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BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 5-29-13

Buisiness Highlights
La Alianza, Mexican Cuisine Club/Bar, 960 East Roosevelt Road, is the new restaurant in the Lorlyn Shopping Center.  I have not been there yet, but others who have say the food is authentic Mexican cuisine and excellent. The Guacamole is freshly prepared at one’s table. The telephone number is 630 473-0088.

With an eye on the community and not seeing any optometrists in the community, the owners of West Chicago Vision Center felt the location at 100 Main St. was the ideal site. Dr. Lawrence Magee and Dr. Martha A. McAllister were colleagues when attending college 25 years ago. Magee is the owner of Carol Stream Vision Center, which has been in operation since 1997. McAllister is an optometrist at Bloomingdale Optical. The office manager is Daniela Laudando, who is very friendly and personable.
Office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, closed Fridays and Sundays. The telephone number is 630 293-1800.

West Chicago resident Joe Castelluccio was named Top Performer Q1 2013 for Office Depot, where he is employed as Vertical Business Development Manager.

Kramer Tree Specialists was one of the companies competing in the Tree Climbing Competition, sponsored by the Illinois Arborist Association, Saturday, May 11, at Cantigny in Wheaton. Todd Kramer won the championship and goes on to compete in the International Competition in Toronto, Canada. This is the 10th year he has won the championship. Other employees of the company participating were Tyler Wallace, who placed third, and Brandon Dobnick. The business won the Corporate Cup, awarded to the tree care company that overall performs the best at the competition. Since 2008, Kramer Tree Service has been the recipient of this award.
At the beginning of 2013, some core employees of the company took a class and KTS now has four who are nationally certified crane operators. Beginning in 2014, it will be a requirement that all crane operators are nationally certified. Kramer Tree Service is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Computer Graphics USA, 501 West Roosevelt Road, now is selling Tablet PC’s and eReaders.

Pal Joey’s Restaurant recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Although the name of the original owner was Joey, the name originated from the musical and movie “Pal Joey.” Since the inception of the business, the restaurant has been proud of its pizza  and that has remained consistent during its history. Chicago Tribune food critics gave the pizza four stars and the pizza was named one of the best pan pizzas in the Chicagoland area.
John Hamel and his partner Greg Miller purchased the restaurant in 2001, continuing to serve the traditional meals, but adding special dishes to the menu, including fresh seafood, veal and poultry dishes made from scratch.  Miller is a former executive chef from Lincolnshire-Marriott. They started a catering service in 2003, which has rapidly expanded. “We do custom orders and do not just work from a catering menu,” said Hamel.
Then in 2006, they moved from the Lorlyn Plaza to a new location at 440 E. Roosevelt Road. The kitchen was equipped with new equipment, except for the pizza ovens. Hamel said, “We needed these as pizza remains a main part of our business.” The owners continued the westward movement with the opening of a second restaurant at 31 N. River St. in Batavia.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Monica Coleman is the new performance coach at Cantigny Golf Academy. She is the managing director and co-founder of 7th Level Sports a division of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Coleman, a certified professional coach since 2002, holds a business degree from the University of Illinois.

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.
McDonald’s Restaurant, 330 South Neltnor Blvd., provided water cooler and cups for the third annual Diabetes Walk at Wegner School.
Dynamic Physical Therapy was one of the primary sponsors of West Chicago Elementary School District 33 We Go Run.
Egg Yolk Restaurant and Pal Joey’s Restaurant donated gift certificates to West Chicago Sister Cities raffle at Blooming Fest.
    Seven employees from Davy Tree Expert Company pruned hazardous trees, spread mulch and helped beautify the grounds at We Grow Greenhouse and Garden Center. The greenhouse is a not-for-profit organization that provides training and work experience for persons with disabilities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, hosts several family-oriented events during the month of June. The vintage baseball game between the Cantigny Red Oaks and the DuPage Plowboys is at noon Sunday, June 1, on the Parade Field. From Tuesday, June 4, through Sunday, June 9, a restored WWII landing craft, most likely used at the D-Day landing in France, is on display at the First Division Museum. Father’s Day Brunch is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Red Oak Room. Call 630 260-8194 to make reservations. Art in Bloom: Fine Arts Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. There are more than 75 artists, plus activities and crafts, demonstrations and food. Movie in the Park times are Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. The film for June 20 is “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The movie for June 27 is “Field of Dreams.” 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 leadership ability. The six monthly sessions focus on “Bold New Moves for Leaders—Training to Meet Today’s Workplace Needs.”  
The third session, “Make Time Work for You,” is from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, in the Chamber Training Lab, 306 Main St.  Attendees learn how to prioritize, set and reach goals, and gain skills to lead others in effective time management. The charge is $59 for members and $69 for non-members. To enroll, call Lolly at 630 945-5805 or the chamber office at 630 231-3003.

This monthly column covers information on new businesses, change of business locations, awards received by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services, and acknowledgement of employees receiving awards or recognition. The publish date is either the last Wednesday or the first Wednesday of each month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at merleburl@earthlink.net.

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