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updated: 7/5/2011 3:54 PM

Accessorize your look at Charming Charlie

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  • Charming Charlie, seen here in Algonquin Commons, will soon be opening a new location at Geneva Commons.

      Charming Charlie, seen here in Algonquin Commons, will soon be opening a new location at Geneva Commons.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer


If you've found that perfect outfit, and need just the right accessories to go with it, there soon will be a new store along the Randall Road corridor to help you on your quest.

Charming Charlie, a boutique-style accessories store, is coming to Geneva Commons later this summer.

It is expected to open at the end of July in an 8,650-square foot storefront in the outdoor shopping center.

The Houston-based chain store already has a loyal following further north along Randall Road in Algonquin, in the Algonquin Commons shopping center, where it opened earlier this year.

Charming Charlie has fun accessories for just about every style and taste, from giant bejeweled rings, to trendy hats, to owl-themed necklaces and more.

To help you find just the right item, the store is organized according to color.

So if you need orange earrings, or a purple headband or a green sparkly handbag, you know just which direction to head when you enter the store.

So long: While we've had news of several new businesses making a go of it along the Randall Road corridor lately, unfortunately there also have been some closings.

Several independent businesses have closed shop.

They've come in with high hopes for being a popular new destination along the Randall Road corridor, and unfortunately the economy and other factors have proved to be too tough of competitors.

The Barley House, which opened a few years ago in Algonquin Commons in the former Claddagh Irish Pub building, shut its doors last month.

The pub-style eatery, which had hundreds of different types of beers, is now empty of customers.

The business announced its abrupt closing on its Facebook page last month, and started selling off all of the equipment, dishes and decorations from the restaurant, which faced Randall.

La Creperie Normande, which served crepes filled with everything from vegetables to chocolate sauce, also has shut its doors.

The business was located in the Algonquin Commons shopping center, not far from the Barley House.

Prior to serving crepes, the site was home to an independent coffee shop, which also went out of business.

Summer cooking: Just in time for the warm weather, Williams-Sonoma in Geneva Commons along Randall Road is teaching you how to make summer treats.

On July 10, the store will have a free class on how to make ice cream.

From scratch, instructors will teach you how to make different ice cream flavors, as well as other summer favorites, including sorbets and ice pops.

Later this month, they'll also talk about various types of salads you can make, and ingredients you can include in them. That presentation will be on July 17.

On July 24, they'll talk about meals you can make from farmers market foods.

They'll talk about the different fruits and vegetables you find at farmers markets, how to select them, and what you can make with them.

For more information, call (630) 262-8390.

• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at or (847) 894-5036.