6 Things You Never Knew About Oak Street & The Gold Coast

Chicago is a city rich in history, legend and stranger-than fiction-secrets.

From the chilling chapter told in the book Devil in the White City to tales of Al Capone’s secret underground exit at The Green Mill, it’s clear that this city has a fascinating past.

But what about our neck of the woods?  Do Oak Street and the Gold Coast neighborhood have any secrets you might not know?  Read on to find out…

1.  An Isolated History

These days, the Gold Coast couldn’t be more central or well-connected – its dream location is at the very heart of The Windy City.  But that wasn’t always the case.  Up until the early 20th century, it was a sort of isolated enclave that was home to some of the city’s richest residents.

When the Michigan Avenue Bridge (now known as the DuSable Bridge) was built in 1920, however, it connected this lovely lakefront area to the rest of the city, which resulted in massive new developments, like high-end shopping that the area is still known for today.

2.  The Astor Connection

This might surprise you, but the Gold Coast wasn’t always the Gold Coast.  In fact, it was once The Astor Street District.  And no, it wasn’t because the famous businessman John Jacob Astor resided here, but rather because his name conjured up the image that the area wanted to be associated with.

3.   The Playboy ConnectionGold Coast 2

The Playboy Mansion is now synonymous with Beverly Hills, but the original was here in the Gold Coast.  Hugh Heffner bought the place at 1340 N. State Parkway in 1959, and it served as the center of his infamous and luxurious lifestyle throughout the 60s and early 70s.  In 1974, Heffner donated the building to the Art Institute of Chicago for student dorms.  The building was bought and turned into 7 condos in 1993, one of which sold for nearly $3 million last year.

 

4.  Landmark Achievement

Much of the Gold Coast neighborhood is protected as a historical landmark as it was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.  This is due to the area’s many notable architectural landmarks and its significant role in Chicago history.

5.  The Palmer CastleGold Coast 3

Potter Palmer was arguably the founder of the Gold Coast neighborhood.  While the vast majority of his wealthy contemporaries, like Marshall Field for example, were building magnificent homes in the Prairie Avenue district (now the near south side), Mr. Palmer was snapping up swampy lakeshore property to the north.  Here, he built the Palmer House Hotel as a gift to his wife and the Potter Palmer Homestead, a Gothic-style urban castle that presided over 1350 N. Lakeshore Drive before it was demolished in 1950.

6.  The Crème de la Crème

Michigan Avenue as famous shopping district was born in the minds of city planners at the start of the 20th century.  They widened the street and began to build a commercial center inspired by Paris’s Champs-Élysées.  Progress went along swimmingly until the Great Depression brought it to a halt.  But 1947 saw a resurgence and a plan to make the avenue into “The Magnificent Mile.”

Over the years, the area established itself as a world-class commercial district.  And its development brought about the transition of Oak Street from elegant residential block to the upper echelon of Mag Mile shopping, where exclusive boutiques could find charming spaces that were a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the avenue.

Dad’s Day Inspiration on Oak Street

Why is it that dads are often the hardest people to shop for when it comes around to birthdays, Christmas and Father’s Day?

Whatever the reason, finding the right way to honor the awesome dads in your life can sometimes be a serious challenge.

Don’t worry though; the Oak Street team is here to help!

We’ve put our heads together to compile a list of some fool-proof Father’s Day gift ideas that will make your job a whole lot easier.  Whatever your proud papa is into, you’re sure to find something on this list that he’ll love.

Dad Chic

Most of the dads we know sometimes need a little help when it comes to making their outer appearance as cool as their personalities.  So this year, think about adding to his wardrobe with some beautiful clothes or accessories that will up his fashion game.

Leather Gommino Moccasins, Tod’s

These classic shoes are easy to wear and perfect to slip on with a casual but cool summer outfit.

Heatup Leather Wallet, Ted Baker

There’s a good chance he’s been carrying around the same wallet for a decade and that it’s barely holding on these days. Get him an upgrade with this unique design from Ted Baker.

Ombré Geo Print Tee, Vince

If your dad or husband is like most, he frequently falls back on the basic t-shirt.  It’s a good look, but some occasions require something a bit more stylish and this subtly printed tee does the job.

Titanium Aviator Sunglasses, Paul Stuart

You really can’t go wrong with this modern take on the classic aviator shades – they’ve got a vintage vibe that will make any dad feel a little bit cooler.

Pro PapaPro Papa

If the dad you’re shopping for is the professional type, it’s always a good idea to go for something that will give him a professional edge.

Tie With Medallion Motif, Brioni

A beautiful silk tie is to add to his collection is a great choice, especially one in a bright and cheery pattern that will look perfect with summer suits.

Zoffoli Globe Moon, Barneys

He may not get to travel as much as he would like to, so bring the world to him with this stunning globe that will add style to his office.

Logan Flap Brief Case, Frye

If his current briefcase is a little boring, present this sumptuous leather version that has character, style and function all in one.

Make it Personal

The best gifts are often things that we’d love to have but probably wouldn’t buy for ourselves.  Go with that idea and pick him up a luxurious treat he’ll love using every day.

Rockall Headphones, Ted Baker

These headphones offer both beautiful styling and high-quality sound.  Plus they fold up to a compact size for travel and commutes.

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud, Barneys

This masculine scent has notes of smoky wood, amber, and leather.  The combination is a warm and seductive scent that brings to mind a desert adventure.

Harry’s Brass Shave Set, Barneys

Elevate his morning shave routine with this classy shave set, which includes an ergonomically-designed handle made of zinc and brass, 3 German-made 5-blade razor cartridges, a travel blade cover and a luxurious shave gel.

These are just a small sample of the fantastic gifts available on Oak Street that will show the fabulous fathers in your life that you appreciate all that they do.  Visit today to pick up one of our suggestions or browse for something that reminds you of his unique personality.

6 Reasons Not to Miss the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around on June 18

We know you love spending the day on Oak Street whenever you get the chance… especially in the summer.

The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom and your favorite shopping and dining district is alive with the excitement of summer in Chicago.

But now you have one more reason to plan a leisurely day of fun in the Gold Coast: the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around on Thursday, June 18th from 10am to 6pm.

1.  Help the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

We’re proud to announce that this year’s event will benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the #1-ranked rehabilitation hospital in the country.  21 of the wonderful Oak Street businesses will donate 10% of the entire day’s proceeds directly to the RIC.  These donations will help the award-winning hospital help treat patients and further innovative research for spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery, amputations, neurological disorders and more.

2.  You Could Win Big!

When you register to attend the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around, you’ll be automatically entered into our VIP raffle.  This is no ordinary raffle – the fabulous prize list includes luxury hotel stays, 5-star restaurant gift certificates, and tickets to the city’s top theatre performances, just to name a few.

3.  Dine Deliciously

It’s no secret that Oak Street is home to some of the city’s finest dining experiences, but when you attend this special event, you’ll have the chance to take advantage of exclusive offers just for Summer Shop-Around guests at the award-winning Del Frisco’s Steakhouse and acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant, Fig & Olive.

4.  Take a Mini Staycation

No matter how long you’ve lived in Chicago, it’s always nice to take a mini staycation in one of the most luxurious hotels in the most beautiful neighborhood in the best city in the world.  That’s why our friends at the Four Seasons, PUBLIC and Thompson Hotels are offering Summer Shop-Around guests exclusive room packages for the night of June 18th.

5.  Entertainment Abounds

The amazing offers and specials are just part of the fun – guests will also be dazzled by a wide variety of entertainment.  Here’s a sample of the activities you won’t want to miss:

•  Tequila tastings
•  Champagne toasts
•  Sips and snacks
•  Sidewalk modeling
•  Live DJ
•  Free photobooth
•  Complimentary palm and tarot card readings
•  Luxury automobile showcase

6.  Shopping Surprises

Almost every business that’s participating is offering guests a little something extra in addition to their generous donation to RIC.  Here are a few of our favorites:

•  Agent Provocateur is offering a free gift with purchase, plus a raffle for a free bra and bottom.
•  Buccellati will be serving champagne and sweets.
•  At Escada, expect to see male models serving champagne.
•  Harry Winston is offering an exclusive preview of the 2015 Basel Watch Collection and serving champagne and small bites.
•  Enjoy MK Restaurant cocktail creations at Ike Behar.
•  Kate Spade will be serving up special Kate Spade cookies & drinks.
•  Lanvin shoppers will enjoy complimentary refreshments.
•  Maje will be serving refreshing mango margaritas from 312Spirits.
•  At Perfect Setting, get a free Vietri cocktail platter with every $150 purchase.
•  Sip champagne all afternoon at VINCE.

7.  It’s FREE!

Here’s the best news:  the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around is free to attend!  But if you know you’re coming, we encourage you to register in advance in order to be entered into the raffle.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Here’s a full list of the stores that will donate 10% of proceeds to RIC:

  1. Agent Provocateur (47 E. Oak, 312-335-0229)
  2. Alexis Bittar (61 E. Oak, 312-649-9112)
  3. Buccellati (62 E. Oak, 312-600-9224)
  4. CH Carolina Herrera ( 70 E. Oak, 312-988-9339)
  5. David Yurman (40 E. Oak, 312-787-7779)
  6. Escada (51 E. Oak, 312-915-0500)
  7. Frye (1007 N. Rush, 312-642-3793)
  8. Graff (103 E. Oak, 312-604-1000)
  9. Harry Winston (55 E. Oak, 312-705-1820)
  10. Ike Behar (67 E. Oak, 312-624-9257)
  11. Kate Spade (56 E. Oak, 312- 654-8853)
  12. Lanvin (116 E. Oak, 312-765-7075)
  13. Lester Lampert (57 E. Oak, 312-944-6888)
  14. Maje (104 E. Oak, 312-649-9228)
  15. Paul Stuart (107 E. Oak, 312-640-2650
  16. Perfect Setting (67 E. Oak, 312-202-1260)
  17. Sararose (67 E. Oak, 773-654-3421)
  18. Scoop NYC (1009 N. Rush, 312-649-9880
  19. VINCE (106 E. Oak, 312-280-6890)
  20. VMR (34 E. Oak, 7th floor, 312-649-6673)
  21. Zadig & Voltaire (114 E. Oak, 312-643-1240)

The Stylish Bride’s Guide to Oak Street

There’s more to being a bride-to-be than just wearing a sparkly ring and occasionally consulting with your wedding planner about cake flavors and flower arrangements.

Some things simply can’t be delegated to anyone else if you really want the event to have your trademark style. If you’ve been thinking that the only item you can purchase for your wedding on Oak Street is a to-die-for dress from one of our upscale bridal shops, it’s time to think again.

Check out this stylish bride’s guide to Oak Street; you might be surprised what you’ll find.

Beautiful Bands

If your hubby-to-be popped the question without a ring, because he wanted to let you pick it out yourself, Oak Street has got you covered. Likewise if you’re enamored with the engagement ring he’s given you, but it didn’t come with a matching band.

Your ring is something that you’ll be wearing day in and day out for the rest of your life, so it needs to be perfect. No matter your everyday style is, the fine jewelry boutiques on Oak Street have got you covered.

Try visiting David Yurman or Graff Diamonds if you want to pick his band out to match at the same time. Look at Buccellati’s Romanza collection if you’re a well-read bride. Of course, if you’re classic beauty with a thing for old Hollywood, a visit to Harry Winston might be in Dresses
order.  And don’t forget that you can visit Lester Lampert for a custom design that’s all your own.

Dreamy Dresses & Fabulous Finishes

The bridal stores on Oak Street are filled to the brim with couture fashions to fit any bride, whether you’re demure, trendy, traditional, a hopeless romantic, or some combination of all of the above. Vera Wang, Dimitra’s Bridal and Ultimate Bride all offer impeccable guidance and assistance to shopping sweethearts, and they carry countless high-end designers between the two of them.

ExtrasBest of all, their locations make it easy to swing by Alexis Bittar, Lester Lampart, Pomellato, or Trabert and Hoeffer after you’ve made your selection to finish off your look with some sparkle. While you’re there, you might even find a special watch or set of cufflinks for your man to commemorate the occasion.

Killer Kicks

You want some Cinderella-worthy heels to complete your fairy-tale ensemble, but you want to be comfortable too, right? Jimmy Choo is well-known for turning out bejeweled, bedazzled, metallic, and majorly luxurious high heels that are actually worth wearing.

Between the high-quality materials and masterful craftsmanship, you’ll feel like you’re walking down the aisle on air… and it won’t just because of how handsome your soon-to-be hubby looks waiting for you at the end.

Hot Extras for Hubby

Yes, we’re talking lingerie! Agent Provocateur offers specialty bridal lingerie in pretty nudes, creams, and whites that will blend in seamlessly under your bridal attire. Also available are special bridal services, sexy swimsuits for the honeymoon, gorgeous garters, and lingerie bags to make traveling a breeze.

Oh, and don’t forget to swing by one of the many beauty salons/spas on Oak Street for a fresh dye job, pretty mani-pedi, wax, or massage to unwind and boost your confidence in preparation for the big day.

Stylish brides are always looking for something a little bit special that’s a cut above the rest.

On Oak Street, we understand that, which is why we lay out the red carpet for brides.  Come visit us today and let us help you prepare for the wedding of your dreams.

3 Must-Have Hair & Makeup Trends for Spring

Spring is a time of new beginnings, renewal, and warmth.

All around, wherever you look, you’re surrounded by brightness and freshness.  So now it’s time to add some of the same to your beauty routine!

Thankfully, Oak Street has several salons and shops that offer just want you need to steal spring 2015’s most talked about runway looks for yourself. Read on to see all of the beauty and makeup trends broken down, and a guide to where you can set yourself up with each one.

Lust After Bright, Bold Red Lips

Runway models for the top designers just aren’t sporting deep, blood red, or burgundy shades anymore. Just as spring has come with some lighter days, it’s also brought along some lighter lips.

Creamy, saturated reds with a slight orange tint are what ladies’ lips all across the nation are lusting for, and with good reason! The shade is universally flattering and brings out the warmth of any complexion- something that couldn’t hurt as you are just beginning to show your pale, winter limbs the sun again.

To achieve the same looks featured in Carmen Marc Valvo’s and Zac Posen’s shows, take a trip to Marilyn Miglin.  Line the lips with a Waterproof Gel Lip Liner  and then slick on a creamy, hand-flamed lipstick in Buddha Red or Flare. Pick up a Retractable Lip Brush to line the outside of your lips carefully with the Natural Liquid Foundation With Jojoba Oil And Chamomile of your shade for a look that stays smudge-proof all day.

Soft, Sweet, Neutral Nails Are Super Chic

Not only do neutrals match everything, they’re also seriously chic. No wonder they’ve made a comeback on 2015’s spring runways. The Deborah Lippmann line at Barneys has over seven soft shades to pick from.

Debuted at the NYFW Spring 2015 shows of Badgley Mischka, Theory and Donna Karan, Chantilly Lace, Like Dreamers Do, and Misty Morning all feature varying undertones to keep things interesting and suit any style. You’ll also find Bobbi Browns’ Sandy Nudes collection at Barneys, including Nude and Naked, which are a more classic take on neutral nail polish than Lippmann’s looks.

And if you prefer to leave the manicuring to the professionals, head to one of Oak Street’s premiere salons, like Charles Ifergan or Marianne Strokirk for a perfectly polished look in a huge variety of on-trend, neutral shades.

Au Naturale Hair is Haute Now

Some say that the prim and polished look of hair set carefully in hot-rollers is coming back in, but Spring 2015’s runways have given quite a bit of evidence to the contrary. Air-dried locks and braids with wonderful wisps peeking out to frame the face reigned supreme at several shows.

Ifergan PRoductsPick up a good mist and mousse from Charles Ifergan, Marianne Strokirk or Salon O Sixty-Five, apply them from the middle of your hair to its ends, and add 2-3 braids to your hair depending on its thickness. Allow it all to air dry and undo. Simple!

While you’re at the salon, though, perhaps it is time for a new style? The “lob” cut seems like it’s been around for a long time, but there’s good reason for that! It works with almost any face shape and looks polished with the aforementioned air-dried style, rather than a bit messy like longer hair can sometimes appear.

If you were expecting this list to be filled with fussy fashions and difficult ‘dos, it’s time to get with the times…

Now is the best time to let your natural, classic beauty shine!

5 Ways to Celebrate Spring on Oak Street

Ah, springtime in Chicago…it’s as if the whole city has been sleeping and suddenly we wake up and hit the streets with a literal spring in our step and a renewed zest for life.

All of our wintertime grumblings of leaving this freezing city and moving somewhere warmer are mysteriously forgotten as we break out the Nomi Gardensandals and start taking our meals al fresco.

If it weren’t for this magical time, The Windy City might have very few permanent residents indeed.

So as the bitter memories of the frozen tundra season recede, it’s time to think about how to enjoy spring in our fair city, and we have a few ideas…

1.  Nomi Garden at The Park Hyatt

If there’s anything better than being outside on a warm, sunny Chicago afternoon, it’s being on a rooftop that looks out over our gorgeous skyline.  And the Nomi Garden at The Park Hyatt is a stunning example.

Meet friends here for a refreshing happy hour craft cocktail, a seasonal local brew or a glass of wine.  Or make it your destination for a romantic dinner – choose from their diverse menu of sushi, small plates and contemporary American classics as you and your special someone are dazzled by the city lights.

2.  Gotta Wear Shades

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite parts of spring is the return of sunglasses weather.  Jet setting around the city just feels cooler when you’ve got on a fabulous pair of shades that add instant glamour to your look.  Stop in to Morgenthal Frederics or Glasses Ltd. to peruse their selection of distinctive, designer frames and you’ll be ready for all the sunny days to come.

3.  Fig & Olive Terrace

There’s something about a balmy spring day that just makes you crave fresh and flavorful Mediterranean fare.  And if you want to do that while enjoying the weather, the ideal place is Fig & Olive’s beautiful terrace.  Savor a delectable meal and bottle of wine inspired by the cuisine of France, Italy and Spain while you bask in the shady calm of the terrace overlooking Oak Street.Salon 065

4.  Tavern on Rush Patio

This casual upscale Chicago classic has one of the best patios in town – in fact, it was even voted “Best Outdoor Dining” by Chicago Scene Magazine.  Not only is it the perfect place to grab a delicious meal, but it’s prime real estate for people watching on the always bustling Rush Street.

5.  Spring Makeover Day

New season, new look.  That’s what we say anyway.  After a long season of bundling yourself up against the cold and putting up with the effects of dry air on your skin and hair, it’s high time for a warm-weather makeover.  Make a day of it by getting a revitalizing spa treatment at Elysian Spa at The Waldorf Astoria, a new hair style at Charles Ifergan or Salon O Sixty-Five and a few fun outfits that don’t have to protect you from Arctic blasts.  Then show off your new look as you enjoy drinks and dinner outdoors at one of these fine outdoor dining spots.

Every year, Spring comes to Chicago just as we begin to lose hope of ever seeing the sun again.  We recommend celebrate the chirping birds, blossoming flowers and warm breezes this year on Oak Street and soaking it all up while it lasts.

Bespoke on Oak
The Best Custom Services in Chicago

Alton LaneThere’s just nothing like having something custom-made for you, is there?

In days of yore, ordering a customized item was standard – it’s how most people bought clothes, shoes, household items and more.  And this was for good reason; people knew exactly what they wanted and weren’t willing to settle for less.

Nowadays bespoke items are a little less common, but no less desirable.  Having something created precisely to your specifications and measurements is a lovely luxury everyone should experience at least once.

Fortunately, Oak Street is home to several distinctive businesses that offer customers a bespoke shopping experience.

Alton Lane

With showrooms in several major cities in the country, Alton Lane is a master of the bespoke men’s suit.  When you walk into one of their shops, it’s immediately apparent that you’re in for something special.  The proffered glass of scotch and beautiful, masculine décor make you feel right at home.

Next, prepare to be seriously impressed by the process of customizing every single detail of your suit – you’ll have a huge range of choices for everything from the fabric to the lapel width to the cuff vents.  After all of your choices are finalized, you’ll enter their state-of-the-art 3-D body scanner and get hand-measured as well.

Finally, your measurements and specifications are sent off to be hand drawn and laser cut before being put together and sent to your doorstep.  Trust us, you’ll feel and look like a VIP when it’s all said and done.

Brioni

When you get a bespoke suit from this Italian men’s fashion icon, you’ll be joining the ranks of men like Clark Gable, Cary Grant, John Paul Stuart BespokeWayne and Al Pacino, just to name a few.  Brioni has been in the business since the 1950’s, when they opened their first shop in Rome and began designing for the Eternal City’s elite.  When you visit their Oak Street shop and take advantage of their Su Misura (“to your measurement” in Italian) services, you’ll see just how seriously they take craftsmanship, quality and custom tailoring.

Paul Stuart

This company has been in the custom fashion business for nearly 80 years and continues to be a leader in bespoke style.  Their ready-to-wear collection is always custom-tailored to each man, but you also have the option of Mad-to-Measure and Paul Stuart Custom. The latter involves a Lester Lampertmeticulous process that results in a hand-cut suit and a unique paper pattern of your measurements that’s kept on file for life.  Paul Stuart prides itself on getting to know your preferences, aesthetic, and vision for your personal style, and making sure that the end product is a perfect expression of your taste.

Lester Lampert

When it comes to jewelry, many women like to have one-of-a-kind pieces that they’ll never see on anyone else – it makes a special piece feel all the more special.  If your style is this unique, consider having something designed and created just for you by an independent jewelry store that does all of their own designing and manufacturing on-site, like Lester Lampert.

When you work with their expert jewelry designers, you’ll see your piece come to life from a drawing to a wax mold to the final product that’s presented to you.  And part of what makes Lester Lampert so special is the fact that every step is done on premises in their Oak Street workshop, which means unparalleled quality control and craftsmanship.

These are just a few of the bespoke style experts that call Oak Street home.  Next time you’re looking for something truly distinctive, consider the amazing possibilities of custom-made.

9 Perfect Wedding Gifts You’ll Only Find on Oak Street

Spring is in the air… and for many couples- that means wedding bells. While wedding registries can take the struggle out of finding a good gift for the bride and groom, they can also tend to be a bit, well, boring or impersonal.

If you’re looking to provide the bride and groom in your life with a wedding gift that’s a little different and shows just how well you know the couple, Oak Street has got you covered.

To save yourself some stress, check out these 9 perfect wedding gifts, all of which you can purchase locally while you peruse Oak Street’s shops at your leisure.

Some Endearing Décor

Even though the newlyweds will be taking some time away after the wedding, they’re ultimately going to be returning to the home they’ve decided to build together. What better way to show your support than to help decorate it with tiny tidbits that are useful, thoughtful, and pleasing to the eye?

  • Kate Spade’s Take the Cake Ring Dish makes a perfect bedside or sink-side accessory, especially for couples who lose things easily or are at high risk for dropping their dearest accessories down the drain.
  • The Silver Street Roll of the Die from Kate Spade will be a lifesaver for those pairs who are perfectly matched in every way- including when it comes to being incredibly indecisive.
  • Also sold at Kate Spade are some great Food for Thought Placemats to remind the bride and groom to ‘kiss the cook’, ‘save room for desert’, ‘dance on the table’, and ‘eat cake for breakfast’. This particular gift is a surefire success, no matter the couples’ choice in décor, as the placemats are available in a variety of color schemes.Barneys Office

A Stress-Free Zone to Handle their Business

All too often, couples who are new to joint finances, social calendars, and business arrangements wind up easily overwhelmed. A great home office can counter that, and what better gift than one that keeps on giving? Oak Street has plenty of presents that can improve the new couple’s home office.

  • Kate Spade’s Expletive Paper Clips are more than just novel. Even though they are simple in style, these paper clips make for colorful communication between couples. They can actually improve upon an office’s organization. For example, the ‘$’ clip may be used for bills, the ‘!’ clip may be used for urgent matters, and the ‘?’ clip may be used to remind one spouse to ask the other about a particular document on the desk.
  • Barneys offers countless colorful agendas durably designed with concrete purposes in mind and printed with helpful and fun titles like “Frankly, My Dear,” “Address and Telephone,” “Make it Happen,” and “Inspiration and Ideas.” These are a much better option than colored sticky notes for keeping notes and important dates organized.
  • The IWoodDesign Empty Your Pockets Tray from Barneys keeps clutter under control and hurried, stressful searches for the car keys from ever happening.
  • Barneys also carries a variety of office sets, including mail holders, letter openers, pencil cups, and more in lines they’ll love like Pacific Connections, Connor, and El Casco.

An Experience to Remember

When it comes to wedding gifts, you don’t always have to go for a tangible object either – the happy couple will likely be overwhelmed with new things for their home, so a fun experience can be a more unique and special gift.

From fancy hotels, to spas, salons, and gourmet restaurants, the right gift certificates could treat the bride and groom to a much appreciated date night a month or two after the honeymoon. Book them a suite, makeover, meal, or massage, and they’ll be sure to thank you!

Shopping for a wedding present doesn’t need to be difficult, even if the gifts listed on the registry aren’t what you had in mind for the bride and groom. Opt for something interesting and practical from one of the many shops at Oak Street and your gift will surely be appreciated.