Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Paul Hletko shares how he started Evanston's Few Spirits.
Few Spirits opened its doors in Evanston at 918 Chicago Ave. in 2011 and enjoys the distinction of being Whole Foods Market Evanston South’s closest supplier. "We are proud that our Bourbon, Rye, White Whiskey and American Gin – all distilled right here in Evanston, the spiritual home of the prohibition movement – are on sale there," Brook Saucier, brand manager for Few Spirits, said in Patch's holiday guide. Need recommendations for what spirits to purchase? The distillery offers these suggestions: Related Coverage
Monday, April 15, 2013
Solay Wellness Inc. will officially open its flagship store in Evanston on Thursday.
Solay Wellness Inc., a wellness company, with locations in Evanston and Skokie is planning to turn its business into a franchise, the Daily Northwestern reported. The family-owned store is preparing to move beyond its online-based market by franchising the business to sell the company’s organic products, according to Isabella Samovsky, the company’s founder and CEO, the Daily Northwestern reported. The company is among the 15 new businesses that opened in Evanston since last fall. The new businesses employ a total of 112 full-time and 67 part-time workers, according to city data. The city expects eight businesses to open in the near future, including La Macchina,Andersonville Galleria, Farmhouse, Joy Yee to Go, Forever Yogurt, Smylie …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Solixir, a energy drink company, recently launched a marketing campaign inspired by the Walking Dead and other zombie-related shows.
Work downtown in the Loop? Keep an eye out because there might be outbreaks of Working Dead zombies at several CTA train stations this month, according to a press release. Part of the marketing campaign for Solixir, an Evanston-based energy drink company, the zombies will engage with Chicagoans and provide samples of the Solixir drinks, Chicago Tribune reported.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The app is billed as the place for the world’s greatest collection of exclusive live concert audio and video from the ‘50s.
Where’s the only place you can watch the Grateful Dead ring in the New Year at Winterland 1979? On a music app called The Concert Vault for iPad, which was launched by Groovebug, an Evanston-based music app service, ChicagoMag.com reported. In the iTune store, the app is billed as “the world’s greatest collection of exclusive live concert audio and video from the ‘50s to the present day, all available for high quality streaming to your iPad.” The collection started with concert promoter Bill Graham’s archives and now includes content such as Graham introducing the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, Bon Iver’s Daytrotter set recorded before they shot to stardom and new releases in rock, blues, jazz, country, folk, bluegrass and indie…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The store is offering up to 40% discounts as it clears its inventory. Ten 27 Cycles reopened under a new name after four decades as Turin Bicycle. The new store will be part of a national chain.
After more than four decades operating as Turin Bicycle and then as Ten 27 Cycles, the independent bike store at 1027 Davis St. in Evanston will close this winter and reopen as part of a national chain. Proprietor Chris Mailing took over as the majority owner of Turin Bicycle in 2004 and became sole owner in May. But Lee Katz, who opened the Evanston store in 1971 and co-owns a Turin Bicycle store in Denver, had the rights to the name. Mailing found himself embroiled in a legal battle as he tried to tie his renamed Ten 27 Cycles to Turin in ads and on the business' website, using the old store name. “It's just turned out to be a lot more difficult and a lot more expensive than I had expected at the outset," Mailing said. "There's just been…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Griffin Cox and his father, Ken Cox, recently opened the café serving coffee, espresso, and upscale sandwiches and pastries in the bottom floor of the office building at 1840 Oak Ave.
The idea for Prana Café, a new coffee shop at 1840 Oak Ave. in Evanston, was born on a trip across the country. Café owner Griffin Cox and his father, Ken Cox, embarked on a road trip to California two years ago, after Griffin’s mother passed away. Griffin, who is 19, took a year’s leave from the University of Chicago, while Ken took time off from his business as a decorator. On their trip, Griffin and Ken decided to visit the original Philz Coffee, now a chain with several locations in California. Owner Phil Jaber is known for carefully crafting his unique blends and for selling coffee brewed one cup at a time. Want to stay up to date on the latest business news in Evanston? Like us on Facebook and sign up for our free newsletter. After…
Friday, May 18, 2012
Several hundred Evanston residents, business owners and city officials gathered Friday morning to talk about developing the city’s economy in such sectors as retail, the arts, nonprofits, technology and education.
The buzzwords at the city’s first Economic Development Summit Friday were “collaboration” and “growth.” Organized to gather public ideas for implementing the city’s Economic Development Vision Statement and Plan, the summit was divided into several smaller workshops on such sectors as technology, health care, arts, education, nonprofits, retail, office and manufacturing. As a spokesperson from each workshop reported back to the group at the end of the day, the consensus was that better cooperation among businesses in a sector would lead to greater success overall. One of those spokespeople was Evanston Symphony viola player Ed Coster, who talked to the packed crowd in the Civic Center’s council chambers about leveraging residents “…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Every business in town has a listing page on our site. 'Claiming' yours has benefits.
Whether you're the owner of a beloved Evanston restaurant or the founder of a tech startup in town, Patch's business directory offers something for you. When Patch launched in Evanston, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and add a review. Click on the listing for Market Fresh Books, for example, and readers will tell you that it offers "Great atmosphere, great selection, great prices," and "wide selection of titles, lots of current stuff." But …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Downtown Evanston has started a Facebook page to help woo the coffee shop to the old Border's site on Maple Street.
Fans of Viennese coffee take note: There’s a movement afoot to bring a Julius Meinl coffee shop to Church Street Plaza. Downtown Evanston, which is the marketing and business management services organization for downtown, is angling for the Viennese-style café to open at 1700 Maple Ave., the site of the former Borders Bookstore. There are three Julius Meinl coffee shops on Chicago’s north side. The group has started a Facebook page, aptly named “Bring Julius Meinl To Downtown Evanston” to help its cause. The city's Economic Development Manager Nancy Radzevich said in a press release that she supports the effort. Keep updated on the latest Evanston news by signing up for our free newsletter. As of Thursday evening, 132 people had liked the …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Leadership Evanston is asking residents to participate in a discussion on the shopping center's future.
What is your ideal vision of Evanston Plaza? What could the shopping center be in the not-so-distant future if few restrictions applied? These were the questions nearly 30 Evanston residents were asked to answer at a Sunday afternoon Leadership Evanston meeting held at Perla Café, 1813 Dempster St. The purpose of the gathering, said organizers, was to encourage residents to think big, to create a bold vision to work toward, to ignore potential restrictions guaranteed in the leases of current plaza stores and to record community sentiments that Leadership Evanston members could eventually present to both aldermen and the plaza’s owner. Stay up to date on the latest Evanston news by signing up for our free morning newsletter. Conceived as a …