Pretty Paper

Orange Beautiful Studio and Shop (4658 N. Damen Ave., 773-975-3570,, a new stationery boutique in Ravenswood, features the work of its owner Emily H. Martin. The goods include her four lines of cards—Debut, rustic cards that open horizontally instead of vertically; Lattice, featuring black lines and paper packaging; Type, characterized by a single line of text; and Tag, classified by the “gift tag.”—along with Martin’s perpetual calendars ($28); rotating, limited-time offerings; and her custom invitations, announcements, and business cards. Orange Beautiful also carries items from about a dozen other artists and designers. “I really like other people’s work, and I’m featuring people who I’ve bought cards from before,” says Martin. You’ll find eye-catching cards from Spiffy Press (single card, $5; box set of six, $28) and Squirrel in the Attic (single card, $4; gift tag, $1.50), as well as hand-felted animals from Girlsavage ($30 to $95) and wrist cuffs by Thread & Needle ($15 to $24). Later this year, the boutique will host a variety of workshops and demonstrations on book binding, letterpress printing, and other topics.


Top Sales This Week

Chicago Premium Outlets (1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora; 630-585-2200, holds its annual Back-to-School and Fall Preview sale with extra discounts from more than 15 of the 120 stores, Thursday, July 29th, through Monday, August 2nd.

Kimball & Bean Garden Architectural and Antiques (3606 S. Country Club Rd., Woodstock; 815-444-9000, offers 20 to 50 percent off everything through August 1st. The shop is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the sale.


The Best of the Rest

  • Colori Eco Paint Boutique (2243 W. North Ave.; 773-252-4923, holds a hands-on workshop and open house on Saturday, July 31st, focusing on creating green play areas for kids. RSVP at
  • Fix Boutique (1101 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-4565, and The Publican (837 W. Fulton Market; 312-733-9555, feature a Sunday Brunch deal through August 8th. Purchase merchandise from Fix and bring the receipt to Publican to get 15 percent off brunch. To offer also works the other way: eat brunch at The Publican and bring the receipt to Fix for 15 percent off any purchase. Also at Fix, spend $200 for a chance to win four tickets to Todd Carey’s record release party on Thursday, July 29th; tickets to the after party with Carey on Friday, July 30th, at Fix; T-shirts, and CDs. Two runners-up receive gift bags filled with Todd Carey merchandise.
  • Get 40 percent off at Sarca (710 W. Wabash St.; 312-255-0900, through Tuesday, August 31st.
  • Urban Joe Wicker Park (1925 W. Division St.; 773-687-9057, offers mid-week cuts for $15 (full price, $29) through Thursday, July 29th.
  • Buy a 90-minute Dermal Lift facial ($250) at the Elysian Spa (11 E. Walton St.; 312-646-1310, through Saturday, July 31st, and receive a complimentary Carita Global Beauty Kit ($50), which includes cleanser, creams, and serum. The spa also offers a cocktail and manicure combo for $45, Monday through Friday between 5 and 7 p.m.
  • The spa at the dana hotel and spa (660 N. State St.; 312-202-6040, offers summer deals through Sunday, August 15th. Stop by Monday through Friday between 12 and 2 p.m. for a $40 mini manicure and mini pedicure. Get 10 percent off any spa service appointment between 5 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Buy an organic pedicure and get a free nail polish change. Book at or call 312-202-6040.
  • Glen Ellyn’s Annual Sidewalk Sale (630-469-0907, features discounts at local vendors, live music, and entertainment, Thursday, July 29th, through Saturday, July 31st.
  • Take 20 percent off waxing services The Spa @ Equinox (for locations, through Monday, September 6th.
  • Helios Center for Movement (2285 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-248-0920,, a new Fletcher Pilates-focused studio, holds an open house with free chair massages and 30-minute classes, a raffle, and more on Saturday, July 31st, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The resin pendant-making workshop returns to Wolfbait & B-girls (3131 W. Logan Blvd.; 312-698-8685, on Saturday, July 31st, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission, $30, includes all supplies and drinks; call 312-698-8685 to pre-register.



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