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  • Fox Valley stores readying for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shoppers Nov 25, 2013 12:45 PM
    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.

     
  • Algonquin’s Cheeseburger in Paradise to be reborn as Fuddruckers Nov 11, 2013 2:51 PM
    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.

     
  • Individual salon suites showcase stylists’ specialties Oct 21, 2013 1:52 PM
    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.

     
  • Algonquin mall to hold scavenger hunt for adults Oct 7, 2013 1:15 PM
    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 opens soon in Algonquin Sep 23, 2013 1:37 PM
    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 gives back with Think Pink bags tourney Sep 9, 2013 1:51 PM
    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 still going strong in Geneva Aug 26, 2013 12:46 PM
    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.

     
  • Trendy Tots marks two years with party, food drive Aug 14, 2013 1:30 PM
    In its two years along the Randall Road corridor in Carpentersville, Trendy Tots Consignment shop has grown to become a part of the community.

     
  • New Shoe Carnival opens on Randall Road in S. Elgin Jul 29, 2013 3:37 PM
    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.

     
  • Earn gift cards by having your photo taken with Founding Fathers Jul 15, 2013 1:39 PM
    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.

     
  • A swimming pool and spa for your four-legged friend Jun 24, 2013 1:52 PM
    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.

     
  • Why you can't get a gift card at Algonquin Commons Jun 19, 2013 10:53 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.

     
  • Head to Geneva Commons for outdoor concerts May 24, 2013 3:42 PM
    Some popular favorites and fun newcomers are heading to the Randall Road corridor as part of the 11th annual summer concert series at Geneva Commons. The free series is set to begin at the outdoor mall on Wednesday, June 5, and continue throughout the month of June.

     
  • Half Price Books now open for business in Algonquin May 6, 2013 1:52 PM
    A new bookstore now is open in the former Borders Books location along the Randall Road corridor in the Algonquin Commons Shopping Center. Half Price Books opened last month inside half of the vacant Borders Books location, the first store of its kind in the Fox Valley area.

     
  • Cycling Republic opens in Algonquin Apr 22, 2013 2:23 PM
    Just in time for biking weather, a new cycling store has opened on Randall Road. Cycling Republic opened March 9 at 2397 S. Randall, in Algonquin, near the intersection of Broadsmore and Randall Road. Cycling Republic carries bikes, as well as anything you might need for biking, such as clothes and accessories.

     
  • Jersey Mike’s opens in South Elgin Apr 8, 2013 1:14 PM
    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. 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 of either school.

     
  • Shoe Carnival comes to South Elgin Mar 18, 2013 1:37 PM
    A new shoe store has joined the Randall Road corridor. Shoe Carnival now is open in South Elgin at 354 Randall Road in South Elgin. The store opened earlier this month in the Shops at South Elgin, next to TJ Maxx.

     
  • Bar Louie to open Sunday in Geneva Mar 4, 2013 2:22 PM
    It might be part of a chain, but when Bar Louie opens in Geneva this weekend, patrons may feel like they’ve stepped into their own local bar and restaurant. General manager Josh Dry says people who’ve never visited a Bar Louie before will be met with welcoming employees, a rustic interior and a warm atmosphere.

     
  • Boosting business, having fun: the guy in the Statue of Liberty costume Feb 12, 2013 4:19 PM
    If you drive up and down the Randall Road corridor any time during tax season, you've probably seen Tim Kelly or one of his co-workers waving at you from the side of the road. Kelly is one of a handful of part-time employees at Liberty Tax Service centers in the area who don the flowing gown and foam crown each winter, posing as the Statue of Liberty in hopes of drawing customers into the tax preparation business.

     
  • New eatery, kids’ clothing store open in Algonquin Commons Jan 28, 2013 2:03 PM
    The New Year is bringing with it changes at the Algonquin Commons shopping center along the Randall Road corridor. There are several new businesses coming to the outdoor mall — which already has more than 70 businesses — while an old favorite is closing.

     
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