New Beginnings

Innovation. It’s one of those words that means something different to everybody. As summer fades and days become cooler and more colorful, this issue of SW Lake Lifestyle explores some of the innovation that’s happening all around us.

Primrose School Expands

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.

Wauconda Farmers Market

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.

October 2016 Around Town

While the weather was hot and sultry, “Christmas in July” by the Barrington Chamber’s Women’s Biz Net (WBN) gathered hundreds of pounds of food, household and personal care items for local food pantries in Barrington and Cuba townships.

Innovating — The Brewer’s Art

Mornings are the best time to make beer. At Side Lot Brewery (SLB) in Wauconda, Brewmaster Phil Castello starts early. Beer has four main ingredients: water, yeast, grain and hops. But how those ingredients are handcrafted makes all the difference to discerning beer lovers.

Long Grove’s Indian Creek Club is Close to it All

Indian Creek Club is a community of single-family homes located at the northern tip of Long Grove off of Midlothian Road, just north of Gilmer. Built between 1999 and 2003 amidst beautiful rolling hills, this neighborhood features largely traditional Colonial-style homes ranging in size from more than 2,000 square feet to almost 6,000 square feet. Yard sizes are about a…

All-Inclusive Resorts: Changing and Innovating

The all-inclusive resort was introduced more than 50 years ago. When they originally debuted, most were known for mediocre buffet food, watered down drinks and hidden charges. Thankfully, times have changed as resorts have innovated.

It Started With a Vision

Pete Wodarz had a vision. While a student studying architecture, intent on building structures destined to stand for generations, he saw something else. His interests were evolving to a never-ending palette of colors, shapes and sizes that change with the seasons, move in the breeze and provide respite from a busy world.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Millennial Entrepreneur

SWL: Who mentors you? Graham Blus: My dad. He backed my idea and we have worked together to bring it to life. Beyond him, there have been other people who influenced me to think out of the box. I've had teachers along the way who have encouraged me creatively, which has helped me to have an open mind and think…

Home Automation Now Available To a Wide Range of Homeowners

The "Internet of Things" is here to stay, and what just a few years back was the start of home automation has become a massive growth industry. Imagine managing your thermostat with your phone or raising and lowering blinds via an app while you lounge at the beach. Want to amuse coworkers by going online to see what your cat…

Five Ways to Inspire Innovative Thinking

By the time most of us graduated from high school, we took an average of 3,952 quizzes, tests and exams. From a very early age, we learned there is only one right answer and several wrong answers. It’s no wonder we can freeze in the face of obstacles that limit our innovative thinking. To fight this, here are a few…