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Business Nuggets: July & August

Jul 08, 2016 12:33PM ● By Neighbors Magazines


The Batavia Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Valley Sheltered Workshop opening their doors on Mon., May 9 at 325 Main St. Valley Sheltered Workshop has been providing job opportunities to individuals with disabilities since 1966. 630-879-2359

West DuPage Cabinets and Granite has moved to a new location at 143 S. Batavia Ave. The Batavia Chamber of Commerce celebrated the move with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 16. West DuPage Cabinets and Granite provides superior craftsmanship at unbeatable prices. 630-414-2363

Laub Construction, a Batavia based firm, has successfully been awarded the contract for Geneva CUSD-2016 District Wide Capital Improvements Project. The project includes renovations at five schools, an administrative building and transportation center. The architect for the project is FGM from Oak Brook. 630-454-4631

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Schielke and Michael Lamplough, owner of Fox Valley Aerial Imagery on Wed., May 11. The ceremony was filmed using a drone. Fox Valley Aerial Imagery provides high quality aerial photography and video, offering a unique perspective for industries seeking alternative ways to view and showcase their properties or projects. 630-440-4862

Brent Brodeski
, chief executive officer for Savant Capital Management in Geneva, has been named to Barron’s 2016 Top Financial Advisor List. For the third year in a row, Brodeski has landed a spot among the top financial advisors in the state of Illinois. 

A luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony were held on Thurs., June 9 for the opening of Walgreens new 14,500 square-foot facility at 122 W. Wilson St. The new Walgreens is a stand-alone store with a drive-thru prescription lane.

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce held its first Legislative Forum on June 13 at the City Council Chambers. Local government members were in attendance. Economic Development Consultant Chris Aiston presented on upcoming business developments and plans in Batavia. The next legislative forum is scheduled for Aug. 8.


Past Basket, Inc., a Geneva based luxury consumer goods company, has announced the name change of its popular kitchen design division. Past Basket Design is now “PB Kitchen Design,” the new name distinguishing their design firm from the brand’s founding namesake—Past Basket. The brand is celebrating 40 years in business this year and is still thriving, owned and operated by Geneva residents, David and Linda McFadden. 630-208-1011,

Lifestyle and Design and its principal owner, Bobbi Alderfer of Geneva has won “Best of Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This growing firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Only 3% of Houzz contributors receive Best of Houzz awards.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce will hold a Geneva Women in Business Luncheon July 19. This month’s luncheon will be at Prairie Landing Golf Club, 2325 Longest Dr., West Chicago from 11:30am–1pm. “Maximize Your Memory” will be the topic. Please call 630-232-6060 for reservations.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Geneva Academic Foundation’s Viking Plaza dedication ceremony at Geneva High School. Bricks can be purchased through the Geneva Academic Foundation (GAF) as a fundraiser for that organization. The inaugural purchased bricks were unveiled at the ceremony.

The Herrington Inn & Spa has added Herrington Plaza, a new outdoor venue located on the Fox River between the Herrington Inn and Spa and its banquet facility. The property was purchased from the City of Geneva, and the site has been improved to showcase dramatic river views for a unique outdoor venue. It is unlike any other event facility in the Fox River Valley, with its combination of an outdoor riverfront setting and its expansive capacity to accommodate a 60 by 30-foot tent and serve up to 200 guests. The Herrington Inn & Spa is located at 15 S. River Ln. 630-208-7433,

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Jori & June, 25 S. Third St., on June 9. Geneva Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Judy Carroll and City of Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns held the ribbon while owners Juliet Palonus and Melissa Parkos cut the ribbon surrounded by family, friends and chamber members. Jori & June is a clothing and accessory store created with love and passion for all things unique, meaningful and practical. 630-457-5505,

The Geneva History Museum was awarded a Dunham Fund Grant in the amount of $3,850 for the installation of automated doors for the Museum entrance.

Join Solutions Networking in celebrating their 15th anniversary at an open house Aug. 25, 3–7pm. The celebration will be held at their Bolingbrook office, 528 Territorial Rd., Units E–F. Solutions Networking provides innovative technology solutions with unparal­leled customer care to small, medium and enterprise businesses. 630-378-2222,

North Aurora

Aurora Bank & Trust recently opened a new location at 2287 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora Bank & Trust is a locally controlled and managed community bank.

Advocate Dreyer announces the arrival of Amelia Weigt, APN/CNP, who has joined Advocate Dreyer as a provider within the Advocate Dreyer Center for Pain Management department. Ms. Weigt received her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care at Rush University in Chicago. Ms. Weigt will see patients at the Highland location, and has special interest in geriatrics, nutrition, primary care and therapeutic exercise.

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a Fox Valley Networking Professionals group Thurs., July 28 from 8–9:30am at Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr. Fox Valley Networking Professionals is an open networking group that creates a positive atmosphere of collaboration, connection, introduction, business education and more. All attendees will introduce themselves, share business cards and have open networking time before breakfast is served. Pre-registration is recommended. $15 for members, $20 for the general public.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will hold a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of their new Children’s Discover Room, July 7 at 4pm. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora’s old Central Fire Station and features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families and firefighters.

Fastprint recently celebrated their 40th year in business. Fastprint is a print & marketing solutions company located at 54 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora. Fastprint stays on the cutting edge of technology to provide an efficient, cost effective way to market. 630-896-5980,

St. Charles

Shakou Sushi in St. Charles was named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in America on Their original location in Libertyville has been on the list for three years straight. Shakou St. Charles is located at 312 W. Main St. 630-444-0850,

The Jank Guitar Store recently unveiled the “Official Guitar of St. Charles” statue in Lincoln Park, with 80+ people attending the event. The Jank Guitar Store is located at 217 W. Main St. and offers guitar lessons for students at all skill levels. 206-779-2883,

Recently, more than 35 commercial real estate brokers from five brokerages around the area gathered in the council chambers for an interactive tour of available properties around town. This is the third year the city has hosted a brokers tour, which provides an opportunity for brokers to share information about commercial properties they represent in St. Charles.

In celebration of 10 years in business, STC Capital Bank is offering 1.25% six months CDs. STC Capital Bank has two locations in St. Charles, at 460 S. First St. and 2825 Foxfield Rd. 630-377-1555,

Things are hopping over on the east side of the city. A new Starbucks store is planning to join Cooper’s Hawk in the outlots at the new Quad St. Charles development (formerly the Charlestowne Mall). Earlier this year, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant announced they are coming to The Quad.

Also, right across the street, Potbelly, Noodles and ATI Physical Therapy are moving into the old TGI Friday’s near Target.

The City of St. Charles welcomes the following new businesses:


Development Consultants Enterprises

Consulting, Talent

Royal Treatment


Thyme Spa


West Gateway

Instep Behavioral Health

Mental Wellness

Quick Nic Juice

Electronic Cigarette Store

Chicago IVF


Heartland Bank & Trust

Former American Midwest Bank

Windy City Muscle Cars

Automotive Parts/Car Sales

East Gateway

Music by Design

Wedding Services

iPanic Productions

Puzzles/Adventure Games

East Gateway Industrial

ReHome Center Warehouse

Donations of housewares, clothing and toys