Monday, July 9, 2012
Family business is in its second generation and so are the customers.
Swansons Blossom Shop owners Abe and Helen Schneider expected a nice retirement in 1983 when they sold Swanson the Florist on Western Avenue in Chicago after operating the then 87-year old North Side institution for 25 years. After five years, Abe Schneider, then 68, heard Deerfield’s long time Blossom Shop was for sale. Retirement was over. Earlier: Best Florist Award Goes to Swanson’s “He said ‘don’t worry, it’s a small little shop, no weddings, no nights, no Sundays,’” Helen Schneider said describing how her husband broke the news to her that their retirement was over. What the Schneiders expected to become a pastime turned into anything but as their customers from the city discovered they were back in business. “At least once a week …
With only 80,000 new jobs added to the economy in June, job creation promises to be a major campaign issue for Congress. Take the Patch poll voicing your opinion on the best way to add jobs.
Small business is the economic force both Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, Brad Schneider of Deerfield, see as the country’s job creation force. While Schneider and Dold think America’s small businesses need easier access to capital and less regulatory burden, their campaigns are wasting little time branding the other as more extreme than their words show. Earlier: Dold, Schneider Try To Defy Labels A firm idea of how to create jobs promises to be a key component of the fall campaign in the wake of Friday’s report showing only 80,000 new jobs created in June. Unemployment remains at 8.2 percent with underemployment at 14.9 percent, according to a report on CNBC. Both graduates of…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Readers overwhelmingly favor the fastest approach to next year’s Lake Cook Road construction.
Roadwork scheduled next year on Lake Cook Road between Deerlake and Waukegan Roads should be done as soon as possible even if the work must go on 24 hours a day seven days a week, according to the latest Patch poll. Of the 71 persons who responded to the unscientific survey gauging readers’ opinions between Monday and Wednesday, 64 favor around the clock work while seven would take a slower approach. Earlier: Patch Poll: Should Lake Cook Construction Be 24/7? For reader David Greenberg, there is little question. He wants the work done as quickly as possible. “Get it done already,” Greenberg writes. “Unless there's some valid reason why extra shifts can't be used (such as waiting for concrete to dry and set), there's no excuse. Handle it, …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Customers surprised over latest Deerbrook closing.
Customers were surprised to learn Saturday Best Buy at the Deerbrook Mall will be closing and Deerfield Mayor Harriett Rosenthal made it clear the village will have some control to keep the new tenant producing sales tax dollars. The store will close in August, according to a company spokesperson. Earlier: Best Buy to Close Deerbrook Store “Deerbrook is a PUD (Planned Unit Development) so they’ll have to get a special use permit,” Rosenthal said, referring to the fact the mall owners must ask the village board for permission to put anything in the space other than another store. Though Rosenthal and the board of trustees knew Best Buy wanted smaller space and had advance warning of the closing before it was announced to the public by the …
Most who replied to the latest Patch Poll want Deerfield to have some say over keeping former retail properties generating sales tax.
A majority of respondents to the latest Patch unscientific poll want to give the Village the ability to keep sales tax dollars flowing into Deerfield’s treasury when a store goes out of business. The poll was prompted by response from readers about comments made by Mayor Harriet Rosenthal at the August 2 Board of Trustees meeting. Earlier: What’s the Best Way to Fill Retail Space? The mayor asked Village Manager Kent Street to examine ways to assure buildings like the ones that housed the former Borders and George’s What’s Cooking continue to generate as much income for Deerfield as possible. Of the 14 people who participated in the survey, nine wanted the Village to have some kind of control. Six wanted to require first floor shopping …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Long time Deerfield restaurant ends long run on Lake Cook Road.
Woodfire Chicken, a long time Deerfield restaurant of more than 25 years, closed its doors Thursday. Though a sign on the door reads, “Closed for remodeling, reopening soon,” the business is no longer in operation, according to Deerfield Code Enforcement Supervisor Clint Case. Case received a call from the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District fire marshal Thursday informing him equipment was being disconnected from the building. The removal triggered an automatic signal to the fire department. “I said I would go down there and check it out,” Case said. “When I got there they were removing the equipment.” Neither Woodfire Chicken partner Andelo Cardaras nor building owner Charles Ifergan returned calls to Patch for a comment.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Financial restructuring lies ahead.
Wonder!, the Deerfield children’s superstore and activity center in Deerbrook Mall has closed after three months of operation because of financial difficulties, according to a story in today’s Chicago Tribune. The company indicated it will be financially restructured and has hope for the future, according to the article. When the store opened in late October, it championed the concept of being a one stop operation for everything a person needs for children from birth through age 7, according to founder Shane Christensen of Lake Forest.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Patch Places has all of the info on local restaurants, salons, shops and more— make it yours!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
When Patch launched in Deerfield in 2010 editors and contributors ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places. Patch Places is the spot to find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. You can even see what your neighbors think of a business before you try it or write your own review. But local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Owners or managers can sign in and search for their business. Underneath the photos, there is a box with the question: Do you own or manage this location? Claim it! Just click 'Claim it!' and a form will pop up asking for contact information and authorization to claim the listing. Within a few days, someone…
Snack food deals abound at grocery stores.
With people in Deerfield planning Super Bowl parties Sunday, Deerfield residents have plenty of choices from buying an assortment of snack food and beverages and local grocery stores to catering their own event. Places like Dominick’s, Jewel and Whole Foods are offering promotions on snack food and beverages for those who want to do their own party from scratch. People can add baked goods, vegetables and dips to their platters. For those who want a fully catered affair, D.C. Sarnies can put the entire affair together for pickup or delivery, according to General Manager Robert Lapata. “For our customers who want to use our take out menu, we have deli platters, buckets and wings, everything on our catering menu,” Lapata said. “We do …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
If you resolve to get fit in 2012, we've got some advice for making your goal a reality.
New Year’s Eve is approaching, and with it comes the usual resolutions to get fit. Promising yourself you’ll do it is one thing, but sticking with it into February (and beyond) is a whole different ballgame. Following are some tips from local experts, and a few places to find more help if you, too, have committed to better health in 2012. Make it a social event "Starting with a support team is important," says Kristen Dowd, an instructor and local franchise owner for Stroller Strides in Deerfield. She leads power walking and toning classes for stroller-pushing parents indoors through April and will move back outdoors in May. "If you're working with a consistent group of people you see on a regular basis and get to know a little bit, it …