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BUSINESS IGHLIGHTS 3-6-13

Buisiness Highlights

  • Uncle Mikey’s What Not Shoppe

  • Chamber of Commerce Installation of Officers

  • Contributing to the West Chicago Park District Chili Fest or Soup & Bread

  • UPCOMING EVENTS


     Progressive Athletics celebrates its Fifth Year Anniversary. The
owners are Dr. Holly Hubsky, D.C., and Dr. Melissa, Wilke, D.C. the
business promotes state-of-the-art fitness technology, highlighting the
ways individuals can meet their goals for healthy living. They offer
high and low performance fitness classes, preventative health care,
short-term and long-term goal setting, specialized physical
rehabilitation and nutrition management and support. The business
location is 480 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 205. Telephone number is 630
293-1644. Progressive Athletics is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of
Commerce.


     The name of the new business in downtown West Chicago is as intriguing as the merchandise in the store. Uncle Mikey’s What Not Shoppe, 183 W. Washington St, houses “vintage treasures & cool stuff,” explains owner Mike Gunther, a West Chicago resident. The merchandise is not displayed haphazardly, but in defined areas in the various rooms, including the old vaults. The building was at one time the site of West Chicago State Bank, Glenn’s Jewelry and Gloria’s Jewelry.


The age of the unique items range from the 1890s through the 1990s with an emphasis on mid-century moderns of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Vintage toys include dolls, Diecasts, and games such as chess and Monopoly, which celebrates its 100th year of history this year. Parker Brothers started selling the popular board game in 1935.


For railroad buffs, there are photographs, plus local and Illinois memorabilia. Musical artifacts include vinyl 78 and 45srecords, sheet music and some instruments and equipment. Found among paper items are magazines, postcards and advertisements. There are old tools, retro bar décor, watches, clocks, coins and jewelry. Also available are lamps and other lighting fixtures, barn and garden patina wood furniture.


Wall décor includes a variety of paintings, framed pictures, photographs and mirrors. Among the artwork are pottery, Blenko and other art glass.


Gunther wants to have an ever-changing inventory. “I want to buy your cool stuff, whether it is one item or a full estate. There is no defining what we will buy or will not buy” He plans to have vintage clothing as part of this inventory.


He is not new to this venue as he has been involved the buying and selling of antiques and collectibles for 15 years. In 2002, he owned a business on Galena Street. “ I had it for at least a year and it was successful.” However, it was the purchase of a home that caused him to close the business. He purchased the house that once belonged to John Wayne Gates (Bet-A-Million Gates), and is located on the northwest corner of Route 59 and Forest Street. In 1855, Gates was born in West Chicago, known then as Turner Junction. He earned his first million dollars selling barbed wire.


Gunther felt now was the time to expand and open a storefront. “I wanted to do it in my hometown.” Both he and his wife Shannon (Seil) are graduates of West Chicago Community High School.


Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday trough Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Telephone number for Mike is 630 417-8165 and for Shannon 630 841-4271. Email address is unclemikeys2007@yahoo.com.


Wendy Mayerhofer is a sales associate with AFLAC, which recently moved its office to West Chicago from Elgin. “I am finding that the people here are willing to go above and beyond to help me find my way around.” The office location is 490 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 203. Her telephone number is 630 338-2234.


Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce hosted its Third Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers Tuesday, February 27, 2013 at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club. Administering the oath of office was Robert G. Kleeman, Circuit Court Judge on the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois.


Executive officers are Joe Buchholz from Buck Services, chairman; Stacey Gallagher from SBI West Chicago, vice chairman; Patrick Kolzow from DiGiovine, Hnlio, Jordan & Johnson, Ltd, treasurer; and George Safford from Village Chronicles, secretary.


Directors are Ben Weseloh from West Chicago Public Library District, Bernie Niewoehner from NorthStar Credit Union, Dr. Holly Hubsky from Progressive Athletics, Evelyn Canabal from Professional Development Services, Jeanne Hoffer from Aubrey Sign Company and Jerry Schilf from Digital Benefit Advisors.


Others are Lolly Frederick from Training Plus, Inc., Mary Ann Manna from American National Real Estate, Tom Marziani from Marziani Enterprises, Carlyn Kimmel from Cadence Health, Diane Beaulieu from Entrée Kitchen and Jackson Vandiver from Edward Jones.


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.


Contributing to the West Chicago Park District Chili Fest were Pal Joey’s Restaurant and Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli.


Among the local businesses donating to the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce third Annual Dinner event were Cadence health, Dynamic Physical Therapy and The UPS Store.


Donating soup or bread for the West Chicago Park District Soup & Bread event were Pal Joey’s Restaurant, Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & grill, Las Tias, Carniceria Jimenez and Cortez Bakery.


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UPCOMING EVENTS


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 leadership ability. The six monthly sessions focus on “Bold New Moves for Leaders—Training to Meet Today’s Workplace Needs.” The first series is a two-part program providing a step-by-step approach to successfully transition supervisors and managers into leaders. “Leading Today’s Workforce” is from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, and April 11, in the Chamber Training Lab, 306 Main Street. The charge for each session is $59 for members and $69 for non-members. To enroll, call Lolly Frederick at 630 945-5805 or the chamber office at 630 231-3003.


St, Andrew Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, has a Leprechaun Scramble, Sunday, March 17. Tee times are from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The $58 charge includes golf, meal of corned beef, cabbage, green beer or soda and door prizes. The Easter Sunday Brunch is March 31. For information or to make reservations for these events, call 630 231-3100, ext. 0. The club is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, celebrates the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for the entire weekend, form Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17. The owners positively state, “We serve the best corned beef dinner.” Adding to the festive time, the Twisters take the stage at 3 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day. Boy Scout Troop 99 has a Dine-Out fundraiser March 27. Registration for the Volleyball Leagues is now open. Call 630 293-6700.


John & Tony’s, 27W371 North Ave., celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with specials and fun. The Easter brunch starts at 11 a.m. For reservations and information, call 630 520-0593. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


Midcity Cocktail & Supper Club, 124 Main St., hosts an event to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 17. As a show of solidarity for children with cancer, team members or individuals have their heads shaved at the event. Raffles are part of the fundraising efforts. The goal is to raise $2,000. For further information call volunteer event organizer Jaclyn Owens at 630 818-6034 or email jacieo@yahoo.com.


Donations may be made at the event, on the website www.stbaldrick’s.org/events/mypage/9883/2013, or call 888 889-2253. St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, is recognized for its worldwide and largest volunteer-driven fundraising effort for childhood cancer. Midcity is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


The Small Business Resource Council of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce hosts a One-Stop Business Resource Day from 9 a.m.to noon, Tuesday, March 19, in the Visitors Center at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Representatives from federal state and local agencies for small and medium-sized businesses provide information on a variety of business incentive grants and programs available. Among the agencies represented are Illinois Small Business Development Center, Illinois International Trade NAFTA and Latin America Trade Center, Industrial Retention Services and Employee Training Investment Grant. Also on hand are representatives from the City of West Chicago and Warrenville and Village of Winfield, The free event is open to all businesses. For further information, call the chamber office at 630 231-3003.


Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, has several Easter activities. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Le Jardin inside the Visitors Center. A strolling magician provides entertainment and children receive complimentary bunny ears. The cost is $24 for adults, $16 for youth ages 3 to 12 and free for children two and under. To make reservation, call 630 260-8260. The annual Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11 a.m. Other activities include an Easter craft and petting zoo. The two locations for the Easter Brunch are Le Jardin and Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. Seating times are at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Call 630 260-8194 to make reservations and for pricing. Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive, has its annual Easter Brunch Sunday, March 31. Seating times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., Noon, 12:30 and 1 p.m. The charge is $33.50 for adults and $15.25 for children ages 4 to 11. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Erin at 630208-7633.


The club also is hosting a Golf Open House for individuals interested in hosting a golf outing or purchasing a golf membership. Monday, April 1. It begins at 8 a.m. on an appointment basis. The event includes complimentary green fee for a18 or 9-hole golf game, carts are extra, a $5 food buffet, $2 domestic beer, free soft drinks, prizes, raffles and a free bucket of range balls There also are two seminars; one covers the organization of a golf outing for business or a charity and the other details the utmost use of golf club memberships. The deadline for registering is Saturday, March 30. To make a reservation, call 630 208-7600. The club is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


Egg Yolk Café, 100 S. Neltnor Blvd., plans to be open during regular hours Easter Sunday. The restaurant 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 or recognitions. The publish date is either the last Wednesday or the first Wednesday of the month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at merleburl@earthlink.net.

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