Monday, August 13, 2012
Doug Herwaldt has owned Paul's Shoe Service for 31 years. The business is in the process of celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Reminiscing about the days when as a tot he spent time in his father’s shoe repair shop, Paul’s Shoe Service, Doug Herwaldt remembers it wasn’t unusual for his dad to send him up the street to pick up lunch or run small errands. Times were different then. It’s not hard to imagine the downtown Glen Ellyn of old, where as a four-year-old Herwaldt ran errands. Herwaldt grew up at the shoe repair shop and started working there in the seventh grade. As if out of the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Herwaldt faced a twist of fate when during his senior year in high school his father died of a heart attack. The next year, while Herwaldt was studying at the College of DuPage, his mother became ill and died. Herwaldt and his brothers had taken on the…
Friday, July 27, 2012
The president's small-business comments upset many people and gave Republican Mitt Romney a point of attack. But Barack Obama said the comments were taken out of context. What do you think? Take the Patch Poll.
President Barack Obama's recent comments about small business created a firestorm that could become a focus of the 2012 election — even as Obama and his supporters say his comments were taken out of context. "Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own," he said during a July 13 speech in Virginia. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help ... If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen." Take the Patch poll below: Who plays the most significant role in creating jobs and economic growth? That's not the entire speech, which you can read on the independent FactCheck.org. According to that post, the comments were taken out of context: "There’s no question …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The quick-service concept is the first of its kind for Hamco, Inc., the corporation the operates Egg Harbor Cafe and Harbor Express, 120 Liberty Drive, Wheaton. Managers say the business has seen "serious growth" in recent months.
Harbor Express Café, downtown Wheaton’s one-of-a-kind, quick service coffee shop and breakfast café, has celebrated its one-year anniversary After a year of experimenting ways to make a quick service version of a Wheaton staple for breakfast food, Harbor Express Café has celebrated its one-year anniversary after seeing “serious growth” in recent months, a manager told Patch. Hamco, Inc., the owner of Egg Harbor Café restaurants, opened its first quick service location last year, when a vacancy in the First Trust Bank building in downtown Wheaton presented an opportunity, Ryan McGuire, Harbor Express Café’s manager told Patch. Click to sign up for the free Wheaton Patch newsletter First Trust Bank does “a lot” of business with Egg Harbor, …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
An Elmhurst couple dreams up sweet, self-serve treats
A new way to treat yourself is coming to Glen Ellyn, just in time for summer. SkinnySweet Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve dessert shop, will open its doors in Market Plaza on Roosevelt Road between Little Caesars and Panera Bread in July. Marianne Cielak-Boyke and her husband, Brett Boyke, targeted Glen Ellyn because they thought young families would connect with the health conscious treat that includes low-fat, no sugar added and gluten-free products. The couple started working on their concept for after visiting Arizona, where they enjoyed frozen, self-serve yougurt with their three kids. Cielak-Boyke enjoyed it so much that she began working on a way to bring a similar concept to the suburbs. A year ago, Cielak-Boyke says it was a tough …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Paper Affair of Yorktown could be opening its doors in Glen Ellyn.
A stationery store could open up shop in Glen Ellyn. Paper Affair, currently located in Lombard, released a statement to customers explaining that they planned on closing their Yorktown Shopping Center location to move to nearby Glen Ellyn. Janie Patch, executive director of Glen Ellyn's Economic Development Corporation, said the owners could be signing a lease as soon as this week. Patch did not say where the new store would be located and said more information would be released later, as it becomes available. The owners of Paper Affair could not be reached for comment. Stay tuned to Glen Ellyn Patch for more updates. To receive all the latest headlines, sign up for our daily, free newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Lucas Bingham took over in February.
After six years as an employee and manager at Tate’s Ice Cream in downtown Wheaton, 22-year-old Lucas Bingham bought the store from his former boss and officially became the new owner Feb. 29. Bingham is no stranger to Wheaton. After graduating from Wheaton North High School in 2008, he studied auto technology in Michigan but ultimatley decided it wasn't for him and came back home. He returned to his job at Tate’s, and when the former owner said she wanted to sell the business, he realized he couldn’t think of anything he’d rather do than buy it. “This is where I was comfortable,” he said. He ran the numbers, put together a business plan and found enough investors to make his move. “To my surprise, I was actually able to get multiple …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Gratto Trattoria & Tapas Bar will be closing to make way for a new dining experience.
A new restaurant is expected to open in May in downtown Glen Ellyn. Flour + Wine will replace Gratto Trattoria & Tapas Bar, located on the corner of Duane and Main Streets. Janie Patch, executive director of the Glen Ellyn Economic Development Corporation, confirmed the new owners closed on the deal Wednesday, March 28. Patch did not offer any details on the specifics of the new restaurant, and the owners could not be reached for comment. Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Billy's Closet, 117 Main Street in downtown Wheaton, buys and sells high-end consignment clothing and accessories for men.
When Jamie Jones's father passed away last October, she had a garage full of his Armani suits, Hugo Boss pants, Christian Dior neckties, Ralph Lauren shirts and shoes that cost up to $500. She didn't want to give away the expensive, high-end wardrobe, but after multiple consignment shops rejected her items because they had little interest in men's clothes, she thought, "Why not open up a consignment shop just for men?" Jones opened Billy's Closet at 117 Main Street in downtown Wheaton about three weeks ago. With the help of a retail grant from the City of Wheaton, she has been able to transform the 850-square-foot space that was formerly Impressions Boutique. The upscale men's clothing store is inviting with new overhead lighting, high …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The plaintiffs oppose a city-approved Special Service Area tax.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Dames & Damsels is a new shop in downtown Glen Ellyn located in the Little Shops near Main Street and Crescent Boulevard.
Dames & Damsels is a new boutique store for women in downtown Glen Ellyn, geared toward selling quality clothing at a reasonable price. The new boutique, located in the Little Shops near Main Street and Crescent Boulevard, is one of many women's clothing stores in the Wheaton and Glen Ellyn area. And owner Christopher Allison said he plans to separate himself from the rest by offering better pricing. "I'm not here to gouge people," said Allison. What customers won't see in Allison's store is an abundance of items. Dames & Damsels is not the store where customers have to dig through shelves to find articles of clothing. Allison wants to keep it simple and fresh by bringing in new items every few weeks instead of having a "cluttered" …