After 37 plus years as a mainstay business on Main Street, Dominick’s Cucina & Pizzeria is closing its doors. The last day is Sunday, December 2, 2012. Per the message on Facebook: Owners Jim and Gina said, “During the past few years, we have sadly been feeling the strain of the declining economy. We have continued to maintain our product and its quality to ensure we delivered the food you have come to know and love. Sadly, over the past six months we have come to the decision we can no longer keep our doors open. ”
In the Regional Business Report of the Daily Herald’s November 17, 2012 “Business Ledger” issue, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce was highlighted. It featured interviews with CEO/President Dave Sabathne and chairman Joe Buchholz. Also there were interviews with three chamber business members, Darrell Holmes of Pro-Pak Industries in West Chicago, Jim Salek of Premiums Plus Promotional Products in Warrenville, and Tom Saylor of Winfield Fuel and Material. Sabathne and Buchholz stressed the many assets of owning a business in the area and would like to see a more comprehensive marketing effort to attract businesses and residents to the area.
West Chicago Dental Works recently opened at 440 E. Roosevelt Road, Unit 112. The dentist is Dr. Hatel Patel.
Tastee-Freez is closed for the season. According to the sign, it will open in March.
Olde North Pancake House & Restaurant, 27W751 North Ave., has 20 different types of pancakes and crepes, a luncheon menu of pot roast, sandwiches and homemade soups, and fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays. The restaurant des not accept credit cards.
Jel-Sert Company, 501 Conde Street, is installing a new parking lot for its employees. The 2.2-acre site is located between Spencer and Conde streets.
Mary Ann Manna, CFP, CIAS, CDPE, SFR with American National Real Estate started a business page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/MannaRealEstate.
Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also generously contribute through monetary and in-kind donations to clubs, churches, organizations and schools.
Sponsors of the 4 the People Prayer Breakfast were State Bank of Illinois-West Chicago, John Cahill of Edward Jones investments, Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, and Pro Pak Industries, Inc.
Contributing to the Fall Pancake Breakfast of West Chicago Lions Club were Wood Glen Pavilion, Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, American Roofing and Repair, The Stowaway, Gsedl Graphic Design, Bob’s Auto Body, Mobile AT&T, Precision Lube, Marziani Enterprises, Murphy Ace Hardware, Auto Glow Car Wash, Rebecca C. Hall Consulting, T. S. Specialties, Sonny Acres, Haggerty Ford, Mary Ann Manna-American National Real Estate, Extra Value Liquors, EJ’s Tax Service, The UPS Store, West Chicago Chiropractic and Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home.
Cortez Bakery gave a demonstration and distributed samples of bread at a recent West Chicago Public Library District program.
Businesses advertising in the program of “A Few Good Men,” the drama production at Community High School District 94 were Nueva Imogen Hair Salon, Affordable Gutter Co., West Chicago Printing Co., Steinbrecher Land Surveyors, Inc., Main Street Family Dentistry, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, EMA Chicago, Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, Yeez Group Ltd., Platinum Dance Academy, Quick Snips, Frank’s Auto, Kiddyplace, El Rancho Restaurant, John & Tony’s, Ferny’s Beauty Salon and Splat Pest Control.
Cantigny Park, 2S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, has several seasonal activities in December.
The second annual Celebrate the Season Festival is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and includes tree lighting ceremony, ice carving demonstrations, visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause and carolers. Brunch with Santa is Sunday, Dec. 2 in Le Jardin. The two settings are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. the cost is $23 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12, children age 2 and under are free. The price includes photo with Santa, balloon twisting entertainment and a Santa hat for each child. For reservations call 630 260-8260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Garden Tour; a Winter Walk is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. The 11th annual LEGO® Train Show, produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club and is its largest one of the year, is from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.
Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, is holding its first annual Road Rally starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday December 8, 2012. The entry fee for the rally is $25 per person with a limit of six persons per car. There is a 12-car limit. The fundraiser after the race begins at 7:00 p.m. and is held in conjunction with the West Chicago Police Department. The charge is $15 per person. The proceeds benefit West Chicago families in need of gifts for Christmas. For further information, call (630) 293-6700. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.
Training Plus and Professional Development Services in partnership with the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce present 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 to 11 a.m. in the Training Center at the chamber office, 306 Main Street. Each session is a stand-alone. The third session, “Communication for Emerging Leaders,” is Thursday, Dec. 13. Communication skills are a necessity for good leaders. Topics covered include understanding communication filters, building rapport, making certain messages are received correctly and reviewing tips and strategies for speaking to different people. The charge is $69 for members and $79 for non-members. To enroll, call Lolly Frederick at (630) 945-5805 or the chamber office at (630) 231-3003.
If you are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve, check with local area restaurants for specials and events.
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