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Antiques and resale shop now open in Lake in the Hills

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  • Nick Utech recently opened Second Chances Antiques and Resale on Randall Road in Lake in the Hills.

      Nick Utech recently opened Second Chances Antiques and Resale on Randall Road in Lake in the Hills.
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A new antiques store is open along Randall Road.

Second Chances Antiques and Resale opened late last month, and already has a steady stream of customers stopping in frequently, looking for new finds and deals.

The business is at 421 N. Randall Road in Lake in the Hills, in the spot formerly filled with Flat Squirrel Scooters. It is on the east side of Randall, just north of Acorn Drive.

Second Chances Antiques specializes in furniture, dishware and home décor, said owner Nick Utech.

"We try to span the decades by having a little something from all eras since the mid-1800s," Utech said.

"When people walk into our store, we want them to think variety. We don't just cater to a specific demographic or era; we have selections for all ages and all collectors. There's always a new treasure to find."

This is Utech's first business. The Lake in the Hills resident studied journalism, and then went into nonprofit business management and marketing.

However, he said, he always wanted to open a local shop where he could be an asset to the community.

"We chose antiques and resale because we have collected ourselves for years and it allowed us to cater to the vast majority of customers," he said.

"We definitely wanted to stay local. Being able to work and share in your own community is very worthwhile," Utech said. "As far as the exact location -- the community is a very vibrant place with a wholesome atmosphere. Randall Road has proven to be a hot spot for shopping and fun. You can spend the whole day just going down the road and enjoying all the community shops."

Utech said he's looking forward to meeting all of the new customers that stop into Second Chances Antiques and Resale.

Already, he said, he's on a first-name basis with many of his new customers. He's enjoyed helping many of them find that one item they've been looking for.

If the store doesn't have the item, Second Chances Antiques also can try its hardest to help you find it by searching the country.

He invites new customers to stop in and see what they can find.

For details, call (224) 333-0692 or visit

Spring into design: Pottery Barn along Randall Road in Geneva is hosting several events next month to help you spruce your home up for spring.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, March 2, the store will be hosting a design service open house, highlighting everything the store has to offer.

The following week, at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 9, they'll focus on How to Accessorize your Home.

And finally, at 10 a.m., March 23, Pottery Barn will be hosting an event called Host the Perfect Spring Gathering.

For information, or to make sure you can attend the class, call Pottery Barn at (630) 262-8318.

• 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.

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