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19 New Businesses Opened in Evanston in 2013 3rd Quarter

The city counts 19 new businesses that opened in the third quarter of 2013, including Trader Joe's, Temperance Beer Company and two retail fashion stores.

Francesca's Collections replaced the Audrey at 1631 Sherman Ave. downtown.
Francesca's Collections replaced the Audrey at 1631 Sherman Ave. downtown.
The city of Evanston reports that 19 new businesses opened or expanded, 33 full-time jobs were announced and $8.3 million was invested in commercial construction in the third quarter of 2013.

In its quarterly economic report, the city also reported an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in July and 7.3 percent in August, as compared to 9.8 percent in July statewide and 8.7 percent in August statewide. 

All told, the city reports that 53 businesses have opened in Evanston since the first of January 2013. 

The most recent new business openings include:

  1. Lighthouse Yoga & Acupuncture, 1234 Sherman Ave. 
  2. Francesca's Collections (new location), 1631 Sherman Ave. 
  3. Food 4 Less Fuel Center, 2420 Main St.
  4. Second Time Around, 900 Church St.
  5. Regus, 1603 Orrington Ave.
  6. Envy, 522 Dais St.
  7. Heartwood Center/Skylight (expansion), 1818 Dempster St.
  8. Mill Creek Miniatures, 1127 Florence Ave.
  9. Cameo Nail & Spa, 2928 Central St.
  10. Forever Yogurt, 1739 Sherman Ave.
  11. Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St.
  12. Sam's Auto Repair, 2311 Main St.
  13. Pepperpot restaurant, 1623 Simpson St.
  14. Pure Barre Evanston, 920 Davis St.
  15. Blue Pearl Stone, 517 Dempster St.
  16. Trader Joe's, 1211 Chicago Ave.
  17. Dragonfly Collections, Inc., 1309 Chicago Ave.
  18. Kazoom, 1940 Dempster St.
  19. Not Fade Away, 1104 Davis St. 
Editor's Note: This article was edited to correct an inaccurate number of new businesses originally reported by the city.
Dileep Gangolli November 21, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Congrats to all!
TAKH November 21, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Don't know how ATI can be on this list of new businesses. They've been open at list location for at least 2 years, as I have been doing PT there on and off since November of 2011.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) November 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Hmm, that's a good point. I double-checked the list and it's definitely on there. I'll see if the city can explain why.
Jordan S. Zoot November 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Congrats to the new businesses....if anyone needs a CPA that is pro-2A feel free to look me up.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) November 21, 2013 at 05:04 PM
TAKH, you are right. I talked to the city and they said ATI was included in error. Thanks for pointing it out.
Tantor November 21, 2013 at 05:52 PM
How many have closed? Does the city have a list so one can see what the balance is?
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) November 21, 2013 at 05:53 PM
That's a good question. I'll see if we can find out. Downtown Evanston shared details at least for that area from last year: http://evanston.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/30-businesses-opened-11-closed-last-year-in-downtown-evanston
Tantor November 21, 2013 at 06:05 PM
If Takh is right, city government may be inflating the numbers to make the economy look better than it is. Info from last year is positive, with 30 openened and 11 closed for a plus balance of 21, but that is only downtown. City gave no info for other areas, which may alter the positive balance...or not. In any event, just counting how many opened is of no significance unless one knows how many closed. Elementary.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) November 21, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Just to be clear, the link I shared contains information from the Downtown Evanston business group (separate from the city.)
Tantor November 22, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Thank you for clarifying. What I wrote should then apply to this business group: counting how many opened, assuming the numbers have not been inflated, is of no significance unless one knows how many closed.

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