Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What the Deck, show us some Love!

Are you excited about summer, but dreading the thought of having to work all weekend on your weather beaten deck?

Mother nature can be harsh, but do not fret – call Deck Love!

Deck Love is a premium deck and fence care service that specializes in cleaning and staining decks and fences and will even make your children’s wooden playset look as good as new.

Call today for a free estimate.  708-218-8841.

Deck Love wants you to relax, enjoy your weekend, and love your deck.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cemetery of Forgotten Crest Hill!

I found it! Yes, I found the holy grail of used book stores. The Book Marketplace in Crest Hill off of Rt. 30!

Walking in you are immediately greeted with that distinct smell of old words on yellowed pages.  There are stacks and stacks of books all over the place! The building is literally bursting at its seams with books.  I found some that I had as a child, I found ones that I'm going to trade in some of my used soft-covers for.  This is a bibliophile's Walt Disney World!

The clerk was the nicest lady, very helpful and cheerful. I wonder what her story is... 

If you are wanting to experience your own Cemetery of Forgotten Books [Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon] I suggest a trip to The Book Marketplace.

There is a book in there that was calling for me...I'll be sure to go back and save it!

Friday, February 26, 2010

A picture says a thousand words...

“Preserving all your memories of today......for all their tomorrows"

This is what Sara does, and does better than any photographer I have come across.

She takes a personalized approach to every client, and gives complete attention to what that person desires for their outcome. Once you have viewed her photos, you will want to have her capture your important moments too. She recently did my nephew’s senior photos…he wanted outdoor pictures, with his tractor and in front of the cornfield. No problem, Sara will come to you. Not only did she travel to the farm, but she spent extra time – taking multiple different and creative shots – desiring to ensure that Steven got exactly the outcome he was hoping for. She more than succeeded. The photos were amazing!! And….the photo session itself was fun – it’s more than clear that Sara loves what she does, and truly cares about providing what the customer wants. She does have a studio in her home, for those who prefer a more traditional backdrop, but she will also travel to the location of your choosing, in order to allow that personalized touch that makes the memory really “yours.”

Don’t hesitate – call Sara today to book your next important photographic moment.

(630) 200-3614

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Show your love by shopping local. Happy Valentine's Day!

You still have time to show love for your local businesses and your loved- ones!

It's that time of year to show those you admire how much you really do! Buy some chocolates and other confections to show you really care.

Here are a couple local candy companies that have retail stores in the area as well as offer on-line purchasing. Show your love by shopping local!

Dan's Homemade Candies Since 1919
229 E. Cass St., Joliet, Il. 60432 (815)723-3844
1003 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, Il. 60435 (815)722-0712

Since I was a little girl, Dan's Homemade Candy has been a huge part of my life for all holidays and special occasions. I could always count on getting a box of my favorites - Dan's caramels and when in season, Dan's caramel apples!

I have yet to find something comparable. A few times a year, my husband and I make a pilgrimage there and hardly ever have the car started before eating the first piece. I'm looking forward to this upcoming apple season to give my little girl her first caramel apple! Being part of Joliet for as long as they have been, they are a tradition for many families. Even my diabetic grandmother swore that they had the best sugarless candy and counted on a box every Easter.

If you haven't been there, you're missing out on a great local establishment.--Michelle M.

Hollingworth Candies, Inc. Established 1985
922 S. State Street, Lockport, IL 60441
Phone: (815) 838 2275 Fax: (815) 838 4337

If you know of any more local confectioners that you'd like to support, let us know and we'll add them to the list!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Spring is coming, time to Renovate!

14337 Spring Creek Dr.
Homer Glen, IL 60491
Phone: 708.301.4422
Fax: 708.301.4422

Attention WAHMs & SAHMs!

Are you a local WAHM with your own business? What about local SAHMs trying to get your wares to market? Tell us who you are and about your businesses so we can help get the word out!

Do you have a website? Send us the link and we'll add it to our site! Let's stimulate the economy both yours and the local communities's!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

William Alexander

A hidden jewel in the town of locks! William Alexander Wine Studio- great wine, live entertainment, and good friends.

Established 2007, the most I did as with many locals is drive by and wonder what this place was all about.

How delighted we were when we walked in. Live music was playing, the staff was knowledgible and friendly, the patrons were many. I can't wait to go back again!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Hidden in Plain Sight

Where do you shop for the person who already has everything?

Try the Blue Orchid Studio in Yorkville. They carry a diverse selection of gifts that are not the “same-old, same-old” you find everywhere you shop. Located right off of Rt. 47 (101 E. Center St.) in Yorkville, you might easily drive past the store without realizing it’s there. Located in a renovated home, they create an experience from the minute you walk in the door of the shop. Everything is displayed to perfection, naturally leading you from one room to the next, and you quite rightly wonder, “what will I see next?” Don’t agonize over that hard-to-buy-for person on your list….head out to the Blue Orchid Studio; you won’t be disappointed! Check out their website too, but keep in mind, it is not all-inclusive; it merely gives you an idea of the merchandise they carry.

Paint the Countryside beautiful!

Paint Solutions, Inc
5300 East Avenue
Countryside, IL, 60525
Phone: 708-482-0630

Paint Solutions Inc. is a local establishment that has been serving the Chicagoland area with quality service since 2002. They are a Full Auto Body Repair, Collision, and Painting shop that does custom painting, jetski & snowmobile repair, and Aluminum & Stainless Steel welding (which has included some pretty interesting projects: lamps, chairs and trailers).  

Free Estimates and all insurance  welcome.

For more information, click on their website:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010