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Buisiness Highlights

  • FreshGround Roasting

  • Rosy Paleteria & Ice Cream Shop

  • West Chicago Historical society Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction


Wanting to exit from the printing business, Eric Andersen looked for a niche in the area in which he was interested. “I always have been a coffee nerd.” Researching various coffee related venues, such as a café, he and his wife Krista opted for an online retail business, FreshGround Roasting, 100 Arbor Ave., Unit B. As active participants in Traditional Trading and its practices, the Andersen’s contribute to the investment of profits into families and farms.  Eric explained, “Working through the coop, we purchase from small family farms on three acres or less.” The coop teaches the farmers how to grow the crop and successfully cultivate it.

      At this time, the company is receiving coffee beans from Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Through a slide presentation, Eric shows the process of growing coffee. Before the beans appear, the coffee trees are covered with white flowers, which become the cherry pits. “The flowers are very fragrant, and no, they do not smell like coffee,” he said. The cherry pits are dense, small and green. When they turn red the coffee bean inside the pit is ripe and ready for picking.  Everyone on the small farm helps with the picking and preparation or the finished product. Beans are shipped in jute bags.

      Beans are freshly roasted at the business location. “We roast to orders for freshness. We do not want have it sitting around for more than a week. Eric explained, “There is a difference in beans from each country. With this in mind, the company sells bags of single origin, blends, espresso and decaf. “Each roasts at different temperatures” Once roasted, they are spun dry to prevent water sitting on the roasted beans. Then they are bagged, ready to be livered, picked up or shipped. To make the perfect cup of coffee, the business sells various brewing accessories, barista tools, and syrups
In addition to the online business, Eric and Krista are vendors at farmer markets in the area. “We not only sell the bags of coffee, but also drinks. This summer was the iced chocolate coffee latte.”  They used just a little drop of the chocolate syrup that satisfied the thirsty chocoholic. Other venues include small bakeries and “not just in the immediate area.” During the winter months, there are coffee cuppings. They also are involved in a fundraising activity at the high school in Geneva. At a recent artists’ reception Krista and Eric brewed the perfect coffees, the aroma wafted throughout the area and, conversations started buzzing.

      Coffee, as one of the most popular beverages in the world, builds relationships from cozy setting, a small gathering, meetings and more. Building the relationships from the struggling grower, to the retailer, and ultimately to the consumer, opens up conversations and understandings across the globe. Opening this business “was the right choice for us,” just like the perfect cup of coffee.

      “This is what you receive when you drop in and hear the first words, “Have a cup of coffee” and the conversation begins to flow.  For further information or to place an order, visit the website, or call 630-457-4458. See Open House information under Upcoming Events.

     Cadence Health recently named Robert Friedberg as president of Delnor Hospital and Brian Lemon as president of Central DuPage Hospital.

      Progressive Athletics has moved. Its new location is 480 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 205.

      Rosy Paleteria & Ice Cream Shop, 208 Main St., recently opened. West Chicago resident Maureen Navadomskis and her children give the shop raves. “The ice cream, ices/sorbets, and Palitas (popsicles) are ‘handmade,’ and so-so delicious.”

      Adding to the updated exterior appearance and landscaping, Egg Yolk Café, 100 South Neltnor Boulevard, now has a freshly paved parking lot. The restaurant was closed for two days in order for this to be done.

      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 the West Chicago Historical society Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction were Arbor Avenue Liquors, Auto Glow, Bowling Green Sports Center, Edward Jones-John Cahill. Avon-Wanda Chillemi, Daniel & Associates Real Estate, Dominick’s Cucina & Pizzeria, Egg Yolk Cafe, Family Tree Service, fina boutique, Ge Mar Hair Salon, Gloria’s Jewelry, Haggerty Ford, Hawthorne's Backyard Bar & Grill, Imprenta Graphics Studio, Jel Sert Company, Jiffy Lube, John & Tony's Restaurant, Krage’s Auto Center, Murphy Ace Hardware, Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, Pal Joey's, Restaurant, Rosati’s Pizza, We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center, West Chicago Printing.

     A Haggerty Ford is a sponsor of WeGo Drama Club. Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill had a fundraiser for the club September 25. Scooby’s Red Hots provided dinner for the Haiti Fest at Wheaton Academy. Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill provided the chicken dinner for WeGo Together for Kids family night dinner. Hawthorne’s Backyard and Charter Fitness donated gifts for the Western DuPage Chamber Women’s Night Out event.

      Staff from West Chicago Family Chiropractic volunteered at the West Chicago Day of Service, sponsored by Chicago Corporate Council. They assisted with clean up work at Easton Park.



      Sonny Acres, 29W310 North Ave., celebrates harvest time with mountainous piles of pumpkins, farmer’s market, spook house, costume shop and Halloween displays. Food concessions offerings include taffy apples, elephant ears and brats. Haunted hayrides take place on the weekends. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Fall Festival continues now through Wednesday, Oct. 31.  For further information, call 630 231-3859.

      Celebrating its one-year Anniversary, FreshGround Roasting, 100 Arbor Avenue, Unit B, hosts an Open House from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. In addition to samples of free coffee for guests, other activities include brewing demonstrations and give away gifts.

      St. Andrews Golf Course and County Club, 2241 Route 59, has Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 5, and ending Nov. 16. The golf club is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

      Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, has several fun events scheduled for the month of October. A Civil War Reenactment is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, on the parade field.  The Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the parade field and features an arts and crafts show, seasonal treats, music and a variety of activities for all ages. Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

      Training Plus and Professional Development Services in partnership with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce offers a series of leadership development programs to enhance skills, build confidence and strengthen professional leadership ability.  The six monthly sessions focus on “Leadership Development for Continuous Improvement of Today’s Leader: Sharpen Your Skills.” These take place from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Chamber Training Center, 306 Main Street. The first topic, “Leading Today’s Workforce,” is divided into two parts. The Part 1 session is Thursday, October 11, 2012 and provides a step-by-step approach to successfully transition supervisors into leaders.  The charge for each session is $69 for chamber members and $79 for non-members. To enroll, call Lolly Frederick at 630 945-5805, Evelyn Canabal at 630 293-7071 or the chamber at 630 231-3003.

      John & Tony’s Restaurant, 27W371 North Ave, holds a Dinner Fashion Show Thursday, Oct. 18. Seating times for dinner are at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The fashion show with fashions from Jeans and Cute Top Shop begins at 7:30 p.m. The dinner menu is salad, a choice of four entrees, chocolate mousse a martini or a glass of J&T’s house wine. The price is $45 with donations going to Susan G. Komen for The Cure. Call Eva at 630 520-0593 to make reservations or for more information. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

      Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, is the host site for the Illinois Association of Firefighter Local 339, West Chicago Fire Protection District, Chili Cook-Off from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Ticket price is $7 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. Proceeds are for the benefit of breast cancer awareness.

      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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