Flying out front of Georgia's Restaurant along Randall Road in Algonquin is an American flag with special meaning to restaurant owner Harry Kulubis and his family.
The flag was flown on an official U.S. combat mission over Afghanistan on Feb. 11, Kulubis' birthday.
Kulubis' brother, Navy Lt. Spiros Kulubis, was flight commander of the EP-3E plane on that mission.
Spiros Kulubis, 29, has been in the military for six years, and currently is serving his last tour in the Middle East, Harry Kulubis said.
Harry Kulubis said his family is hoping he will return home on June 29.
On his last visit home, he brought the flag for his brother. As part of a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, military officials were on hand to help raise the flag in front of the restaurant. The stars and stripes can be seen by motorists passing by on Randall Road.
"The flag is very important to the entire family because it reminds us that while he's working for us to be able to have the freedom to operate the restaurant, we are working for him to have something to come home to if he so chooses," Kulubis said. "It's a family-run restaurant and even though he's not here with us every day, the flag serves as a reminder that he is very much a part of this as well."
Kulubis added that they intend to fly the flag always to serve as that reminder.
Stories of love: Barnes and Noble along Randall Road in Geneva is hosting a special Valentine's Day-themed story time for children.
On Saturday, Feb. 11, the store will host the story time, which will feature crafts, cookies and, of course, favorite Valentine's Day stories featuring some of your favorite childhood book characters.
The event will begin at 11 a.m.
In addition to the special Saturday story time, the store in Geneva Commons will be holding its usual Monday, Thursday and Friday story times this month.
The Monday and Thursday story times begin at 10:30 a.m. at the store.
The Friday story time begins at 7 p.m.
The story times are geared toward children who are toddlers through first grade, and feature stories and fun.
The events are free for families. The story times feature new themes and books each month.
For information on any of these events, or to secure a spot, call (630) 262-8568.
Valentine's dinner: There also are some special Valentine's Day events for adults happening along Randall Road this month.
Biaggi's restaurant along Randall in Algonquin is hosting a Valentine's Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.
The $75 per person dinner will feature a full-course meal, and, of course, wine.
There will be different wines and drinks paired with the different courses of the meal.
A full menu is available at shopatalgonquincommons.com/wp-content/files_mf/biaggisvalentinemenu.jpg.
Reservations are required for the dinner.
For information, call (847) 658-5040.
Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from South Elgin to Batavia. Contact her at email@example.com or at (847) 894-5036.