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  • Don’t hold your breath waiting for Cuban cigars Dec 18, 2014 2:12 PM
    A suburban tobacco distributor doesn’t expect to sell his first Cuban cigar for at least a year, and possibly much longer.

  • New breakfast spot Nora’s Cafe opens in Naperville Dec 16, 2014 9:47 AM
    Four-year-old Nora Besiri, namesake of the new Nora's Cafe in Naperville, likes the pancakes, and other customers have been enjoying the omelettes, skillets, fresh-cut hash browns and house-made chips the restaurant has been serving since it opened Nov. 3. "This has been a dream of ours to have our own," Nora's owner Tim Besiri of Westmont said about the new restaurant. "You can tell it's not a chain; it's a family-oriented small business."

  • Small businesses help drive sustainability issues Dec 15, 2014 12:02 PM
    The holidays are greener than they used to be — which has little to do with the weather and more to do with the fact that many business owners “really do care” about sustainability, energy efficiency and popularly labeled green initiatives.

  • Deli, import grocer opens in St. Charles Dec 15, 2014 10:30 AM
    The Bend General Store, located at 320 W. Main. in downtown St. Charles, is a new deli and import grocery store that recently opened. The house slogan is “Vai piano e gusta!” which means “Slow down, enjoy!” in Italian.

  • Accident leads to new road in life for executive Dec 15, 2014 6:11 AM
    Kukec's People column features Erin Doyle of Downers Grove and senior manager at Deerfield-based Walgreens who had a horrific car accident in 2009 and has since been working hard to regain what she had lost.

  • Quarters no longer on a roll during modern laundry days Dec 15, 2014 5:05 PM
    Started in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace remains on the cutting edge of that industry, with one exception. The most modern Laundromats don't use coins.

  • Small business and politics: How did Graves do? Dec 14, 2014 7:32 AM
    Small companies were still reeling from the recession in 2011 when Sam Graves became chairman of the House Small Business Committee. As the Missouri Republican prepares to leave his post, small business has a higher profile, partly because of the committee’s legislation on issues like federal contracts and its more than 200 hearings.

  • Pop-up vintage ‘experiment’ open in downtown Naperville Dec 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    A strip of storefronts in downtown Naperville that's awaiting new retail tenants is being brightened this holiday season by a vintage pop-up shop selling dresses, shoes and purses. “I’ve been selling vintage garments online for 10 years,” said Danette Lince, 42, of Naperville, who is running Dane Vintage at 103 S. Washington St., suite 113. “I thought I would take a chance and just try to see how the market is here in Naperville as well as find an opportunity to showcase what I have.”

  • Consumer confidence points to solid gain in sales Dec 12, 2014 6:13 PM
    “Everything is pointing in the right direction for the consumer,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics NA in Toronto, whose forecast that the confidence index would rise to 94 was the closest among those surveyed. “We expect a pretty good run for consumption growth in the fourth quarter. It is a big boost for the economy.”

  • Like low gas prices? So does the station owner Dec 12, 2014 7:11 PM
    Drivers are so happy to see lower prices they don’t search all over town for the lowest one. And then when they put gas in the tank, they fill ‘er up instead of just putting in a few dollars’ worth.And drivers have some money left over to spend on what’s really profitable for station owners: The drinks and snacks inside.

  • New Lombard tattoo studio hopes to break stereotypes Dec 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    There’s an image that often comes to mind when people hear the words tattoo studio, Jerry Cross says. “Everybody that isn’t really aware of the newer trends in tattooing is just hung up on the stereotype that they’re shady and for bikers or gang members, just very seedy overall,” he said. But that’s not the feel you get walking into the new Color Theory Tattoo at 1047 E. St. Charles Road, which Cross opened this month with four friends. "We're really pushing for a positive, upscale experience," he said.

  • Buffalo Grove adds new restrictions on pawn, resale shops Dec 12, 2014 9:01 AM
    Opening a pawn or resale shop in Buffalo Grove now requires village approval, thanks to a change to the town’s zoning ordinance approved recently by village trustees. The measure also bars such businesses from being located within 1,000 feet of one another, preventing them from becoming concentrated in one part of town.

  • Ye Olde Town Inn, Billy Goat latest restaurants to close in suburbs Dec 11, 2014 6:53 PM
    Ye Olde Town Inn and the Billy Goat Tavern in Mount Prospect recently joined the list of restaurants closing down in the suburbs. They are not alone. Here is a look at the restuarnts that have closed, and opened, in the suburbs this year.

  • Pizza bar owned by fire+wine chef coming to Wheaton Dec 11, 2014 5:51 PM
    A new restaurant offering “old world” Neapolitan pizza is coming to downtown Wheaton, filling a storefront left vacant earlier this year by Genghis Grill. Owner Brian Goewey says his restaurant, Gia Mia Pizza Bar, will be “a really fun, handcrafted concept — chef-driven — that’s affordable.”

  • Davis and Chmerkovskiy, together again Dec 10, 2014 5:17 PM
    “Dancing With the Stars” 2013 champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will sign autographs and take pictures with guests from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Vera Bradley store in Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park.

  • Barbershop likely no more, after six decades Dec 12, 2014 4:25 PM
    Chances are an Elgin storefront that has been a barbershop for more than 60 years will cease to be so in March. Tim O’Day, owner of Tim’s Place of Barbers, is planning to close his shop at 573 Keep Ave. to join Mustache Cup, a barbershop on the southwest side of Elgin. “I had to put out the white flag and surrender,” he said.

  • Ye Olde Town Inn in Mt. Prospect abruptly closes Dec 8, 2014 5:02 PM
    Just months after receiving a $6.5 million settlement from the village of Mount Prospect, the owner of longtime downtown dining staple Ye Olde Town Inn abruptly closed the business Sunday. Former employees saidthere was no notice given before the restaurant closed its doors for good. “Due to personal interest and family concerns, Ye Olde Town Inn is closed,” owner Tod Curtis said.

  • Take a Santa selfie, win $50 at Algonquin Commons Dec 8, 2014 11:31 AM
    Take a Santa selfie and you could win a $50 gift card at Algonquin Commons on Randall Road.

  • Lombard approves funding for downtown organization Dec 8, 2014 4:57 PM
    The Lombard Town Centre organization is receiving significant praise — and $55,000 in tax increment financing — from the village board. Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick said the group, which promotes the village’s downtown businesses, had “a banner year” and succeeded possibly in saving the “two most important buildings” in the downtown — the bank at 1 S. Park Ave. and the hotel at 101 W. St. Charles Road.

  • Johnson goes from movie usher in a tux to Classic Cinemas CEO Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People column features Chris Johnson, the new CEO of Classic Cinemas, who talks about his early days of wearing a tuxedo while working as an usher in his family'owned cinemas with film reels and free popcorn refills were the rage.

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