Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton will headline the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Sports Luncheon. Demolition begins of old Kmart building in Oak Lawn. Odyssey Fun World opens holiday light show.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tony Gambino III has apparently given up on trying to make a go of a restaurant at 3342 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park. Connect to Patch: Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Gambino first tried it with one of his Taco Fresco franchises, which have been successful elsewhere in the Chicago area but didn’t catch on in Evergreen Park or Tinley Park. About a year ago, he borrowed a page from his family’s successful Moon’s Sandwich Shop at 16 S. Western Ave. and opened Tony Moon’s Burgers, which got generally good grades from online reviewers. But Moon’s Burgers closed abruptly at the beginning of November. The phone number has been disconnected and the shop has a “for rent” sign in the window. Demolition started earlier this month …
Friday, November 23, 2012
As part of Patch's countdown to Small Business Saturday, check out—and follow—some of our favorite local businesses, restaurants and non-profit organizations on Facebook.
With Small Business Saturday right around the corner, here are some Facebook pages from local business and organizations that we think readers should “like” and visit regularly. The economy of the past four years hasn’t been kind to many of us, and it has been especially unkind to our local business owners. So this holiday season when you’re out looking for gifts with that wow factor, or need your home or carpets cleaned for the holidays, your local business owners would love to hear from you. We’ve included some local charities that can use your help, too. 1. Calabria Imports 2. Yoga Pathway 3. Budget Blinds - Official Page 4. J Bistro Evergreen 5. Abracadabra Janitorial 6. Barraco's 7. M. Colleen Klimczak, CPO, Peace of Mind Professional…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
John and Gloria Arestis are 'still dancing' after 14 years in business.
John and Gloria Arestis opened Golden Griddle Restaurant and Pancake House with one goal in mind: help their two children and specifically, send them to college. Over fourteen years later, they have accomplished much more than that. In a time when independent, family-style restaurants seem to be shuttered everywhere, the Arestis have built a popular eatery at 3030 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park. Times were tough in the beginning, with Gloria working another job to bring in a paycheck. John worked seven days a week to keep the business going. Times are tough again, with the great recession; but unlike other family owned restaurants, the Arestis are hanging in there. The couple works at the restaurant seven days a week, greeting and serving …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
We asked readers on Facebook what they thought about the former Karson's restaurant turning into a sports bar. See what they said and add your opinion to the mix.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Try something new this weekend! Browse the Patch Places Directory and find a new restaurant or store, then rate your experience on Patch.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Nineteen years after becoming a student at the Academy of Self Defense, Jeff Waldrom runs the school with his wife, teaching martial arts and life lessons.
When Jeff Waldrom became a student at the Academy of Self Defense nearly 20 years ago, he didn't think he’d eventually run the place. “I have been a part of its history since I was 16 years old,” said Waldrom, 35, who operates the school with his wife Pamela. Waldrom was a student 19 years ago, then became an instructor, and finally manager. "A pure love for this school, Martial Arts and a school full of some of the greatest people and students I have ever met” inspired the Waldroms to take over the Academy three years ago, Jeff Waldrom said. The couple made the business a family affair. “It is part of a large family that includes the instructors and my wife and even my kids. The instructors are really dedicated, caring people who love …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
From sandwiches to homemade pasta sauce, this Italian import store/deli has something for everyone.
Calabria Imports in Evergreen Park is up and running as if they had been there for generations. Located where Greco's Catering used to be at 3512 W. 95th Street, the shop is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. A bustling weekday lunch crowd filed in as orders for sandwiches, deli meats and more were placed and filled. Employees didn’t skip a beat as customers came in hungry and walked out happy. The business held a soft opening on Oct. 3 and owners John Barajas and Pat Roberto couldn’t be more pleased with the customer response. “We run a friendly, family like business” said Barajas, and he invited customers to take advantage of the alternate entrance. “Sure, park in the back and come right in through the kitchen” he said. We are …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Say cheese! In 51 years of business, local photography business Artlynn Photography makes it a priority to give its clients the best-looking and highest-quality photos available.
If there is one thing Artlynn Photography strives for besides taking great photos, it is making sure those images are flawless. The 51 year-old wedding photography and photofinishing business personally details its photos, rather than using a machine to get the job done, according to Denise Chakinis, one of the managers. She is also the daughter of owner George Lullo. Chakinis, who, as a family member, grew up around the business, didn't always plan on becoming the photographer and photo book creator she is today. Instead, after going away to college, she went into a completely different direction and graduated with a degree in accounting. "I didn't know [I wanted to remain in the business] until I went away to college to get a degree in …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Batter up! BaseballRacks.com, run by an Evergreen Park man, has all the customizable baseball equipment a team could ever need--and they're not stopping there.
Dave Payton knows when most states start their high school baseball seasons. He didn't always know that Florida began their season in January, or Mississippi and Arkansas tend to follow the sunshine state. Payton quickly learned those schedules as demand boomed for the baseball products his company, BaseballRacks.com, produces. At first Payton only needed to build baseball helmet racks for one local team. From there, a few more ordered. Today, Payton is shipping those racks and other baseball accessories all over the country. "We're probably in 48 states," Payton, who, along with his partner Rob LeVan, own BaseballRacks.com. Based out of Evergreen Park, the business began in 2005 after Payton was asked to build some racks for Carmel …
Monday, May 2, 2011
Around since the 1940s, Park Schwinn Cyclery has only changed ownership a total of three times. A loyal customer-base and a great selection on a variety of bikes help keep business steady.
Like most people, John DeBold used his first job as a teenager to gain experience for future positions. Unlike most people, DeBold's first job has eventually become his main job. First employed at Park Schwinn Cyclery in 1973, DeBold eventually purchased the business from its second owner in 1994. "I started here in the summer between eighth grade and my freshman year of high school," DeBold said. "I was working in the back, working the floor, doing repairs, building bikes." First established in the late 1940s as a side business by a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver who turned it into a full-time gig after retirement, Park Schwinn was purchased by its last owner in 1972, who ran it until DeBold took over. "It started out being a summer…