Local author Travis Thrasher will read from his latest novel at the Geneva Barnes and Noble along the Randall Road corridor this week.
The popular young adult author, who lives in Chicago, will be on hand at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the store in Geneva Commons, 102 Commons Drive.
He'll be reading from "Hurt," the last in his teen "Solitary Tales" series, as well as signing copies of the book.
You'll also get a chance to meet Thrasher.
The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.
You might want to get there early to ensure you get a good spot for the reading, as it is expected to be a popular event.
Art by the Glass: The same night, Gibby's Wine Den along Randall Road in Geneva will be hosting Art by the Glass, a Creative Pairing.
The event, scheduled for Jan. 4, will feature work by Gibby's new artist of the month, Sharyl Iwanski.
The show is titled "New Works."
Iwanski's work will grace the walls of Gibby's for the next month.
Gibby's features a different artist at the business each month, to expose the community to different artwork, and to give the artists exposure in the community.
The artwork will be for sale.
That night, there also will be a wine tasting and live music on hand as customers peruse the artwork.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gibby's, 1772 S. Randall, Suite 220.
For information, call (630) 208-6424.
Can't get enough? Since Bubs Subs moved in to the old Quiznos spot along Randall Road in Algonquin, the business has been busy.
Even on Christmas Eve the sandwich spot sold out of bread because there were so many people stopping in for the subs as they did their last-minute Christmas preparations.
Now, the business is expanding, in hopes of exposing even more residents in the area to the taste of Bubs Subs, owner Dominick Pulli said.
Bubs Subs is expected to open its second location, also in Algonquin, this week.
The new location also will fill a former Quiznos sub shop spot. It will be next to the Starbucks at 1534 E. Algonquin Road, on the east side of the community.
The second location will feature the same sandwiches that have become so popular at the Randall Road location.
Looking ahead: It's getting so close to being ready.
If you traveled up and down the Randall Road corridor at all over the holidays as you did your shopping, you may have noticed the new Portillo's in Elgin.
The building is up, and so are the signs announcing the popular eatery's entrance into the community.
Officials say everything still is on track for the restaurant, and that you should be eating their hot dogs, beefs and famous chocolate cake by February.
Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 894-5036.