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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 4-3-13

Buisiness Highlights

  • Blossom Events

  • McChesney Pub & Grille at Prairie Landing Golf Course

  • John & Tony’s Restaurant Third Anniversary

  • Contributing to Lions Club Spring Pancake Breakfast

     
A new business is blooming in downtown West Chicago. Blossom Events recently opened its doors at 112 Main Street. Both co-owners Kissel Davila and Clara Alvarez had home-based businesses and wanted to expand into a retail storefront. Davilla is an events coordinator and Alvarez is a florist. The combination of the two businesses is a natural fit, Davila said.


     Davilla explained she is able to coordinate or plan the entire event or just segments depending on the client’s wishes. Occasions include anniversaries, baby and wedding showers, baptisms, birthdays, first communions, graduations, quinceaneras and weddings. Her beginning in this career started when she helped friends with their weddings and grew into a full-fledged business through referrals. “My parents are pastors of a church and this certainly helped me get started and gain experience.”


     Alvarez is a professional florist, creating floral arrangements for any occasion, plus making silk flower arrangements. Her creative talent is evident with the brilliant colors of spring flowers in unique containers throughout the retail establishment. Also predominant are teddy bears in different sizes and colors. Browsing through the tasteful displays, one finds several eye-catching accessories. Davila stated, “If someone sees something they like online, we can duplicate. We are flexible.”


     Unique to the business are cookie baskets as gifts for special occasions. The baskets made by Angie are for special occasions such as birthdays, holidays and other milestones in life. She also bakes and decorates individual cookies as gifts or party favors for guests.


     “We feel so lucky we found this place for our venture into retail.” She explained at first, she and Clara hunted for a location in their hometown of Glendale Heights. “We came to West Chicago to look at the display cases the previous business owner had for sale here. We fell in love with the building and felt it was perfect for us. I really like the windows.”


     Davila added that after touring the Main Street location, “I find many businesses that blend well with my event planning—hair stylists, a bridal boutique, nail salons, bakeries and a printer,” plus the legion for hall rentals.


      “I notice so many people walk in West Chicago, which is great. We are thinking of having some workshops and classes, not only for adults, but children. We really like this community.”


      Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Telephone number is 630 231-5880.


      As of Monday, April 1, Midcity Cocktail & Supper Club, 124 Main St., raised $3,670 at its St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser held Sunday, March 17. The goal was $2,000. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


      A new menu and craft beer selection shows up with the golf season opening of the McChesney Pub & Grille at Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to dark daily. The 1868 McChesney home was relocated to Prairie Landing in 1992 and after its restoration is one of the most unique clubhouses. The golf course is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


      John & Tony’s Restaurant, 27W371 North Avenue, recently celebrated its Third Anniversary. Their menu now has gluten free options. 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 contribute through monetary and in-kind donations to clubs, churches organizations and schools.


     Contributing to the West Chicago Lions Club Spring Pancake Breakfast Wood Glen Pavilion, Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, American Roofing & Repairing, Precision Lube, Mobile AT&T, Bob’s Auto Body, The Stowaway, Gsedl Graphic Design, Marziani Enterprises, Auto Glow Car Wash, Rebecca C. Hall Consulting, Murphy Ace Hardware, Sonny Acres, Haggerty Ford, Mary Ann Manna0American National Real Estate, Inc., Extra Value Liquors, The UPS Store, Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli, Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home and West Chicago Chiropractic.


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UPCOMING EVENTS


    Due to weather, Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive, rescheduled its Golf Open House from April 1 to Monday, April 8. It begins at 8:00 a.m. on an appointment basis. The event includes complimentary green fee for an 18 or 9-hole golf game for up to four people in a group, carts are extra, a $5 food buffet, $2 domestic beer, free soft drinks, prize raffles and a free bucket of range balls. There also are three seminars. One covering the organization of a golf outing is at noon. The second one is at 3 p.m. and details the utmost use of a Prairie Landing Golf membership. “How to Play Golf,” the seminar for beginner golfers, is at 5 p.m. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 6. Call 630 208-7600 to make a reservation. The golf club is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


    Rite Way Automotive Service, 101 E. Washington St., celebrates its Grand Opening through Saturday, April 6. Coffee and light refreshments are available. The business, a Tech-Net Professional Auto Service Center, offers complete auto repair, tires, wheels and custom accessories. Mechanics are AES Certified.


    To meet the needs of customers, “We have some of the latest and up-to-date-equipment,” explained General Manger Vince Malina. These include a four-post Atlas alignment rack with a 401-alignment computer, two post aboveground lifts for vehicles and lighter trucks, and a diagnostic scan. Other conveniences are a Wi-Fi-enabled showroom and free shuttle service.


     Rite Way is not exactly new to this location, explained Malina.  “My father incorporated the business in 1971 and bought this building in 1981 from Jean Day.” Jean was the widow of Mike Day, who built it in 1951 and was the owner of Day’s Phillips 66 Service Station until he died of a heart attack. In 1992 or 93, Malina’s father leased the building to Sam’s Auto Repair. When Sam decided to retire in December (2012), “I saw the opportunity to move back into the building and do full automotive service.”


However, Malina not only wants to have a business in town, but he also wants to contribute to the community “We received approval from the Historical Commission for exterior renovation.”  Also he is a participant in Blooming Fest and will be working with the West Chicago Police Department at its car show fundraiser for Special Olympics during Railroad Days.


Malina attended DePaul University, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Accounting/ Finance. For the past two decades, he was an employee of Motorola and with Motorola AG since 2006.


Business hours at Rite Way are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The telephone number is 630 231-3493.


St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, hosts Food Pantry Week from Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26.  Golfers donating at least one non-perishable food item receive a discount on green fees. Donations go to local food pantries. The club is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


     Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce is one of the participating chambers at the 20th annual Rolling Down the River Business to Business Expo. It takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Pheasant run Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles.


We Grow Greenhouse & Garden Center, 1055 W. Washington St., holds its second annual Rummage Sale from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 26, 27 and 28. Persons wishing to donate items can drop them off Saturday, April 20 Monday through Wednesday, April 22 to 24. An Open House with refreshments and raffles takes place Sunday April 28. For information, call 630 293-0100. The greenhouse is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.


     Cantigny Park hosts “Artistry in Wood,” presented by North Suburban Carvers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Many of the Midwest’s finest woodcarvers exhibit their work and offer one-of-a-kind items for sale. Also there are demonstration, There is a $5 parking fee. 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 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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