Sunday, November 11, 2012
New businesses include a photography studio, restaurants and retail stores.
This has been a record year for small businesses in Lake Forest, according to Susan Kelsey, Lake Forest’s economic development coordinator. “In the past 20 months, 25 businesses have opened in Lake Forest. The remaining are opening up before the end of this year and early next year." "The city has been streamlining the process for new businesses and we hope that is one reason they are opening so fast,” Kelsey said. Bloom & Focus, Kerri Sherman’s photography studio and gallery, is one of Lake Forest’s newest businesses, opened on October 11. Sherman, a Lake Forester for the last seven years, said it wasn’t hard to follow her passion despite the slowly recovering national economy. She knew she had something unique to offer – a space to …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce offers incentives to shop locally
“Local businesses are the first to support the local economy,” Joanna Rolek, executive director of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, said. “The dollars spent at local businesses are recycled into the community.” To help drive dollars to local businesses, the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce will kick off a month-long Shop Local First contest on Saturday. During the month of September, residents who spend $500 or more at Lake Forest and Lake Bluff retail businesses and restaurants can enter to win a $1000 Chamber of Commerce certificate, redeemable at any Chamber member store or eatery in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. For examples of where to shop with the certificate, visit the Shop Local First website. “We have …
Monday, July 9, 2012
With only 80,000 new jobs added to the economy in June, job creation promises to be a major campaign issue for Congress. Take the Patch poll voicing your opinion on the best way to add jobs.
Small business is the economic force both Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, Brad Schneider of Deerfield, see as the country’s job creation force. While Schneider and Dold think America’s small businesses need easier access to capital and less regulatory burden, their campaigns are wasting little time branding the other as more extreme than their words show. Earlier: Dold, Schneider Try To Defy Labels A firm idea of how to create jobs promises to be a key component of the fall campaign in the wake of Friday’s report showing only 80,000 new jobs created in June. Unemployment remains at 8.2 percent with underemployment at 14.9 percent, according to a report on CNBC. Both graduates of…
Monday, February 20, 2012
Financial restructuring lies ahead.
Wonder!, the Deerfield children’s superstore and activity center in Deerbrook Mall has closed after three months of operation because of financial difficulties, according to a story in today’s Chicago Tribune. The company indicated it will be financially restructured and has hope for the future, according to the article. When the store opened in late October, it championed the concept of being a one stop operation for everything a person needs for children from birth through age 7, according to founder Shane Christensen of Lake Forest.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Lake County Chamber of Commerce to hold networking events throughout the county.
The Lake County Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) has launched a program initiative aimed at expanding their member business connections throughout Lake County. Building on the strength of their invested membership and the reach of their business organizations, the Lake County Chamber has launched “Connections Across Lake County,” presenting a schedule which features networking events taking place beyond the county seat. “Although we are expanding the reach of our networking opportunities throughout the county, our regular monthly program schedule will continue to serve the needs of area business leaders that value our current events format,” states Shaunese Teamer, executive director of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. "'Connections Across …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Patch Places has all of the info on local restaurants, salons, shops and more— make it yours!
Monday, February 6, 2012
When Patch launched in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff in 2010, editors and contributors ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places. Patch Places is the spot to find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. You can even see what your neighbors think of a business before you try it or write your own review. But local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Owners or managers can sign in and search for their business. Underneath the photos, there is a box with the question: Do you own or manage this location? Claim it! Just click 'Claim it!' and a form will pop up asking for contact information and authorization to claim the listing. Within…
Friday, February 3, 2012
Patch has a list of great options for you to go watch the Big Game.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Whether you are a diehard Giants fan or live for the Patriots, or if you just want to get out and have fun, check out one of these great Lake County hot spots with super deals for the Super Bowl: Barrington McGonigals Pub Pinstripes Buffalo Grove eSkape Village Bar & Grill Grayslake Emil's Tavern on Center The Last Chance Saloon Mitch's Chicago Style Grill The Vine Martini & Wine Bar Lake Forest The Lantern Wisma Alek's Restaurant Chief's Pub Hogs James Tavern Lake Zurich JJ Twigs Pizza and Pub Menalon Greek Restaurant Score Board Bar & Grill Libertyville Austin’s Saloon & Eatery Downing's Mickey Finn’s Brewery & Pub Food Morgan's Bar & Grill
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Make your reservations now at one of these Lake County locations to ring in New Year's Eve in style.
Bring on the bubbly! It is almost time to ring in the New Year. No plans yet? That's OK - Patch scoured the area and compiled this list of festive options for you. Grayslake The Vine Martini & Wine Bar Emil's Tavern on Center The Last Chance Saloon Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Deer Path Inn Grille 43 The Grille on Laurel South Gate Cafe Lovells of Lake Forest Inovasi Francesca Intimo Libertyville Trattoria Pomigliano Mickey Finn’s Brewery Austin’s Saloon & Eatery
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Second Street Bistro owner considers expanding space.
Though Second Street Bistro has only been open for a few weeks, it hasn't taken long for the North Shore's first BYOB restaurant to build a following. "We had to turn people away last Friday and Saturday," Bobby Dubin, the owner of the Highland Park restaurant said last week. And on a Tuesday, typically a slow night for any restaurant, Dubin said all but two tables were taken. "They're going nuts over the food." The food is certainly novel. The menu emphasizes locally grown, organic meat and produce and chef Michael Gottlieb stresses a philosophy of simple foods with creative preparation. What's available in the restaurant varies depending on the food that's available to the restaurant, but current hot commodities include cauliflower soup…
Where is the best place to get a good cup of Coffee in northern Lake County?
It’s time for this week's Chowdown Showdown! This reader-driven restaurant review on Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch, Grayslake Patch and Libertyville Patch helps find great local delicacies. This week, we are on the hunt for the best place to get a cup of Coffee in northern Lake County. It’s simple to vote on your favorite spot: All you need to do is sign into our site and then comment below with your vote. Feel free to elaborate on why your choice serves the best cup of Joe. First Round You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 22) to let us know your favorite. Casting your vote is easy. Tell us in the Comments section of this article, post on Facebook at Grayslake Patch page, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch page, or the Libertyville Patch page — or…