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Buisiness Highlights

  • “Hiring Our Heroes—Sugar Grove” job fair

  • Pal Joey’s second restaurant

  • sparkling, clean windows of downtown businesses

      Jel Sert Company was one of the 70 businesses represented at “Hiring Our Heroes—Sugar Grove” job fair Friday, August 3, 2012 at Waubonsee Community College. The fair was open to veterans and their spouses. Since it was launched in 2011, 210  “Hiring Our Heroes” fairs have been across the country helping more than 10,000 veterans and their spouses, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

      Expanding into health and wellness platforms, Jel Sert recently acquired the Super C, Pure Kick and Zoic function brand names from Solis Brands Inc. Super C is a vitamin and mineral powdered drink mix; Pure Kick is an endurance energy mix; and Zoic is a ready-to-drink nutrition beverage with anti-oxidants and protein.

      Jel Sert is a prominent packaged goods food manufacturer that has been selling powdered soft drinks, freezer bars, dessert mixes and ready-to-drink beverages for more than 80 years. The company is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

     Pal Joey’s Restaurant has opened up a second restaurant in Batavia, 31 N. River Street. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Ball Horticultural Company was one of the host sites for the DuPage County Commercial Shredding Event. The company is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Platinum Dance Studios had a first place winner in a recent Dance Team Competition. The trio of first time dancers competed in the Contemporary segment. The dance studio is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

John & Tony’s, 27W371 North Ave., now offers a lunch buffet for $8.95, Monday through Friday. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Fresh vegetables from the Team Member gardens and Aquaponics beds are available at We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center, 1055 W. Washington St. Also persons preparing yards for fall can purchase mums, kale and cabbage. The greenhouse plans to host its annual Fall Festival, but has not set a date. Keep your eyes open for this event, which features refreshments and raffles, plus the opportunity to purchase fall décor. We Grow Dreams is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

     In addition the new green awning, Turner Junction Restaurant, 212 Main St., has a new name, Las Tias. Also there is new interior décor and updated menus. The owners are the same.

Another restaurant with a new name and same owners is El Tesoro, 129 W. Roosevelt Road. It is now Mr. Papas.

     Changarro Cocina, 1400 W. Roosevelt Road, was the highlighted restaurant in the dining feature in the Time Out Section of the Friday, August, 31 issue of the “Daily Herald.” The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

As Is I was strolling down the streets in the downtown area, one thing caught my eye—the sparkling, clean windows of the businesses, some of which had not been cleaned in many moons or suns. I was not able to discover if someone just volunteered to do this or was paid to do so. If anyone has the information, please let me know.

When I went to interview the executive director of Shining Light, a not-for-profit organization, located at 111 Fremont St., I found two businesses that have offices in the building. They are Beedle Printing and DuPage Paint Company. Not having been in the building for several years, I found the interior relaxing and tastefully done.

Egg Yolk Café, 100 S. Neltnor Blvd, has a new menu—old favorites and some new offerings, especially for lunch. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also generously donate to clubs, churches, organizations and schools.
Donating to Mary Fest at St. May’s church were Pal Joey’s Restaurant, Coco Loco Mexican Grill, St. Vincent de Paul, Junior’s Barber Shop, Tastee-Freez, Dominick’s Cucina & Pizzeria, Egg Yolk Café, State Farm Insurance-Dan Jimenez, and McDonald’s Restaurant.

Neighborhood Food Pantries, formerly Feeding Northwest DuPage, received several donations for its new location at 525 N. Neltnor Blvd. Cadence Health gave $5,000 for a walk-in refrigerator and Chris Mechanical is donating and installing a new furnace, air conditioner and ductwork.

     Caliendo’s Restaurant& Bar in Winfield hosted its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Outing with proceeds benefiting Boy Scout Troop 33. Donating to the event were Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill and Kramer’s Tree Specialists. Caliendo’s is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

     Hawthorne’s Back Yard Bar & Grill donated a roast pig to West Chicago Park District to serve for lunch to the members of the Midwest Institute of Park Executives. The park district was the host for the semi-annual field day.



     Cortez Bakery and the not-for- profit organization Shining Light host “Viva Mexico, ” a celebration of the ”202nd anniversary of Mexican independence. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the bakery parking lot, 123 Fremont St. Activities include Painting Exposition, food, Moonwalk, dancing, and music

Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, begins its Chicago Bear football season fun with a free pig roast and wings buffet and Jersey give away on Bears game days. Turtle races are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays. It also is the site of several fundraisers for local groups and organizations. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, has many varied events scheduled for the month of September.

  • A Revolutionary War Reenactment, presented by Northwest Territory Allegiance, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9, at the Parade Field.

  • Vintage Baseball Match, played by 1858 rules, is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Parade Field.  Teams playing are the Medill Red Farm Oak and Lemont Quarrymen.

  • The Fourth Annual Car Show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the south parking lot. More than 400 cars are in the show.

  • Patriotic Observation of Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17. Persons receive a pocket size copy of the Constitution plus can sign a copy with a quill pen.

  • Friday, Sept. 21, is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

  • The Fourth Annual Green Fair, co-hosted with SCARCE, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Parade Field. Happenings include eco-activities for children, farmer’s market, cooking demonstrations, music, recycled art contest, fashion show and recycling drop off.

  • The Wall that Heals, the display of the one-half scale of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is available for persons to view from 7 a.m. to 10 p. Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the parade field. This is made possible through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

  • The Veterans Fair event, co-sponsored by Welcome Home All Veterans is from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Parade Field, In addition to information booths, there are entertainment, speakers and food.

Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

This monthly column covers information on new businesses, change of business locations, awards received by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services, and recognition of employees receiving awards and promotions. The publishing date is usually the last Wednesday of the month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at


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