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May 19, 2015 01:14PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Mayor Ray Rogina join Tanya Brescia, manager Deana Brescia, and owner Robert Brescia at the grand opening of Rocket Fizz in St. Charles

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar, an ode to the American table with its diversity and global influence, is now open at 305 W. Main Street. 630-940-2380

Geneva Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Susan Huang and Membership Director, Judy Carroll hold the ribbon while Founder Mario Tricoci cuts the ribbon with Chief Operating Officer, Larry Silvestri; Regional Manager Rachel Mills and General Manager Kristina Czerniak.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce attended the grand re-opening, ribbon cutting at the Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, 1749 S. Randall Road.

School of Art held their ribbon cutting ceremony with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. 1772 S. Randall Road, Suite 220.

Preservation Bread & Wine was featured in The Chicago Tribune’s, “Where to Eat Now” (July 18, 2015) column. 513 S. Third St.

The All Chocolate Kitchen will be adding an additional 1500 square feet of space to their business. The space will be used as a special events and lounge-like area.

Rebecca Holoman, formerly of Preservation Bread and Wine and Gracious Hall Catering became the new Executive Chef of Fox Valley Food for Health.

Katlyn Eggar, AllstateEggar Insurance Agency, Inc., 2020 Dean St., Ste. J, St. Charles, was recently on WGN Radio speaking regarding Allstate's work with cancer patients and their families.

Anastazia -Treasures for the Home, 447 S. Third St., has been named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2015 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry.

Graham’s 318 Coffeehouse, 318 S. Third St. was named #5 in the Top 24 Independent Coffee Shops to Visit in America by People Magazine.

Debbie Draus, Director of Operations for Fagans Graphic Design & Printing, 515 Hamilton St., and Vice President of Fagans Inc., has become a licensed real estate broker. She is celebrating her 17th year with Fagans Inc.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce congratulates The Olive Mill, 315 James St., for 10 years of business in the community. They also congratulate Good Cents Children, 220 W. State St., for 25 years of business.

Start your holiday shopping early by stopping in at The Holmstad’s 38th Annual Bazaar on Sat., Oct. 3, from 9am–3pm. Among items for sale this year are fine homemade goods and crafts, including unique glass fusion pieces and Christmas cards, jewelry, artwork, woodworking items, books, plants and more. Don’t forget to take home some delicious homemade baked goods. A professional basket weaver will demonstrate the Nantucket style basket weaving and a 73-inch by 47-inch napping quilt made by the Holmstad Piece Makers will be auctioned.

 Smallcakes, a bakery downtown that specializes in gourmet cupcakes, opened the space below their store for events such as Bridal Showers, Meetings, Kid's Parties, or just a basic rental. 630-587-2253,

                The Holmstad Residents Association sponsors the Holiday Bazaar each year. Profits contribute to the association’s financial support of various causes throughout the year, including college scholarships for graduating high school seniors employed by The Holmstad; the Good Samaritan Fund and The Benevolent Fund to assist financially challenged residents; the Batavia Public Library; and the Batavia Fire Department, to name a few. Admission is free. Town Center, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway. 877-226-7310. 

US Health Advisors, Praxis Fit, Pal Joey’s Restaurant, D-Wing Construction and The Learning Experience joined the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

The Batavia Animal Clinic held a ribbon cutting on July 25. The Batavia Chamber of Commerce, friends, family and pets joined in celebrating with them.

In August, The Holmstad, a senior living community in Batavia celebrated its 40th anniversary with a week’s worth of resident-centered activities, programming and a ceremonial tree planting. Terri Cunliffe, CEO of The Holmstad’s parent company Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC), led the planting of four species of trees–one for each decade–including a Bloodgood London Planetree, a Red Beech, a Ginkgo and a Swamp White Oak in various locations on the 38-acre campus.

Throughout the week residents shared stories, memories and photos from the past. Using the new StoryCorps, Inc. app, they audio-recorded personal stories which will be downloaded and archived at the Library of Congress. Residents also prepared a time capsule to be opened on the community’s 50th anniversary and learned from longtime CRC executives about the community’s history in Batavia and its plans for the future. The community capped off the celebration with The Holmstad Ball. 

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the Culinary Champion for area’s best veggie/vegan dish, that’s isn’t a salad: Gaetano’s in Batavia and the winning dish: Fiori di Zucca.

1st Runner-up was Two Brothers Roundhouse of Aurora for their vegan enchilada.

The Batavia Chamber welcomes Smashburger. The burgers they serve are smashed, seared, and seasoned to order using fresh (never frozen) 100% Certified Angus Beef. Whether you choose the Classic Smashburger or decide to create your own, their artisan buns, fresh produce, flavorful sauces and variety of real cheeses are designed to deliver a great tasting, juicy burger.

Maxillofacial and Facial Aesthetic Surgery has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for the third time. Accreditation distinguishes this Maxillofacial and Facial Aesthetic Surgery Center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Maxillofacial and Facial Aesthetic Surgery has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Dr. Kevin Haddle, President of MFAS. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services. 426 South Third Street.

Comfort Inn & Suites Geneva Hotel has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. 

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Comfort Inn & Suites Geneva and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Eric Lightner, General Manager at the Comfort Inn & Suites Geneva. "TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business.

Left to right: Amy Orlando, Fox River Distilling Company; Susan Leigh, Fox Valley Food for Health; Wendy Kraska, Fox Valley Food for Health.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held a Business After Hours on July 28. Guests were treated to chocolate, ice cream and great networking at Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream, 407 S. Third St., Ste. 186.

Thomas A. Smith has been named executive director for The Holmstad, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, Inc.

 A seasoned healthcare and senior living professional with more than 25 years of experience, Smith oversees daily operations at the senior living community, which serves residents in 289 residential living apartments, 50 assisted living apartments 13 memory support apartments, 63 catered living apartments, and a 90-bed skilled nursing center. He reports to Joshua Anderson, associate vice president of operations at Covenant Retirement Communities.

Prior to joining The Holmstad, Smith was CEO/executive director and regional home health administrator of Lifespace Communities: Harbour’s Edge, Delray, Beach, Fla., where he directed four Lifespace home health agencies in Palm Beach County.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Smith continued his education at Benedictine University, Lisle, where he earned a Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration. He is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University where he teaches graduate classes in business administration.

Smith is a member of the America College of Health Care Administration and a licensed nursing home administrator for the state of Illinois.

 For 21 years in a row, The Herrington Inn & Spa has received the coveted AAA Four-Diamond Award. Bestowed by the American Automobile Association (AAA), the award acknowledges hotels and resorts that consistently provide stellar service and world-class accommodations.

For the past eight decades, AAA Diamond ratings have represented excellence in a multitude of areas, including range of facilities, level of services and overall quality. Only 5.4 percent of the more than 28,000 hotels approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list. The Herrington Inn & Spa is the only Chicago area suburban hotel that has been honored with this award for twenty one consecutive years. A Four-Diamond Award-winning hotel must be upscale in all areas: refined and stylish accommodations, a high-degree of hospitality, attention to detail and an obvious reflection of quality throughout.

Geneva Chamber of Commerce Membership Director, Judy Carroll and City of Geneva Alderman Mike Bruno held the ribbon while owners Mike and Amy Orlando cut the ribbon.

 The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Fox River Distilling Company, 204 Dearborn Ct., Unit 110 on June 17.

Caption: Geneva Chamber of Commerce Membership Director, Judy Carroll and City of Geneva Alderman Mike Bruno held the ribbon while owners Mike and Amy Orlando cut the ribbon.

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, home of the country's largest selection of soda and candy under one roof, has officially opened their newest location at 301 W. Main Street. Featuring over 85 flavors of salt water taffy, over 3,000 different types of candy, over 500 varieties of bottled sodas Rocket Fizz's fun and retro atmosphere will launch you back in time. Its located in the former Klink's Wagon. Read the full story online at 

The Jank Guitar Store at 217 W. Main Street is now open downtown. Come on in to check out the merchandise or sign up for guitar lessons.

 Fox Valley Rep, in residence at Pheasant Run Resort, is proud to announce the appointment of Patrick Stinson as Managing Director. Stinson becomes the second managing director of Fox Valley Rep in its eleventh year of existence, and began his role on July 13. He succeeds current Managing Director Colleen Tovar, who leaves Fox Valley Rep after eleven years to teach at Ball State University.

Patrick Stinson, a Chicago area native, has been working in theatre for over 20 years. As Managing Director, Stinson will be responsible for supervising and facilitating all operations of Fox Valley Rep and its Performing Arts Academy at Pheasant Run.  He will also play a key role in selecting the 2016 Theater Season alongside Artistic Director John Gawlik.

An AT&T Authorized Retailer held their official ribbon cutting on Wed., July 22. The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and City of St. Charles helped welcome them to the neighborhood. 3817 East Main St.

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Charles welcome the Eddie Caruso Hair Salon to the community at their ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 21 at 4:30pm.  At Eddie Caruso Hair Salon you will experience their team of highly skilled professionals, ready to serve you. They promise to accommodate you in every way possible during your visit. 2400 E. Main St. #109.

The St. Charles Pain & Wellness Center moves to their new location and will be celebrating with a ribbon cutting on Aug. 13 at 4:30pm. Join the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and City of St. Charles in welcoming them to their new home. Dr. Hertz received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, graduating Cum Laude, from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2007. After graduating, he practiced in Peoria as an Associate Chiropractor for 4 years in a very high volume practice treating many patients and their families. 3375 E. Main St. Suite 185. Dr.

 The City of St. Charles and the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce welcomed Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate, Lori Linkimer to the community at their ribbon cutting on July 30. Though their name and colors have changed, they remain the same great company with the industry’s finest brokers. As important, their future has never been brighter as a member of the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network. The brand is inspired by world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.–Warren Buffett’s worldwide holding company–and their vision in crystal clear: to be the best-recognized and most highly respected real estate brand in the U.S. and across the world. 1607 E. Main St., Unit D.

Fermilab has joined the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. Fermilab is America's leading particle physics laboratory. Collaborating with scientists from around the world, they perform pioneering research, and operate world-leading particle accelerators and experiments.

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar opened their doors, in St. Charles on July 21 in the former Copper Fox Location. The restaurant and bar is an American bistro featuring high end comfort food and an amazing atmosphere to compliment. The bar will focus on obtaining locally sourced foods and beverages and building relationships with local farmers. 305 W. Main St.

The Elderday Center will provide hearty fall mums on Sept. 10, 11 & 12 at 4pm. Mums are available for $10 each in a variety of colors. Mums can be reserved ahead of time by calling Elderday Center. Bethany Ministry Center, 328 W. Wilson Street. 630-761-9750.


 The Insurance Program Managers Group (IPMG) in St. Charles held their first animal adoption event It’s All About the Paws June 3–5. Proceeds went to animal rescues, and any medical attention the animals need. They also provided shelters with supplies such as food, bowls, towels, etc. Their goal was to raise $10,000. Activities included a “celebrity” guest star, portraits with your pet, paw painting, raffle prizes and T-shirt sales. Animal nutritionists, walkers and trainers were available to answer questions.

Delnor Glen Senior Living offers a weekly exercise class designed specifically to meet the needs of those with Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders every Thursday from 11-11:45am. Classes run in six week sessions. Studies show that regular activity may help improve, or prevent a decline in functional status. Exercises are designed to address strength, range of motion, posture and balance. All participants are required to sign a release on the first day of class.

They also offer a support group for individuals with Parkinson’s disease or movement disorders; their family members, caregivers and loved ones on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30am-12pm. Monthly meetings include educational programs on topics relevant to the disease/disorder and an opportunity for networking and the exchange of ideas. Refreshments are served. Meetings will be held off site in June and December.

Delnor Glen offers adult day care services. Adult day care can be an excellent option for the family who wants to keep their older parent or loved one at home but is unable to provide the assistance or supervision that is needed during the day.

Adult day care costs less than it would cost to hire a caregiver to come to the home.  Participants have far more opportunities for socialization in this setting, as well as access to a professional nursing and therapeutic activities staff. At Delnor Glen, the reasonable hourly rate includes all meals, snacks, activities and outings, and a medication pass.  Based on the nurse’s assessment, additional services may be provided for an additional fee. Hours for daycare are Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm.  A minimum commitment of two 4 hour days is required.

Delnor Glen Senior Living, 975 North Fifth Avenue (Rt. 25), St. Charles. 630-933-4234 (TTY for the hearing impaired: 630-933-4833).

The Jank Guitar Store at 217 W. Main Street, St. Charles is now open downtown. Come on in to check out the merchandise or sign up for guitar lessons.

The State Bank of Geneva announced the election of new board member, Robert “Bob” Untiedt. Untiedt is the owner of Graham’s Chocolates which opened in 1987 and has grown to its present three locations in Geneva and Wheaton.  Graham’s is an integral part of Geneva’s Third Street business community, with both a retail location and a coffee shop known as “318 Coffeehouse.” Untiedt’s background has prepared him to serve the community with the Bank.  Untiedt is an active member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Retail Confectioner’s International and American Association of Candy Technologists.  

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce has partnered with eight local non-profits in a community 50/50 raffle. CASA Kane County, Geneva Academic Foundation, Geneva Community Chest, Geneva History Museum, Geneva Lions Club, Geneva Music Boosters, Rotary Club of Geneva and Tri-City Family Services will be participating in this five month long raffle.  A minimum of $5000 is guaranteed to a single winner! Tickets are for sale at $5/ticket; $20/5 tickets and $100/30 tickets and can be purchased at the Geneva Chamber office or by contacting a member of any of the above organizations. Select Geneva businesses will also have them for sale. Sales will continue through Sept. 12 with the drawing on Sun., Sept. 13 at Festival of the Vine. 8 S. Third Street. 630-232-6060.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for V Fusion Studio Fitness & Dance on April 30. Richard Foster, Geneva Chamber Ambassador and Judy Carroll, Geneva Chamber Membership Director held the ribbon while owner Vicky Waterman cut it. 129 1/2 W. State St.

Are you a current caregiver for someone with dementia?  Could you use some additional support or resources?  You're invited to join the monthly Caregiver Support Group at Arden Courts Memory Care Community on the second Tues. of the month from 1–2:30pm. Registration is NOT required. 2388 Bricher Road. 630-262-3900,

Geneva Family Dental (GFD) and Dr. Melissa Jentz-Cote welcome Dr. Carolyn Giannelli (Dr. G) to their practice. GFD also expanded their staff with two new certified assistants – Megan Swiegert and Trish Rippinger-Waterson. GFD is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and they were voted the best dentist in Kane County by KCC readers in providing general family dental care as well as cosmetic procedures.  2631 Williamsburg Avenue, Suite 201.

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce welcomes these new members: Kuhn Counseling Center, P.C., Batavia Animal Clinic, Nutegrity, Aurora Chiropractors, State Farm Agent Scott Queen, Genesis Roofing, Special Occasions and McAlisters Deli. 

 Batavia, IL — Mayor Jeff Schielke and the Batavia Environmental Commission awarded VWR International the LLC Platinum Green Business Certification at the Batavia City Council meeting on May 4.  Facilities Manager Ken Yates and EHS Director Susan Punter were in attendance to receive the award. Yates and the VWR Batavia team have worked hard over the last few years to achieve Platinum level status.

They have incorporated an energy efficient lighting retrofit, resulting in a 49% reduction in overall electrical current draw for lighting.  They have also achieved zero-landfill status through recycling and waste to energy conversion practices.  According to Yates, Batavia is the first VWR facility to achieve zero-landfill status.  Additional sustainable practices they have implemented include the installation of low flow water fixtures, energy efficient window treatments and the use of green seal consumable products and HVLS fans.

The Holmstad offers a free family and caregiver support group the first Thurs. of every month starting July 2 from 1:30–2:30pm. Care for loved ones will be provided free of charge. Town Center classroom, The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy., Batavia. Reservation required. Brenda Lowden, RN, 630-879-4034.

 Aurora, Il – Marc P. Hilgers, MD, PhD, FAAFP, joined the orthopedics team at Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic as a sports medicine physician and the Associate Director of Sports Medicine.  His special interests include concussions, sports medicine, performance enhancement, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Dr. Hilgers is a certified ImPACT® consultant. With Dr. Hilgers joining Dreyer’s team, this service is now available at Dreyer’s Highland and Batavia locations.  Highland location — 630-264-8720, Batavia location — 630-879-2110,

Wasco Nursery & Garden was recently named one of Today’s Garden Center magazine’s “Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers” for 2015. The Revolutionary 100 program, began in 2006, surveys garden center owners and managers on how they run their businesses. Retailers compete in a variety of areas that reveal their business health and how they impact their local communities. “We are grateful and very humbled to have been selected to the Revolutionary 100. To be included with some of the most well known and well managed garden centers in the U.S., and in this, our 90th year in business, is truly an honor,” said Matt Zerby, CEO of Wasco Nursery. Wasco Nursery & Garden Center is a full service retail garden center, nursery and landscape business situated on 100 acres in St. Charles.

Each Wednesday from 4–9pm, Preservation Bread & Wine, 513 S. Third St., Geneva ovens fire up and friends gather for flat bread pizza night, featuring five gourmet flatbreads and four different wines at $20/bottle.

Spend the day with at The Little Traveler and stay for Afternoon Tea from 2–4:30pm Thursdays and Saturdays, 404 S. Third St., Geneva in the legendary tea room. Please call 630-232-4200 for more information.

Coffee cuppings are free and held every Friday at 9am at FreshGround Roasting, 321 Stevens St., Geneva.  Just show up and taste some coffee. If you've never been to a cupping, don’t worry, they’ll walk you through the process. For groups of 10 or more call ahead and they’ll  set up a special time for your party. 630-457-4458,