Lake Forest Bank & Trust will take over the corner bank at Scranton Avenue and Sheridan Road in Lake Bluff now that it has bought the branch from current resident Baytree Bank National Bank & Trust. Please visit Crain’s Chicago Business for the story.
Submitted by Kiwanis Club
Enjoy pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice before visiting with Santa at the Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast with Santa held at Grace United Methodist Church, Lake Bluff on Saturday December 14th from 8am-11am. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Cost: $5 (ages 3 -12), $10 (over 12) and FREE for the little ones under 3. Net proceeds are donated to local charities. For additional information, please contact David Lee at KiwanisLBLF@aol.com.
Lake Forest Food & Wine Specialties will close in December and is seeking feedback from customers about whether it should re-open at a different address. Meanwhile, its sister business, Courtyard Wines, will relocate to a storefront on Western Avenue.
Here’s a note that’s taped to the window of Lake Forest Food & Wine:
Goodbye Turkey Havarti
On or about December 29th, 2013, Lake forest Food & Wine Specialties will cease operations. It is with heavy heart that we close the store that has been a part of Lake Forest for the past 25 years.
The reality is that we cannot continue to provide sandwiches and related food and beverage items at a reasonable price in a “still challenged” economy given the high level of rent that is required to occupy the space.
We very much appreciate your past patronage and we regret any inconvenience that our closing may cause.
There may be some limited opportunity to re-open in a different location. If you would be willing to support us in a different location we would very much appreciated your completing the survey form that is available inside the store.
Our sister store Courtyard Wines will relocate to 590 N. Western Avenue in Lake Forest in January 2014.
Submitted by a Chamber of Commerce board member
The weather outside is FRIGHTFUL, but — inside — it’s SO DELIGHTFUL! Please join us for the annual community-wide holiday party, ”Merry Making in a Winter Wonderland”, this Wednesday evening, December 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is hosted by the Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce and held at Pasquesi Home and Gardens, 975 North Shore Drive in Lake Bluff. The party is open to everyone, not just members, and a silent auction of wonderful offerings from local businesses is just one of the fun events for the evening ….
Looking for some unique gift ideas that capture the spirit of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff? Or simply want to reminisce about the stores, people and places that make our community special? Glance through the auction catalog for some great ideas: 2013 Holiday Auction Catalog
Want to be bartender for an evening at The Grille on Laurel? Bid on beach passes to LF’s beach? Have Kathy O’Hara give you a personalized walking tour of historic East Lake Bluff, or a tour of the LB History Museum for your reunion class? Bid on Mark McMahon prints? Attend Bagpipes & Bonfire? Acquire legendary wines from Lake Forest Food & Wine, or get a framed water color print of Marshall Field & the Lake Forest Beach? Ties from Smith’s Men’s Store, a BMW from Knauz (OK, it’s a retro pedal car for ages 3 to 5!), a birthday party at the Wildlife Discovery Center, and tickets to Lake Bluff’s famed Ghost Walk 2014 are just some of the unique offerings.
There will be food and beverages from 12 local restaurants and food stores, live music courtesy of the Stanley Paul Orchestra and The Buckthorns, both live and silent auctions, and good spirits galore! Tickets are $40 and everyone is welcome (not just Chamber members!) Proceeds from this event, the Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser, help the Chamber support local businesses.
Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber office at 847-234-4282. Hope you can join us!
This sponsored post on April’s Linens is part of a GazeboNews Holiday Shopping Report on “25 Stores in 25 Days” that’s designed to encourage our readers to Shop Local by showing you the variety of gifts at stores, restaurants and salons in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Please click here to read about the “25 Stores” report, and click here to read about the other stores featured so far.
208 N. Waukegan Road
Lake Bluff, Il 60044
There really is an April behind April’s Linens, and she’s been outfitting local customers and their bedrooms, bathrooms and tables for nearly three decades. April Volpe worked at Mimi’s Lingerie and Linens in Lake Forest for more than 25 years and knew that when Mimi retired in 2001, the community lost a beloved friend. April wanted to bring back the products and services that Mimi’s customers had always loved and relied on, so in 2010 she branched out on her own and opened April’s Linens.
April also wanted to add something special and unique to the business model: in-home consultations. Fabric samples, tape colors, monogram styles and thread colors are brought directly to clients’ homes to streamline and personalize the selection process. Sheets, coverlets, duvet covers, shams, pillow cases, bed skirts, towels, bath mats, shower curtains all can be customized for each client’s unique taste and style. Adding a monogram to any linen piece makes it a personalized, timeless treasure.
The finished product is truly one of a kind and it is delivered to clients’ homes in a pretty bag tied with a bow. April includes a gift to let them know she values their business.
In addition to in-home linen consultations, April operates a little shop that’s open by appointment and caters to designers and clients more comfortable in a store setting. The shop is filled with unique treasures and old-time favorites: robes; gowns; bed jackets; pajamas; sachets; soaps; baby gifts; blankets; pillows; duvets; linens; porcelain dishes; holiday gift items and lots more! Please “like” April’s Linens Facebook page to keep up with events, promotions and new products.
April has lived in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff community her entire life and knows her clients’ tastes and preferences well. “My customers have become my friends and I love to help them find exactly what they want,” she said. “April’s Linens offers gift wrapping, out-of-town shipping, special ordering, in-home consultations and home deliveries. These are the personal touches that make shopping from small, local businesses extra special. Most important of all are my customers! I could not do what I love to do everyday without their loyalty, support and friendship.”
This sponsored post on Forest Bootery is part of a GazeboNews Holiday Shopping Report on “25 Stores in 25 Days” that’s designed to encourage our readers to Shop Local by showing you the variety of gifts at stores, restaurants and salons in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Please click here to read about the “25 Stores” report, and click here to read about the other stores featured so far.
284 E. Market Square, Lake Forest
525 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
Forest Bootery opened in 1949 and has been fitting families in top brands of footwear for generations, but the business has grown into so much more than a shoe store. While it changes and adds to its collection of shoes and boots each season, the Bootery also is expanding its selection of clothing, outerwear and accessories. The unique mix of merchandise indicates the buyers know their customers well.
The stores have a large assortment of brands favored by many in the northern suburbs: Hunter, North Face, Tecnica, Barbour, Holebrook of Sweden, Soriel, and Patagonia, along with handbags, scarves, jewelry and Smartwool socks.Kids love shopping here. Teens do too. So do adults of all ages.
GazeboNews asked owners Cristina and Cara Garrison why our readers should shop local. Here’s what they shared:
Shop Small Today & Everyday Because…
When you shop Small:
1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.
2. You embrace what makes your community unique. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You invested in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community
4. You reinvest in the community you call home. Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
4. You create more choices. Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
6. You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!
Here are just a few of the popular brands available at Forest Bootery this holiday season:
Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Cynthia Maloney, supervisor of Shields Township. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.
By Cynthia Maloney, supervisor of Shields Township
To all Shields Township residents: We are considering and will set the township levy at our next meeting, on Dec. 12, where the trustees will consider funding for the coming year. I plan to ask to hold even or reduce our taxes a bit further in order to give whatever relief we can to people who are still recovering from the recession and who may be hit with tax increases from municipalities this year.
The reason we are able to do this is not because things cost less, or because we are cutting “fat” from our budget (there isn’t any) but because we have a healthy reserve, part of which we will be spending to cover our budgeted expenses for next year. I encourage interested people to come to the meeting, and next month, where we will discuss and approve the budget.
Taxpayer input is really important … not just one or two voices, but everyone. Government at the Township level is a place where you can make your voice heard, and have an influence. Please come on out.
Submitted by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Lake Forest, Ill. – Senator Mark Kirk underwent gall bladder surgery Monday morning, Dec. 9, at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. According to Kim Sobinsky, MD, FACS, a Northwestern Medicine general surgeon at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, “Senator Mark Kirk underwent a laparascopic cholecystectomy, which is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the gall bladder. The procedure took 30 minutes and went as planned without any complications.”
Senator Kirk presented to the hospital on Saturday, December 7, 2013 with abdominal pain which was diagnosed as symptomatic gall stones and inflammation of the gall bladder. According to Sobinsky, “This is the typical indication to perform gall bladder surgery. Patients who undergo this procedure typically are up and about within a day and fully recovered in approximately two to three weeks.“
Sobinsky added, “About 10 percent of the time, there are no stones and the gall bladder is inflamed for other reasons. The procedure is performed about 600,000-700,000 times a year in the United States, so it is a common procedure. The gall bladder is not an essential organ, and patients can live a normal life without it. Senator Kirk’s lifestyle will not be changed by this procedure.”
Submitted by Deer Path Art League
Join professional painter and art instructor, Michael Latala, for a painting demo to explore the joys of painting the live model under cool light conditions. These observations will help to bring life to your work and can be applied to all forms of painting from figure to landscape
View Michael’s work at www.latalaart.com.
Date: Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, with a brief intermission for Holiday snacks and beverages in the Gallery
Place: Deer Path Art League & Gallery
400 E. Illinois Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Please Email or Call (847) 234-3743 to RSVP
(Space is limited)
It was bitter cold on Saturday evening but not so much to deter the Lake Bluff Middle School choir and a crowd of carolers from singing along with the lighting of the tree in Lake Bluff’s gazebo. The event closed up the daylong “It’s A Wonderful Life” event planned by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce.
Henry Pearson of Lake Bluff bundled against the cold to shoot this video for GazeboNews; Henry is a 2013 graduate of Lake Forest High School and currently a freshman at Flashpoint Academy in Chicago.