Saturday, November 24, 2012
Saturday is dedicated to small business shopping. See how Patch has been celebrating small business in Deerfield all year.
Small Business Saturday is designed to create sales for local merchants across the country after Black Friday generates activity for companies large and small. Merchants throughout Deerfield are offering deals today. Earlier: Small Business Saturday Starts on Black Friday Patch has been writing about Deerfield’s business community throughout the year and this seems like a perfect time for a review. Below are some of the highlights: For more news and updates, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Some Deerfield merchants may be saving their best for Saturday, but some will have Black Friday offerings.
Deerfield shoppers wanting a Thanksgiving start to Black Friday had to leave the Village but anyone who wants an early beginning to Small Business Saturday can start today in Deerfield Square. Some merchants like Avenue Fashions are saving their best for Saturday and Sunday but others like B Friends, Footloose and Just Between Friends will start their holiday offerings when they open their doors today. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Both Just Between Friends and Footloose will be offering 20 percent off much of their merchandise over the weekend. At Footloose, all footwear will be 20 percent off all items except Ugg’s, according to owner Larry Rosen. “Military boots are very big …
Why order a hot dog when you can have a fowler?
There are two menus at Little Louie's at 1342 Shermer Rd. in Northbrook — one with standard burgers and hot dogs and everything else you would expect from a fast food joint. The other menu is less typical, offering items called McLovin, Ace Ventura and La Bubba Rosa. The weird wall of sandwiches at Little Louie's has about 20 different items inspired by flavors, movies and whatever else might be on owner Peter Weiss's mind at the time. "Everything that up there is good and it sells," Weiss said. "Some people come in and just order off the wall." The 45-year-old business hasn't always offered quirky, movie-inspired sandwiches. Weiss came up with the idea after he bought the restaurant 15 years ago. "I'm all about flavors," Weiss said. "…
Friday, November 16, 2012
Each generation of the Schmitt family keeps faith with the past while utilizing the present and future.
The success of Deerfields Bakery may well be attributed to five generations of the Schmitt family keeping one hand firmly on the company’s 126-year-old tradition of quality and the other on the latest technology. When current CEO Tim Schmitt joined the company in 2006 as the fifth generation of his family in the baking business, he suggested to Karl Schmitt, his father and boss, a bigger online presence for the company. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. “‘We’re a bakery, what do we need that for,’” Karl said to Tim. Nevertheless, Tim went about overseeing the development of a website and ultimately a Facebook page while continuing the traditions that have made Deerfields one of …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Long time local business owner nurtures local youth with life skills while filling community needs.
Where is a good place to get a start for a rocket scientist? Deerfield Cyclery. That was the first step on the path taken by Deerfield High School graduate Brett Soltz. Soltz works for the Department of Defense today as a rocket scientist. Deerfield Cyclery owner Greg Balmes gave Soltz and numerous other local youth their start in the working world. Earlier: Village to Honor Longstanding Businesses “He had very good mechanical skills and he could talk to all types of people,” Balmes said. The seasonal nature of the bicycle business gives Balmes the opportunity to hire students as early as 15 and teach them skills to carry them through life in most occupations. “It’s what I enjoy most about this, mentoring young people,” Balmes said. “In …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Restaurateur saw a help wanted sign 23 year ago starting his close relationship with Deerfield
An opportune help wanted sign in front of the Cherry Pit Restaurant in Deerfield 23 years ago produced one of Deerfield’s leading entrepreneurs and civic backers. That is when Kevin Quigley, who was operating a business in Lake Forest and looking for some extra income, parked in front of the Cherry Pit, saw the sign, walked in, was hired as assistant manager and never left. Earlier: Gold Ribbon Day Fights Cancer Saturday The Cherry Pit became Kevin’s Place seven years ago when he bought it from, Lynn Elliott, the woman who hired him. She is now his assistant manager. “We both know how each other likes stuff,” he said. His passion and enthusiasm for the Village has continued to grow. “Every community needs a place like (this) where everyone…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The theater is running a fundraiser to help it generate money to convert its films to digital technology.
Buffalo Grove Theater is asking for the community’s support as it works to raise the $300,000 it needs to remain open. The money would cover the cost of the digital equipment that all theaters will soon require in order to show movies Traditional 35-millimeter film will be unavailable by the end of next year. Buffalo Grove Theater still projects its movies with film. Owner Debbie Benjamin said she must raise the money by March, and have the new digital equipment in place soon after, to keep the five-screen theater open. Otherwise, she said, “it’s basically a countdown to the end.” To raise money, the theater is selling admission and concession packages. The offers, which range from $25 to $1,000, include admission tickets and refreshments…