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  •  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.

  • Maggie Speaks, which plays rock and Top 40 music, will play at Geneva Commons June 30.

    Head to Geneva Commons for outdoor concertsMay 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Alice Cachura of Chicago looks over the selection at Half Price Books at the store's recent grand opening at Algonquin Commons.

    Half Price Books now open for business in Algonquin May 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Robert Sanders owns Cycling Republic on Randall Road, a new cycling store featuring road and mountain bikes, and accessories.

    Cycling Republic opens in Algonquin Apr 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 Subs employee Matt Stickrod puts a sandwich together on the first day of business for the new location in South Elgin.

    Jersey Mike’s opens in South Elgin Apr 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 has opened a new location on Randall Road in South Elgin near Kohl’s and TJ Maxx.

    Shoe Carnival comes to South Elgin Mar 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    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’s new location in Geneva Commons will have its grand opening Sunday, March 10. The space was previously occupied by Red Star Tavern.

    Bar Louie to open Sunday in Geneva Mar 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Tim Kelly works for Liberty Tax Service and has no problems trying to get motorists engaged when he’s in costume along the roadside.

    Boosting business, having fun: the guy in the Statue of Liberty costumeFeb 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Aladdin Mediterranean Grill has opened at Algonquin Commons.

    New eatery, kids’ clothing store open in Algonquin Commons Jan 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Mark Michalak is owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs in Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake. Jersey Mike’s likes to partner with local organizations to hold fundraisers.

    Jersey Mike’s welcomes fundraisers Jan 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Compared to some of the old standby sandwich shops, Jersey Mike's is relatively new to the sandwich market and the communities along the Randall Road corridor. But since they opened along the corridor in the past couple of years, they've done their best to become an integral part of the community, including giving back to the communities they serve.

  •  Author Travis Thrasher of Chicago will read from and sign copies of his book “Hurt” Friday, Jan. 4 at Barnes and Noble, Geneva.

    Meet author Travis Thrasher at Geneva bookstoreJan 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Local author Travis Thrasher will read from his latest novel at the Geneva Barnes and Noble along the Randall Road corridor this week. The popular young adult author will be on hand at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the store in Geneva Commons, 102 Commons Drive.

  • Brian Harrington owns EZ Breezee Car Wash in Elgin with his wife Donna. The Harringtons have made several improvements to the business since taking over earlier this year.

    Elgin car wash reopens with new owners, featuresDec 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    Brian and Donna Harrington had been going to their local car wash along Randall Road in Elgin for five years as customers. They enjoyed it so much, that when they found out it was for sale, they negotiated a deal to buy it. The couple kept the staff, purchased new equipment and expanded the business to make the experience even better for their customers.

  •  Samuel Gibson is the owner of Batavia’s new Golden Corral restaurant, which opened last month.

    After stops and starts, Golden Corral open in Batavia Dec 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    The new Golden Corral along Randall Road in Batavia was on hold for so long, many people still don't even realize it's open. The buffet restaurant at 2030 Main St. opened on Nov. 17.

  •  A horse-drawn carriage/trolley will take shoppers from store to store on Sunday afternoons at Geneva Commons this holiday season.

    Carriage rides available for weary shoppers at Geneva Commons Nov 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    To help you get into the holiday spirit, and rest your weary feet as you’re shopping for the holidays, Geneva Commons is offering free horse-drawn carriage rides this month. The carriages will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

  • Rafaela Garcia of South Elgin had her shopping cart overflowing at the Target store in West Dundee on a previous Black Friday. This year, Target stores will open their doors at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

    Savvy Black Friday shoppers share their strategies Nov 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    While many people are busy planning a way to make sure the turkey, stuffing, veggies and cranberry sauce all are ready at the same time, others are spending these last few days before Thanksgiving planning out how to get a new iPod and cozy slippers all before the turkey's even digested. Carolyn Brooks of Lake in the Hills said she's already been on the phone and online, plotting out where to go first.

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