The aroma of roasting cocoa beans has been wafting down Main Street in Wauconda lately, thanks to the Puna Chocolate Co., a farm-to-table provider that grows its own cacao on the Big Island of Hawaii and sells chocolate online at punachocolate.com as well as through its new Wauconda store.
The Wauconda Turkey Trot again attracted huge crowds to Main Street. Sponsored by STAR Charities, a record-breaking $21,370 was raised in support of the local Food Pantry. Local businesses generously helped provide a full day of activities to feed, host, and entertain young military recruits for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Mathnasium opened its new educational facility in Wauconda last month celebrated by the ribbon-cutting fanfare of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce and a supportive crowd of its members. Mathnasium is currently enrolling students for its first classes; for more information visit http://www.mathnasium.com/wauconda or call 224.993.0526.
Resoration Fitness in Lake Zurich at its recent Client Appreciation Party held a "Pushups for Charity" event that raised more than $10,000 for the Jeffrey Pride Foundation, a Barrington charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research. Owner Sean Lee and his team helped pumped up the energy at the event.
Morkes Chocolates recently opened its third location in Long Grove, at the site formerly occupied by the Long Grove Confectionery Company. Owner Rhonda Morkes Dehn is excited about the local response to having a new chocolate maker in town.
Brian Thomson started keeping bees as a 12 year old in Michigan. At one point he had 10 hives producing 1,000 pounds of honey each year. Now, he's started a bee collective, Honey Lake Bee Co., helping area families start their own hives. To learn more, visit honeylakebeecompany.com.
A cross-section of earlybird Lake Zurich Chamber members enjoyed an informal breakfast gathering at Co-Optim in Deer Park. In addition to enjoying a wonderful breakfast spread, with lots of healthy options and strong coffee, the crowd shared insights, made new business connections and started the day right.
SW Lake Lifestyle was a proud sponsor of the “Advance Your Tee/Atomic Drive” 6th hole at the sold-out, 33rd Annual Lake Zurich Area Chamber’s Annual Golf Outing at Biltmore Country Club. The intrepid golfers kept a stiff upper lip as they braved stiff gusting winds all afternoon.
It was a full house under the stars at Uncork Barrington in July, with attendees enjoying over 50 wine tasting options and a wide variety of delicious appetizers by many local vendors. Co-hosted by the BACC, Barrington Area Council on Aging, and Barrington Village Association, it benefits multiple local charities.
The Wauconda Chamber recently held a triple-header of Ribbon Cuttings celebrating three Main Street businesses. An enthusiastic entourage of local Chamber members, customers, and employees from each business brought their energy and support to each celebration.
A Million Dreams raises money for Make-A-Wish® Illinois by putting on an elaborate annual Masquerade Ball. Since its inception 5 years ago, they have generated $64,000 towards granting wishes and in 2017 raised another 16,000. These wishes help bring Hope, Strength and Joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
SW Lake was Scholarship Sponsor at the recent BACC 40th Annual Fashion Show and Scholarship Luncheon at Barrington's Biltmore Country Club, where $4000 was awarded to six deserving local students. The scholarship is named after Lauren Brown, fondly-remembered former BACC employee who lost her battle with cancer at age 29.
Wauconda Boat and Middleton’s on Main hosted the Leprechaun Plunge, Lake County's largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, featuring a parade down Main Street led by kilted bagpipers and drums; contests for best costume, limerick, and Irish Toast; and participants plunging into the chill waters of Bangs Lake for local charities.
Historic Long Grove Business Association recently held an Egg Hunt in Buffalo Creek Park. An enthusiastic crowd of children and their parents enjoyed face painting, a petting zoo, DJ, and the Easter Bunny, while hunting for special golden eggs placed throughout downtown with Chocolate Fest tickets enclosed.
The Caring Women's Connection, a SW Lake County 501c3, recently held an elegant, wedding-themed fundraiser gala in support of women's and children's causes. Jesse & Ria Soto of the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Long Grove played the bride and groom for the event.
2016 was a historic comeback year for Long Grove. From record-setting attendance numbers at annual events like Chocolate Fest, to unique businesses on the way such as Buffalo Creek Brewery, the Long Grove business community is experiencing a rebirth. Look for our feature on Long Grove's revival in the March issue of SW Lake Lifestyle.
Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble performed an elaborate and engaging rendition of The Nutcracker in December, featuring professional guest stars and over 80 student performers. The precise dancing, elegant costumes, and spectacular staging were all perfectly "on point."
Wauconda High School’s recent staging of their fall musical, “Les Misérables”, was an inspiring stunner. From its ambitious stagecraft to the rock-solid orchestra, outstanding costumes, smooth scene transitions, and impassioned acting and singing by the student cast, director Scott Metzger and team's production was a delightful evening of local theater.
The seventh Chicago-area store for AccuVISION, a chain of eye health and eye wear retailer founded by Dr. James Doherty, hosted a ribbon cutting in Wauconda with the chamber of commerce there. Store Manager Dana Agostinelli pulled out all the stops to showcase the retailer’s collection of fashion eye wear.
Business After Hours are great events for members of local chambers in SW Lake County. In Wauconda, Threads was a recent sponsor, and the team there, Linda Starkey, owner (4th from right) and Manager Julianna Somers (7th from left) made sure everyone had a great time.
The annual Great Barrington Tastefest is of one of the biggest events of the year produced by the Barrington Chamber. Local businesses exhibit, chefs from restaurants, caterers and senior homes whip up delicious small bites, the band plays on into the night and brewers, distillers and vintners pour sample tastings.
Studio 912 in Crystal Lake debuted a new designer showroom to display their kitchen, bath and woodworking expertise. The firm specializes in using reclaimed wood from the area. Learn more at Studio912Reclaim.com.
The Sixth Annual Shane’s Foundation Golf Event at the Bridges of Poplar Creek, sponsored by Timothy Grant Jewelry, raised funds for the not-for-profit dedicated to saving children’s lives. Tim and Lisa Seifert, owners of Timothy Grant Jewelry, started Shane’s Foundation after their 2-year-old son passed away when his bedroom dresser fell on him.
Revealing a beautiful new facility in a convenient location at Half Day and Old McHenry roads, the Primrose School started the new school year by holding a sneak peek for area businesses. Primrose is part of a network of accredited private preschools that provide premier early education and child care.
It was a beautiful day in Wauconda when the annual farmers market, sponsored by Threads Boutique, kicked off. Local producers and growers displayed booths downtown weekly. The market featured fresh produce, flowers, meat, cheese, bread, food vendors, designer apparel and goods, and live entertainment. The Farmers Market will close for the season on October 6.
(Barrington, IL – 8/8/16) Members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and Village of Barrington recently celebrated the opening of Trehan Dental, 435 N. Hough St., Barrington, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Barrington’s 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon hosted the first-time Guys Night Out (GNO). Guests enjoyed free haircuts, straight razor shaves, facial massages and other personal grooming services from the staff at Barrington location. Food and beverages were provided by Incontro A Tavola, Broken Earth Winery, and Enzo & Lucia.
Throughout SW Lake County residents gathered together with family, with friends, and at community events. Barbecues, picnics, parades, and fireworks were everywhere over the long weekend as our country celebrated Independence Day.
Lumen Optical, a new retailer in Kildeer, held a ribbon-cutting before a packed store of supporters and local dignitaries. Across from Deer Park Town Center, this is the first store to be opened nationally by 1-800-Contacts. Aaron Drewery, store manager, says Lumen, a full-service optical shop, is “reimagining this industry.”
The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) welcomed the 'Primary Elections Candidates Forum' to Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. The platform was a great opportunity to hear the different viewpoints of several candidates, on a variety of topics.
Community Park was filled with winter fun as families and friends enjoyed carnival games, old-fashioned horse drawn wagon rides and train trips for all. Congratulations to Chase Swensen, of Hawthorne Woods, winner of a 2016 Season Pass to the Aquatic Center for his winning guess in the Candy Guessing Booth!
LZACC's newest member, MOD Pizza, kicked off the grand opening party by awarding 52 pizzas—one per week for the entire next year—to one lucky raffle winner! Additionally, the sure-to-be-successful team generously donated 100% of the event's pizza sales to the Caring Women's Connection.
The Business Women Connected Group hosted the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce 'Business After Hours,' the very last of the year, at Hallmark Promotions, Inc. Chamber Members and Special Guest Mrs.Claus all agreed it was a great way to end 2015!
Broken Earth Winery was proud to be a Gold Paw sponsor of Save-A-Pet's 29th Annual Dinner & Auction "Tuxedos for Tails" at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. As the exclusive sponsor of the wine pull, Broken Earth offered up sample tastings of their 2010 'Shimmin Canyon' Cabernet Sauvignon.
In gratitude for the continued show of support from the community, The Helen Oliveri Team of Keller Williams Realty Partners gave away free holiday pies at their Hawthorn Woods office in the Cherry Hill Plaza at 101 W. Gilmer Rd.
Broken Earth Winery's One Year Anniversary Event & Ribbon Cutting brought regulars and new customers out for the celebration! Guests were treated to raffle prizes and wine gifts, enjoyed wine and lighter fare and toured the tasting room located in Historic Downtown Long Grove.