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  • 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.

  • Courtesy of Algonquin Commons Wear your costume to Algonquin and Geneva Commons on Sunday, Oct. 28, and enjoy games, trick-or-treating and discounts.

    Halloween treats in store at Geneva and Algonquin Commons Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    Free Halloween events are happening up and down the Randall Road corridor this weekend. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Algonquin Commons. You’ll even want to come in costume to the Halloween fun, because there will be a safe trick-or-treating event throughout the mall for the kids.

  •  It’s just a construction site now, but come February, hot dog lovers will be able to indulge their cravings at a new Portillo’s at Randall and Bowes roads in Elgin, officials say.

    Portillo’s under construction on Randall in Elgin Oct 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    Hot dog lovers, rejoice. The long-awaited Portillo's of Elgin is under construction, and is scheduled to open in February at Randall and Bowes roads, according to Sarosh Saher, senior planner for the city.

  •  Trendy Tots, a consignment shop at the corner of Huntley and Randall Roads in Carpentersville, offers used Halloween costumes and has planned a Girls Night Out for Friday, Sept. 28.

    Halloween pop-up stores offer costume choices Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    It's getting to be decision time. Halloween will be here in about a month, and you need to settle on a costume. To help you in your decision-making process, many Halloween specialty shops have opened or are opening up temporarily along Randall Road.

  •  On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, volunteers from Anderson Animal Shelter will be at Geneva Commons, and other areas around the Fox Valley, seeking donations.

    Animal shelter plans tag days, adoption event Sep 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    You'll find more than clothes, jewelry and household items at Geneva Commons later this month. The folks from Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin will be at the Randall Road outdoor mall on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, collecting donations to help them care for the rescues they house.

  •  Changes are taking place at the Otter Creek shopping center in Elgin. New businesses have opened, and a Big Lots store is expected to open by November.

    New businesses to open at Otter Creek Shopping Center in Elgin Aug 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    Changes are happening at the Otter Creek Shopping Center along Randall Road in Elgin. Big Lots is among at least three businesses expected to open before the year ends in the center, which is on the west side of Randall Road, just south of Route 20.

  •  The Shlub Club, a group of runners that meets at Dick Pond Athletics in Carpentersville, runs together near the store weekly. From left are Nicole Kotelman, Paul Turnbaugh, Carolyn Chesta, Donna Hayes, and Joe Maney.

    Walk 2 Run program continues at Dick Pond Athletics Aug 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Inside the Dick Pond Athletics store along Randall Road in Carpentersville you'll find everything a runner could need -- including plenty of inspiration and expertise. The store recently started its second Walk 2 Run program of the year, and will begin a third on Sept. 10. Participants start out slowly, then work their way up to doing a 5K.

  • Josh Scholl of Lake in the Hills, a finalist on ABC’s 2011 “Karaoke Battle USA,” will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Algonquin Commons Summer Concert Series.

    Taste of Algonquin Commons pairs with concert series Jul 24, 2012 12:00 AM
    When you head out to the final concert of the season at Algonquin Commons' Summer Concert series this weekend, you can leave the picnic basket at home this time. As part of a daylong series of concerts, the outdoor mall also will be hosting a daylong food event featuring food from your favorite restaurants.

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