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Lightology Corporate Warehouse
7401 Hamlin Ave, Skokie, IL 60076

In Illinois, only about a dozen people hold a CLC (Certified Lighting Consultant) certificate, the mostMore prestigious designation offered by the American Lighting Association. Five of these CLC holders service customers at Lightology, North America's largest contemporary lighting showroom. While the showroom is located in Chicago's loop, Skokie houses Lightology's giant corporate warehouse. Founded in 2000, Lightology prides itself on its expert customer service and vast selection of lights and lighting fixtures, from light bulbs to Swarovsky crystal chandeliers. Lightology also offers personalized lighting design consultations for both homes and businesses.

Stained Glass Emporium
4031 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076
Conveniently located just west of Crawford Avenue on Oakton Street, Stained Glass Emporium has everything to suit yourMore stained glass needs. It can repair your old pieces or custom make you a new one. Classes are offered regularly in the arts of stained glass, jewelry making, beadmaking, and mosaics. In store, there is a large variety of glass and other supplies for these pursuits. Whether you're an amateur wanting to learn a new craft or are a professional in need of a few items, Stained Glass Emporium will be able to meet your needs. Stained Glass Emporium also offers home installation of custom cut glass for cabinets or partitions and photo imaging with customization for ornaments, pendants and tiles. There is also an in-house studio to do your own work.
Kings Kuts
3558 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076

The barbers and stylists at Kings Kuts are happy to tell you that they love the community, and if you ask around, youMore quickly find out that the community loves them, too.  Phrases get tossed around like "no-brainer," "family-friendly," and "I'd never go anywhere else."  That's in large part due to the father-daughter team that has been cutting hair and otherwise sprucing up Skokie residents since 1962.

Mickey and his daughter, Liz, still working today at the single longest-running business on Dempster Street, know that the secret to their success is in the personal touches. If a customer brings his child in for what the barbers know is his first haircut, they'll take a snip and put some of the historic hair in a plastic bag for you. The down-home, Main Street vibe is evident everywhere in the store, from the wrought-iron bench along one wall to the candy machines along the other. 

One customer says that Mickey has been cutting his hair once a month for the past 48 years. "Well, except for that period in the 1970's where I only let him cut it maybe six times." At that, Mickey, Liz and everyone else in the shop laughs and launches into reminiscing about how the place used to be. Tales are told of the times where Kings Kuts was home to different animals.  "We had a mynah bird in here once," says Mickey. Liz mentions the time they babysat some lizards for a customer.

One thing that Skokie loves about Mickey and Liz is that they care about the community and their customers, often in a personal way. Either of them will make house calls for customers who are sick or otherwise incapacitated. That's just one of the reasons that generations of Skokie residents are loyal customers.

This family-owned business owes its success to keeping that friendly family feeling strong, and they should be Kings for a while to come.

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