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Monday, June 11, 2012
Crystal Lake businesswoman Thelma Flagg plans to create high-end antique mall at S. Williams Street location.
Thelma Flagg and her daughter, Valerie Heady, have come up with a new business idea they think perfectly compliments their older, downtown building. The two women recently presented plans for the Flagg Antique Mall to members of the Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission. The mall would fill the now-vacant building space at 2 S. Williams St. in Crystal Lake. The building, once home to Flagg and Sons Funeral Home, and more recently, Horizons Center for the Blind, sits at the corner of Williams Street and Crystal Lake Avenue, next to The Cottage. "This building is very historic itself," Flagg told planning and zoning commissioners during the June 6 meeting. "The building has had five additions over the years. Parts of it date back to …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Honda dealership is out of space and plans to purchase now-empty Viking Dodge building and 13 acres near Routes 176 and 14.
Brilliance Honda owner Kevin Keefe likely believes in the "power of dreams." Not just because it's one of Honda's slogans, but also because Keefe has big dreams of moving all his automotive inventory into one place - one very contemporary and new place. Keefe is in the process of purchasing the former Viking Dodge dealership site located at 680 W. Terra Cotta, just east of Route 14 in Crystal Lake. Brilliance Honda currently sits on the east side of town at 210 N. Route 31, just south of Route 176.The four-acre site is not large enough for Keefe's inventory. Right now, he has cars stored in three separate lots located throughout the city, he said. On Tuesday, the Crystal Lake City Council approved a sales tax incentive agreement with Keefe…
Store will expand and add a dog-grooming service.
Finally, there’ll be more room for the hamster races! The Crystal Lake City Council on Tuesday approved expansion plans for Petco Animal Supplies, 230 W. Virginia St. The pet chain store intends to take over part of Hancock Fabrics. The council also approved Petco’s request for a special use permit to construct a dog-grooming area within the existing store. Petco will add about 2,690 square feet of floor space from the neighboring fabric store, according to city documents. As part of the plans, Petco asked for a larger wall sign, increasing it to 181 square feet by adding a logo and additional “Grooming” wording. The sign is nearly double that outlined in the city code. Councilwoman Carolyn Schoefield question Petco representatives as to …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Check out where you can find trinkets for Mother's day. Get out and explore the unique local shops and all they have to offer.
A photography business started 25 years ago in a Crystal Lake basement thrives today as one of the downtown's most cherished retail establishments at 33 N. Williams St. CLIX has morphed from the photography studio into a gift shop featuring home furnishings; children's toys, games and clothing; jewelry; greeting cards; games; wedding gifts and much more. Owner Ann Nevills discontinued the photography aspect of her business about five years ago in order to focus on the merchandise aspect of her store. She felt she had gone as far as she wanted with studio photography at the time and was looking for fresh adventures in retailing. Yours and Meyn, Simply Designed is a popular destination in historic Downtown Crystal Lake for home furnishings…
Monday, April 4, 2011
Catalyst Exhibits employees will keep their jobs, but their spending will move to Kenosha County.
Financial incentives were the motivating factor for the move to Wisconsin by Catalyst Exhibits, according to comments made during a highly publicized March 17 press conference held by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The trade-show management company will receive a $500,000 loan from the state of Wisconsin and a $1.25 million low-interest loan was offered by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance for renovations at the new facility in Kenosha County. Catalyst plans to add 25 new jobs to the 88 employees who will keep their jobs in the new plant. And what did the state of Illinois offer Catalyst to stay? Gov. Pat Quinn’s office hasn’t offered any specifics. Marcelyn Love, communications manager of the state’s Commerce and Economic Opportunity …
Friday, March 11, 2011
The 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out took place Thursday in downtown Crystal Lake.
The 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out took place Thursday night in downtown Crystal Lake. This event drew a crowd, with 26 participating merchants and approximately 500 customers. Ladies started off the night by going to the Raue Center of the Arts to receive a map of the downtown and a list of participating merchants. The first 500 attendees received a goody bag filled with coupons and other deals. Although stylist Caitlin Whitney only had a mere five weeks to finalize the event, she still gave credit to others. "Diana Kinney (executive director of Downtown Crystal Lake) and Mary from 'Out of the Box' were my sounding board," Whitney said. The event featured a wine tasting at Le Petit Marche, local band Triadd playing acoustic rock at The …
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Downtown Crystal Lake sponsors business event
Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street has organized a night out for area ladies, featuring a host of businesses and specials for everyone who attends. The event, named Ladies Night Out, will start at 5 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 10) at the Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St. and continue throughout the downtown area. Over 25 businesses are participating this year, each one offering special discounts, prizes or coupons area shoppers. The first 500 ladies will receive a map of the event, a list of participating businesses and a bag filled with coupons, deals and other surprises. To find out more about tonight's event, visit the Downtown Crystal Lake website here.