters, multi-zone audio and automated lighting systems, as well as telephone, video security and background music systems for commercial properties.

POOL PRO CONTRACTORS. 314 N 325 E, Valparaiso. 219.548.5783. poolprocontractors.com. For more than two decades, Pool Pro has specialized in custom swimming pool installation, providing expert in-ground swimming pool construction services to clients' specifications. The team prides itself on hands-on perfection of each custom in-ground swimming pool project, with attention to detail through every stage of construction and on-time completion. Pool Pro also carries a full line of chemical and maintenance suplies for pools and spas.

SNOOTY FOX.13416 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.426.5101. snootyfox.com The Snooty Fox strives to provide a unique lodging experience in which each guest cabin will possess its own piece of nature. The Main Lodge provides the many luxuries and modern amenities such as kitchen facilities, library, sauna and your own private single-occupancy bathroom, all state-of-the-art and only stones away from the cabins. We welcome individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages, nationality, race, creed and pets too.

SQUARE 1 BUILDERS INC. 1789 E Bristol St., Ste D, Elkhart. 574.389.8010. square1builders.com. This company specializes in the building of lake homes, plus lakefront renovations, additions, teardowns and construction of outer buildings. Square 1's lakefront home models can be viewed at the Baldwin Landing development.

STEINER HOMES. 4825 W 100th Ln, Crown Point. 219.916.3744. steinerhomesltd.com. Steiner Homes offers affordable homes throughout Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties. The in-house residential home designer works with clients' ideas, either from a previous plan or starting from scratch. Clients can build on their own lot, or Steiner has access to a variety of lots throughout the area. A variety of features are available, and Steiner is committed to keeping those options at the highest quality and most affordable price.

TRAINOR GLASS COMPANY. 202 N Dixie Way, South Bend, Ind. 574.855.2380. trainorglass.com. Since 1953, Trainor Glass has specialized in commercial glass and glazing. Their state-of-the-art glass can be installed just about anywhere, from partitions, walls and doors, to the shower and bath. The inventory includes endless variations of glass, including clear, frosted, patterned and back-painted glass, along with digitally printed glass products. Trainor serves all of Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

 Michigan

BEYER CONSTRUCTION LLC. 218 Huron St., South Haven. 269.639.1632. beyerconst.com. With more than thirty years of experience with residential construction, Beyer Construction specializes in building custom homes in the regions of Van Buren and Kalamazoo. As a Green Built certified builder, Beyer Construction strives to build healthier, more energy-efficient homes. These green homes are cheaper to heat and cool, healthier to live in, and better for the environment.

CORNERSTONE DECORATIVE CONCRETE. 616.836.3163. cd-concrete.com. Troy Lemon and his staff at Cornerstone offer a full range of concrete work. Patios, walkways and pool areas can be stamped and dyed to look like brick or stone. Countertops of concrete can be inlaid with other materials, dyed and polished. All of Cornerstone's creations are designed to be both functional and artistic.

DESIGN EVOLUTIONS. 218 Huron St #1, South Haven. 269.639.1617. designevolutions.org. Marla Bruemmer has specialized in architectural design for twenty years and began Design Evolutions in 1998. Bruemmer and her CAD designer, Brandon Thomas, use 3D software to convert hand-drawn sketches into a model for each custom home

DURWOOD CUSTOM HOMES. 3700 Kelfrey Cove, Kalamazoo. 269.998.2888. durwoodhomes.com. This custom-home builder focuses on energy conservation and green construction. Both design-build and custom bid services are available. Owner Jeffrey Smith is a Certified Graduate Builder and is president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo.

HANNAPEL HOME CENTER. Locations in Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Niles, Portage, South Haven, St. Joseph and Sturgis. hannapel.com. For nearly forty years, this family-owned business has specialized in the selling of windows, doors, kitchen/bath cabinetry, countertops and other building products. Services include kitchen design, blueprints, jobsite verification, installation and delivery.

JPD CONSTRUCTION INC. 6179 Bayou Tr, Saugatuck. 616.566.0337. jpdconstruction.com. Jason Dedic, an award-winning builder in Southwest Michigan, specializes in high-end custom home building and renovation of historic buildings. JPD Construction has been given four awards from the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society for work in the areas of new construction and renovations. Dedic also specializes in budgeting and assists clients in creating a project budget that best suits their needs.

LINDAL CEDAR HOMES. 23160 W M 43, Kalamazoo. 269.668.3332. lindal.com. This top-volume dealership works thoroughly with each client in every stage of the home-building process, including planning, design, site evaluations and builder assistance. Top-quality cedar is the highlight in Lindal's custom homes.

MC COLLUM ARCHITECTS. 16109 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier. 269.469.9211. mccollumarchitects.com. This full-service architectural firm has spanned 40 years and 100 miles, and has built everything from urban to second home communities, low to upscale housing, single family to multi-family homes, tiny boutique restaurants and even upscale urban eateries. The firm is involved with renovating and creating new housing, amphitheaters, day care centers, and special community development projects designed to create flexible environments.

POWELL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LLC. 3531 Niles Rd, St. Joseph. 269.556.1111. powell-construction.com. Powell Construction Services specializes in new residential construction and remodeling; kitchen, bath and basement renovations; light commercial remodeling and custom woodworking. Known for their outstanding customer service, quality construction and design, on-time delivery, and overall value, this leading Southwest Michigan builder follows the National Association of Home Builder's Model Green Home Building Guidelines.

R.A. MORT SUPPLY. 860 East Main, Benton Harbor. 269.927.8288. ramortsupply.com. This bath gallery, which features a complete kitchen and bath design center with working displays, will give customers ideas about how they can personalize their own homes, and the experts at R.A. Mort Supply can help make it happen.

TILE MART. 2465 S M139, Benton Harbor. 165 Veteran's Dr, Holland. tilemartmichigan.com. Tile Mart offers a "plethora" of tile, porcelain, glass or stone from items imported from Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and emerging Asian manufacturers, as well as from quality domestic manufacturers. Flooring material options include carpet, ceramic, porcelain, laminate, vinyl and wood, and area rugs are also available.

WATER PLACE. 18853 W US 12, Ste 3, New Buffalo. 269.231.5153. leeps.com/showrooms.htm. The Water Place is a decorative plumbing and hardware products superstore. With whirlpools, faucets and cabinets, this facility has "everything you need for plumbing services."

WHISPER CREEK LOG HOMES. 950 Blue Star Hwy, South Haven. 406.363.3801. wclh.com. Whisper Creek Log Homes uses revolutionary building methods to give primary residences and recreational cabins the appearance of a traditional "full log" product in an affordable manner. From the attractive "hand-planed" exterior log siding to the steeply pitched massive roof system, these homes speak of quality and distinction. Homeowners can choose from 20 styles with a variety of 25 combinations of floor plans to match every lifestyle and budget.

W.J. DYKHUIS BUILDERS. 2036 N 10th St, Kalamazoo. 269.372.7261. www.wjdykhuis.com. Second-generation builder Bill Dykhuis offers thirty years of experience in the home-building industry. Dykhuis proclaims a devotion to details, adding striking elements such as windows and fireplaces to enhance a home's character. Designers Becky Marvin and Marla Bruemmer assist Dykhuis in architectural design services.

Illinois

BLINK APPLIANCES & KITCHENS. 2717 Glenwood-Lansing Rd, Lynwood. 708.889.1860. blinkappliancesandkitchens.com. Specializing in sales, service, installation and parts for forty-nine years, Blink Appliances is affiliated with Brand Source, one of the largest buying groups in the nation. The knowledgeable sales staff has won national awards for its service and installation of quality appliances and cabinetry.

CLEAN

Indiana

TILE EFFECTS LTD. 888.870.8453. tilefxstone.com. This tile company specializes in the cleaning and restoration of tile surfaces. The staff here is trained to improve weathered, stained and aged natural stone, grout and tile with deep cleaning, stain removal, sanitizing and lifetime sealing. Custom installation services are also available.

Michigan

BEACH COMBERS. 317 N. Whittaker. New Buffalo. 269.231.5199 or 269.612.0161. beachcomberscleaning.com. This locally owned and operated cleaning service offers professional detailed cleaning for both residential and commercial clients on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one-time basis. Estimates are an available option.

FISH WINDOW CLEANING. 51541 Bittersweet Road Ste C. Granger. 574.243.0580. fishwindowcleaning.com. The highly trained professionals here specialize in cleaning interior and exterior windows for both commercial and residential clients. Pressure washing services are also available.

DESIGN

Indiana

4TH STREET MARKET. 402 Broadway, Chesterton. This upscale gift shop features a wide array of pampering and home décor products, including South Bend chocolates and spa products, candles and jewelry by Blue Butterfly. Also available are Asian furniture and collectibles by Champion Home, metal art for the garden, gourmet foods, books and works from local artists.

ABC BURGLAR ALARM CORPORATION. 4745 Broadway, Gary. 219.769.8929 or 219.762.2624. abcburglaralarm.net. Locally owned and operated in Northwest Indiana for more than 40 years, ABC Burglar Alarm Corporation offers fire and burglary installation and monitoring, closed circuit TV installation and more.

AFFORDABLE TREES. 3969 E County Rd 67, Anderson. 317.758.2000. affordabletrees.com. With more than 50 years in nursery experience, the staff at Affordable Trees offers much in the way of landscaping expertise. The inventory boasts thousands of trees at both retail and wholesale prices. Services include tree, shrub and perennial planting, retaining walls, pruning services and a full range of landscaping services.

ANTIQUES 101. 101 Broadway, Chesterton. For fifteen years, this shop has been a popular destination for antiques lovers in and around the Chesterton area. Thirty-two dealers are represented here, featuring furniture, glassware, jewelry, silver, linens and porcelains.

ARCHITECTURAL ACCENTS, INC. 9760 Indiana Pkwy, Munster. 219.922.9333. archaccents.com. This architectural millwork shop specializes in one-piece curved wood molding and radius millwork. In addition to radius casings for windows and doors, Architectural Accents can customize products for any shape and wood specie.

ASCOTT WINDOW TINTING. 1411 N 250 E, LaPorte. 219.363.9367. ascottwindowtinting.net. Scott Johnson has been tinting windows for twenty years and founded Ascott Window Tinting in LaPorte in 2001, working primarily in the tri-state Illinois, Indiana and Michigan area. Clients range from medical facilities and hospitals to residential, automotive and boats, reducing 99 percent of UV rays.

BANTER FLOORS & MORE. 13019 S Wicker Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.374.7360. banterfloors.com. For more than 20 years, Banter has specialized in residential and commercial flooring sales and installation. Materials include hardwood, laminate, vinyl, natural stone, slate, marble and carpet, as well as cabinetry and countertops. Other services available are carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning and interior design assistance.

THE BEACH HOUSE. 619 E 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. The 1,000-square-foot showroom at the Beach House features "beachy," cottage-style home furnishing and accessories. In the store's lower level, The Wicker Gallery, custom orders are accepted. The store began as and still houses an upscale showroom of very current, high-quality, pre-owned furniture known as Like New.

CARTRONIX, INC. Locations in Merrillville, Portage, Schererville and Valparaiso. 219.464.2571. cartronix.com. Cartronix is best known throughout Northwest Indiana for being an AT&T dealer, but the company also specializes in home and mobile electronics. The custom audio/video home theater department designs, engineers and installs electronic systems, including home theaters, distributed audio/video, comuunications and home networks, for both residential and commercial clients.

CLOSET & CARPENTRY DESIGNS. 1431 S Michigan St, South Bend. 574.239.1347. closetandcarpentrydesign.com. This "one-stop closet shop" designs and manufactures anything related to storage and organization, including closets, bookcases, home offices and garages. A wide variety of products-from melamine to wood-are offered at all price ranges. Owner Mark Tepe and his staff work throughout the shoreline area, including Harbor Country and Chicago.

DECORATING DEN INTERIORS. decoratingden.com. This award-winning international design firm provides full-service, professional interior decorating. Well-trained decorators bring their ideas and expertise directly to clients' homes, along with fabrics, furniture, floor and wall coverings, lighting and other accessories.

DIRECT BUY. 8450 Broadway, Ste 2, Merrillville. 219.755.6272. directbuy.com. Available by appointment. This members-only showroom offers thousands of brand-name products from more than 700 top manufacturers and their authorized suppliers, without the retail markup prices. Products include home furnishings, home improvement, entertainment, flooring and accessories.

DIRECT RUG IMPORT. 1035 E University Dr, Granger. 574.257.2500. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago. 312.527.2009. rugimport.com. This store is an art gallery of sorts, with more than 2,000 handmade rugs made of wool and silk by skilled artisans from all over the world. Consultation, cleaning and repair services are also available.

FENKER'S HOME FURNISHINGS AND GIFTS. 1114 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.3538. fenkersfurniture.com. For more than 100 years, Fenker's has been a regular fixture in downtown LaPorte. Among the large inventory is quality home furnishings for every room of the home-from the largest sofa to the smallest accessory. Fenker's carries reputable lines such as La-Z-Boy, Kincaid, Howard Miller, Lane and many others.

FIRESIDE HEARTH & HOME. 1152 Marsh St, Ste A, Valparaiso. 219.548.3555. fireside.com. This full-service business offers a reputable selection of fireplaces and supplemental products, including inserts, stoves, gas logs, and mantels and surrounds. Customer service here runs the gamut, from the selection process to installation, to a start-up visit.

FULL CIRCLE ART. 1405 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0901. whitingindiana.com/marketplace/fullcircleart. Artists and antiquers alike will appreciate the many features of Full Circle Art, including custom framing, fine art supplies, posters and a wide array of antiques. Art classes are also available, taught by owner Kathy Winsberg and other members of Whiting's 119th Street Artists.

HECHTS LANDSCAPING INC. 219.322.5296. One of Northwest Indiana's largest landscaping companies, Hechts has expanded their services over the last twenty years to include landscape renovation, new home landscape construction, retaining walls, paver brick walks, patios and borders, irrigation, and more. Free estimates are available.

HERITAGE DRAPERIES. 201 N. Jackson. Crown Point. 219.322.8585. By appointment only. heritage-draperies.com. Heritage Draperies is Northwest Indiana's first retail showroom featuring custom window treatments. Patrons of Heritage can see full-size working displays, rather than having to guess from a sketch. The inventory here includes fabrics, trimmings, hardware, hard coverings and shutters.

HOMENCLATURE. 1948 45th Ave, Munster. 219.697.2548. myhomenclature.com. This furniture store's ever-changing high quality inventory includes new and gently used home furnishings-complete living room sets, armoires, footstools, candlesticks and more-and original one-of-a-kind décor. Homenclature offers a range of styles from traditional, modern and contemporary to retro and eclectic.

INDIANA FURNITURE. 1807 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.465.0545. indiana-furniture.com. Since 1980, this family-owned and operated company has offered quality home furnishings and customer service. A wide range of home furnishing providers are represented here, including Ashley, Lane and La-Z-Boy.

INTERIORS BY DESIGN. 2930 McKinley Ave, South Bend. 574.237.0099. interiors-by-design.net. This full-service interior design company features furniture, draperies, wallpaper, fabrics, carpet, area rugs, artwork and accessories. Many of Interiors by Design's furniture lines show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

INTERIORS ETC. 301 Lincolnway E, Mishawaka. 574.259.7717. interiorsetcdetails.blogspot.com. Interiors Etc. features stylish furnishings, accessories, ornaments, antiques and gifts, along with custom window treatments, wallcoverings, area rugs and carpet. The store's professional interior designers can help with home décor decisions including paint colors, window treatments and furniture. Several seasonal events take place throughout the year, and the inventory changes frequently.

LIFESTYLES THE GALLERY. 122 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.464.9167. This home décor store is a feast for the eyes, with a large inventory nestled into a large, inviting space. Items range from lamps and furniture to clothing and jewelry, and even unique toys for children.

LIKE NEW  HOME FURNISHINGS BEACH HOUSE & WICKER GALLERY. 619 East 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. This home decor store offers gently used high quality furniture in their retail space. The store also offers selection of new furniture in their Beach House and Wicker Gallery.

MC INTERIORS. 1102 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.872.7236. mcinteriorsin.com. MC Interiors offers a variety of home décor products including window treatments, floor coverings, draperies and upholstery. Services include free in-home consultation and estimates, plus installation of drapery, blinds, carpet, hardwood and ceramic flooring.

NATURALLY WOOD FURNITURE CENTER. 1106 E US Hwy 20, Michigan City. 800.606.8035. naturallywoodfurniturecenter.com. For more than 30 years, Naturally Wood Furniture has been selling quality furniture and accessories. A full Flexsteel Signature Gallery features more than 2,000 fabrics and leathers, lake and cottage styles from Capris Upholstery, and selections from Ashley and Millennium. The largest selection of lake/cottage accessories in the area-together with personal friendly service-makes Naturally Wood Furniture a destination store.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME. 110 Elmwood Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.9140. 400 E Randolph St, Ste 3414, Chicago. 312.938.9140. nplhinc.com. This eco-minded interior design firm has multiple specialties, including space planning, architectural design consultation, kitchen and bath design and renovations, custom cabinetry design and installation, and selection of additional materials, plus decorating and staging services.

PARK AVENUE FLOORS. 2315 45th St, Highland. 219.961.5478. Park Avenue prides itself in the quality installation of all of its products. Flooring materials include wood, ceramic, carpet, laminates and vinyl. Multiple displays can be found in this showroom.

PIECES. 905 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso. 219.531.4763. This boutique, located in the fabulous downtown Valparaiso retail scene, features vintage home and garden décor, gifts, original art and cottage furniture.

RENAISSANCE GALLERY. 19 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.465.3222. Renaissance Gallery is an art and gift gallery featuring unique gifts. They offer artwork, jewelry, blown glass and copper work. They primarily feature artists that reside and work in the U.S.

STRATA SHOPS. 238 Waterfall Drive. Elkhart. 800.985.9495. stratashops.com. StrataShops, based in Elkhart, Ind., operates multiple online stores featuring furniture for all tastes and budgets. Six of the stores offer outdoor furniture—made of wicker, recycled polywood, teak, eucalyptus and other sustainable materials—and the company's newest store features modern indoor furniture. StrataShops prides itself on fair prices, fast shipping and an easy online shopping experience.

SUN CATCHERS. 1348 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.6666. As its name suggests, Sun Catchers is the place to go for stained glass. A large variety of stained glass décor items are available-either readymade or custom-designed-as well as florals, candles, and high-end bath and body products by Caswell-Massey. The staff at Sun Catchers also host and teach occasional stained glass classes.

TILLES. 901 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1530. tillesinteriors.com. For more than sixty years, this family-owned and -operated retail furniture store has been embedded in the Northwest Indiana community. Tilles carries middle- to upper-end brands of furniture, including a full range of accessories and window treatments, and the staff adds a personal touch by helping clients through the entire decorating process.

THE TINT SHOP OF MICHIANA. 905 E McKinley Ave, Mishawaka. 574.259.3456.  The Tint Shop offers professional installation and tinting services for both residential and commercial properties as well as automotive. The high-quality tints eliminate UV rays and reduce heat from the sun. Free estimates are available.

TRIAD DESIGN ASSOCIATES. 110 N Broad St, Griffith. 219.924.9755. triaddesignassociates.com. This design firm specializes primarily in commercial design, with services including space planning, furnishings, lighting and project management. Designers and space planners on staff have been professionally trained and are experienced in the latest technology.

VIEWPOINT WINDOW WORKS. 866.772.0779. viewpointwindowworks.com. Viewpoint specializes in custom window tinting, security films, plantation shutters and drapery installation service for both residential and commercial clients.

Michigan

ALAN ROBANDT. 114 E Front St, Buchanan. 312.560.7482. alanrobandt.com. Alan Robandt, formerly an antique dealer who owned Alan Robandt & Co. in Chicago, moved to Buchanan to open a new shop that goes by nearly the same name. This time, though, while antiques are in the mix, the inventory is more modernized and eclectic.

ART VAN. Various locations throughout Michigan, 888.427.8826. artvan.com. Celebrating more than 52 years in business, Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer, with 34 stores throughout the state and five stand-alone PureSleep stores.

BAYBERRY COTTAGE. 510 Phoenix St., South Haven. 269.639.9615. bayberrycottage.com. One of South Haven's most well-known shops, Gwen DeBruyn's Bayberry Cottage features home furnishings and accessories which include furniture, wall décor, rugs, florals and bath and body products. Interior design services are also available, and items can be special ordered if not in stock.

BLUE STAR ANTIQUE PAVILION. 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas. 269.857.6041. bluestarantiquepavilion.com. Antique lovers travel from all over to arrive at this Destination mall, voted "Best of the Best" in a four-state area. BSAP features more than 175 dealer booths of quality antiques, collectibles and other fun merchandise. Even non-antiquers will appreciate the diverse inventory. Patrons can also try "Brewtiquing," at the on-site award-winning Saugatuck Brewing Company.

BRACKETT & COMPANY HOME ACCENTS. 34 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.2060. brackettandcompany.biz. Since 2006, this Douglas shop has been earning a reputable name for its beautiful home furnishings and accents. Owner Lincoln Brackett also offers interior decorating services to residential and commercial clients, incorporating designs from the store's existing selection and also offering access to more design options.

C & A ARBORISTS. 19271 S Lakeside Rd, New Buffalo. 269.756.2571. Certified Arborist and company President Christian Siewart boasts more than 20 years of experience caring for trees in both the U.S. and Europe. This professional tree and shrub care company offers a complete line of arboricultural services for trees and shrubs. With equipment to handle everything from close tolerance removals to thinning and trimming, Christian specializes in land development planning for construction sites and woodland care and restoration.

CAVANAUGH ANTIQUES & INTERIORS. 24028 Front St, Mattawan. 269.668.3510. cavanaughantiques.com. Antique enthusiasts-and even non-enthusiasts-are sure to find something of quality at Jim and Carla Cavanaugh's shop, which features high-end antiques, gifts, quality new furniture, primitives, home accessories, lighting, custom jewelry, pottery, new Baker sofas and sideboards, original art, table linens and more. Many home décor items can be found in the floral studio as well.

CUSTOMS IMPORTS. 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports.com. This exotic gallery hosts a large, distinguished inventory of global art, furniture and antiques from India, Indonesia, China, Morocco and Vietnam. Dee Dee Duhn's new showroom features teak root benches, textiles, Indonesian pottery, unique new furniture and an extensive mirror gallery. Claudia Labao's Global Dreams jewelry-popular with the stars of Desperate Housewives-can also be found here.

FORM. 210 State St, St. Joseph. 269.982.7025. Gifts and decorative accessories can be found here, including table lamps, framed art, candles, clocks, picture frames and glassware. This unique shop is also home to two studios featuring the works of owner and artist Bret Bortner. The product design studio features Bortner's white porcelain dinnerware and tabletop accessories, and his clay designs are displayed at the Pottery Shop.

FRONT. 207 E Front St, Buchanan. 269.695.0230. This eclectic boutique offers bright and colorful tabletop accessories, home furnishings, paintings, sculptures, fashion, jewelry and books with a classic, modern viewpoint. Owner Joseph Paolucci handpicks the merchandise, which comes from all over Europe.

GROUNDWORKES. 15486 Red Arrow Hwy, Lakeside. 269.586.2133. groundworkes.com. Roger Boike, former master gardener at Susan Fredman Design Group, has branched out and started his own business in garden design throughout Southwest Michigan and beyond.

HARBOR TOWN INTERIORS. 613 Broad St, St.Joseph. 269.983.7774. harbortowninteriors.com. Harbor Town Interiors offers home decor items such as furniture, mattresses, bed coverings, rugs, and home accessories. Gift items and full service design consultation is available.

IMPERIAL FURNITURE. 57530 M-51 S, Dowagiac. 269.782.5020. imperialfurniture.net. This family-owned furniture store boasts an old-fashioned atmosphere that makes customers feel comfortable. The inventory is up-to-date, however, featuring brands like Bassett, Lane, and Stanley. Special orders are welcome.

KITCHEN WEST. 150 Center St. Douglas. 269.857.8880. kitchenwest.com. Kitchen West features cabinetry and interior design for the kitchen, bath, bar, and any other space that requires cabinetry. This award-winning company partners with the country's top cabinetry and appliance manufacturers to create a sophisticated and functional space. Owner Marilyn Nagelkirk's designs have been featured in a number of renowned publications, including Better Homes and Gardens. Every project is customized, but Kitchen West's new, fully equipped studio features a number of innovative displays that might offer clients ideas best suited to their own needs.

MARCO POLO. 13565 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.6272. http://www.marcopoloantiques.com. This is where antique meets modern. In a shop that mixes mid-century with primitive, industrial with rural, and a range of lighting and art with oddities and curiosities from around the world, Brian Overley and Alan DeBaugh show collections that are at once functional, relevant, and beautiful.

MATRIX WINE CELLARS. 59 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids. 616.458.8888. matrixwinecellars.com. Matrix Wine Cellars offers a wide range of custom storage options and rich finishes for a personal wine cellar. The staff at Matrix specializes in design and installation of cellars, including cooling and humidity systems.

MILLIE'S ANTIQUES. 13815 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.231.5245. This shop offers an intruiging collection of antiques and more, hand selected by owner Karen Tarple.

NATURE'S WAY LANDSCAPING. 1113 W. John Beers Rd, Stevensville. 269.429.1694. natureswayinc.com. Since 1976, this well-renowned, award-winning company has specialized in landscape design, construction and maintenance. Nature's Way can also design and install walks, patios, driveways, retaining walls, waterfalls, and lighting.

NORTHERN RUSTICS. 15 W 8th St, Holland. 616.928.0234. northernrustics.com. Owners John and Debi Whelan share their passion for rustic interior design by providing lodge-style furnishings, lighting and accessories for the home and cabin. Woodland-upholstered sofas, nature-inspired light fixtures and home and bath accents highlight Northern Rustics' inventory.

OLD WORLD CHARM. 269.208.7108. Artisan David Pierce Bennethum specializes in decorative finishes and custom painting techniques for both private and commercial clients. All materials are imported from Italy, and Bennethum uses primarily Italian techniques in his work, for the optimally elegant look.

PRIEBE'S CREATIVE WOODWORKING. 2113 Plaza Dr, Benton Harbor. 269.926.2469. priebeswoodworking.com. For more than twelve years, the craftsmen at Priebe's have created custom cabinetry, countertops (in granite and quartz), entertainment centers, mantels and surrounds, and millwork. Priebe's offers installation services, and a custom three-dimensional computer-assisted kitchen design service is also available.

RED ARROW GALLERY. 13648 Red Arrow Hwy. Harbert, Mich. 269.469.1950. redarrowgallery.com. Red Arrow Gallery is the largest gallery in southwestern Michigan dedicated to bringing art lovers a vast selection of art from the most talented and unique artists in the area. The collection includes oils, acrylics, sculptures, jewelry, art lamps and sculptural furniture. The gallery offers a varied collection of fine art by established well-known artists as well as talented emerging artists. Furniture artists are available to design and construct one-of-a-kind pieces that could be the centerpiece of a home.

THE RENTAL BRANCH. 3848 Niles Rd, St. Joseph. 269.429.3116 therentalbranch.com. What started as an equipment-rental company is now expanding into the realm of decorative concrete. The staff here are trained to handcraft a variety of interior and exterior applications including vertical wall finishes, countertops, walkways, stamped concrete and stone wine cellars. Do-it-yourself workshops are also an option.

ROSELLI DESIGN. Union Pier. 269.469.5173. rosellidesign.com. Roselli Design constructs products primarily for the food and beverage industry, including buffet and cafe tables and porcelain platters. The designs are modern and sophisticated and are made from materials that require little to no maintenance.

SANCTUARY at CUSTOMS IMPORTS. 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports.com. Born out of a desire for inner peace amidst the nation's current economic turmoil is Sanctuary, the new store-within-a-store at Customs Imports. Owner Dee Dee Duhn has dedicated this space to feature items promoting quiet and tranquility, including art, music, candles fountains and incense. Patrons will receive a CD of the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, chanted by the Dalai Lama, with any purchase. Sanctuary opens the last weekend of April.

SAWYER HOME & GARDEN CENTER. 5865 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer. 269.426.8810. sawyergardencenter.com. The Sawyer Garden Center offers a large inventory of items for the garden, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, plus a variety of high-quality lawn accessories. A large gift shop and gourmet shop-featuring produce, breads, sauces and cheeses-are also on site.

SEA GLASS COTTAGE. 402 Eagle St, South Haven. 269.639.1200. seaglasscottage.com. As its name suggests, this specialty shop features hundreds of collected sea glass items, along with a tasteful collection of beach-inspired home furniture and décor. Purses, jewelry, sunglasses and other accessories are also available here.

THINK DESIGN STUDIO. 560 5th St NW, Ste 301, Grand Rapids. 616.458.8380. thinkdesignstudio.com. This innovative firm specializes in the interior design of residential and commercial properties, focusing on adjacency planning, design layout, material selections, color coordination and more. Designers Melanie Rogers and David Weston proclaim a devotion to harmony within the space and also are committed to using green building and decor materials where possible.

TUSCAN POT. 321 Water St, Saugatuck. 219.857.5550. tuscanpot.com. Artist Rachael Hirt creates custom handmade and handpainted Italian Majolica tiles for the kitchen, bath, garden and anywhere else a client desires. Hirt's extensive inventory includes custom tiles, mosaics, tile and mosaic murals and dinnerware. Tuscan Pot also offers how-to classes, as well as a selection of goods imported from Italy.

VINCENT TABLES. 13650 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.1950. vincenttables.net. Vincent Tables features artist Vincent's handcrafted custom designs. He specializes in one-of-a-kind harvest tables, coffee tables, bar carts, headboards and other unique designs made from rare and vintage woods. Vincent works with his clients in creating a piece that is custom designed for their home and needs.

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ANTIQUE TIN EXPRESSIONS. Rural Route 1, Mapleton. 309.565.4876. antiquetinexpressions.net. Artist Lori Daniels reclaims tins and turns them into works of art, adding paint and glaze to create tin relief sculptures, as well as tiles and collages. Her work can be found in her Mapleton gallery but is also available locally at Thistle Gallery in Holland, Mich., and the Vale Craft Gallery and Lotton Gallery in Chicago.

ART 4 SOUL. 18135 Harwood Avenue, Homewood. 708.206.1026. art4soul.com. Patrons love the one-stop-shop factor of this place, which offers jewelry, hand-crafted home décor items and personalized gifts, plus a paint-your-own ceramic studio and bead shop where customers can make their own jewelry.

BELLA VITA HOME ACCENTS. 18111 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, Ill. 708.798.2355. bellavitahomeaccents.com. This boutique, whose name means "beautiful life" in Italian, features high-quality home décor items (lamps, furniture and accessories are the main highlight), a bath and body line, gift items, candles and items for every holiday and season. Bella Vita, which opened in June 2007, won Homewood's annual "Beautification Award."

DOTI. 129 S. Washington. Naperville. 2043 Tower Dr, Glenview. Designs of the Interior is an interior design firm that offers in-home service, extensive furniture offerings, custom window treatments, lighting and artwork, all in a variety of styles.

KOLE DIGITAL SYSTEMS. 129 S. Washington. Naperville.Glenview. Kole Digital Systems designs and installs custom home audio and video systems, real home theaters, lighting control systems, security systems and more. Kole Digital offers free consultation in home or at their 13,000 square-foot design center, which features two two-story automated homes, five themed theaters and an AV furniture showroom.

LOTTON GALLERY. 900 N Michigan Ave, Level 6, Chicago. 312.664.6203. 24760 Country Ln, Crete. 708.672.1400. lottongallery.com. The beautiful hand-blown glass at Lotton Gallery has gained national acclaim. Charles Lotton is known as "The Tiffany of the Twenty-First Century," and his sons David, Daniel and John have followed in his footsteps. The Lotton look is characterized by colorful, floral patterns on lamps, bowls, vases, perfume bottles, paperweights and more. Visitors to the Crete location can view the artists at work in the studio.

MULCH MASTERS. 17900 Harper Ave, Lansing. 708.889.9600. mulch-masters.com. Mulch Masters is one of the area's largest distributors of mulch, with numerous varieties including premium hardwood, natural blend, cypress, cedar and brick red, among others. Pick-up or delivery options are available.

THE VILLAGE DOOR. 2019 Ridge Road. Homewood. 708.798.8665. All of the items in this store are either donated or consigned, with the profits benefiting the Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center in Homewood. (All of the Village Door's employees are volunteers.) Items include high-quality fine furnishings and home accessories, lamps, dishware and paintings.

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ARNELL CHEVROLET. 239 Melton Rd, Burns Harbor. 877.284.4445 or 888.680.0101. arnellmotors.com. One of Northwest Indiana's largest auto dealers features an impressive inventory of new and used Chevrolets, Hummers and Corvettes. Parts, servicing and financing are also available.

B&E MARINE. 31 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City. 888.603.2628. bemarine.com. This family-owned and operated boat store-slash-marina features a large inventory of new Sea Ray and Boston Whaler models, along with an ever-changing selection of used and brokerage boats. Its waterfront location allows B&E Marine to provide on-the-water services, including boat slip rental, storage, hoists and fuel dock.

DORMAN GARAGE, INC. 1317 Lake St, LaPorte. 219.324.7646. dormangarage.com. With more than twenty years of experience, Dorman Garage specializes in classic car restoration. Aside from offering restoration services, there is also a large inventory of restored classic automobiles for sale.

HARBOR AUTOMOTIVE GROUP. 9911 W 300 N, Michigan City. 219.879.6789. harborcars.com. This auto dynamo features new and pre-owned vehicles by Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Honda, Jeep and Pontiac. On-site parts, servicing and financing are also available.

THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON SHOP OF MICHIGAN CITY. 2968 N Hwy 421, Michigan City. 219.878.8885. hdmichigancity.com. While the Harley-Davidson brand needs no introduction, the Michigan City store stands out in the crowd, being a member of the largest Harley dealer in the state. A large selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles are available for purchase or for rent. The store also offers accessories, repair services and periodic events.

LEXUS OF MERRILLVILLE. 3957 US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 888.219.3439. lexusofmerrillville.com. Lexus vehicles and customer-service focused sales teams can be found at this dealership, which features new and pre-owned vehicles—including luxury and sport sedans, SUVs and convertibles. Financing, vehicle services and parts and accessories are also available.

LOOMIS PROPULSION MOTORSPORTS. 5901 W. 81st Avenue. Merrillville. 219.942.0548. maximpowersports.com. Motor-sports enthusiasts will find everything they need and more at this full-service shop, which offers new and pre-owned motorcycles, ATVs, watercrafts and snowmobiles. Models include Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Polaris, Sea-Doo and Ski-Doo. The experienced staff at Loomis also make up the store's service and parts departments.

LAKELAND BOATWORKS. 985 Grand Rapids St, Middleville. 269.795.9441. Lakeland Boatworks manufactures low-maintenance, wood and epoxy recreational boats from 16 to 32 feet, in both power and sail models. Built with monocoque methods, these high-quality boats are long-lasting and durable. Restoration and repair services are also available.

MAXIM POWER SPORTS. 5901 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.942.0548. maximpowersports.com. This showroom, which spans more than 30,000 square feet, includes brands like Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha and Suzuki. It can suit multiple outdoor sporting needs, including street, dirt, watercraft and snow vehicles and gear. The parts and service departments are also helpful and knowledgeable.

MICKEY'S CAR BARN. 1300 Erie Ct, Crown Point. 219.663.2323. mickeyscarbarn.com. Owner Tim Mickey and his staff specialize in classic Corvette restoration, and the team is widely recognized as being a top leader in the industry. Their services range from brake jobs to full body restoration on models ranging from 1953-1973. Mickey is a member of the National Corvette Restorers Society and helped write the NCRS judging manual.

SCHEPEL AUTO GROUP. 2929 Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville. 866.724.3735. schepel.com. This renowned auto dealer in Northwest Indiana offers new and pre-owned vehicles by Cadillac, Hummer, Saab, Buick and Pontiac. The experienced sales staff, plus the extensive online inventory, helps consumers find the car most suited for their needs. Repair services are also available.

Michigan

RUSSELL'S FOREIGN CAR REPAIR. 8754 US Hwy 31, Berrien Springs. 269.473.3088. This dealer alternative provides service, repairs and maintenance during the vehicle's factory warranty and beyond. Russell's Foreign Car Repair services all imported car makes, but specializes in upscale European and Asian vehicles.

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AU NATUREL MARKET. 1708 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.465.1984. aunaturelmarket.com. This renowned market features all things organic, from beef and poultry to chocolate and dairy products. Those with food allergies can find gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free products here. Also available are natural cosmetics, skin care, lotions, soaps infused with herbs and other natural beauty products.

BAGUETTES ON BROADWAY BAKERY. 321 Broadway, Chesterton. 219.921.0801. Baguettes on Broadway brings freshly made (from scratch!) breads, pastries and sweet treats. Owner and baker Lori Coffman creates irresistibly inventive combinations that more than appease the taste buds and the appetite.

CHESTERTON'S EUROPEAN MARKET. 220 Broadway. Chesterton. 219.926.5513. chestertonseuropeanmarket.com. More than 150 vendors set up shop at this well-known outdoor market, which features a wide range of products, including gourmet breads, cheeses and foods, along with plants, produce, rare books, accessories and gifts. Guests can also watch artists at work and enjoy live entertainment. The market takes place every Saturday through the end of October.

COLLINS CAVIAR. 113 York St, Michigan City. 219.809.8100. collinscaviar.com. Mother and daughter Carolyn and Rachel Collins are in their 25th year of business in the caviar industry. Theirs is the only caviar house in North America to exclusively produce American freshwater caviar. After gaining national recognition, the pair moved to Michigan City three years ago, where they continue to produce traditional caviars.

COSITUTTI MARKETPLACE. cosituttimarketplace.com. The many gourmet products available at the Cositutti online store come directly from Italy-handpicked by owner Pam Marasco, who has traveled to Italy on a regular basis. All products are made only in the village of origin and include artisan pasta, Italian honey, olive oil, pesto and pure dark chocolate.

GREAT LAKES CATERING. 701 Washington St, Michigan City. 219.874.3647. greatlakescatering.com. With a combined 150 years of experience, Ed Kis and family have formed one of the area's leading catering companies. A full range of services is available for all kinds of events, including catered foods and beverages, bands, tents, tables and more. For 10 years in a row, Great Lakes Catering has been voted Northern Indiana's premiere caterer and special event planner.

MESCOLARE. 1 Courthouse Square, Crown Point. 219.663.6095. This "deliciously different" shop, located in the Old Lake County Courthouse, offers gourmet food items and kitchen wares.

MOLLY BEA'S INGREDIENTS. 761 Indian Boundary Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9401. mollybeas.com. This specialty grocer is a "haven for people who cook, bake and eat." Pretty much any baking and cooking ingredient can be found here, including flours, pastas, seeds, nuts, sprinkles, chips and more. A selection of fair trade and organic products are available, including coffees, and loose and packaged teas. Molly Bea's also boasts the largest licorice selection in Northwest Indiana. There are a good deal of sugarless gluten-free products as well.

YE OLDE FUDGE SHOPPE. 1452 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.3228. chrislovecollectibles.com. As an extension of Chrislove Collectibles, Ye Olde Fudge Shoppe caters to chocolate lovers. The shop offers more than 20 varieties of homemade fudge, including Oreo, mint amaretto, peanut butter and Dreamsicle flavors. Fudge can be shipped all over the U.S.

Michigan

CHOCOLATE CAFE. 300 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.9866. sbchocolate.com. This delicious stop in downtown St. Joseph features all things chocolate-fudge, creams, gourments, even sugar-free chocolate. There are options for non-chocoholics as well, including coffee, fruits, nuts, and ice cream. Specialty gift boxes are available, and the company features licensed treats from several local universities as well.

HARBERT HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST. 13827 Prairie Rd, Harbert. 269.231.5111. harberthouse.net. This charming getaway offers five cozy rooms with baths, nestled on a 1 1/2-acre prairie, close to Lake Michigan as well as shopping and dining establishments. Amenities include gourmet breakfasts, a fireplace, huge common rooms and a screened porch.

KILWIN'S. Multiple locations in Illinois and Michigan. kilwins.com. For more than 60 years, Kilwin's has been a quality confectionery shoppe in northern Michigan, providing quality products and excellent services. Despite growing throughout the United States and changing ownership, they still use only the finest and freshest ingredients in their hand-paddled fudge, custom chocolates and truffles.

LUISA'S CAFE. 13698 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.9037. harbertswedishbakery.com/luisascafe.html. Luisa's Café features handmade batters with unbleached and whole grain flours with a gluten free menu. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are used when available, and favorite offerings include fresh hand-squeezed orange juice, frittatas, Swedish pancakes, panini and crepes. The bakery next door carries Swedish limpa and rye as well as coffee cakes and pastries.

OLIVE MILL. 220 Culver St, Saugatuck. 269.857.5900. olivemillsaugatuck.com. The Olive Mill offers imported and flavored olive oils, nut oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and dipping spices for bread, along with chips and dips, tapenades, spreads and sauces. Patrons can sample from the wide variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the store, and items can be purchased online as well. Several tasty gift sets are available, as well as serving pieces and bath and body creams, oils and shampoos. The Olive Mill also has locations in Geneva and Naperville, Illinois.

SEASON'S HARVEST. 13686 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.7899. seasonsharvest.com. This quaint shop along Red Arrow Highway features natural gourmet provisions like barbecue sauces, salad dressings, dipping sauces and olive oil, among others. Products can be purchased either online or at the shop, and gift sets are available.

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Indiana

BARK & MEOW. 108 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.477.3600. For nearly six years, this pet accessory boutique has featured clothing and toys for dogs and cats. Bark & Meow also carries a large selection of treats like bacon cheese balls, tuna sticks, bagels and, of course, the almighty dog bone.

COPPER BUTTERFLY. 120 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.1506. This hometown boutique with an uptown flair is located in the historic Metcalf Apothecary building built in 1881. The original built-in walnut cabinetry houses trendy fashions, unique gifts, home decor, artisan jewelry, vintage finds, art and fair trade items. Copper Butterfly is a friendly family-owned business and supports "Shop Local."

ELQ EMPORIUM. 1858 Indianapolis Blvd, Whiting. 219.473.9750. ELQ Emporium is a tobacco shop where customers can select from the array of merchandise, including pipes, 36 cigar brands and such accessories as Xikar lighters and cutters. Cigar and pipe smokers can relax on the couches, play chess, sip on a cold beverage or watch TV.

FORMAL ACCENTS. 7982 Wicker Ave, St. John. 219.365.0159. formalaccents.com. Formal Accents offers high-quality bridal accessories and custom favors, plus baby gifts and prom keepsakes. Brides will find an array of items ideal for the wedding day, including attendant gifts, stationery, flower girl accessories, cake knives and servers, and a large inventory of jewelry and formal purses.

LA FLEUR. Old Courthouse Shops, Crown Point. 219.663.4527. crownpoint.net/lafleur.htm. La Fleur is the only boutique in the U.S. that carries porcelain figurines by Louise Auger. Other items include Lady Primrose bath products, bathrobes and solar chimes, to name a few. Owner Irmgard Claussen makes her own floral sprays and arrangements, and the entire inventory is arranged by color for the customer's ease.

OPULENT VODKA. 651.659.2872. opulentvodka.com. This award-winning vodka, made of a grain distinctively native to America, is fermented and distilled "five times for a purity of less than 1 micron," according to the website, which also hosts an extensive list of cocktail recipes.

RIBORDY LIQUORS. 2 W Dunes Hwy, Beverly Shores. 1665 Morthland Dr, Valparaiso. 219.465.7507. This upscale liquor store features fine wines, top-shelf liquors, and import and craft specialty beers. Kegs and ice are also available.

SCHOOLHOUSE SHOP. 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.1551. schoolhouseshop.com. This quaint collection of shops-located inside a schoolhouse built in the 1800s-features a wide array of gifts, antiques and home décor. Adelaide clothing boutique and the Magic Pantry-which features Marilyn's Bakery products-are popular favorites at this shopping destination.

SHADY CREEK WINERY. 2030 Tryon Rd, Michigan City. 219.874.9463. shadycreekwinery.com. Situated on nearly 20 acres, this winery features custom crafted wines, along with specialty foods, gifts and local artwork. The location offers expansive views, covered porches, fireplaces and a tasting room.

SKYSTONE N' SILVER. 1350 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.942.9022. The indoor cactus garden and Southwest desert scene enhance the authenticity of this store, which houses only handmade objects from Native American tribes of the U.S. and Canada. The comprehensive inventory includes fine-art pieces, rugs, sculpture, pottery, baskets, dolls, jewelry and more. Repair and appraisals are also available. Owner Pam Phillips and her sister also have recently opened an additional store, called Olive Mill, in Saugatuck, Michigan.

ST. JOHN WINE & SPIRITS. 9540 Poplar Ln, St. John. 219.558.8911. stjohnwineandspirits.com. Both the connoisseur and the beginner alike will feel comfortable in this shop, which features a wide variety of fine wines, beer and spirits. The staff is trained to assist customers with selection needs, in order "to take the intimidation out of shopping for wine and spirits." Wine tastings are held here often, and gifts and accessories are also available.

VINTAGE ROSE. 316 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.325.0850. thevinrose.com. Vintage Rose is an antiques and gift shop that adds some dazzle to the east end of downtown LaPorte. Its father-daughter duo owners are hawking classy antiques, regionally produced gifts and a festive atmosphere. Popular items include hand-made beaded socks, intricate floral arrangements and melt-in-your-mouth treats from the South Bend Chocolate Company.

WHITING FLOWER SHOP. 1341 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0326. Established in 1900, this reputable flower shop offers a large variety of floral styles, for an equally large variety of occasions. In addition to flowers, the shop carries a wide selection of giftware and collectibles, as well as plants.

WINESTYLES. 9939 Wicker Avenue Ste D. St.John. 219.558.8777. winestyles.net/valparaiso. The experts at WineStyles painstakingly select hard-to-find, world-class wines and offer them at affordable prices. More than 150 wines are displayed in an Old World wine cellar, along with wine-related merchandise and a selection of gift baskets, which can be customized on the premises. The Valparaiso gift shop hosts regular wine tastings and events, and the staff is trained to help patrons select the wines that suit them best.

WISE GUYS DISCOUNT LIQUORS. 9133 Taft St, Merrillville. 219.791.9419. wiseguysliquors.com. This 7,000-square-foot store features a large stock of beer, wine and spirits at discount prices. The cold beer case is filled with a wide variety of both craft beers and microbrews, and the more than 300 wines available come from around the world. Spirits include regulars like gin and rum, as well as unique varieties such as absinthe, cognac and one-of-a-kind liqueurs.

Michigan

CABBAGES AND KINGS. 36 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.1950. Owned by Diana Parsons and her daughter, Katherine Breyers, Cabbages and Kings is a children’s bookstore located in the main block of Douglas. Books in the shop contain beautifully illustrated tales and classic—as well as new—stories. The whimsical shop aims to delight children of all ages and to promote a positive atmosphere.

DECADENT DOGS. 505 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.639.0716. This dog-exclusive boutique features high-end canine products, including designer dog collars and apparel, toys and gourmet dog treats. For the humans, dog-oriented gifts and décor items are also available.

LAMBRECHT'S LIQUORS. 2926 Niles Ave, St. Joseph. 269.983.5353. lambrechtsliquors.com. Lambrecht's features a comprehensive selection of wines, beers, spirits, cigars, pipes and tobacco products. Specialty items include beer and winemaking equipment and supplies and gourmet coffees and cheeses. Occasional tasting events and seminars are offered as well.

POSSESSIONS. 25 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.1925. possessionsdouglasmi.com. Possessions Gift Shop, located in downtown Douglas, is a destination where visitors can find an array of novelty items, as well as necessities. The gift shop holds clothing, jewelry and home accessories. It also features original art by local artists Lisa Doezema-Schulist, Krista Ardensen, Brandy Schroeder, Eva Snow and Greg Gale.

ST. JULIAN WINERY. 716 S Kalamazoo St, Paw Paw. 269.657.5568. stjulian.com. Founded in 1921, St. Julian is Michigan's oldest and largest winery. The family-owned winery offers a wide selection of award-winning and well-known premium wines, sparkling wines and sparkling juices. Additional tasting rooms are located in Frankenmuth and Union Pier.

Tempo Vino Winery. 260 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo. 269.342.9463. vintnerscellarwinery.com. Both wine connoisseurs and beginners are welcome at this winery storefront. Guests can participate in wine tastings and group parties, as well as order customized wine labels and even create-your-own wine, which is fermented based on an individual's preferences. Gift baskets and wine accessories are also available.

WHITE PINE WINERY. 317 State St, St. Joseph. 269 281.0098. whitepinewinery.com. White Pine's goal is to produce wines from Michigan's Great Southwest to showcase the region's wonderful vineyards. Owner Dave Miller's philosophy is to let the vineyards express themselves in his wines with as little intervention as possible. He also is a firm believer in using sustainable principles in grape production, using the latest methods to reduce the impact on the environment.

Illinois

CHEW ON THIS DOG BARKERY, INC. 21 Ash St, Ste 1, Frankfort. 815.806.8081. chewonthisdogbarkery.com. Any dog-lover in the area should stop at this dog "barkery" for the ultimate in pooch-pampering treats and accessories. A chaise lounge, cashmere sweater, pajamas and a wedding gown with matching tiara are some of the store's unique items, but the more traditional dog collars, toys, beds and food dishes are available too, along with homemade treats right out of the oven.

HOMEWOOD FLORIST. 18064 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708.798.0326. homewoodflorist.com. Serving the Chicago area for more than 40 years, this full-service florist offers friendly and prompt service. Homewood Florist boasts a large inventory of fresh flowers and also specializes in tropicals, plants, European gardens, high-style floral, silk and dried arrangements, and gourmet and fruit baskets.

NATHALIE'S INTERIORS & GALLERY. 2009 Ridge Rd, Homewood. 708.647.1177. A wide array of gifts can be found here, including Vera Bradley items, Pandora jewelry, Thymes fragrances, dishware, baby gifts, All That Jazz statues, and art by Edna Hibel, along with an assortment of art prints.

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Indiana

DIRECTIONS TRAVEL INC. 2550 45th Street, Highland. 219.924.6066. directionstvl.com. With a cumulative total of more than 150 years of experience, the agents at Directions bring a wealth of knowledge to any type of travel, including honeymoons, luxury and adventure vacations, corporate travel and more. Directions uses the most technologically advanced computers available to fulfill their goal of working to find the best vacation fit for the customer.

SOUTH BEND REGIONAL AIRPORT. 4477 Progress Dr, South Bend. sbnair.com. 574.233.2185. Travelers looking for a hassle-free flying experience appreciate this small airport, which offers flights to Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando and St. Petersburg and also to Chicago O'Hare. Airlines include Allegiant Air, Continental Connection, Delta Connection, Northwest and United Express.

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Indiana

CENTER FOR IMPLANTS, SEDATION AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY. 890 Richard Rd, Ste A, Dyer. 219.227.5084. chicagonodentures.com. The doctors at this state-of-the-art dental office—Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Jasmine Sandhu, Dr. Nilofer Khan and Dr. Romal Sediq—specialize in full or partial implant services. The staff at the center is up to date on the latest technology and offers a pleasant, peaceful and even fun experience with friendly service and a gentle touch.

CENTER FOR OTOLARYNGOLOGY. 9120 Columbia Ave, Ste A, Munster. 219.836.4820. Bethany Cataldi, D.O., specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery. In fact, she is the only female facial plastic surgeon in Northwest Indiana who's been specifically trained in surgery of the face, head and neck. Dr. Cataldi's expertise in such procedures exclusively ranges all spectrums, from topical treatments like skin peels, to hair removal, to full nasal construction.

CHICAGOLAND CENTER FOR COSMETIC SURGERY. 7863 Broadway, Ste 135. Merrillville. 219.736.2047. 2143 S. Calumet 219.741.1510.   chicagolandcosmetics.com. The doctors at this cosmetic surgery facility specialize in multiple beauty treatments, including Botox, wrinkle fillers, face lifts, liposuction and body sculpting.

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. 901 MacArthur Blvd, Munster. 219.836.1600. comhs.org. This award-winning hospital is a not-for-profit acute care facility with 354 beds and a medical staff of more than 530 physicians. Community's services include a surgery center, oncology center, women's diagnostic center, pain clinic and rehabilitation center. One of the hospital's newest endeavors is the daVinci Surgical System, which is a cutting-edge technological system for prostate cancer.

CONFIDENTIAL CARE. 720 45th St. Munster. 219.934.6410. confidentialcare.com. Drs. Sanker and Vijay Jayachandran are board certified psychiatrists who provide intensive psychiatric outpatient care for adolescents and adults. The doctors and their staff-two nurse practitioners and six clinical therapists-specialize in social and school behavior, family counseling, drug and alcohol addiction treatment, and ADHD in adolescents, among many other services.

COSMOPOLITAN DENTISTRY. 225 Aberdeen Dr, Ste E, Valparaiso. 219.548.2322. cosmopolitandentistry.com. Dr. Luis Cuellar, a certified dentist in cosmetic surgery, performs the latest in cosmetic procedures, including smile makeover, porcelain crowns and veneers, bonding and tooth-whitening. Computer imaging shows changes before they're made, and Cuellar uses other high-tech dentistry devices such as lasers, Diagnodent and air abrasion.

DERMATOLOGY AND COSMETIC SPECIALISTS. 919 Main St, Dyer.  219.924.5850. medspecindiana.com. Dr. Laura Hoffman, MD, specializes in dermatology and cosmetic procedures, including Botox, facial fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, photorejuvenation and laser hair removal. General dermatology services are also available.

DIGESTIVE DISEASE CLINICS. Locations in Merrillville, Michigan City, Valparaiso, and St. Joseph, Mich. 800.422.9080. stomachdoctors.com. Rakesh Gupta, MD, and his medical staff specialize in treating a variety of problems occuring in the stomach, intestines, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and esophagus. The clinic operates with a philosophy of balanced management and will work with patients' schedules to ensure treatment.

DYER FAMILY DENTISTRY. 890 Richard Rd, Ste B, Dyer. 888.474.8914. dyerfamilydentist.com. Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Robert Zajac and Dr. Lynn Karr have trained with some of the world's best dentists. The friendly staff at Dyer Family Dentistry offers family dentistry, Invisalign braces, children and infant care, dentures and cosmetic dentistry.

EAGLE EYE OPTIQUE. 449 E Summit St, Crown Point. 219.662.1600. eagleeyeoptique.com. This optical boutique and private optometry practice-run by Gary W. Scearce, O.D.-specializes in eye care including spectacle lenses, contact lenses, and co-management of cataract and Lasik surgeries. The optical boutique features frames from designers such as Prada, Coach and Fendi.

FLUDER VISION CARE. 5061 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.947.8100. fludervisioncare.com. As one of the most respected optometrists in the area, Dr. Fluder and her experienced, professional staff take pride in providing exceptional optometric care and services, including routine eyeglass and contact lens examinations, and diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical eye disease. Fluder VisionCare also offers a huge assortment of name-brand eyewear.

FRANCISCAN PHYSICIANS HOSPITAL. 701 Superior Ave, Munster. 219.922.4200. franciscanphysicians.org. Franciscan Physicians Hospital offers nearly 50 medical specialties and subspecialties in a 63-bed acute care hospital setting. Physicians and staff provide award winning services, state-of-the-art technology and best-in-region staffing ratios to deliver the highest quality of care. An endovascular program led by world-renowned Dr. Paul Jones provides NWI patients the best in heart care.

GOSHEN HEALTH SYSTEMS. 200 High Park Ave, Goshen. 574.364.1000. goshenhealth.com. To achieve their mission to improve the health of their community, Goshen Health Systems boasts a world class cancer team, a bariatrics team, a state-of-the-art women's services program and one of the best hospitals in the area. The newly expanded Goshen General Hospital employs more than 150 physicians in nearly 20 specialties.

JOSEPH MAJKA, DDS. 1200 Roosevelt Pl, Valparaiso. 219.464.7191. wheredentistryisanart.com. Dr. Joseph Majka, who has 15 years of dentistry experience, specializes in cosmetic and family dentistry. Services include porcelain veneers, smile whitening, natural-colored fillings, basic to advanced dental hygiene and full mouth reconstruction.

LEVIN EYE CARE CENTER P.C. 1334 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.3050. levineyecare.com. Dr. Steven Levin is a board-certified optometrist who specializes in pediatric and family vision care. Services include eye examinations, LASIK referral, visual rehabilitation and vision therapy for all ages.

LTF EYE CLINICS. Locations in Crown Point, Munster and Valparaiso. ltfeyeclinics.com. This clinic offers an extensive range of eyecare services, ranging from basic care-eye glasses, contact lenses and LASIK vision correction-to more advanced treatments, including cataract and glaucoma surgery, corneal transplantation and laser therapy and treatment. There are six doctors on staff, all of whom work with several of the area's major hospitals as well.

METHODIST HOSPITALS. 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4000. 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. methodisthospitals.org. With two full-service campuses in Northwest Indiana, these not-for-profit, community-based hospitals have a reputation for being one of the region's leading healthcare providers. Methodist's physicians, staff and volunteers proclaim a dedication to quality service, with specialties in multiple areas of physical and mental health, including cardiovascular, oncology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and behavioral health.

MICHAEL H. MIN, DDS, FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY. 1410 E 85th Ave, Merrillville. 219.472.1456. Dr. Min and associates are taking the popular concept of dental spa to the next level, with TVs, CDs and DVDs in each operatory, wireless Internet access and noise-cancelling headphones. Up-to-date dental technology includes intra-oral video camera and digital X-rays. Dr. Min practices full-service dentistry, and encourages visits from new patients.

MIND YOUR OWN BODY HEALTH CENTER. 4004 Campbell St, Valparaiso. 219.531.0241. Dr. William Stimack, N.M.D., is a board-certified doctor of naturopathic medicine who treats a wide variety of health issues with a three-tiered plan: nutritional counseling, plant-based herbs, and Jade/Derma Ray therapy. Dr. Stimack and his staff also offer detoxification plans for aiding in hormonal imbalance and the relief of fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders.

NORTHWEST ORAL SURGEONS. 601A US Hwy 30, Schererville. 219.322.0501. 548 Ridge Rd, Ste G, Munster. 219.836.0004. northwestoralsurgeons.com. Drs. Joseph Lovasko, D.D.S., and Paul Wolf, D.D.S., are oral and maxillofacial surgeons whose services include oral pathology, corrective jaw surgery, wisdom tooth removal, dental implants and more.

OBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, INC. 1101 E Glendale Blvd, Ste 102, Valparaiso. 877.462.6249. weunderstandwomen.com. The board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists—Drs. Murphy, Rutherford, Short, and Strickland—at this clinic specialize in pregnancy care, family planning, infertility and menopause, along with general women's wellness. Patients are made to feel at ease because of the clinic's state-of-the-art equipment and a skilled staff.

PINNACLE HOSPITAL. 9301 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point. 219.756.2100. pinnaclehealthcare.net. This acute care hospital prides itself on its small facility; with only 18 beds and five operating suites, each patient receives high-quality care and undivided attention. Owned and operated by physicians, Pinnacle offers a full range of specialties, including orthopaedics, spinal surgeries and women's health, and is the home to the Indiana Breast Center, led by Dr. Marylyn Rosencranz.

PORTER HOSPITAL. 814 LaPorte Ave, Valparaiso. 219.263.4600. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.364.3000. 650 Dickinson Rd, Ste 150E, Chesterton. 219.926.7755. Since opening in 1939 as a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital, Porter has served area families by providing quality care and programs. With ten facilities in two counties, Porter provides health care that is recognized on local, state and national levels and offers a continuum of specialized services such as emergency/trauma, cardiology, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, sleep lab, physical rehabilitation care and more.

SAINT MARGARET MERCY HOSPITAL. 5454 Hohman Avenue. Hammond. 219.932.2300. smmhc.com. One of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest Indiana, Saint Margaret Mercy offers a myriad of services in their Dyer and Hammond locations as well as multiple off-site facilities. The hospital offers all private inpatient rooms, a wide variety of healthcare services, and state-of-the-art technology.

SMILES BY ARNOLD & ASSOCIATES, COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY. 951 Southpoint Dr, Valparaiso. 219.531.8914. smilesbyarnold.com. James H. Arnold, D.D.S., P.C., and his bright-smiled staff use the latest technology for cosmetic dentistry services such as tooth-colored fillings, tooth-whitening, cosmetic bonding, dental implants and porcelain veneers, onlays and crowns. The faint of heart will appreciate the practice's calming efforts, including paraffin hand dips, aromatherapy, lemon-scented hot towels and massage pads on all chairs.

SPRING MILL HEALTH CAMPUS. 101 W 87th Ave, Merrillville. 219.756.0744. springmillhc.com. This senior living center offers a full continuum of care, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, short-term rehab, assisted living services, memory care services and outpatient therapy. Private therapy suites are available for long-term care patients.

ST. ANTHONY MEMORIAL. 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 219.879.8511. saintanthonymemorial.org. This acute care hospital, serving LaPorte, Porter and Berrien Counties, boasts an integrated healthcare network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, an emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, medical surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice.

ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER. 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.942.0551. Known for its outstanding patient care, this non-profit, acute care hospital has 190 beds and a medical staff of more than 300 physicians. Services featured include award-winning joint replacement program, comprehensive bariatric and weight loss services, women’s diagnostic center with same-day results, acute care rehabilitation, functional/integrative medicine, heart valve institute, and multiple outpatient facilities throughout Lake and Porter counties.

THE CENTRE, P.C. Mishawaka: 611 E Douglas Rd, Ste 108. 800.909.2992.  Elkhart: 500 Arcade Ave, Ste 300. 574.296.9100. thecentrepc.com. After more than 10 years of quality service in Elkhart, this plastic surgery and medical office recently opened its doors in Mishawaka. The compassionate surgeons and staff specialize in cosmetic surgery-including liposuction, reconstruction and breast augmentation-and surgical and therapeutic procedures. The Centre, P.C., also offers facials, waxing and massages.

VALPARAISO FAMILY HEALTH CENTER, DR. FALEH ATASSI. 808 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.4446. Dr. Faleh Atassi is trained in medical acupuncture, which can help relieve migraine headaches, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia and more. Also practicing general medicine, Dr. Atassi offers both pediatric and adult care.

Illinois

MIDWEST VEIN CENTER. 14315 S 108th Ave, Ste 114, Orland Park. 888.400.8346. midwestvein.com. Midwest Vein Center is a medical practice that specializes in the non-surgical treatment of vein disease and other vein-related disorders. The state-of-the-art technology and extensively trained physicians here make this center a standout both locally and nationally.

MOLENAAR EYECARE SPECIALISTS. 3546 Ridge Rd, Lansing. 708.474.0078. molenaareyecare.com. Since 1934, three generations of optometrists in the Molenaar family have run this eyecare practice. Aside from standard vision services, Molenaar also pairs with Dr. Louis Probst of TLC Laser Eye Centers for laser vision.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER. 5841 S. Maryland Avenue. Chicago. 773.702.1000. discover.uchospitals.edu. Since 1927, the University of Chicago Medical Center has been one of the Midwest's most reputable hospitals. Aside from basic health care, the Medical Center consists of a children's hospital, a maternity and women's hospital, multiple outpatient facilities, and the renowned Pritzker School of Medicine.

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Indiana

FIRST NATIONAL BANK. 1101 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.322.5964. fnbiweb.com. First National Bank takes pride in its community focus, while still also offering services equivalent to that of an international banking company. Such services include personal and business banking, trust and retirement management, and online banking.

HARRIS BANK. 2012 N. Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.0750. harrisbank.com. This financial institution specializes in retail, commercial and trust services. The bank's multiple sites and ATM locations throughout Lake and Porter counties and the Chicago area, along with online banking, provide personal and corporate clients with ease and convenience.

LAKESHORE MORTGAGE. 711 Plaza Dr, Chesterton. 219.548.3010. Lakeshore Mortgage offers conventional, FHA, VA, construction, rehab, second mortgages and 203k loans. There are no closing costs or lines of credit as well. The staff at Lakeshore strives to educate customers and provide optimal service.

Michigan

MUTUAL BANK, KATHY SELLERS. 307 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.5552. bankwithmutual.com. Kathy Sellers is a Mutual Bank agent who services both first-time home buyers and seasoned investors. Mutual Bank specializes in investments and wealth management for businesses and personal clients.

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Indiana

FOREST RIDGE ACADEMY. 7300 Forest Ridge Dr, Schererville. 219.756.7300. fra.edu. This private institution takes in students from preschool through eighth grade. Forest Ridge claims a high-quality academic curriculum, which challenges students to use higher-level thinking skills.

LA LUMIERE SCHOOL. 6801 N Wilhelm Rd, LaPorte. 219.326.7450. lalumiere.org. Located on a secluded 155 acres-but still only 60 miles east of Chicago-this boarding and day college-preparatory high school offers world-class education by its notable faculty. Facilities include five newly renovated dormitories, two athletic playing fields, and two gymnasiums.

MONTESSORI CHILDREN'S SCHOOLHOUSE. 5935 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.932.5666. mcshammond.com. This parent-owned, not-for-profit school welcomes children of all ages-from toddlers to elementary students-to experience the "joy of learning." Montessori students actively engage in a variety of learning activities in a child-centered environment with teachers that provide warm and sensitive guidance.

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY. Kretzmann Hall, 1700 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5011. valpo.edu. For nearly 150 years, Valparaiso University has prided itself on providing a liberal arts education to its students. With more than seventy programs in five colleges, the university also has a distinguished law school and graduate division. VU's access to the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore and the city of Chicago has helped it to be consistently ranked among the top colleges in U.S. News & World Report.

Michigan

OX-BOW. Campus: 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck. 269.857.5811. Administrative offices: 36 S Wabash Ave, 12th Fl, Chicago. 800.318.3019. ox-bow.org. This 102-year-old summer school of art and artists' residency is located in Saugatuck and is affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ox-Bow offers one- and two-week intensives for aspiring and experienced artists in six studio areas.

Illinois

GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY. 1 University Pkwy, University Park. 708.534.5000. govst.edu. Governors State University-which is known for being affordable and accessible-offers 54 degree programs and 23 certificate programs. Classes are offered on campus, online and at satellite campuses, all of which are available on evenings and weekends as well as during the day. The university's Center for Performing arts also hosts several theater productions and concerts throughout the year.

MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. 700 Ashland Ave, Chicago Heights. 708.755.7565. marianchs.com. Marian is a Catholic, college-preparatory, coed high school in the Dominican tradition. The diverse student body hails from 70 communities in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Campus amenities include a theater, student chapel, research library, a learning resource center and more.

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Indiana

AVANT GARDENS. 6833 Fail Rd, LaPorte. 312.455.2778. avgardens.com. An eco-friendly development, Avant Gardens features twenty home sites set on 103 acres of woods and natural prairie. The houses feature modern design, and owners can choose what level of green features to include in their home. The community itself includes a private clubhouse, in-ground pool, and a 60-acre wildlife and forest preserve.

CAROL BRYCHTA REAL ESTATE. 13661 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.7766. carolbrychta.com. Carol Brychta Real Estate is a family business with a reputation of more than 30 years of excellent service. Their primary mission is to find the right buyer for each property that they list so that both parties walk away from the table well satisfied with the outcome.

CENTURY 21 MIDDLETON CO., INC. 219.874.2000. 1dwelling.com. Bonnie Meyer, an award-winning agent, is well-known around LaPorte County for her real estate prowess. Featuring properties in Indiana and Michigan, Meyer has gained expertise on Lake Michigan and inland lake properties, city dwellings, farmland, building sites, land and residential development.

COLDWELL BANKER, DAWN BERNHARDT. 2110 N. Calumet Avenue, Valparaiso. 219.241.0952. dawnbernhardt.com. Dawn Bernhardt is the go-to agent for homes in Chesterton's luxurious Sand Creek subdivision, along with other properties in Porter, LaPorte and Lake Counties. The website offers an abundance of resources for both buyers and sellers.

COLDWELL BANKER, DONNA HOFMANN. 219.331.1133. dhofmann.com. Donna Hofmann, Coldwell Banker and Residential Brokerage, specializes in residential properties in the Indiana Dunes.

COTTAGE CONNECTIONS. 113 York St, Michigan City. 219.393.9986. cottage-connections.com. This vacation rental company appeals to both the vacationer and the homeowner. Vacationers can expect clean and cozy accommodations, as well as expert customer service. Homeowners can rely on Cottage Connections to do the busy work of managing the vacation rentals.

EAST EDGE HOMES. 326 Melton Rd, Harbor. 219.938.8782. bauerlatozastudio.com. The East Edge Development is planned as a lakefront community with a mixture of townhomes and single family homes that are designed with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainable design, including passive solar design, natural day lighting and sustainable and renewable building materials. The site will include a common open space, which incorporates a children's play area, a walking path and gathering areas with fire pits.

HARTSFIELD VILLAGE. 10000 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.934.0750. hartsfieldvillage.com. Hartsfield Village offers a full continuum of care that supports a variety of needs and lifestyles, including independent living, assisted living, memory support and nursing care. Amenities include private patios and balconies, lounges, gardens, activity centers and fitness centers. Residents receive many benefits, such as laundry, housekeeping and dining services.

LAKESHORE DUNES APARTMENTS. 440 N Lake St, Miller. 219.938.0500. Located within walking distance of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes, and many shops and restaurants, this apartment complex is offering studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.

MARINA SHORES. 5976 Dune Harbor Dr, Portage. 219.763.3500. marinashoresin.com. Northwest Indiana's newest residential community offers many options, including single-family lots, cottage homes or condominiums right on Lake Michigan. With more than 300 boat slips and a yacht club with fine dining, Marina Shores is located a stress-free distance from Chicago and is adjacent to the Ogden Dunes South Shore train station for even easier access to the city.

MICKY GALLAS PROPERTIES. 2411 St. Lawrence Ave, Long Beach. 219.874.7070. mickygallasproperties.com. The experienced brokers and agents at this real estate company help clients find homes for purchase throughout Indiana and Michigan. Some of the many services provided include assistance in scheduling inspections, and a complimentary comparative market analysis. Full service real estate office open seven days a week with after hour appointments available upon request.

PARK WEST. 400 Fisher St, Munster. 219.836.8282. 1stmetbuilders.com. This gated community presents an opportunity to live in one of the premier neighborhoods in Northwest Indiana. Each of the 51 estate-sized lots, all 1/3-acre or greater, is bordered by a park, pond, creek or lushly landscaped green belt. Park West has developed the community in partnership with 1st Metropolitan Builders, which is known for building high-quality, custom-built homes, all in a traditional design.

SAGAMORE. 179 Buckskin Ln, Valparaiso. 219.7071525. liveatsagamore.com. Two new neighborhoods are being developed in Valparaiso-the Meadows at Sagamore and the Ravines at Sagamore. The homes built in both neighborhoods are designed to meet the needs of families of all sizes. Sagamore is a strong proponent of conservation design and environmental preservation.

SOURCE ONE REAL ESTATE. 855 E North St, Crown Point. 219.662.5445. source1re.com. This independent real estate company provides residential and commercial real estate sales to individuals, small businesses, large corporations, non-profit organizations, home builders and developers throughout Northwest Indiana. Owners Roger Lain and Joe Gambril bring a combined 30+ years of experience in real estate sales and customer service.

TRYON FARM. 1400 Tryon Rd, Michigan City. 219.879.3618. tryonfarmguesthouse.com. Passionate environmentalists Ed and Eve Noonan founded Tryon Farm, a 170-acre community of homes built among rolling pasture, meadows, woods and ponds. Homes are designed to complement the landscape, and are built with green materials to preserve the environment. The farm is a retreat that is situated in a central location, with Chicago, Harbor Country and several beaches all a quick drive away.

VILLAS OF BRIAR LEAF. 3233 N State Rd. 39, LaPorte. 219.326.1992. briarleaf.com. This luxury townhome development overlooks the fairways and greens at Briar Leaf Golf Club. Thirty-two townhomes, from one to three bedrooms, are available, featuring fully appointed kitchens, master baths, two-car garages, full masonry fireplaces and other desirable amenities.

Michigan

1 LAKE TERRACE. 1155 Miami Rd, Benton Harbor. 269.369.4545. 1laketerrace.com. Five lakefront home sites and 12 lake-access sites make up St. Joseph's newest neighborhood. The lakefront sites offer breathtaking views and are protected below by a wooded bluff. The homes will be characterized by siding, shakes, stone, trim, porches and many windows.

AMERICAN HOMES, SHARON HALLIBURTON. 4532 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville. 269.208.3862. sharonhalliburton.com. For more than 30 years, Sharon Halliburton has specialized in property management, having been licensed as a real estate agent and a broker more than 10 years ago. Her expertise covers residential, lakefront and vacation properties, plus farms, golf courses and vineyards.

BALDWIN LANDING. 70861 Baldwin Landing Drive. Union. 574.536.6363. alllakenorake.com. This development's 18 waterfront custom homes-designed by Helman Sechrist Architecture-offer views of Baldwin Lake, plus endless other perks like maintenance-free living, private boat slips, sand volleyball courts and fire pits.

BE OUR GUEST. 269.487.9530. beourguestmi.com. Be Our Guest has the best in style and comfort that Southwest Michigan has to offer, providing housing and customized concierge services. Local housing accommodations range from condominiums and family-style houses to Lake Michigan estates.

BRIDGEWATER PLACE. 225 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9500. bridgewaterofnewbuffalo.com. Two- and three-bedroom condominiums are available at this luxury development, which is situated in downtown New Buffalo. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, elevated patios and a rooftop terrace with kitchenette.

CAMP BUFFALO COTTAGES. 106 S Franklin St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9090. campbuffalocottages.com. At Camp Buffalo, cozy cedar-shaked cottages resting in lush woodlands outline a property that promises sanctuary and solitude. The center clubhouse, naturally landscaped amphitheater and inground swimming pool bring the community together for fellowship and fun. Residents may choose between five spacious cottage plans.

COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE. 10 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.3950. coldwellbankeronline.com. New Buffalo’s premier real estate firm features properties in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Both the in-office staff and the Coldwell Banker website offer multiple services and resources for buyers and sellers.

CRANES POND. 7417 N. 38th St, Augusta. 269.488.0576. cranespond.com. With more than 140 acres designated to open space, this private gated condominium community is perfect for those looking for a secluded getaway. Located near Southwest Michigan's largest golf resort, Gull Lake View, Cranes Pond offers numerous opportunities to relax and enjoy the 54-acre lake in the center of the community.

GRAND BOULEVARD. 811 Ship St, Ste 202, St. Joseph. 269.983.9628. Ship Street Realty's latest development, Grand Boulevard, boasts location as one of its greatest assets. There are 27 lots that face either the St. Joseph beachfront or the 7th fairway of the proposed Harbor Shores Jack Nicklaus golf course. Homes are equipped with smart siding and decking, hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, custom cabinetry and granite surfaces.

HARBOR ISLE RESORT AND MARINA. 143 Anchors Way, St. Joseph. 269.982.0812. This private island community was designed with two things in mind: the spectacular views and the spectacular views. Every unit includes a balcony with views of Lake Michigan, the Bluffs or downtown St. Joseph. Harbor Isle Resort offers an aquatic center and spa, nature trail, boat and personal watercraft dockage, and more. Pre-construction prices start at $299,000.

HARBOR SHORES REALTORS. 584 Lake St, Saugatuck. 269.857.3900. harborshoresrealtors.com. Principal broker Tammy Kerr and team specialize in helping their clients buy and sell properties in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Each of the agents are members of the National Association of REALTORS.

HARBOR SHORES RESORT. 201 Graham Ave, Benton Harbor. 269.932.1600. harborshoresresort.com. Southwest Michigan's biggest, most talked-about project is underway in Benton Harbor. The residential community will include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, marinas, an indoor water park and a luxury spa. The property is surrounded by two rivers and five beaches. Custom homesites and cottages are available.

LAKE PARK PLACE. 301 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.429.6666. 301lakeboulevard.com. This new, seven-story condominium development is being constructed in the historic building that was formerly the YWCA. Residents can choose from 10 floor plans, each of which come with a private balcony. Other perks include an indoor parking garage, indoor pool and 10 years of free golf at two nearby golf courses.

LAKE CHAPIN SHORES. 11115 Lake Shore Dr, Berrien Springs. 888.866.4244. lakechapinshores.com. This upscale residential vacation home retreat is situated on the shores of the 600-acre Lake Chapin, offering peace and seclusion for vacationers. Homes come with desirable amenities but are built with conservation in mind, as each home is adapted to the natural aspects of its lot. Residents can enjoy water sports, fishing and the beaches of Lake Chapin.

MERCHANT STREET COTTAGES. 222 E. Merchant St, New Buffalo. 888.588.6424. Located just two blocks from downtown New Buffalo, this charming neighborhood consists of seventeen cottages that are built with green materials for simpler, more cost-effective living. Each cottage is created with thoughtful design and highly attractive features.

MILL POND REALTY. 747 Water St, Saugatuck. 269.857.1477. millpondrealty.com. Mill Pond Realty provides real estate sales and vacation rentals in Saugatuck, Douglas, Glenn, Ganges and Fennville, Michigan. Owned by Laura Durham, the award-winning company has been recognized by the likes of Smart Money, Business Week and Where to Retire magazines. In addition to buying and selling services, Mill Pond's rental management department can assist clients with earning income from a second home.

NADRA K REAL ESTATE. 16678 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo. 269.469.2090. www.nadrak.com. Nadra K Real Estate was established in 1980 with a total of two staff persons. Since then, they have grown rapidly with a current organization consisting of eleven agents and a support staff of two. Their record of success and excellence can be demonstrated by their consistent increase in annual sales transactions, a history of handling successful project developments and a competent sales staff who, year after year, ranks in the top percentile of our area Multiple Listing System.

ORCHARD ON THE LAKE. 15488 Boyle Lake Rd, Buchanan. 269.695.9100. orchardonthelake.net. This Buchanan-based development-situated along the shores of the private spring-fed Pine Lake- consists of thirty home sites that feature eight unique styles and range in size from 1,700 to 3,300 square feet, with three to five bedrooms. The property also features a community barn, heated pool, beach, sundeck and nature trails.

PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF PROPERTIES. 439 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.8300. rubloff.com. Since 1930, Rubloff has been one of the premier real estate firms on the local scene. Serving clients all along Lake Michigan's southern coast and beyond, the certified sales associates at Rubloff proclaim great success in buying, selling and renting properties along the lakeshore.

RIVERWOODS ON THE TRAIL. 300 Kalamazoo St, South Haven. 269.214.1870. riverwoods-southhaven.com. RiverWoods on the Trail, a new 60-acre, 167-home community located on the Black River, offers unique home styles, topnotch amenities and plenty of riverside tranquility. Homeowners can choose from seven unique models.

SHORES OF SOUTH HAVEN. 300 Kalamazoo St, South Haven. 269.637.8555. shoresrealestate.com. This reputable firm provides assistance with development, sales and leasing of condominiums, single-family, vacation and retirement home sales, along with lots, boat slips and commercial property. Shores also manages and leases property for investor-buyers.

ST. JOE'S RIVERBEND LANDINGS. 14145 N Red Bud Tr, Buchanan. 630.334.1142. riverbendlandings.com. This exclusive 100-acre meadowland development, located north of Buchanan in Berrien County, was newly opened in fall of 2008. Each home site is situated on a spacious riverfront, and buyers are given the opportunity to add a private dock. Lots range in size from 2.75 acres to more than 45 acres, with a price range of $225,000-$700,000.

VINEYARD LOFTS. 13595 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.0118. vineyardlofts.com. These luxurious contemporary residences are the result of the dramatic renovation of a historic winery into 14 fabulous lofts, featuring 20-foot ceilings, oversized great rooms, private courtyards and home automation.

Illinois

DEWITT PLACE. 900 N DeWitt Pl, Chicago. 312.642.7020. dewittplace.com. This 82-unit vintage building, built in 1924, offers corporate housing, temporary furnished apartment rentals and long-term temporary housing solutions. These studio and one-bedroom apartments come with a variety of amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet access, DirecTV satellite service and an exercise room.

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85 DEGREES TANNING SALON. 8231 Hohman Ave, Munster. 219.836.8550. 2933 Jewett St, Highland. 219.838.8500. 85degrees.com. Both 85 Degrees Tanning Salon locations offer the latest and safest technology. Patrons can walk in or make an appointment for their super, extreme, ultimate or stand-up tanning beds. The Munster salon also offers a sunless spray tan, administered by specialists.

ANTHONY'S SALON. 2500 Calumet Ave Ste F, Valparaiso. 219.465.1525. For more than thirty years, Anthony Voltattorni has become established in the Northwest Indiana haircare market, with salons in Merrillville and Valparaiso. The salon carries Aveda and Schwarzkopf products and offers full-service haircare-with a specialty in custom color-as well as waxing, nailcare and reflexology.

THE CINNAMON TREE. 505 Silhavy Rd, Valparaiso. 219.548.8383. thecinnamontree.com. A long-time community favorite, this luxury spa offers multiple body care services, including massage, body polish, specialty soaks, body wraps, facials and nail care. Spa packages and parties are available.

COSMEDIC SKIN & BODY CLINIC. 210 E 86th Pl, Merrillville. 219.795.1255. 58 E Walton, Chicago. 312.377.3333. cosmedicclinic.com. Dr. James Platis, who has been featured on local and national news programs and has been applauded by Dr. Phil, specializes in all forms of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, particularly breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. Less invasive procedures include tanning, waxing and facials.

ELLE SALON. 113 W 8th St, Michigan City. 219.874.3553. This upscale salon, situated in Michigan City's historic district, offers full-service haircare, plus manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. Retail products include skin care, body care, a men's line, wooden styling tools, a full line of Aveda products, and other calming items such as Aveda teas, candles and oils.

GAIA SALON & SPA. 112 E Joliet St, Schererville. 219.864.4180. gaiasalonspa.com. This salon and spa takes a truly holistic approach to body, hair and mind care and rejuvenation. Not only is the menu extensive, many of the treatments are unavailable anywhere else, including trigger point therapy massage, ear candling/coning and a thorough pregnancy package.

HOUSE OF BIANCO BEAUTY CONCEPTS & DAY SPA. 1000 E 80th Pl, Merrillville. 219.769.1010. houseofbiancodayspa.com. This mega spa offers not only multiple spa services but also hundreds of products for every aspect of skin care. Services include massage, facials, body scrubs and wraps, hydrotherapy, pedicures and makeup application.

JOSEF & MARI'S SALON AND SPA. 822 Ridge Rd A-2, Munster. 219.836.8460. josefandmarisalon.com. This European-inspired salon caters to multicultural clients, both male and female. Traditional services include massage, aromatherapy, manicures, pedicures and facials. More unique features include an infrared sauna, private shower rooms and the makeup studio.

LE ROC SALON & BODY BAR. 3907 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso. 219.464.4762. lerocsalon.com. This salon provides a refreshingly sophisticated, cutting-edge quality. The salon is the full-service kind, offering hair care, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and massage. A retail section features scarves and jewelry available for purchase.

NAVII SALON & SPA. 316 E US 30, Schererville. 219.865.6515. navii.com. Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for "replenish" or "rejuvenate," Navii offers both salon and spa services, including hair care, skin care, body treatments and makeup application. A Loyalty Program and online appointment booking are extra perks for patrons.

PET PALS, INC. 10388 W 400 N, Michigan City. 219.879.2898. This upscale pet hotel and grooming salon pampers pets with all-suite runs, ample exercise, high-quality meals, modern grooming equipment, flea treatments, hair bows and nail polish. The 6,000-square-foot building features 65 boarding suites, a separate cat boarding area, and a state-of-the-art grooming facility.

REFINE MEDICAL SPA. 736 E Lincoln Hw, Schererville. As Northwest Indiana's leading provider of laser aesthetics, skin rejuvenation and anti-aging solutions, the physicians and licensed aestheticians at Refine use a state-of-the-art imaging system to evaluate a patient's skin and design a custom skin care program for each patient. Services include anything from microdermabrasion to laser hair removal to massage therapy.

REVERIE SPA RETREAT. 3634 N 700 W, LaPorte. 219.861.0814. spareverie.com. Located on more than fifty acres of deep woodlands, this spa retreat offers an imaginative menu of personal luxury care which includes facials, massage therapy, reflexology, botanical treatments, envelopments and azulene waxings. There are four guest rooms blending calming Asian and classically antique influences and a dining room, which serves twenty-six people vegetables from the garden and other goodies.

SALON LA BLEU. 3458 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.3737. This Aveda-concept salon offers full-service haircare, facials and waxing. A complete line of Aveda skin care, body care and aromatherapy products accompany the full array of Aveda products.

SELAH DAY SPA. 301 W University Dr, Mishawaka. 574.315.4000. thespaselah.com. Selah incorporates a fusion of Eastern, Western and European spa traditions in such luxurious treatments as the Calming—a facial designed for sensitive skin—and a Tender Wrapsody body wrap. Patrons can also opt for a manicure or pedicure—using a vegan nail care line from Spa Ritual. Available for purchase are handmade soaps from the Napa Soap Company, organic skin care by Eminence and an organic line of candles by Voluspa.

STUDIO ONE. 9228 Indianapolis Blvd, Ste 3, Highland. 219.923.1915. Dennis Schram and his staff at Studio One present a home-away-from-home atmosphere at their salon. Seven stylists work on the floor, and they offer a range of services including hair, nails and massages.

TIMOTHY JEFFRY SALON. 420 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.872.6567. timothyjeffery.com. This quaint Aveda concept salon is situated near the lake in Long Beach and features hair and spa services, including unique options like hair damage remedies, exfoliating scalp treatment for men, Caribbean therapy pedicure and makeup application.

VANIS SALON & SPA. 221 US 41, Ste J, Schererville. 219.322.5600. 1620 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.6414. 107 N Main St Ste A, Crown Point. 219.663.5200. vanis.net. One of Northwest Indiana's premier salons, Vanis features a well-trained, professional staff for haircare, nailcare and spa body treatments. Group and corporate retreats (for four to twenty people) can be arranged.

THE WELLNESS CENTRE. 1806 Burlington Beach Rd, Valparaiso. 219.477.4037. thewellnesscentre.net. This establishment offers massage therapy with a holistic bent. Services include homeopathy, aromatherapy, ear candling and energy works. Also on site is a store, where aromatherapy items, teas and herbs can be purchased.

Michigan

HEATH & COMPANY. 419 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4247. This Aveda-concept salon is one of the familiar businesses greeting visitors to New Buffalo from the south. Owner Rick Heath and his staff gel their expertise and friendliness, making a trip to this salon more of an experience than a necessity. Services include hair care, nail care, massage therapy and waxing.

SCULPTURE STUDIO SALON & SPA. 515 Pleasant St, St. Joseph. 269.985.0505. This Aveda Concept Salon has the traditional fare of spa treatments, massage and makeup artistry, using only Aveda products. Focusing on beauty, harmony and well-being, the staff at Sculpture want to make sure that it's not just a trip to the spa, but an escape from everyday life.

YOGA GLOW. 6 Linden St, Three Oaks. 269.697.4394. yogathreeoaks.com. This renowned yoga studio features group yoga classes and private lessons for all levels, plus workshops every month. Patrons are encouraged to visit Yoga Glow's website for class schedules, teacher bios and other yoga-related information.

Illinois

ARTISTIX SALON. 2051 Ridge Rd, Homewood. 708.647.9636. artistixsalon.com. This full-service salon specializes in color, texture, style and waxing. Services include hair shaping, styling and conditioning, coloring, texturing and relaxing, hand and pedicure treatments, and waxing services.

CHICAGOLAND AESTHETICS. 501 W Golf Rd, Ste A, Schaumburg. 847.884.8346. 1995 Springbrook Square Dr, Ste 119, Naperville. 630.369.6644. 2335 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago. 773.697.4033. chicagolandaesthetics.com. Dr. Bradley Ashpole has had extensive training in Chicago and New York, and has won numerous honors and awards. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery. His state-of-the-art procedures include breast augmentation, tummy tuck, Botox and hand surgery.

SPAHHS. 2023 Ridge Rd, Homewood. 708.206.9996. spahhs.biz. The amazing and talented staff at Spahhs offers a true spa experience in this warm and hip environment. Services include a wide variety of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, body treatments and makeovers.

ST. JAMES MEDICAL SPA. 100 West 197th Pl, Chicago Heights. 708.755.3772. sjmedspa.org. The Medical Spa at St. James proudly provides a solution to all aesthetic and cosmetic care needs. Services include botox, injectable fillers, laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, manicures, pedicures, facials and more.

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THE ALLURE. 301 B St, LaPorte. 219.477.9666. allureone.com. This brand-new banquet hall, located in downtown LaPorte, is described as "old Hollywood vintage with a modern twist," complete with a grand double staircase in the ballroom. The venue can be rented for weddings, other special events, and also as a conference center for corporate gatherings.

DEVOTED WEDDINGS & EVENTS. 219.309.1943. devotedweddings.com. Owner Christina Zukoski and her staff of professionals specialize in wedding and event planning-from a small baby shower to a large, full-scale wedding. A large array of party products are available as well, including invitations, accessories, favors and rentals. Devoted Weddings & Events is available for event planning in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area.

JEFF BROWN TRIO. 219.465.0638. jeffreycbrown.com. In the music business for more than 30 years, Jeff Brown has earned legendary status in the Valparaiso area and beyond. The Jeff Brown Trio, which performs a varied repertoire that is ideal for both listening and background music, is available for private functions throughout Illinois, Indiana and southern Michigan.

MEYER'S CASTLE. 1370 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.865.8452. meyerscastle.com. This sprawling estate, situated on 10 acres of land, is an idyllic location for weddings but can also be reserved for other parties. The building, which resembles a castle, is influenced by Jacobethan Revival architecture. The grounds are terraced and are filled with original plantings and native trees. An Argentine-Brazilian steakhouse, called Rodizio's, is on site as well.

PALAIS ROYALE. 105 W Colfax Ave, South Bend. 574.235.5612. palaisroyale.org. Built in 1922, and a member of the National Registry of Historic Places, this premier banquet facility has a rich history of hosting big bands and dance parties. Newly renovated and reopened in 2002, the Palais Royale's majestic, garden-themed ballroom accurately reflects its former 1920s splendor-complete with a fabulous chandelier and hardwood floors-and is available for wedding receptions, banquets, corporate events, reunions and more.

Michigan

SHADOWLAND ON SILVER BEACH. 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 888.404.7587. shadowlandonsilverbeach.com. St. Joseph's newest event venue is located right on the beach, in the same building as the famed Silver Beach Carousel. Shadowland, which can accommodate more than 300 guests, partners with Bistro on the Boulevard for a dynamic catering menu. The venue is available for wedding receptions, business meetings and other special occasions.

Illinois

ARTISTS, EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 1660 N Hudson Ave, #1F, Chicago. 312.832.1100. artistsandevents.com. This agency provides entertainment for anything from a small, informal party to a large special event. Entertainers run the gamut, featuring regional and national musicians, big bands, symphonies, vocalists and more. Owner Mary Beth Rothe has more than 25 years of experience in the industry.

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Indiana

BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA. 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 888.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. The casino portion of Blue Chip features 65,000 square feet of gaming, all on one level, including more than 2,100 slot games and all the classic table games. Brand new to the facility is the 22-story Spa Blu Tower, which features a state-of-the-art hotel, luxury spa and convention center. Dining options include It's Vegas Baby! and The Game, along with the fine-dining restaurant William B's Steakhouse.

THE BRASSIE GOLF CLUB. 1110 Pearson Rd, Chesterton. 219.921.1192. thebrassie.com. The Brassie is a semi-private, 180-hole championship course designed by architect Jim Fazio. The well-conditioned course boasts "rolling terrain, strategic bunkering and sparse fescue rough areas." A golf shop, practice facilities and a snack bar are also on site.

BRIAR LEAF GOLF CLUB. 3233 N SR 39, LaPorte. 219.326.1992. briarleaf.com. This 18-hole course challenges both novice and veteran golfers with water on eight holes, an island green, rolling hills, trees and sand. The clubhouse features the Portofino Grill, a hot spot for lunch, dinner and post-golf snacks. Private and group lessons are available.

BRIAR RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB. 123 Clubhouse Dr, Schererville. briarridgecc.com. 219.322.3660. The homes, condos and homesites on this country club property are situated among three nine-hole championship golf courses, dining facilities, banquet and meeting rooms, tennis courts, a playground and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

HORSESHOE CASINO. 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoe.com. The legendary Jack Binion's Horseshoe is one of Indiana's largest casinos, located just minutes from Chicago. More than 46,679 square feet of gaming space includes 2,000 slot machines and 49 table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette. The pavilion's many dining options include Jack Binion's Steakhouse, JB's Gourmet Sandwiches, Village Square Buffet and Uno Express.

INNSBROOK COUNTRY CLUB. 6701 Taft St, Merrillville. 219.980.9060. innsbrookcc.com. Located just outside of Chicago, Innsbrook's William Langford Preserved Original Design championship golf course gives every golfer a challenge. The Clubhouse sits majestically overlooking the white sand and lush green course, providing a beautiful setting for weddings or special events in the newly remodeled banquet room.

LOST MARSH GOLF COURSE. 1001 E 129th St, Hammond. 219.932.4046. lostmarshgolf.com. This 330-acre, 18-hole championship course features various tee positions on every hole, making it desirable and challenging for both experienced and new golfers. The acclaimed Youth Golf Academy at Lost Marsh teaches young people looking to learn the sport, and an environmental recreation area offers outdoor activities to golfers and non-golfers alike.

MAJESTIC STAR CASINO. 1 Buffington Harbor Dr, Gary. 888.225.8259. majesticstarcasino.com. With a large selection of slots, table and video poker games, this spacious casino is a popular choice for gaming entertainment in Northwest Indiana and beyond. Visitors will appreciate the 300-room hotel overlooking Lake Michigan and the several restaurants located throughout the casino.

Michigan

FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT. 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, Michigan. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com. Four Winds offers 130,000 square feet of gaming. Patrons can enjoy 3,000 slots, featuring the area's biggest progressive jackpots and a large selection of table games including blackjack, craps and traditional and automated poker in a World Poker Tour poker room. Dining includes three restaurants, from Copper Rock Steakhouse to an all-you-can-eat buffet.

LOST DUNES GOLF CLUB. 9300 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman. 269.465.9300. lostdunes.com. The critically acclaimed, 6,900-yard, 71-par golf course at Lost Dunes is just one of the many attractive features that this club offers. A rolling landscape and panoramic views provide spectacular scenery and also new challenges for both the novice and seasoned golfer. The course, which was designed by architect Tom Doak, was rated #63 in Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses in 2007-8. Lost Dunes is a family destination as well, with a Junior Golf Program, a large clubhouse and many family attractions in nearby Bridgman.

NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK. 417 Phoenix St. South Haven. 269.637.8216. This cozy shop not only offers natural fiber yarns for knitting and crochet, but patrons can also hang out there to knit. There are several knitting and crocheting classes as well as group knitting events. Kits and gifts are also available.

NEW BUFFALO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. 888.660.6222. newbuffalo.org. The New Buffalo Business Association is made up of more than 100 members representing New Buffalo and neighboring communities.

OUTPOST SPORTS. 105 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4210. 800 Lions Park Dr, St. Joesph. 269.983.2010. 114 Dykman Ave, South Haven. 269.637.5555. outpostsports.com. Whether bicycling, kayaking, surfing or simply sunbathing, any summer sports fan will find a large inventory of sporting products here. Owner JV Peacock emphasizes a life-is-short/seize-the-day philosophy throughout his inventory, events, lessons and staff. Clothing, beach accessories and eyewear are also available.

RAVINES GOLF CLUB. 3520 Palmer Dr, Saugatuck. 269.857.1616. ravinesgolfclub.com. This golf facility has won numerous awards for its outstanding condition and beautiful landscape. The Ravines is an Arnold Palmer Signature championship course that challenges all skill levels. A full beverage service and menu are available, and a restaurant is on site.

TM BOOKS AND VIDEO. 16 S Smith St, New Buffalo. 219.879.2822. tmbv.com. This innovative toy store features model trains, accessories and apparel from Thomas & Friends, Lionel and John Deere. Its signature specialty, however, is the award-winning I Love Toy Trains DVD collection, which includes educational videos about trains, big machines and airplanes.

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BLUE HERON INN. 1110 Lakeside St, LaPorte. 800.575.3880. pleastshore.com. Situated on scenic Pine Lake in LaPorte, the Blue Heron Inn features luxury rooms with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Guests can choose from a variety of room selections and special packages. Floating boathouses-equipped with a queen bed, sofa and outside deck-are also available for lodging during the summer months.

DUNELAND BEACH INN. 3311 Pottawattomie Tr, Michigan City. 219.874.7729. dunelandbeachinn.com. Nestled in a private wooded community on the beach, yet only minutes from Michigan City's best shopping and dining, this cozy inn provides guests with comfort and convenience. Also on the premises is Duneland Beach Inn's fine dining restaurant, which features steaks, chops, pasta and seafood.

INN AT ABERDEEN. 3158 S State Rd 2, Valparaiso. 219.465.3753. innataberdeen.com. Located in the beautiful and prestigious Aberdeen neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Valparaiso, the Inn at Aberdeen is a comfortable and convenient place to stay. A variety of unique rooms and suites are available, as well as a Flavia coffee and tea bar, a full gourmet breakfast every morning, and all of the amenities needed for both a personal and business stay. A conference room is available for business meetings and private parties.

THE RADISSON HOTEL AT STAR PLAZA. 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6311. radisson.com/merrillvillein. This Northwest Indiana staple recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, which means new carpets, wall coverings, draperies and upgraded bathrooms and beds—Sleep Number!—in the guestrooms. The hotel also features modern meeting facilities, a spa, two swimming pools and whirlpools, and several restaurants and lounges.

TRYON FARM. 1500 Tryon Rd, Michigan City. 800.779.6433. tryonfarm.com. Offering an escape from the indoors, Tryon Farm is located on 170 acres of dunes and ponds featuring houses that combine city comfort with country landscapes. Activities range from bike riding, walking through the vegetable gardens, and taking part in dragonfly hatching season. Rentals start on Friday afternoon and end Monday morning.

WATERBIRD LAKESIDE INN & SPA. 556 Indian Boundary Rd, Chesterton. 219.928.1501. waterbirdinn.com. Situated on the grounds of a private lake and surrounding woods, Waterbird is host to both an intimate hotel and an acclaimed spa. Services at the spa include massage, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures. Overnight room and spa packages are available.

Michigan

THE BOULEVARD INN. 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn.com. Warmth and coziness are a theme at this historic hotel in St. Joseph. From the plush furniture in the lobby to the comfort food at the Bistro, to the luxurious amenities in the hotel's suites, the Boulevard offers more than just a place to stay. Business and fitness centers are also available for use.

CANDLEWOOD SUITES. 2567 W Marquette Woods Rd, Stevensville. 269.428.4400. candlewoodsuites.com/stjosephmi. With accommodations for overnight, corporate housing and relocation, the Candlewood Suites appeals to the business traveler and vacationer alike. Each room comes with a full-size kitchen, high-speed Internet and a selection of DVD movies. Free laundry, a hot tub and fitness center and a private patio grill area are also available for all guests

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN. 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville. 800.968.7686. crystalmountain.com. Named the "Number One Resort in the Midwest" by Ski magazine, this 50-year-old resort offers ski and snowboard runs, terrain parks, a half-pipe, a snowsports school and daily NASTAR racing. Guests can also enjoy the property's first-class lodging and dining facilities.

JW MARRIOTT. 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids. 888.844.5947. ilovethejw.com. Grand Rapids' newest attraction is the luxury hotel JW Marriott, which accommodates 340 well-appointed rooms and suites on 23 floors. Other amenities include wireless Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and luxurious bedding. Guests residing on the Concierge Floors have access to the stylish Concierge Lounge.

MARINA GRAND RESORT. 600 W Water St, New Buffalo. Hotel Reservations: 877.945.8600. Condo Sales: 888.630.7770. marinagrandresort.com. Situated on the New Buffalo Harbor, this brand-new, boutique condo-hotel features luxury finishes and fixtures, European kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor seating areas, and stunning lake and harbor views. Pool facilities, fitness and game rooms, and a waterfront restaurant make up an impressive list of amenities. Buyers will benefit from the hotel management's maintenance and cleaning services and have the option to rent out their residence when not in use.

SNOOTY FOX.13416 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.426.5101. snootyfox.com The Snooty Fox strives to provide a unique lodging experience in which each guest cabin will possess its own piece of nature. The Main Lodge provides the many luxuries and modern amenities such as kitchen facilities, library, sauna and your own private single-occupancy bathroom, all state-of-the-art and only stones away from the cabins. We welcome individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages, nationality, race, creed and pets too.

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Indiana

THE ARTIST'S DEN. 203 Jefferson St, Valparaiso. 219.462.3883. This gallery has been an important part of the local art scene since 1972. Among the international, national and local exhibiting artists featured in the early 1900s home are Edna Hibel, Jackie Russo, Roy Fairchild, Downe, Tom Kendall and Bob Hoffman. Paintings, pottery, serigraphs, unique gifts and custom creative conservation framing specialists are available.

CHESTERTON ART CENTER. 115 S 4th St, Chesterton. 219.926.4711. chestertonart.com. This community-oriented not-for-profit center exhibits the works of local artists in a two-story 4,000-square-foot gallery space and hosts an annual art fair featuring more than 100 artists and craftspersons. The art center also offers workshops and demonstrations—from live study to ceramics and clay to stained glass—for children, adults and senior citizens.

EDDA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHIE. Courthouse Sq, Ste 304, Crown Point. 219.662.9500. eddataylor.com. This award-winning photographer holds degrees in master photography and photographic craftsmanship and has given lectures all around the world. In her studio—located in the old Lake County Courthouse in downtown Crown Point—Edda Taylor combines her unique style with an international influence to create enduring photographs.

FOTO IMPRESSIONS PORTRAIT STUDIO. 103 E Morthland Dr, Valparaiso. 219.477.4000. Photographer Gordana Traycoff can take a picture and turn it into a masterpiece. Specializing in portraits, including senior photos, family photos and pet photos, she can also turn any photo into a canvas oil painting in her combination photo and art studio, whether you bring her a photo or let her take care of the whole process.

FRAMING STATION. 912 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.879.2115. theframingstation.com. Under owner Jo Ann Finney's expertise and leadership, the staff at Framing Concepts has continuously trained in the latest framing and design techniques. Aside from the store's strongest service—custom framing, that is—also available for the home or office are memory boxes, vintage posters, specialty gift items and a large collection of South Shore memorabilia.

HEART TO HEART GALLERY. 921 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.2300. With home accent items created by nearly 300 artists, Heart to Heart has been selected as a Top 100 gallery for five consecutive years. The gallery features fine American craft, including original art and sculpture, gift items and jewelry.

LAKE STREET GALLERY. 613 S Lake St, Gary. 219.938.4566. lakestreetgallery.com. This quaint Miller gallery specializes in original art, fine American crafts and custom framing. Featured local artists include David Hugg, Jim Wilson, Dennis Davis, Cynthia Frederick and Jean Bargeron. Jewelry, crafts and expert framing services are also available.

THADDEUS C. GALLERY. 822 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.326.8626. thaddeusc.com. Often recognized as one of the top fine art galleries in Northwest Indiana, this gallery is located in a 2000-square-foot ground floor space, right in the heart of downtown LaPorte. Both contemporary and traditional fine art is found here, featuring functional and non-functional art by artisans from around the world.

VIRGINIA PHILLIPS. 219.462.2565. virginiaphillips.com. This award-winning artist—who is also an interior designer—works in oil to create paintings of landscapes, still lifes and portraits, all of which incorporate Phillips' signature use of color and abstraction. Her work has been exhibited at several local art centers.

Michigan

BLUE GALLERY. 16 S Elm St, Three Oaks. 574.276.6001. bluegalleryart.com. Run by owner and art director Judy Ferrara, this well-known gallery features the works of more than 15 artists, including local notables like Joe Hindley and Kellie Pickard. Several art-related events take place here, including a gallery walk every third Saturday of the month, when the facility is open until 9 p.m.

BOX FACTORY FOR THE ARTS. 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. This multi-use arts center features the studios of more than 30 artists who specialize in ceramics, fabric art, painting, printmaking, photography and more. Artists give classes and also have their work on display for various exhibits and for purchase. The center also hosts a performance stage, classrooms and meeting space, and events are held there regularly.

CENTER OF THE WORLD WOOD SHOP. 13400 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.5687. centeroftheworld.net. Center of the World showcases furniture designed and built by master woodworker Terry Hanover as well as numerous other local woodworkers. Like Terry, these artisans approach their work with a reverence for the medium. We are also proud to offer home accents created by artisans throughout the United States, and in our new One World department, you'll find an eclectic mix of Fair Trade, recycled, and organic specialties.

COWLEY FINE ARTS. 410 Eagle Street, South Haven. 269.637.5179. cowleyfineart.com. This art gallery represents more than 100 regional artists, with contemporary art, fine crafts and custom jewelry. Interior design consultation by artists Jane Cowley and Nancy Eggen is another available service.

GALLERY ON THE ALLEY. 611 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.6261. The works of over 175 of the country's most talented artists are beautifully displayed in this charming and pleasant art boutique. Gallery on the Alley specializes in the unique and unusual—from whimsical windsocks, furniture and clocks to exquisite blown glass, elegant lamps and distinctive handcrafted jewelry. Visitors will also enjoy the framed color prints of St. Joseph in the early 1900s and the black and white photos of downtown St. Joseph and Silver Beach in the 1950s.

GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM. 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids. 616.831.1000. gramonline.org. The Grand Rapids Art Museum is the first art museum in the world to be certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Its glass walls, natural light, and reflecting pool further illustrate the fusion between the indoors and outdoors. With its impressive permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions, this 125,000-square-foot facility is truly a gem in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

KUBIAK GALLERY. 48 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.3200.  Founded by ceramist Kim Kubiak, this gallery features a collection of work primarily from local artists, but from a select number of national artists as well. The artwork here ranges from painting to photography to jewelry.

PARK TRADES CENTER. 326 W Kalamazoo Ave, Ste 214, 269.345.3311. parktradescenter.com. This four-story community houses more than sixty artist studios and artisans. In the heart of this center is the Saniwax Gallery, which features both emerging and established artists and rotates new and exciting exhibitions every month. In addition, the gallery has a section that promotes and displays works from Park Trades Center artists. Within this community, a wide range of classes are offered for both children and adults.

RUBINKAM STUDIO. 109 N Barton, New Buffalo. 269.469.1620. rubinkam.com. Steve Rubinkam's bright, whimsical Impressionist paintings of florals, landscapes and boats have been enchanting visitors and residents of New Buffalo for years. Rubinkam also displays works from respected colleagues, including photographers, potters and jewelers. Rubinkam's newest gallery in Saugatuck has an expanded selection of glassworks, art objects and pottery.

WATER STREET GALLERY. 98 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.8485. waterstreetgallery.com. This contemporary fine art gallery features original work by regional, national and international artists. Works include painting, glass and sculpture. The staff at Water Street will also help select art for private and corporate clients, and works closely with interior designers.

VISIT

Indiana

FAIR OAKS FARM. 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. fofarms.com. This family-owned and operated dairy farm is one of the largest in the United States. The Dairy Adventure gives visitors an up-close experience, including a tour of the cheese factory, where all different types of cheeses are made, and the birthing barn, where about 80 calves are born every day.

HOOSIER VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM. 507 Mulberry St, North Judson. hoosiervalley.org. 574.896.3950. Situated near the former junction of the Erie, PRR, C&O and NYC in historic North Judson, HVRM offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of railroading during its heyday. Visitors can check out the museum or take a train ride on an authentic caboose pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive.

INDIANA WELCOME CENTER. 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. lakecountycvb.com. Sandy beaches, four lakefront casinos, arts and culture, family activities, historical sites, thousands of restaurants and year-round events and festivals are all just a short drive away from both Chicago and Southwest Michigan. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Indiana Welcome Center will help visitors plan their trips to Lake County.

THE SHRINE OF CHRIST'S PASSION. 10630 Wicker Ave, St. John. 219.365.6010. shrineofchristspassion.org. This peaceful, prayerful environment consists of an interactive half-mile winding pathway that takes visitors from the Last Supper to the Ascension of the Christ. The journey features 40 life-size bronze statues that are accompanied by a listening station that gives a description of the scene. The Visitor's Center and Gift Shop carries a unique selection of books and gifts for people of all faiths.

TALTREE ARBORETUM & GARDENS. 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. This breathtaking 360-acre reserve is filled with formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Visitors can hike on the trails or view themed displays such as the Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands and—new this year—the Railway Garden. Several outdoor concerts and special events take place at Taltree throughout the season.

Michigan

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH. St Augustine: 1753 Union St, Benton Harbor. 269.925.2670. St Paul: 306 Courtland St, Dowagiac. 269.782.7033. Church of the Mediator: 14280 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, 269.469.1441. St Paul: 914 Lane Dr, St Joseph. 269.983.4761. Epiphany: 410 Erie Street, South Haven. 269.637.2521. The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan welcomes all visitors, year-round residents and summer visitors alike, to any of their sixty-three communities of faith. A complete listing of parishes, missions and resources can be found at edwm.org.

FERNWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN & NATURE PRESERVE. 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. Situated on 105 acres of cultivated and natural land, Fernwood is composed of gardens, forests and trails for visitors to peruse. An art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe and gift shop are also on site, and there are several learning and enrichment opportunities as well.

SILVER BEACH CENTER. 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.982.8500. silverbeachcarousel.com. Brand new to St. Joseph is this family-friendly center, which features an abundance of fun and unique activities for people of all ages. The primary attraction is the Silver Beach Carousel, a spectacular structure that features 44 colorful, hand-carved horses. Also at the center is Curious Kids' Discovery Zone, the Shadowland Ballroom, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and Michigan's tallest kaleidoscope.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN TOURIST COUNCIL. 2300 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor. 269.925.6301. swmichigan.org. The natural attractions of Southwest Michigan—the dunes, miles of scenic Lake Michigan beach, rivers and parks with hiking trails and biking paths—offer beauty in every season. The friendly staff at this non-profit organization can assist travelers whether they seek solitude or a group learning experience.

ST. JOSEPH TODAY. 421 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. sjtoday.org. Visitors to St. Joseph will find a variety of helpful information-on shopping, dining and events-at this welcome center. St. Joseph Today is a nonprofit organization that assists and encourages local business and tourism development.

WEAR

Indiana

ALBERT'S DIAMOND JEWELERS. 711 Main St, Schererville. 219.322.2700. albertsjewelers.com. Besides the fact that Albert's showcases 5,000 square feet of jewelry, the store in itself is an entertainment destination. A bar, large-screen TV, dance floor and karaoke are among the many ways that patrons can let loose while browsing every type of fine jewelry imaginable. Brands include Tacori, Bulgari, Cartier and Bez Ambar, and the store's entire back wall is devoted to bridal jewelry and accessories.

ALEXIS FINER FASHIONS. 2548 45th St, Highland. 219.924.8510. For more than eighteen years, owner Alexis Fry has delivered designer fashions to the community. Her apparel selections feature suits, sportswear, day-to-evening dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, jewelry and accessories. Custom alterations are always available.

AMY LAURIE'S ECLECTIC BOUTIQUE. 613 N Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.8094. This boutique features clothing for women of all ages and sizes, including jackets, wraps, sweaters, evening wear, accessories and shoes. Owners Judith Kaye and Nancy C. Goodwin update the inventory regularly, while also offering frequent sales.

DUNE CLOTHIERS AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE SHOP. 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.5001. duneclothiers.com. This brand-new boutique, open since just February of this year, features a wide variety of affordable clothing and accessories for both men and women. Apparel ranges from Not Your Daughter's jeans to special-occasion dresses. Dune Clothiers is promoting sun protection in a big way this summer, with a huge selection of hats in variable styles and colors, plus bamboo clothing, which provides UVA/UVB protection. A large selection of scarves can be found here, including the celebrity-favorite brand Tolani. Jewelry and accessories are also available.

DUNHILL TUXEDOS. Multiple locations in Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. 888.892.6970. dunhilltuxedos.com. Names such as Ralph Lauren, Claiborne and Perry Ellis fill the multiple locations of Dunhill Tuxedos, with special wedding deals that include free groom tuxedos and invitations.

ENGSTROM JEWELERS. 820 E Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.369.6580. A new fixture of LaPorte's downtown is a branch of the Munster-based Engstrom Jewelers. Offering fine-quality jewelry, diamond and gemstones, as well as repairs and custom design, Engstrom adds a shimmer where once was a pawn shop. Brands include Gelin Abaci, Citizen Watch and Movado.

ELIZABETH FASHIONS. 748 E US Hwy 30, Schererville. 219.322.8772. Owner Elizabeth Woodbury has brought high-end women's clothing to Northwest Indiana for ten years. Designer lines featured include Garfield and Mark's, Zelda and Geiger, and jewelry and accessories are also available. A seamstress is on site at both locations.

GLAD RAGS. 870 E Sidewalk Rd, Chesterton. 219.926.5557. gladrags.info. Located across from five miles of walking trails in gorgeous Coffee Creek, this women's clothing store offers "hip without the hop" in their selection of sassy, comfy, arty and fun women's clothing and accessories. For best directions, visit the store's website.

HUNCH FURS. 2021 W Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville. 219.769.4270. hunchfurs.net. Situated in a quaint, cozy brick home, this family-owned company has been selling furs, fine leathers and motorcycle apparel since 1938. Along with extras like hats, purses, scarves and gloves, Hunch Furs also offers repair and cleaning services

INDIAN SUMMER, CHESTERTON. 131 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9994. This women's clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Connie's Moonlight, Minnetonka, Big Buddha and San Miguel shoes. The Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories, while the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory for those on the other side of the lake.

JUDEE'S. 1104 Indiana Ave, LaPorte. 219.324.6443. judees.com. Owner Judee Gartland and her daughter frequently travel to the garment districts in New York and Chicago to build the inventory in their store, which is situated in a stately Victorian home in downtown LaPorte. Clothing for all occsasions is available here, including formalwear. Designers include Not Your Daughter's Jeans, Neon Buddha, Alex Evenings and Brighton bags and accessories.

THE JUNKYARD. 1504 119th St, Whiting. 219.473.1501. thejunkyardstore.com. The Junkyard offers fun and trendy tees, ready-made or custom-designed and lettered. Accessories such as belt buckles, buttons, purses, hats and body jewelry are available as well.

LIGHTHOUSE PLACE PREMIUM OUTLETS. 601 Wabash St, Michigan City. 219.879.6506. premiumoutlets.com. Located near the lake in the historic district of Michigan City, this aptly named outlet store has become one of the largest shopping destinations in the region. With 120 outlet stores in an outdoor village setting, patrons will find savings at places like Burberry, Coach, J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

L.R. MEN'S CLOTHIER & TUXEDOS. 205 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.324.5072. lrclothingco.com. High-quality menswear and tuxedos are the highlight at this shop, which is one of the only men's clothing shops in downtown LaPorte. Tuxedos come from brands like Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Ecko, while menswear designers include Austin Reed and Tallia.

LUX & MIE. 404 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.464.3330. Fashions and accessories in contemporary, trendy and casual-chic styles come together at Lux & Mie, an upscale boutique owned by mother-daughter pair Kate and Jamie Salan. The fashionable selection appeals to both men and women, from high school age to those in their 50s and 60s. Featured designers include English Laundry, Covet and Wish Collection.

MODA BOUTIQUE INC. Old Courthouse Shops, Crown Point. 219.661.8017. This boutique features contemporary clothing by designers such as Kenzie, KenzieGirl and Jenny Han. The fashionable consumer will find cocktail dresses, trendy tops for a night out, and everyday wear, along with a hip collection of headbands. Owner Elizabeth Ilievski also offers personal shopping services.

MORIARTY'S GEM ART. 126 S Main, Crown Point. 800.348.4499. moregems.com. Owners and in-house artists Nancy and Steve Moriarty custom-design jewelry in platinum and 18- and 14-karat gold, using fine diamonds and rare collector gems. With thirty years in the business, world travel to Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and other international destinations, Moriarty's has been recognized in the trade as one of the finest gem cutters and jewelry designers in the U.S.

REVIVE CONSIGNMENTS. 523 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.814.4063. reviveconsignments.com. This upscale consignment boutique, located in the historic Franklin Square district, features gently worn and new designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Furniture, art and jewelry-all made by local and national artists-are also available for purchase.

THE SEWING STUDIO. 58 W. Jefferson St, Valparaiso. 219.477.5073. indianasewing.com. The Sewing Studio features all things sewing, including a large inventory of threads, software, sergers and sewing machines (primarily Husqvarna Vikings). Private sewing instruction is also available.

TIPTEETOE. 2411 St. Lawrence Ave, Long Beach. 219.861.6012. tipteetoe.com. The TipTeeToe golf shoe features a unique wedge sole design, allowing proper weight distribution, weight transfer, and therefore a more powerful golf swing. The shoes come in a variety of colors and can be worn on and off the course.

URBAN SOLES. 624 Franklin St, MC. 219.221.6508. urbansolesinc.com. This brand new boutique—located in Michigan City's downtown arts district—features a diverse array of high-quality shoes and accessories from brands like Poetic License, Dansko, Ugg, Toms and Sanuk. Jewelry, hats, purses and scarves are available, and there's even a men's room with men's shoes, hats and sunglasses, plus comfortable seating, a TV and a stocked refrigerator. Art from local and Chicago artists is featured throughout the store.

Michigan

CATHERINE DOLL. 5844 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer. 269.426.3958. catherinedoll.com. Catherine Doll is a painter-turned-clothing-designer, creating sustainable fashion from repurposed clothing. Her collection is fluid and includes recycled tees, jackets, skirts and collage tops. Doll's clothing can be found in boutiques all over the U.S. as well as in her own boutique in Sawyer.

THE CEDAR CLOSET. 415 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7174. This extraordinary consignment boutique in the heart of charming downtown St. Joe carries an appealing assortment of upscale resale items and new or gently worn designer apparel and accessories.

CRESCENT MOON. 413 Phoenix Street, South Haven. 269.637.5119. Situated in downtown South Haven, this boutique features women's apparel that ranges from dressy to casual to sportswear. Brands include Lole, Fresh Produce, and Pure. Also available are shoes, jewelry and home décor items, including Mariposa serving pieces

DK BOUTIQUE. 213 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7313. dkboutique.com. This contemporary women's clothing boutique in downtown St. Joe offers limited edition designer apparel, cool new accessories and the latest designs in jewelry from Pandora Jewelry. With something for everyone, from teenagers and older, DK Boutique provides the most current styles that are full of flair.

DORAJANE. 13630 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.612.1600. harbert-michigan.com/dorajane.htm. Shop Dorajane for your favorite lines of designer clothing and featured jewelry designers including Toby and Max with sterling silver cuff bracelets engraved with "words of wisdom". Variety of reading glasses are available in funky shapes and colors that all come with a free case or pick up a last minute hostess gift or a variety of CDs.

EVE BOUTIQUE. 318 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.4372. This boutique for women is a longtime favorite among visitors to downtown St. Joseph. Owned by Rachel Arent, Eve specializes in artisan-designed clothing and trendy jewelry and accessories. Some of the more popular designers found here include Linda Lundstrom, Lee Andersen, Sympli, Painted Pony and Fenini. Eve's selection of linen clothing is wildly popular among customers.

FRENCH TWIST. 9 S Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3970. Owner Viki Burneikis introduces new designers from around the globe at this European-style women's boutique. Burneikis' emphasis on quality fabrics and innovative design has resulting in understated elegance, the trademark of French Twist.

INDIAN SUMMER BOUTIQUE. 126 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, Mich. 269.469.9994. This women's clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Completo, Flax, Connie's Moonlight, Minnetonka, and San Miguel shoes. The Chesterton shop also offers a distinctive selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories.

IT IS WHAT IT IS. 50 East Center Street, Douglas. 269.857.8100. shopwhatitis.com. A gift shop that specializes in selling a variety of different goods that span the spectrum from local made arts and crafts including handmade aprons. The shop features brands such as Naked Bee hand care products and Boxed Water.

LAURA JEAN. 33 Center St, Douglas. 269.455.5110. laurajeandouglas.com. This modern boutique with french touches features clothing and accessory lines for both men and women. Owner Tammy Kerr opened the shop to honor and commemorate her best friend Laura Jean who died from breast cancer last summer. The shop features many items and motifs that Laura Jean loved.The boutique houses a selection SNO of Sweden jewelry for women and famed men's clothing line Bugatchi that celebrity actor Brad Pitt is often seen wearing out and about. Portions of credit card purchases made within the boutique are donated to the American Cancer Society.

MOXIE'S BOUTIQUE. 321 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.4273. moxiesboutique.com. This fun and festive boutique features women's fashions, accessories and gifts. Apparel-from designers such as Belamie, Flashback Couture and Nic & Zoe-comes in a range of styles and prices. Many local artists' works are available here as well, including handbags, scarves, jewelry, furniture and art.

PHILLIP & SON JEWELRY. 23 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.8738. This charming shop features distinctive jewelry and accessories in every price range-from high end to affordable for every patron. A selection of vintage pieces is available as well.

SANTA FE TRADING COMPANY. 325 Butler St, Saugatuck. 269.857.1359. santafetradingco.com. Specializing in Southwestern lifestyle products, this storefront houses a variety of different brands from around the globe including Ariat, and Dansko. Within the store there is a wide selection brands for both men and women including Scully Western Jackets. The store also features Wolky footwear from the Netherlands for women and Ryan Michael Shirts for men.

SHORE STYLE GUEST & HOMEOWNER SERVICE. 33 Kalamazoo St, South Haven 269.767.7140. shorestyle.net. A concierge service that is aimed at helping homeowners tackle a variety of different tasks ranging from boat cleaning, baby-sitting, off season property checks, and even grocery delivery. This customer driven company offers 70 customizable services for guests.

STUDIO K. 43 E 8th St, Holland. 616.393.7900. This contemporary women's boutique adds a spice of new flavor to Holland's impeccable historic downtown district. Clothing (for work and play) from designers such as Trina Turk, Fashionista, Hale Bob and Joe's Jeans are available in sizes two to twelve. A distinctive collection of handmade jewelry, belts and purses can also be found here.

WHITTAKER HOUSE BOUTIQUE. 26 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.0220. whittakerhouse.com. For more than 25 years, Whittaker House has been a landmark destination boutique in downtown New Buffalo. Owner Ranae Sales presents distinguished service and exceptional clothing, jewelry, accessories and footwear for men and women. New looks and collections arrive daily with the season's favorite designers and new-to-the-scene designers. Professional and specialized services with personal shopping, gift wish lists, wardrobe planning and style consultations are available off-site and at the boutique.

Illinois

DUO'S NEARLY NU. 2015 Ridge Rd, Homewood. 708.798.0075. Shopping is fun at this upscale consignment shop as fashions change with every season. Loyal customers have been coming for nearly 30 years for high-quality new and "nearly nu" designer clothing, jewelry and accessories, including fine purses and wallets with designer labels, such as Coach, Fendi, Dooney & Burke and Chanel.

GIRLFRIENDS. 18046 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708.206.2080. This recently opened upscale women's consignment shop carries a plethora of designer and name-brand clothing, purses, shoes and jewelry, along with clothing for teens and infants.

LIL' SURPRISES. 22 S Ash St, Frankfort. 815.464.9856. lilsurprises.com. Located in downtown historic Frankfort, this children's boutique features unique American and European clothing lines, as well as adorable gift baskets for children of all ages. Clothing ranges in size from newborn to size 8. Toys and puzzles are also available.

MY SISTER'S AND ME BOUTIQUE. 1 N. White St, Frankfort. 815.464.8373. mysistersandmeboutique.com. This family-owned, upscale women's boutique features contemporary fashions, from shoes to accessories to after-five to casual. Prom dresses, tuxedos and mother-of-the-bride apparel are also available.

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