Friday, May 17, 2013
The mayor recently said he'd like to speed up the process for business licenses, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz has made big promises to the community’s business owners, the Chicago Tribune reports. During a tour of several area businesses, he said he would streamline the licensing process for those hoping to open a business in town, the newspaper reports. It currently takes six to eight weeks to get a business license in Des Plaines, but Bogusz hopes to get that time frame down to just two weeks. He also said he’d like to create a “rapid response” for would-be business owners so they don’t have to wait so long for the city to take approve things.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. Additional…
The new restaurant wants to move into the space formerly occupied by Cheeseburger in Paradise, the Journal & Topics reports.
Wednesday, May 15
Tap House Grill may soon be open in Des Plaines where Cheeseburger in Paradise used to be, the Journal & Topics reports. Restaurant owners met with the Economic Development Commission this week. The Commission voted to recommend to the City Council that $80,000 in TIF District money be used to renovate their space in Metropolitan Square, the newspaper reports. According to its website, Tap House Grill offers a selection of craft beers, hamburgers, salads and more.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Expanded café, façade construction, a new clock, more in store for the train depot on Miner Street in Des Plaines, according to city documents.
The downtown Des Plaines area will have a new look before the end of the year, and the Metra train depot is included in the comprehensive plan. Des Plaines City Council approved awarding a bid of almost a half-million dollars to remodel the train depot at a meeting on May 6. New doors, windows, an expanded café area, a clock in the center, changes to the façade and more are planned for the Metra depot, according to city documents. The work will be completed this construction season, by the fall, in conjunction with the extensive streetscape construction currently underway in the downtown area, said Michael Bartholomew, city manager, in an interview with Patch. “I think this is an exciting space,” Bartholomew said. “When you go up and down …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The 84-year-old frame shop closed its doors at the end of March, according to a letter from the former business owner.
After more than 80 years in business, Prairie Lee Frame closed its doors for the last time at the end of March. “This comes with great sadness to say that we will be closing the store at the end of this month,” stated Mark Skoczynski, owner of the frame shop, in a letter posted on the front door, dated March 1. The full-service frame shop opened at Prairie Avenue and Lee Street in Des Plaines in 1929, according to Prairie Lee Frame’s website, and originally sold wallpaper and paint, in addition to framing. “Words cannot describe how proud I am of this company and how much we appreciated all your support, but the time has come to move on,” Skoczynski stated. “We leave in good standing and on our terms.” Prairie Lee Frame’s phone number was …
Frappuccino Happy Hour runs through May 12.
Starbucks' Frappuccino Happy Hour is back! Customers get half off any size or flavor frappuccino until May 12 if they visit a Starbucks location between 3 and 5 p.m. The popular blended coffee beverage comes in a variety of flavors including Caramel Ribbon Crunch, Mocha Cookie Crumble, Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip, White Chocolate Mocha and more. Des Plaines Starbucks Locations: 2655 Mannheim Road 1427 Lee Street
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You may know him as the Sixth Ward alderman in Des Plaines, and, more recently, as acting mayor, but many people are unaware Mark Walsten starred in one of the most popular television commercials of the 1990’s. Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten is seen here endorsing Liquid Plumber. Walsten worked as an actor on a variety of television and film productions during the 1980’s and 1990’s, he said, including extra roles in Code of Silence with Chuck Norris and Weird Science. Walsten, while not a union plumber, ran a remodeling business in the 1980’s, he said, and currently operates a home inspection company. Walsten said the series of commercials, starring him and another actor, Dave Dykstra, received top ratings at the time they were first …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Do you wish your Des Plaines McDonald's served breakfast all day or delivered to your home or office?
For years, people who love McDonald's egg McMuffins and sausage biscuits have wondered "why oh why can't we get these any time of the day?" Sit tight. McDonald's is still considering it, according to a story in Bloomberg Businessweek. Des Plaines McDonald's locations: In an interview with CNBC, McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson said the restaurant has heard the cries from fans to serve breakfast 24 hours a day and in fact offers "Breakfast After Midnight" at select locations—just none around here. Thomas told CNBC that McDonald's has looked at some "innovative ways" to expand breakfast hours for customers. "I think we'll be seeing some of those things in the near future." Delivery service is another concept McDonald's is …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Whether you want them to or not, Jewel-Osco has implemented a new policy of following shoppers, and their carts, out to their vehicles. What do Patch readers think?
If you haven't shopped at your local Jewel-Osco grocery store in a while, be prepared for a new customer service initiative that you may, or may not, appreciate. It's called the "cart-to-car" service, according to couponsinthenews.com, and whether you want the help or not, your bagger is expected to follow you and your cart out to your vehicle. The service is mandatory, though Jewel-Osco denies it has anyting to do with keeping track of shopping carts, according to Coupons in the News. "We understand that this is a very different service and it might take our customers some time to understand that we want this to be the norm," said a Jewel customer service representative in the article. It was announced in January that Jewel-Osco stores …