Wednesday, December 5, 2012
DiPiero’s Ristorante in Lake Zurich offers warm ambiance and signature Italian food.
Bob Narcisi Sr., owner of DiPiero’s Ristorante in downtown Lake Zurich, believes that everyone’s first experience with ethnic food should be at an authentic restaurant, which can serve as a benchmark for further forays into that type of food. “Whether it’s sushi or Italian food, if you’re not introduced to good, traditional food that represents that style of cooking, it’s an injustice . . . The ingredients in a dish give it identity. You can adjust it, but certain things marry well, like French fries and ketchup. We try to produce food the way it should be produced.” Narcisi has been serving authentic Italian dishes at DiPiero’s for 30 years. It is among the finest in the area for sampling and indulging in perfectly cooked and spiced, …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
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 Barrington. 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. You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting…
Friday, November 23, 2012
Spa owner gets by with a little help from her friends.
“It takes a village” is a term which originated with child-raising, but for Kasia Smulska, owner of Green Door Day Spa in Barrington, the saying took on new meaning when it seemed like a door was closing. “I was a manager in a spa that closed,” she said. “We decided we didn't want to part because we love this community, we love the area. We met a lot of wonderful people here so we thought that maybe we try to open a small business and stay in town.” Smulska, who immigrated to the United States from Poland ten years ago, found that her friends and clients were willing to step up to make her dream come true. “We opened the spa with great friends that are clients who helped us out get a loan; they were wonderful,” Smulska said. “They …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Grayslake winery is part of an industry empire that dates back more than a century in the Chicago area.
At first glance Glunz Family Winery and Cellars at 888 E. Belvidere Rd appears to be anything but a winery and tasting room. Centered in a brown brick office park, Suite 211 boasts a large sign bearing the business name, but little else. Step inside though and you are steeped in the quaint shop that is the Tasting Room, where you can sample a few varietals, peek in back at the aging barrels of fortified wines, and get a quick lesson on the family legacy that has made this winery a success. A Rich History in Wine Production The Glunz family history is a long and successful one dating back to the late 1800's when Louis Glunz I came to Chicago from Germany. After working for a local brewery, Glunz saved his wages to open his own business in …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Repairhub, a new site started by Buffalo Grove resident Garry Rosenfeldt, makes it easier to find local service shops and book appointments.
When your car needs maintenance or a repair, where do you turn? Garry Rosenfeldt wants to take the hassle out of finding reputable service shops and making appointments. The Buffalo Grove resident launched this month Repairhub, a website that makes it easy for vehicle owners to make such arrangements. “It was kind of a no-brainer,” Rosenfeldt said of his venture. “People hate calling around town to find a mechanic.” Rosenfeldt know this because he spent nine years as the director of marketing research at Midas, where he conducted focus groups. He recalls asking participants what they looked for when searching online for auto service shops. Their responses, he said, were always the same, and he took them into account when designing …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Kitchen and Bath Design Company, a Barrington gem.
Many who vacation in Europe come home with a newly discovered passion. Fewer by far are those whose passion is sparked by kitchen and bathroom faucetry, but that was the case for Jay Eiring, who co-owns with his wife, Leslie, the kitchen and bath design company: Bathhaus. “I went to Europe, that's how I got started and fell in love with knowing how faucets are made and how they look.” Jay said. “Most of the faucets that were made here at that time were hollow, just a piece of metal or plastic.” He became the sales representative in Chicago for the Dornbracht company, establishing the faucet manufacturer from Germany in the area, more than twenty-five years ago. “I know the family,” Jay said. “They're still the finest faucet made.” …
AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong gives advice to small business owners via Patch Partners.
There are several small businesses in Barrington. Some of them may be places you and your family frequent, businesses that have been in Barrington for as long as you can remember. And some may be your go-to places instead of national chains. AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong may stand behind a global brand, but he believes in the power of small businesses. In his recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, he offered his insight into what can set a small business above the rest of the competition. Small businesses can hold a lot of power if they are intuitive with their customer base, Armstrong said. “Small businesses can be nimble and can have intimate relationships with their…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The brand new Northwest Highway store opened for business Nov. 13.
Dozens of community members gathered at 906 S. Northwest Highway Tuesday morning to welcome the newest business to town. John Brown officially opened his new ACE Hardware store to the public at 8 a.m. Nov. 13. The store is located in the former Fisher Nut building near Makray Golf Course. Crowds cheered as Brown, along with village President Karen Darch, cut the grand opening ribbon with a pair of garden sheers. Watch our video of the grand opening, and check back to Barrington Patch next week for a full profile on Brown's endeavors opening ACE Hardware.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Kate Marker Interiors welcomes design and retail customers.
When Kate Marker was a child she remembers the first stirrings of the Interior Decorator she would become. “I would rearrange my bed room when I was a kid,” she said. “I was into the details.” Her office and retail space, which is tucked into a small complex on Cook Street, demonstrates her ability to take austere surroundings and transform them into the kind of place where books are read, coffee is sipped and conversations savored. The artful atmosphere reflects her education and experience in a concrete way. “I’ve been in the design business for a little over ten years,” she said. Two years into a Fine Arts degree path, Marker switched from that major to Interior Design at The Harrington College of Design School in Chicago, graduating …