Tuesday, May 21, 2013
John des Rosiers discusses why two concepts he had for restaurants in Highland Park failed, and wonders why restaurants in town keep closing.
John des Rosiers thought he had two good ideas for Highland Park. The first was a chef-driven Italian restaurant. That second was a customer-driven, American place. Neither worked out. "I thought we had two good ideas that turned out to be two not good ideas," des Rosiers said. Des Rosiers, who owns Inovasi and Wisma in Lake Bluff, opened Moderno in Highland Park last year, in the Renaissance Place location that was formerly Rosebud. When the ambitious menu didn't attract the high volume necessary to make the large space profitable, des Rosiers closed it and went back to the drawing board. A month later, he reopened it as Royce. The idea was to make the new restaurant more customer-friendly and affordable, with build your own burger …
Looking for work? More than 70 employers will be represented at the College of Lake County's job fair on Thursday.
Job seekers are invited to attend the JobMarketPlace Job Fair on Thursday, May 23, sponsored by the College of Lake County Career and Placement Services office. The fair will be held from 1-5 p.m. in the P.E. Center, Building 7, 19351 W. Washington St., in Grayslake. This is Lake County’s largest job fair, where participants can explore full-time, part-time, seasonal and professional job opportunities with more than 70 employers. In 2012, about 50 employers attended the annual job fair, according to Sylvia Johnson Jones, executive director of the CLC Career and Placement Services office. "It appears that the number of employers registering for JobMarketPlace may be an indication that the economy is picking back up. Employers have job …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Not only is Wrigley selling more gum than snack company Mondelez, based in Deerfield, fewer teens and tweens are even chewing, according to a report in Crain's Chicago Business.
Deerfield-based candy and snacks company Mondelez International, Inc. has chocolate covered, but isn't performing so well in the gum market, reports Crain's Chicago Business. Mondelez, a Fortune 500 company whose products include Trident and Stride gum, is losing sales to Wrigley, reports Crain's. Gum sales for Mondelez have dropped 9.7 percent in the United States over the past three years. Read the full story at www.chicagobusiness.com. Read more on Patch: 5 Deerfield Companies Make Fortune 500 Deerfield Company Pledges Improved Conditions for Women Cocoa Farmers
Friday, May 17, 2013
Patch readers had a lot to say last month when asked what they thought of a new store policy in which baggers were obliged to follow customers and their carts out to their vehicles whether they wanted help or not.
If you've avoided shopping at Jewel-Osco for fear of being awkwardly trailed to your car by an employee, you're not alone, but there is good news. The once mandatory policy created by Jewel's new owners, Cerberus Capital Management LP, has been repealed. A statement on the store's website says the cart-to-car service will still be offered to customers, but it will no longer be forced upon them. Parts of our customer service philosophy are things that every grocery store should do, like ensuring the stores are clean, the shelves are well stocked, and asking if you need help finding an item. Now, we’ve expanded our service to include taking your groceries out to your car. And, if you don’t want or need help, that’s fine too. Many customers …
Grab a free drink at Starbucks through Sunday.
Cool down this weekend with a free iced beverage from Starbucks. The coffee giant is offering a free tall iced drink when you buy an iced VIA. This deal is valid through Sunday, May 19. Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Starbucks Locations: 722 N. Bank Ln., Lake Forest 840 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest 26850 E. Oasis Service Rd., Lake Forest 203 N. Waukegan Rd., Lake Bluff
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Reboot Parnters, Inc. Chairman Dean DeBiase will be the College of Lake County's commencement speaker.
Thursday, May 16
Lake Forest resident Dean DeBiase, a former College of Lake County student who gained distinction as a Silicon Valley and Chicago business leader, will be the keynote speaker at the college’s commencement ceremony on Saturday. DeBiase, who transferred from CLC a few credits short of earning a degree, will also receive an honorary associate degree and the Illinois Outstanding Citizen Award. A co-author with Seth Godin of the best-selling business book The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable, DeBiase’s keynote address, "Semper Paratus," will touch on the entrepreneurial movement and content from a new book he is developing. DeBiase graduated from Lake Forest High School a year early in 1975 and wanted to travel the …
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. Additional…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Connie Duckworth's rug company, Arzu, means "hope" in Dari.
Lake Forest resident Connie Duckworth, who started her own rug company after retiring as Goldman Sachs' first female trading partner, was recently featured on WGN News for her efforts to alleviate poverty in an Afghanistan village. Duckworth, a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, employs Afghan women to make rugs for her company Arzu, which means "hope" in Dari. Arzu, according to its website, "helps Afghan women weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education and healthcare by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave." Through Arzu, Afghan women earn fair labor wages while weaving hand-knotted rugs at home. Arzu also provides the women with literacy classes and operates …
Sunday's "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" will name the winner of the best new ice cream flavor created for Deerfield-based Walgreens.
Deerfield-based Walgreens' own brand of ice cream, Delish, is getting some major promotion thanks to Donald Trump's popular TV show "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice." Two of the show's contestants, country singer Trace Adkins and magician Penn Jillette, were recently challenged to create a new Delish flavor for the show's finale, reported the Chicago Tribune. Tune in Sunday night to find out which flavor wins—Adkins' "Maple Macadamia Mash-Up" or Jillette's "Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle." Both flavors are being sold at Walgreens stores across the country. Have you tried either flavor? Which one did you favor?