Catch A Wave
Curt Kalousek fondly recalls camping in Door County’s Peninsula State Park with his Grandpa John, a World War II veteran, reminiscing wistfully about long, summer days spent swimming at local beaches and windsurfing on Green Bay near Fish Creek Harbor. Now married and settled in Lake Forest with his wife Theresa, and their 3-year-old daughter Lilly, the former advertising executive makes a living delivering boats up and down the Great Lakes and Atlantic. Nonetheless, he’s hoping to channel those endless Midwestern-summers of his youth into a full-fledged lifestyle brand. Kalousek’s two start-up companies, Tan Foot Lifestyle and John Hans Board Company (an homage to Kalousek’s Grandpa John), are slowly rolling out products that embody the Midwest’s unique beach culture. Current offerings include T-shirts, hats, and paddle boards, with future plans to expand into craft beer and branded events. Kiddles Sports in Lake Forest is currently stocking limited edition John Hans Board Company T-shirts, featuring silk-screened drawings of the North Shore’s distinct beach lifeguard chairs. “I could sell these online, but that’s not fun,” said Kalousek. “To me, the health of a community is based on the mom and pop stores that are still around. If you’re wearing this T-shirt, it means you were shopping in Lake Forest.” For more information about the boards, visit jhans.com. To grab a T-shirt while they last, stop into Kiddles Sports in downtown Lake Forest.
To The Lighthouse
Nearly 20 years ago, “Cows on Parade” became a worldwide phenomenon after its Chicago debut in the summer of 1999. This month, a new take on public art called “Lighthouses on the Mag Mile” promises to inspire and celebrate a call to action for access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Sandie Bacon and John Hatlestad of Lake Bluff were two of only four North Shore artists selected to participate in this public art display sponsored by The Chicago Lighthouse, a social service organization that serves the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and veteran communities. “It is both an honor and humbling to be selected for a public art project, but the best part is that it provides an opportunity to communicate with a wide swath of people who otherwise might not be engaged,” says Bacon. The free exhibition, which runs along North Michigan Avenue through August 11, includes 51 six-foot tall lighthouse sculptures that were created by national and local artists—both disabled and able-bodied. The lighthouses will be auctioned off as a fundraiser after their time on Michigan Avenue ends, with the goal to raise $250,000 from the sale and from additional donations made by those inspired by the public art exhibit. All donations will benefit Chicago Lighthouse’s 39 programs. For more information about the “Lighthouses on the Mag Mile,” visit chicagolighthouse.org.
Sometimes the best little secrets are tucked away in the places we least suspect. This couldn’t be more true of sisters Vicky Vodovoz and Kira Vinokur who oversee the spa nestled in the quiet corner of Salon 580 in Lake Forest. Leveraging the G.M. Collin skincare line from France, this duo has brought the world’s best skincare regimens to our community. This product, coupled with their expertise (in the Ukraine where these sisters were trained in cosmetology, they were also required to get their nursing degrees), will leave clients with the most unexpected surprise—absolutely glowing skin. Vicky credits this to her mastery at facial massage—the only real exercise facial muscles actually get. Vicky and Kira specialize in many things from waxing to microdermabrasion, but their Botinol facial may be their best work yet. It will be the finest 90 minutes you spend this week. Salon 580, 580 North Bank Lane, Lake Forest, 847-234-2530 or 847-322-1099.