Friar Tuck is a really, really impressive wine and liquor store. Although you can find your standard boxed wine and cheap, grey beer, they also have a wide assortment of domestic and international wine and a really great beer selection. Plus, they sell wine glasses, Riedel stemware, and foods that pair well with the beverages they sell-- all this and more in an upscale atmosphere.
Although Villa Video is too close to our home not to frequent it, their customer service has been headed downhill lately. They frequently run specials and coupons but get snippy when you try to use them. They have a nice selection of videos, dvds, and games for rental, but often the video games don't come with their required attachments (ie no microphone, bongos, or pad). Hit or miss, but prices aren't bad here.
If you're a bead-aholic, look no further. Bead Heaven is really a jewelry-maker's paradise. Prices here are a bit expensive, but you'll find similar prices at Bead with Me in Lisle. Parking can be an issue, as street parking is really the only option around the shop. Still, a great store with great stock.
Sur La Table has everything a budding chef needs. It's very similar to Williams Sonoma, only they have a larger variety of brands and colors to choose from. They've also got a significant stock of dinnerware and glassawre. Prices are a bit hefty, but they have sales quite often, making shopping trips less painful. Parking is plentiful here as long as you don't mind walking from one of the many free lots in town.
Art of Steel is an absolute gem of a shop in the Strip District. Everything is handmade from local craftsmen, and prices are really affordable. They've got everything from handblown glass vases to art deco-inspired business card holders. A really cool store for browsing and buying!
Balcony Cookware is a great shop to browse. They've got an impressive selection of all your cookware needs, but unfortunately-- they'll charge you an arm and a leg for it. It's owned by Wholey's next door, but don't let its location in the Strip fool you. This is not a discount kitchen supply store.
There is not much bad to say about the Butterfield Country Club. My husband and I attended a wedding reception here, and everything was top-rate, from the patio and passed hor d'vours to the meal and dessert. The atmosphere is extremely upscale, and the outdoor patios give smokers a place to gather without polluting the bathrooms or main halls.
Goodwill of Naperville has to be one of the nicest and cleanest Goodwill Centers I've ever seen. They've got a covered, manned drop-off center and a really large showroom. Employees are really friendly; it's usually the patrons who are stupidly rude. Still, a great place to donate or buy.
If your jeans and t-shirts must bear the famous "Guess" logo, look no further. You'll find a large selection of discontinued, discounted, and imperfect garments at a fraction of the retail price. Parking at the Premium Outlets is free but is hectic on the weekends. I'd suggest visiting on a weekday or later in the afternoon when crowds have died down.
My husband and I purchased watches at this store within the last year and have had mixed experiences. After bringing a watch in for repair, months went by while we waiting for the phone call that the missing part was in, and no dice. When I called, the clerk said that someone from the store spoke to us on the phone, and I can assure that that DIDN'T happen. However, when we finally showed up and the part was still not in, they swapped out the watch-- a good move, but unfortunately a little too late to save their reputation.