Friday, February 8, 2013
This week's Patch Talk is a first, as hosts Chris and Ryan welcome one of Homewood's wittiest, Patricia Lundstrom, to the show to talk about what's going on with Flossmoor's business scene.
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Monday, February 4, 2013
The downtown Flossmoor upscale consignment shop will be relocating to Homewood within the next couple months.
After spending the past 18 years nestled in downtown Flossmoor, Her Closet Boutique consignment shop is packing up and headed a mile or so north to Cherry Creek Plaza in Homewood. “We’re expanding,” owner Rose Demko said. “We needed more space.” Demko says she’s been looking to move for some time now. A variety of factors influenced her decision, including rent prices, space issues and growth. She says she considered relocating within Flossmoor, but in the end, Homewood had the most attractive offer. And while the downtown parking issue is of slight concern, Demko says her decision to move has nothing to do with any grievances towards to village. The emphasis, rather, is on expansion. “I shop local only and I only want to keep (Her Closet…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The beloved bakery announced plans to expand into a larger Homewood location last week, but a new deal will keep a scaled down, kid-oriented version of the shop at the current Flossmoor location.
Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun entered Sweet Annie’s Bakery last Saturday on a mission. “He was very adamant about not wanting to lose (the bakery),” owner Anne Aboushousha said. “He asked, ‘What can we do?’” Braun told Patch he’s been hard at work trying to facilitate a rental agreement between Aboushousha and her current landlord Dean Armstrong so that she could keep her current shop. Last week, Aboushousha announced plans to move Sweet Annie’s Bakery to Homewood. Despite the move, Aboushousha told Patch she was looking to keep the old Sweet Annie’s open, should she reach agreeable terms with Armstrong. A deal was reached Tuesday afternoon. “We care very much about our businesses,” Braun said. “The village has and will continue to assist in …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
A note to the community from owner Pamela Dennis.
Friday, January 11, 2013
The new location will be in the former Thai Rickshaw building in downtown Homewood.
Anne “Sweet Annie” Aboushousha spent all day Jan. 10 tracking around town, going from business to business to personally announce her decision to move Sweet Annie’s Bakery to 18102 Martin Avenue in Homewood, the former location of Thai Rickshaw. She also went to Twisted Q BBQ and Bakery on Ridge Road to break the news herself. “I really wanted to tell the people I care about directly,” Aboushousha said. “It was important for me to do that. I was really nervous.” Aboushousha made the snap decision last week, but it’s been two years since she realized some sort of transition was inevitable. “I was getting panic attacks when it gets really busy in the shop,” Aboushousha said. And then there is the matter of parking. Aboushousha recently spoke…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Spending caps and increased scrutiny of applications are just some of the changes.
Article updated at 2 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2013 The Village of Homewood voted to revise the currently offered TIF incentive programs during the Jan. 8 board meeting. Community Development Director Paula Wallrich says several reasons called for the revisions. Declining property values have resulted in a lower-than-expected TIF fund balance. Wallrich also said some long-time businesses in town are requesting more help as part of a developing business retention program. “We also wanted to make sure that we were doing everything we could to secure and protect the village’s investment,” Wallrich said. Homewood has three main TIF programs: Façade and Property Improvement, Retail Enhancement and Go Green. Formerly, only the Retail Enhancement program …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
After years of citation frustration, Anne Aboushousha of "Sweet Annie's Bakery" formally requested the village offer parking passes to downtown business owners and their employees.
Flossmoor's village board will discuss options to amend their current parking policy to cater to downtown business owners and their employees. This comes in response to a formal request from Flossmoor resident Anne Aboushsousha during the Dec. 3 village board meeting. Aboushousha, more commonly known around town as "Sweet Annie," owns Sweet Annie's Bakey in downtown Flossmoor. She says her employees and she have struggled with Flossmoor's parking situaion—and received many expensive violations—since opening up shop four years ago. "If you work an eight-hour shift, you have to find three different areas to park, which in a big hassle, especially for those of us who work twelve-hour days," Aboushousha said. "In some shops, where there is …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
After three years of business, the Homewood restaurant is calling it quits.
Thai Rickshaw restaurant announced today on their Facebook page they plan on closing after three years of business. Remorseful comments are already accumulating under the sad announcement: Patch has been unable to reach owner Peter Soraghan for comment. Thai Rickshaw's last day will be Saturday, Dec. 29.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Homewood and Flossmoor. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Here's a list of some of the local places that are …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Check out some of the top Homewood-Flossmoor-centric pages available on Facebook.
The following list is in no particular order. Know a really great H-F related Facebook page missing from the list? Tell us in the comments section!