Just in time for the celebration of our nation's birthday, Algonquin Commons along the Randall Road corridor is hosting a Find the Forefathers contest.
Throughout this month, if you spot one of the nation's Founding Fathers inside one of the outdoor mall's stores, you could win a gift certificate to Algonquin Commons.
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Cardboard cutouts of the Founding Fathers -- who include the likes of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Uncle Sam -- will be hidden in various stores through the mall this month.
If you spot one, you need to take your photo with the cutout and post it on the Algonquin Commons Facebook page.
Once you've posted your photo, you will be entered to win a $50, $100 or $250 gift card to Algonquin Commons.
The contest began July 1, and runs throughout July, so you have some time to try to find the Founding Fathers.
Their locations will change often, and they may not all be hiding in the stores at once, so keep you may want to look closely the next time you stop in the stores at Algonquin Commons.
Grand opening: The new Clothes Mentor store along Randall Road in Algonquin now is open for both buying and selling clothes.
The store -- at 117 S. Randall Road, near Jewel on the east side of Randall, just south of Algonquin Road -- started buying clothes this spring. People have been stopping in, some times numerous times, to sell their clothes since May.
As they've stopped in, many have spotted clothes they wanted to buy. However, they weren't for sale yet.
Clothes Mentor in Algonquin officially began selling those clothes on June 28.
Now, when you walk into the store, you'll find rows and rows of clothes for sale. They are all organized like they would be at a regular retail store -- with the clothes and accessories sorted by sizes and colors.
Clothes Mentor has a second location along the Randall Road corridor where you can buy and sell your clothes, too. It is located at 79 S. Randall in Batavia.
The stores are not consignment shops, so if you do drop off clothes, you will get money for them immediately. You do not need an appointment to sell clothes at either store.
The stores are resale shops for women of all sizes. The clothes they accept and sell range in size from zero to 26, and Clothes Mentor has all varieties of those clothes -- petites, maternity and more.
Clothes Mentor also sells shoes, jewelry, purses, hats and other accessories.
For information on Clothes Mentor in Algonquin call (847) 658-8300. For information on the Batavia location call (630) 406-8800.
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.