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  •  Shoppers who find cardboard “eggs” similar to these at Algonquin Commons, and correctly name all 10 locations where the eggs are hidden, will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 mall gift certificate.

    Find eggs at Algonquin Commons, win a $250 prizeApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Algonquin Commons is hosting an egg hunt for all ages this month. The eggs will be hidden from one end of the mall along the Randall Road corridor to the next, in hopes of getting customers into all of the different stores at Algonquin Commons.

  • Decorations for St. Patrick’s Day are all over at Claddagh Irish Pub at 1702 Commons Drive in Geneva.

    Head to Claddagh in Geneva for St. Patrick’s Day celebrationMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Amy Williams says plenty is going on at Claddagh restaurant in Geneva leading up to St. Patrick's Day.

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

    Antiques and resale shop now open in Lake in the HillsFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Panera Bread in Algonquin will soon be adding a drive-through.

    Panera in Algonquin to get drive-throughFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Grabbing your morning cup of coffee and bagel may soon get a little easier. Panera, at 451 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, will be getting a drive-through lane this spring, said Russell Farnum, community development director for the village.

  •  This rendering shows the retail units going up in the Oakridge Court shopping center in Algonquin.

    New businesses coming to Algonquin Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s not another bank, or an auto parts store, as some had worried. Many driving past the new building going up along Randall Road in Algonquin in front of JCPenney have been emailing, wondering what it would be. They were hoping for something new in the community.

  •  Gibby’s Wine Den in Geneva is seeking submissions for its upcoming Bacchus Greets the Arts event. Artists who would like to display and sell their artwork can contact Gibby’s to participate in the March 14 event, which is in its eighth year.

    Adult ‘snow day’ at Gibby’s pairs wine with chocolate Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The kids had a snow day earlier this month -- now it's the adults' turn. Gibby’s Wine Den along Randall Road in Geneva has paired up with Graham's Chocolates to hold an “adult snow day” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The event will pair hand-dipped chocolates with fine wines.

  • That tacky holiday sweater can save you money. Shoppers who come in wearing one this Sunday, Dec. 22, at Chico’s in Geneva Commons will receive a discount.

    Great gift ideas for last-minute shoppers Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you’re shopping for last-minute gifts, you may want to stop at Chico’s in Geneva Commons if you love ugly sweaters - or you’re a teacher. This week, the store is offering discounts for different people on different days as Christmas approaches.

  •  This weekend, Santa will make the rounds at Algonquin and Geneva Commons, visiting stores and posing for photos.

    See Santa at Algonquin and Geneva Commons Dec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    There is still is plenty of time to squeeze in holiday fun up and down the Randall Road corridor before Christmas comes this month.

  •  Signs at a Sears store urge shoppers to start going after deals before their turkey dinner is digested. The store’s Black Friday sale starts at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

    Fox Valley stores readying for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shoppers Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    The choice is yours. If you’re ready to forgo the pumpkin pie and family bonding to get a jump on your shopping, there are plenty of places in the Fox Valley where you can start checking off your Christmas shopping list while it’s still officially Thanksgiving.

  •  The site of the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant in Algonquin Commons is being reborn as a Fuddruckers.

    Algonquin’s Cheeseburger in Paradise to be reborn as Fuddruckers Nov 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fans of Cheeseburger in Paradise, which recently closed in Algonquin Commons, won't have to wait long to get another burger fix. Fuddruckers, owned by the same parent company, is slated to open in the same location along Randall Road, company officials say.

  • The InStyle Salon Suites building houses about 25 individually operated beauty salons. It is just south of Algonquin Commons at 2316 Esplanade Drive.

    Individual salon suites showcase stylists’ specialtiesOct 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Hair stylist Sue Putignano worked in a large beauty salon for many years. She enjoyed styling her customers, but was tired of all the noise, and how hard it was to make it a personal experience for her customers. So she opened her own business, Salon 105, at InStyle Salon Suites in Algonquin, which houses about 25 individually operated salons.

  •  On Sunday, Oct. 27, Algonquin Commons will hold a safe trick-or-treat event.

    Algonquin mall to hold scavenger hunt for adults Oct 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Adults can get in on the Halloween fun this year at Algonquin Commons. The Randall Road mall is hosting its first Pirates of the Commons event on Tuesday, Oct. 29, which will send adults on a scavenger hunt throughout the shopping center.

  •  Woow Sushi will open soon on Randall Road in Algonquin.

    Woow Sushi opens soon in Algonquin Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    There is a new sushi restaurant coming to the Randall Road corridor. Woow Sushi, which has three locations throughout the Chicago suburbs, is opening a fourth along the Randall Road corridor in Algonquin.

  •  Gibby’s Wine Den in Geneva will sponsor a fundraiser for breast cancer on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Batavia. The store also holds wine tastings every Wednesday.

    Gibby’s Wine Den gives back with Think Pink bags tourney Sep 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gibby’s Wine Den, along with Batavia Enterprises and the American Cancer Society, is helping to put on a Think Pink Bags Tourney.

  •  Learning Express store manager John Flanagan says he expects to see a bump in sales of the Rainbow Loom now that kids are back in school and spreading the word about the latest children’s bracelet craze.

    Learning Express still going strong in Geneva Aug 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    With the closure of the Learning Express store along Randall Road in Algonquin this summer, some have been worried that the store’s counterpart in Geneva would close too — leaving them without a spot to buy popular items like the Rainbow Loom, Calico Critters and Smencils. But owners John and Sarah Flanagan — who ran both locations — say the opposite is true.

  •  Tammi Rojek’s store, Trendy Tots, has been open in Carpentersville for two years.

    Trendy Tots marks two years with party, food drive Aug 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    In its two years along the Randall Road corridor in Carpentersville, Trendy Tots Consignment shop has grown to become a part of the community.

  • Two new Shoe Carnival stores opened in the Chicago area in late July, including one on Randall Road in South Elgin.

    New Shoe Carnival opens on Randall Road in S. Elgin Jul 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Amy Williams' Roamin' Randall column this week details some of the businesses opening and closing this summer along the Randall Road corridor, including a new Shoe Carnival store in South Elgin and Pet Supplies Plus in Lake in the Hills.

  •  Throughout July, cardboard cutouts of the Founding Fathers and Uncle Sam will grace store windows at Algonquin Commons. If you take a photo of one and post it to the shopping center’s Facebook page, you will be entered to win a gift certificate to the mall.

    Earn gift cards by having your photo taken with Founding Fathers Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    In this patriotic month, you can find some of our country’s Founding Fathers peeking out of the windows at the stores and restaurants in Algonquin Commons.

  •  The Puddle Pet AquaFitness and Nutrition recently opened in South Elgin, offering swim sessions for dogs, pet bodywork massage, a do-it-yourself dog wash, a healthy weight pet program and pet food.

    A swimming pool and spa for your four-legged friend Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    A new business along the Randall Road corridor promotes overall well-being and fitness for your pet. The Puddle Pet AquaFitness and Nutrition, which opened last month in South Elgin, offers swim sessions for dogs, pet bodywork massage, a do-it-yourself dog wash, a healthy weight pet program and pet food.

  • Algonquin Commons is not currently selling mall gift cards, although many individual stores offer their own gift cards.

    Why you can't get a gift card at Algonquin Commons Jun 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    With endless amount of gifts to buy at this time of the year — teacher's gifts, Father's Day presents and graduation gifts — many hoping for one-stop shopping have been stopped in their tracks when they couldn't get the versatile present they planned on. They've walked into the guest services office over the past month or two at Algonquin Commons only to be greeted by a sign that says the Randall Road mall is not currently selling gift cards.

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