Photo and caption submitted by Jim Lachner of Lake Bluff: The picture was taken Nov. 21, 2013, in the back yard of a West Terrace Home in Lake Bluff. Keep your dogs on a leash. Let the young children know these animals exist in the neighborhood and be aware. This coyote is a large adult male.
Jolly Good Fellows Sweet Boutique
270 Market Square, Lake Forest, IL
Jolly Good Fellows Sweet Boutique opened in Lake Forest’s Market Square last May and quickly became the go-to place for people of all ages to enjoy fresh baked goods in the store or to take away to home or office. You can buy a single cupcake (if you’re disciplined), purchase a cake or pie for your family, or cater an entire business function. And there’s no need to hurry – hanging out is part of store owner Laura Fellow’s business plan.
Laura opened Jolly’s to provide a family friendly place for people to linger while enjoying fresh cupcakes, baked goods and other sweets at affordable prices. It’s also a great place to find unique gift items for every budget. Says Laura: “At Jolly’s, we have something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Every guest is our priority.”
But shopping at Jolly’s is more than satisfying a sweet tooth and finding great gifts. Simply put, it’s a happy place. Brightly colored, creatively outfitted and filled to the rafters with treats: Willie Wonka would love it! And the staff is great in coming up with ideas for gifts. They’ll even serve you a latte and cookie when you shop. Seriously!
Gift ideas include whimsical, unique holiday décor, high end handbags and accessories, exciting stocking stuffers, a fantastic holiday menu including dessert platters (great for entertaining and as hostess gifts!), cakes, pies and more. Here are just a few of the things you’ll find at Jolly’s:
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.
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.
This sponsored post on The Dailey Method 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.
The Dailey Method
188 E Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045
If fitness and health are among the things you’re grateful for or hoping to achieve, The Dailey Method is a must-visit local resource — for the loved ones on your shopping list as well as for yourself. And for one week only between Dec. 9-Dec. 16, 2013, GazeboNews readers can receive a discount on a “New Month Unlimited” package for $85 (regularly $100). Just use the code GAZEBONEWS at checkout for the discount. (See below for more details)
The Dailey Method opened in 2011 and has quickly built a loyal following. The facility provides a one-hour, full-body workout that combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercises. It offers classes 7 days a week throughout the day (early morning, evenings and weekends too), and has childcare for all morning and afternoon classes Monday-Saturday. The Dailey Method’s workout effectively strengthens, tones, and lengthens all the muscles in the entire body.
The Dailey Method in Lake Forest has two large, light-filled studios, a full-service locker room, childcare, and a large retail area that carries a unique combination of fitness and lifestyle apparel and accessories, all of which owner Tina Anderson hand picks herself. Almost all of the clothing is made right here in the US or Canada, and many of the brands are small businesses themselves.
GazeboNews asked Tina for ideas for holiday gifts at The Daily Method:
TDM class packages and gift cards – at any price starting at $5 on up.
- For one week only, all new clients can purchase a New Month Unlimited package for $85 (regularly $100)- use the code GAZEBONEWS at checkout for the discount. Promo code valid 12/9-12/16/2013. Package will start the day you take your first class, must be redeemed 1 year from purchase date: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=22045&stype=41&prodid=70
- You can purchase online gift cards at this link, and they can be delivered to your inbox immediately, Or to purchase a gift card in store, you can visit The Dailey Method, or contact Tina directly at 312.342.2651 or email@example.com.
The Dailey Method DVDs- The facility sells two amazing DVDs for those who want to Do It Dailey at home. Our DVDs are a great compliment to your studio workout or for your favorite TDM Devotee who travels a lot or schedule restricts their ability to make it to the studio! Our founder, Jill’s, newest DVD is “Dailey Now,” ($30) has 3 workouts, and her original DVD, “No Excuses” ($25) has two.
Dino Skirtpants - One of my absolute favorite designers, Suzanne Rijnevald, is so inspiring- her company, DINO, is named after her son, and she makes the softest, and most beautiful lounge and lifestyle apparel in LA. Her skirt pants ($98) are a best seller at our studio- we currently have them in black, navy, and eggplant, and they can take you from studio to errands to home with ease and comfort!
Karma Dharna workout tank ($52)- Karma, is an amazing yoga apparel company from Canada, who specializes in high performance and quality fabrics. This tank looks good on EVERY body and looks great under sweaters after class!
BKR waterbottles ($28)- ever since we started carrying these almost 2 years ago, they sell like hot cakes! They are the best waterbottles- BPA free glass covered in a silicone sleeve. I have them in 5 colors- they never leak and are lightweight for my giant purse!
Splits Ion Wrap ($118). Another LA-based company- everything is made here in the USA! They make top notch workout apparel that eases into the rest of your day. I love this wrap because it looks just as good with leggings and boots as it does with jeans and a sparkly holiday top!
Volunteer elves from the Lake Bluff Fire Department bundled up against the cold to escort Santa Claus on his annual tour of the village on Sunday, Dec. 8.
This sponsored post on Salmesbury Hall Ltd. 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.
730 Forest Avenue, Lake Forest, Il 60045
Walking into Salmesbury Hall is the closest you can come to time traveling while shopping in downtown Lake Forest, for the merchandise is displayed not like a traditional store but more like the beautifully appointed rooms of a stately London townhouse. A wide variety of antiques gives the impression you’ve stepped back in time, while other more current décor plants you firmly in the present.
Salmesbury Hall is an English antique store that has been in business since 1975, providing a large selection of antique and reproduction merchandise and specializing most of all in the service it provides to customers. The store sells a large selection of everyday gift items and many Christmas items as well, ranging from the high end to reasonably priced merchandise. Everything is artfully displayed in the shop to provide customers with ideas on how they might decorate their own homes.
There are many unique and antique gift items, including:
- Mark Robert’s Fairies and Santas
- Elaborate table settings
- Christmas ornaments from Radco, Reed & Barton, Inge, Jingle Nog
- Music boxes
And much like a townhouse, Salmesbury Hall is multi-level, with stairs and hallways leading to rooms furnished like dining rooms, studies and living rooms, all filled with delightful holiday displays.
Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Jennifer Mulloy of Lake Forest. 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 Jennifer Mulloy of Lake Forest
It seems there is a lot of one-sided anti- Mandarin coverage being published about the Lake Forest immersion program. It would be great to also share the perspectives of parents whose children are in the program to give people an opportunity to see both sides of the argument. Cherokee is my daughter’s school either way. My background is in Elementary and Special Education, I have had the wonderful experience of teaching at a school in Connecticut that offered an immersion program option, it was amazing.
My husband and I chose the Mandarin immersion program because of the age at which a second language was introduced and because research has shown immersion instruction to be highly effective, we didn’t care if it was Spanish/Mandarin or something else. I hear the concerns of those parents who chose to stay with the English program, some of which are quite legitimate. However, a lot of what is being said in conversation around town, on Facebook and published in the Tribune, Gazebonews.com, and Patch.com has incorrect or misleading information.
I do believe it is possible for both programs to be successful in one school, in fact that is why I volunteered my time to be a member of the LASIC (Language Acquisition Student Integration Committee.) We need to come together as a community and support one another so that students in all programs can be socially, emotionally, and academically successful. The beauty of where we live is the access to education, opportunity, and choice!
Concerned Cherokee parent