Sunday, March 31, 2013
From Piles to Smiles helps people locally and globally get more organized.
Name: Sue Becker Business Name: From Piles to Smiles Title: Organizing and Productivity Specialist Location: Downers Grove Founded: 2000 How did the business come to be? I was in my 20th year of working in corporate America and was no longer finding that work fulfilling. I became aware of my organizing skills when my department at the large corporation where I was working had a Clean Off Your Desk Day. I was puzzled as to why that was necessary since my desk was always cleaned off. I enjoyed spending the day helping my colleagues clean off their desks. Thus, From Piles to Smiles was born. Why did you choose the area you did? I love helping people and was looking for a career that would combine my organizing and time management skills with …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We'll give a "shout out" to local small businesses who fill out the form below and upload a picture or logo in our gallery.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The downtown shop, owned by longtime friends and co-workers Sandie Agee and Geri Hulbert, is hosting a party Saturday to celebrate the milestone.
When Sandie Agee and Geri Hulbert started working as barbers more than 25 years ago, there were hardly any women in the industry. Today, not only are the duo considered pioneers in their field, they also have a successful business to show for it. Agee and Hulbert co-own Washington Street Barber Shop, located at 5115 Washington St. in downtown Downers Grove. This year marks their 10th anniversary, a milestone neither of them expected to reach. "It's definitely still a man's world, but I think we've managed to bring something different and special to what we do, which I think has made our little shop survive all these years," Agee said. Barbering, though not as popular a profession as hairstyling, is considered somewhat of an art in the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The popular Downers Grove eatery has been closed since mid-July after it lost water and electricity service.
Omega Restaurant has finally made its long-awaited return to Downers Grove. The popular eatery, located at 1300 Ogden Ave., opened its doors Monday morning, nearly eight months after unpaid bills, code violations and legal troubles forced the restaurant to close its doors. The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends—a change from its previous 24-hour service. George Andrews, the majority owner of the Omega building, took over the restaurant in July from former owners George and James Stavropoulos, who filed for bankruptcy in May, according to court documents. Andrews and the Stavropouloses became partners in 2007, but the relationship quickly deteriorated over legal and financial issues. …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The popular Downers Grove eatery has been closed since mid-July after it lost water and electricity service, but is preparing to open its doors Monday.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Downers Grove Green Business Recognition Program—announced by the village Feb. 19—will recognize businesses that demonstrate significant green practices.
A new program in Downers Grove is encouraging local businesses and non-profits to go green. The Downers Grove Green Business Recognition Program, announced Feb. 19, is the brainchild of the village's environmental concerns commission. The goal is to recognize Downers Grove businesses that adopt environmentally sustainable practices, such as waste reduction or energy conservation. The program is also open to community groups, non-profits, churches and schools, according to village officials. Allison Deitch, village management analyst, told the council that the minimum requirement of having a recycling service. They must also show efforts in four of six designated "green" categories: waste reduction and recycling, water conservation and …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Attention local businesses, you have a home in our "Patch Places." Claim your free listing, hop online and add photos, menus, promotions, reach out to your customers and respond to ratings and reviews today!
Ridiculously Easy! We want local businesses to join Patch because after all, we want to make life ridiculously easy for you and your neighbors. Simply log in, find your business under and claim your free business listing by clicking "Do you own or manage this location? Claim it!" on the right side of your listing. Why? Well, there are several free tools at your fingertips once you join the Patch family! Once You're In: Once you are approved, start by clicking the "Manage Your Listing" button on the left side of your listing to access your dashboard. The dashboard will show you several tools: Your Stats: See who rated and reviewed your business. And who's following your listing. You can e-mail your customers to seek out more reviews, and …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The popular Downers Grove eatery has been closed since mid-July after it lost water and electricity service, but is preparing to open its doors March 4.
Omega Restaurant is making its return to Downers Grove. The popular eatery, located at 1300 Ogden Ave., is set to re-open March 4, nearly eight months after unpaid bills, code violations and legal troubles forced the restaurant to close its doors. The newly-installed marquee outside Omega has promised its return for months, but was recently changed to inform patrons of the March 4 opening. Co-owner Nick Christopoulos confirmed the date. The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends—a change from its previous 24-hour service. George Andrews, the majority owner of the Omega building, took over the restaurant in July from former owners George and James Stavropoulos, who filed for bankruptcy in …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The longtime Downers Grove establishment was recognized for Overall Business Excellence on Wednesday during the Chamber Choice Awards.
The Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry recognized the best of the local business community Wednesday during its sixth annual Chamber Choice Awards. Wannemaker’s Home & Garden Center, 1940 Ogden Ave., was presented the award for Overall Business Excellence during the ceremony, held at the Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge. The award serves as an affirmation for the three third-generation Wannemakers who quit their corporate jobs to join their father, Jim, in rebranding Wannemaker’s Home & Garden Center. “Once these young folks got on board, amazing things started to happen." Jim Wannemaker said. "I've always been the guy who just works the floor, and look where we are standing today—imagine that." The other finalists for…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Ice sculptures and live entertainment will take over the downtown area Friday through Sunday for the town's annual Ice Fest.