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Business Highlights - 08 July 2010

Buisiness Highlights
  • Display Gardens at Ball Horticultural Company
  • Theology-on-Tap
  • Santo Maria’s Ristorante Italiano's Seventh Anniversary
  • Cardinal Fitness Annual Health Fair


     West Chicago resident and real estate broker Mary Ann Manna recently joined the firm American National Real Estate located at 175 W. Washington St. Although the real estate market has changed dramatically since Manna went into real estate full time in 2003, she maintains the same philosophy of working to do the best for the client, whether this is the buyer or the seller.

     Sensing the direction the real estate market was going, Manna furthered her education and now holds several designations. These are Certified Distressed Expert, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource. A short sale is when the lender accepts less money for a property than it is worth.

     Her financial background and the team of professionals in her firm help persons find options to possible foreclosure and filing the correct documentation for loan modifications. She is a Certified Financial Planner and was employed as assistant vice president in Investment Portfolio Accounting at Dain Rauscher, Inc. and LaSalle Bank. “I am uniquely qualified to assist buyers and sellers in this challenging real estate market. I educate homeowners on their options to avoid foreclosure and assist them with this process.”

     “One of the biggest frustrations is the time involved in receiving approval of loans,” citing that it can take more than six moths or longer. During that time, situations and stipulations can change.”

     Every transaction involves a story she explained. “The experience is emotionally draining and takes a toll.” Yet when a sale or option is successfully completed, “the smile on the client’s face makes it worthwhile.”

     Manna can be reached at 630 222-1202.

     Synergy Builders, 850 Meadowview Crossing, Building 13, offers a new service, Wellborn Closet System in Chicago. The closet systems are designed to help organize areas such as closets, mudrooms, pantries, laundry rooms and garages. Synergy Builders, is a full service remodeling and home improvement firm, serving homeowners in the Chicagoland area for more than 15 years. For more information, call 630 293-8070 or visit the website

     Recently the “Daily Herald” featured family-owned hot dog stands, serving Chicago-style dogs. One highlighted and definitely a favorite for many persons in our area was Happy House Hot Dogs, 140 E. Roosevelt Road. The top dog is a boiled, all beef Vienna dog for $2. Perfect side dish is crinkle-cut fries smothered with chili and cheese. Jan Ronzheimer has owned the stand since 1974.

     West Chicago Printing Co., 131 Fremont St., boasts a new sign. The mural-like sign depicts the business from its beginnings as the newspaper, “West Chicago Press,” to its present status as a printing/ graphics company. The design is by Ren Bohn. Co-owner Bruce Treudt explained, “Ron did the illustrations for a fiction novel on Turner Junction that we are printing. We liked them so much that we commissioned him to design our sign.” This truly is a sign that needs more than a casual glance.

     Unitec Recycling Corporation recently moved from its Carol Stream location to West Chicago, 390 Wegner Drive, Unit A. Owners are Mary Ann Moorhead and Jeff Pointec. Since its inception in 2004, the company has processed collected E-Waste from DuPage County and surrounding suburbs. The business delivers quality-recycling services with programs and electronics recycling drives designed to facilitate e-recycling awareness. Through these means, Unitec has made contributions of refurbished equipment for use in domestic and overseas missions and schools.

     Unitec accepts the following electronic devices for proper recycling free of charge to households and consumers: computers, printers, monitors, copiers, mice, keyboards, laptops, Notebooks, GPS and other electronic display devices, telephone and telecom equipment, game consoles, Playstations, controller, video player, DVD players, radios, flat screen, plasma and LCD televisions.

     The company sells desktop and laptop computers, processors and monitor plus offers services of repair, setup wireless, virus removal and more. Moorhead said, “Persons are welcome to call us with questions about acceptable items for recycling and to check on inventory we have for sale, which changes constantly.”

     Unitec will assist municipalities, libraries, park districts and community organizations with computers and related electronic recycling. There is no charge, but the organization is responsible for location, traffic management, event marketing and promotion.

     The telephone number is 630 562-5220. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the website



     The Display Gardens at Ball Horticultural Company, 622 Town Road, are open to the public on certain days during the month of August. The gardens are breathtaking and cover an expansive area. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Guided tours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday Aug.1, 2010. There is a $5 charge with all proceeds benefitting The Garden Conservancy. Persons may view the gardens at no charge from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28. The 105-year-old company is the world leader in breeding, production, distribution and marketing of horticultural products.

     As part of the Theology-on-Tap program, Keara Coughlin discusses “The Catholic Mass: What We’re All About on Sunday Morning,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at John & Tony’s, 27W371 North Ave. Coughlin is Director of Young adults Ministry at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. She has both her degree of theology and Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame. These gatherings are open to men and women in their late teens, 20s and 30s, both single and married.

     Santo Maria’s Ristorante Italiano, 145 West Washington Street, is celebrating its Seventh Anniversary from 8:00 p.m. to midnight Saturday, August 7, 2010. Back by popular request, Danny & the Twisters once again join together for its second reunion. The crowd at the band’s first reunion last year enjoyed the memories and danced up a storm. Members of the band are Danny Campos, Claude Bianchi, Chuck Stratton, Carl Bruno and Gerry Sasso. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information, call 630 876-6016.

     Cardinal Fitness of West Chicago, 1987 Franciscan Way, is hosting its annual Health Fair from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9. The event is open to all members of the community to meet local vendors providing tips on healthy living. It is a fun time for all the family. Jimmy John’s, Chicks N’ Salsa, Applebee’s are some of the vendors providing food for the free lunch. Others offerings include free teeth whitening by Planet Beach, nutrition advice from Vitamin World & Trust Nutrition, free samples from Jamba Juice and Natural Coffee and free massages. There are coloring contests and games in the Kid’s room, plus a visit by the Cardinal Fitness Mascot. Various raffles are held during the day. For more information, call 630 293-1100.

     Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar and Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, is holding a Bags Tournament Sunday, Aug.29. The charge is $40 per team in advance and $50 on day. The price includes prizes, pig roast buffet and raffles. For information and to register, call 630 293-6700. Trivia Wizard is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

     Working with the West Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Training Plus Inc. and Professional Development Services are offering training opportunities for businesses with the possibility of subsidizing the expense. Through grant assistance, qualifying businesses may be able to reduce the cost of training by 40 to 50 percent. Programs include Lean training, ISO training and Leadership Series. The programs are available to all businesses, not just chamber members. Training sessions begin in August. For more information, call the chamber office at 630 231-3003.

     This monthly column covers news of new businesses, change of business locations, receipt of awards by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services and recognition of employees receiving awards and promotions. The publishing date is the last Wednesday of each month. Persons with “highlights” to share or interested in becoming a sponsor of the column can e-mail me at


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