A friendly rivalry between St. Charles North and South Elgin High Schools helped welcome a new Jersey Mike's sandwich shop to South Elgin this month.
The business opened a week ago along the Randall Road corridor.
As part of its introduction to the community, Jersey Mike's employees handed out 8,000 coupons throughout the area for a free sub with a $1 donation.
When customers brought the coupon to the counter, they could decide whether the $1 donation would go to the boosters club at South Elgin High School or St. Charles North High School.
Both schools would benefit through the program, owner Jim Shipman said. But the one with the most donations would also get an extra $250 from his store, which is located at 469 Redington Drive, between the BMO Harris Bank and McDonald's on Randall in South Elgin.
"We raised a lot of money for both of these guys," Shipman said.
The store ended up with more than $1,700 in donations for St. Charles North High School boosters, and about $2,000 in donations for South Elgin High School boosters, he said.
And since South Elgin High School won, the school also will get the extra $250, Shipman said.
He said giving back to the community is part of his philosophy as a community business owner, and a strong part of what Jersey Mike's businesses throughout the country do.
Shipman already owns a Jersey Mike's store along Randall Road at 1770 S. Randall in Geneva. And he has another spot in St. Charles at 2540 E. Main St.
He said he felt the South Elgin area was being underserved by Jersey Mike's because he saw so many people coming into his other locations from South Elgin. So, he decided to open a store there.
"It's been super busy so far," Shipman said.
He said he's hoping to do many more such fundraisers at the new location in the future.
There also is another Jersey Mike's location along the Randall Road corridor located in Lake in the Hills that is not a part of Shipman's franchises. It is located at 285 N. Randall Road. It is run by Mark Michalak, who also runs a spot at 5006 Northwest Hwy. in Crystal Lake.
For information on the new South Elgin spot, call (847) 695-6100.
Leaving the corridor: Scrapbookers take note.
Making a trip to Algonquin Commons for your favorite scrapbook paper, stickers or cropping tools is going to get a little harder.
The Archiver's along the Randall Road corridor in Algonquin is leaving the Algonquin Commons mall later this spring.
The store, at 2212 S. Randall, is going out of business.
Already, the store is offering discounts on many of its items, and store workers say the discounts will continue to get bigger as the days lead up to the closure later this spring.
For information, call the store at (847) 458-7052.
• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at email@example.com or (847) 894-5036.