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847-432-0284 • fax 847-432-2802 info@chamberhp.com Chamber Staff Virginia Anzelmo Glasner | Executive Director Renee Diedrichs | Finance Manager Alycia Margolis | Marketing Coordinator Gayle Pervos | Membership Development board of DIRECTORS Executive Committee President | Gurv S. Anand Amber Insurance Services Vice-President | Larry Bloom ATI Graphics, Inc. Vice-President | Ryan Newberry L’Heureux Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Immediate Past-President | Sue Monhait The Ribbon Print Company directors Hania Fuschetto | NorthShore University HealthSystem, Highland Park Hospital Mindy Moore | Ravinia Festival Benjamin Nusinow | Lexus of Highland Park Sheryl Oberman | The Stationery Station Alan Pearlman | Alan Pearlman, Ltd. Aggie Raup | DON Medical, Inc./Smart GI Stacy Theodorakakis | First Bank of Highland Park EX OFFICIO Paul H. Frank | City Councilman Ghida Neukirch | City Manager, City of Highland Park PUBLICATION NOTES 60035@chamberhp.com Editorial | Virginia A. Glasner, Executive Editor

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Highland Park businesswomen, top row l to r: Jill Gross, ArrivaDolce Gelato & Coffee Bar; Marlena Jayatilake, Love That Spice; bottom row l to r: Sue Monhait, The Ribbon Print Company; Amy Touchette, ArrivaDolce Gelato & Coffee Bar; Diana Sotelo, Galaxie Professional Cleaning Service, Inc.

Please call 847-432-0284, or email 60035@chamberhp.com with the column name in your subject line. “Speaking Professionally” announces honors, awards, and other news about service and non-profit organizations ~ by Wes Wenk “Contractors’ Corner” offers news of our fine building, designing, mechanical, and contracting professionals ~ by Barbara Lansing

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Discount Credit Card Supply Inc. Magazine recently ranked Discount Credit Card Supply (DCCS) as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies in its 34th annual ‘Inc. 5000.’ “We’re very proud of this achievement and thrilled to join the ranks of so many impressive entrepreneurs,” says DCCS’s founder Adam Kaplan.

To find out more, contact Kaplan at 877-298-6939, or visit DCCS’s website, www.Discountcreditcardsupply.com.

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“In a very competitive and complicated era in healthcare, we have withstood the test of time with integrity, and with highly-skilled, professional providers who immediately put our patients at ease,” said the wellness center’s owner and founder, Dr. Jeff Henson. Among the services offered by NSW are acupuncture, audiology, biofeedback, chiropractic, fitness and rehabilitation, food allergy and sensitivity training, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, podiatry, and skin care. To promote stress relief, yoga is taught at the center’s sun-lit yoga studio. The only part of NSW that hasn’t changed dramatically over the last 14 years is Dr. Jeff himself, who looks exactly the same as he did when he first opened up his practice in Highland Park! If you know what’s good for you, you’ll contact him and his team at 847266-8000, or visit www.nswellness.com

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A past president of the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Kaplan founded DCCS in 2009. The company supplies new and refurbished barcode readers, scanners, and other types of electronic processing equipment to agents, wholesalers, and merchants. DCCS also provides credit card processing services. Kaplan and his team work with a variety of merchant accounts, ranging from crawfish wholesalers to bike shops to restaurants. In fact, the company’s technicians handle full installation of restaurant point-ofsale systems, online and mobile phone processing for those systems, and steady ongoing system support. “We’ve been using Adam’s processing system since we opened, and we have enjoyed his company’s low rates and speedy service,” says Highland Park restaurateur Moishe Nava of La Casa de Isaac & Moishe.

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North Suburban Wellness (NSW) has grown from a small, two-person office in 2002 into what is now a 7,000-squarefoot integrated medical center. Located at 1732 First Street, NSW boasts a 20-person staff of physicians and other healthcare practitioners.

“As the new EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip credit cards become commonplace, merchants will demand solutions that keep checkout lines moving efficiently, and DCCS has the knowledge and expertise to insure smooth implementation,” Kaplan explains.

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DCCS also has a full-service refurbishing center that specializes in cleaning, replacing, repairing, and painting point-of-sale hardware. In addition, the company offers same-day product shipping, as well as software solutions.

Karolyn Raphael

Winger Marketing, a mid-size public relations and integrated marketing firm, has offices in Chicago and at 580 Roger Williams in Highland Park. The company’s president, Karolyn Raphael, says that for nearly 30 years, Winger has “successfully worked with small and middle-market clients to meet their business goals through inspired public relations and creative marketing campaigns.” “First we discover your business goals, and then we develop a marketing plan that will help your business meet those goals,” explains Raphael. “Every marketing and PR strategy is executed with tactics


By Wes Wenk

that directly relate to your company’s goals. Our proprietary Integrated Marketing Action Plan – iMAP – was designed to provide clients with a tool to visualize and plan their marketing program each year. Instead of creating a plan and then just filing it away, we utilize this accountability tool to remain on target throughout the entire campaign,” Raphael continued. Raphael’s company handles media planning and buying, advertising, market research, social media, and PR training and consulting. Winger also partners with brand development and video production companies to provide a full scope of services. For more information, visit www.wingermarketing. com, or call 312-494-0422.

BMO Harris Bank Long before a gecko advertised insurance or a pair of chameleons Hubert the Lion with BMO Harris associates appeared in paint commercials, there was Hubert the Harris Lion. Now some 58 years after the icon was introduced, a giant stuffed Hubert sits upfront in the gleaming lobby of the BMO Harris Bank at 1746 Second Street, just across the street from Real Urban Barbecue. Bank branch Manager Jeff Lewison and his professional, knowledgeable staff are ready to help with all of your financial needs. Lewison and Jennifer Kraemer lead the HP team that helps local Harris clients grow their wealth with a customized, client-focused approach. Along with hosting regular customer appreciation festivities, BMO Harris Bank HP participated in a community “shred-it event” to great fanfare, shredding more than 1,000 gallons of paper for the North Shore community. Recently the branch held its 10-year anniversary celebration, complete with food, prizes, and a visit from “Hubert” himself. To see how BMO Harris Bank can help you, call 847-745-9515, or email Jeff Lewison at Jeff.Lewison@bmo.com.

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NEW MEMBERS All Star Goal Sports Soccer and lacrosse specialty store featuring customized apparel and uniforms. Harvey Cohen, Owner 1855 B Deerfield Road 224-804-7400 www.allstargoalsports.com Amyra W. Henry, LCSW, ACSW Psychotherapist treating children, adolescents and adults. Specialties include services related to separation and divorce, as well as diagnostic assessment of and educational consultation for special needs students. Amyra Henry, Licensed Clinical Social Worker 1866 Sheridan Road Suite 305 www.amyrahenry.com Appons A local coupon app designed exclusively for smart phones. Paul Rosencrans, Midwest Regional Manager 847-997-6745 www.apponscoupons.com Asian Foot Spa Foot spa service. Rui Xiang Chang, Owner 600 Central Avenue, Suite 115 847-780-8143 Backyard Grill Fast, casual restaurant featuring fresh cooked-to-order meals. Nick Drivas, Owner 1825 Second Street 847-681-8400 www.eatbyg.com Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Real estate. Mark Pasquesi, Vice President and Managing Broker 778 N. Western Avenue Lake Forest, IL 60045 847-460-5400 www.koenigrubloff.com 10

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blow by blow Blow dry and color bar. Olga Figueroa, President 258 Green Bay Road Highwood, IL 60040 847-926-3493 www.blow-by-blow.com Center for Independent Futures (CIF) Nonprofit dedicated to serving individuals and their families. Niki Moe Horrell, Director of Development 1950 Sheridan Road, Suite 201 847-964-3366 www.independentfutures.com Central Avenue Synagogue Synagogue that is open to all. 874 Central Avenue 847-266-0770 www.nschabad.org CF & Associates, LTD CPA firm acting as CFO for wealthy families and the businesses they own. Chuck Friend, Owner 1949 St. Johns Avenue, Ste. 200 312-580-1038 Glamour Girlz Hair and nail salon for adults and children; parties and boutique for young and preteen girls. Frannie Karlin, Owner Kay Schwartz, Owner 457 Central Avenue 847-926-3161 www.glamour-girlz-party.com Improv Playhouse Professional theater and entertainment company, as well as a training center, that specializes in improv comedy, corporate team building, performing arts camps, and community outreach for youth and adults. David Stuart, Founder and Executive Producer 1991 Sheridan Road 847-968-4529 www.improvplayhouse.com

The Hairdressers at Ross Cosmetics Hairdressing and wig design. Mary Lou Harrell, Stylist 625 Central Avenue 847-687-3364 The Kabbalah Bookstore Highland Park Focusing on core kabbalistic principles through courses, classes, online lectures, books, and events. 492 Central Avenue 847-433-3364 www.highlandpark.kabbalah.com Obsessions Boutique Handmade jewelry, purses, and scarves. Shelley Shimberg, Owner 425 Village Green Lincolnshire, IL 60069 847-955-0736 Optimal Performance Architecture Architectural and consulting services. Steve Goldstein, Owner 1773 Winthrop Road 847-417-9080 www.optimalperformancearchitecture.com Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk Group’s mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Rachelle Jervis, Regional Director 1954 First Street, # 150 312-890-2377 www.chicagowalk.org Paychex – Benjamin Wolfe Provider of payroll, human resources, and benefits for small to medium sized businesses. Benjamin Wolfe, Consultant 191 Waukegan Road Northfield, IL 60093 410-913-8974 www.paychex.com


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Rhythmix, Inc. Rhythmic gymnastics for children ages 3 to advanced competitive levels. Irina Polyachenko, Program Director/ Head Coach 1850 Green Bay Road 847-341-4895 www.RhythMixInc.com Right Hand Rabbi Spiritual counseling. Barry Cohen, Rabbi 1211 Lockwood Drive Buffalo Grove, IL 60078 224-475-3481 www.righthandrabbi.com The Sherwin Williams Company Paint and painting supplies. Daren Erjavac, Store Manager 1992 Second Street 847-433-5160 www.sherwin.com The Simple Greek HP, LLC Fresh, healthy Greek food made to order; catering available. Andreas Kamouyerou, Manager 478 Central Avenue 847-748-8285 www.thesimplegreek.com Sprout Kids Children’s clothing and baby items. Pamela Hillman, Owner 644 Central Avenue 847-780-4827 www.sproutkidshp.com

Call the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce at 847-432-0284 to be referred to a local resource or browse an up-to-date directory at: www.chamberhp.com.


Get in Gear

for the End number of $14,000 gifts of cash or other property, completely tax-free. Charitable contributions must also be made or postmarked to IRS-approved charities before the end of the year. Be sure to keep your receipts for your tax records.

This, as the classic ode to the winter season sings, is the most wonderful time of the year. So who wants to spoil it by thinking about taxes and insurance coverage? But if you review your personal finances and insurance needs between now and New Year’s, you could find ways to have less of a tax burden come April 15 and be better insured in the coming year, and what better holiday gift could you give yourself than that? Highland Park is rich with financial institutions and experts that can help you make — wait for it — “cents” of it all. six00threefive spoke with a few of them who outlined some basic steps people sometimes overlook, which can cost them in the long run. Ester Viti, Vice President of Viti Financial, (445 Sheridan Road, Highwood) said that one of the most important things households can do to reduce their tax burden is contribute at least the minimum to a retirement account. “A tax-deferred retirement account such as a 401(k) is a great investment,” she said. “If you have a company-sponsored 401(k), you most likely have an employer match. Try at least to contribute the amount that will be matched by employer contributions. If you can, increase your annual contribution to the maximum allowed ($18,000 for 2015, $24,000 for those at least 50 years-old).” Those who are self-employed have until December 31 to establish a solo 401(k). 12

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In regards to a 401(k), if you’re at least 59 ½ years-old and debating whether to make a withdrawal from your 401(k) or take a loan from your plan, consider the loan, recommends Wes Wenk, President of Wenk Insurance Agency (600 Central Avenue, #295). “There are no taxes on the loan. A withdrawal is fully taxable and will add to your tax bill.” In terms of contributing to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you have until April 15, Viti said. “But the sooner you can (make the contribution), the sooner it has the potential to start growing tax deferred,” she explained. Individuals under age 50 can contribute a maximum of $5,500 to an IRA for 2015. Those over age 50 can contribute up to $6,500. Viti also reminds individuals who are at least 70 ½ years old that they must start taking regular minimum distributions from their traditional IRA. “Failure to take out enough triggers a penalty,” she said. “When you make a withdrawal from a traditional IRA, ask the IRA custodian to withhold tax from the payment. Withholding will avoid the hassle of making quarterly estimated tax payments.” (Required minimum distributions do not apply to Roth IRAs.) Another way to reduce your taxable estate, Viti offered, is to give an annual financial gift or charitable contribution. In 2015, individuals can make an unlimited

Log on to the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce website at chamberhp.com for a list of Chamber-affiliated charitable organizations. Two other areas to consider involve flexible spending accounts. “If you have a flexible spending account through your employer, see if they have adopted a grace period permitted by the IRS, allowing employees to spend 2015 setaside money as late as March 15, 2016,” Viti said. “If not, you will need to spend the balance in your flex account by December 31.” Insurance is an area where households can take actions that will lessen tax penalties. For example, Wenk recommends participating in your employer’s tax-deductible health savings account plan option, which allows individuals to contribute up to $3,350 (or $6,750 for a family, plus an additional $1,000 so-called “catch up” contribution for those ages 55 and over) into your own savings account, and take a full tax deduction for that deposit on your next tax filing. Interest earnings accumulate tax-deferred and withdrawals used to pay for qualified medical expenses are also tax-free. Balances in health savings accounts do not have to be spent by the end of the year. You have until April 2016 to contribute for a deduction on your 2015 taxes. Long-term care insurance, which provides coverage for individuals with


of the Year a chronic or disabling condition that requires constant supervision, is, despite its expense, “a great idea,” Wenk said. “Not only can it be a life-saver to your retirement fund, but most policies are tax-qualified and allow tax write-offs on your next filing.” In addition to looking for ways to lessen insurance tax penalties, now is the time to review your insurance in terms of your health needs. Rebecca Bloomfield, a partner at Jerry S. Pearlstein Insurance (900 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook), notes that this year’s Open Enrollment runs through January 31, 2016. But to have new health insurance in place by the first of the year, you must submit your application by December 15.

Unless you have a qualifying life event such as a marriage, divorce, or new baby, “if you’re not in a group and buy your own health insurance for yourself and your family, the only time you can make policy changes or purchase a new policy is during a set enrollment period,” she said. “If your plan no longer covers your needs, this Open Enrollment Period is the only time you can do it until next fall.” Now is actually a prime time to evaluate all your insurance policies. “Consider any changes in your household, then review your personal policies (for auto, home, etc.) to make sure you’re covered adequately,” said Gurv S. Anand, President and Owner of Amber Insurance Services (608 Laurel Avenue).

“Business owners should also check over their policies, keeping in mind any personnel changes that may have occurred,” Anand continued. “Regardless of whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, consider reviewing your policies and rates,” he added. Along with taking the time to close out 2015 on a positive note in terms of your financial situation and insurance needs, also consider what you’d like to do differently in 2016. Invest more in experiences, and less on stuff? Contribute more to savings, as well as to helping others? Or how about organizing tax records early in the year – that way, next April can also be the most wonderful time of the year.

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Center for Independent Futures

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non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live more independent lives in their communities. Founded in 2002 in Evanston by two mothers of daughters with disabilities, the organization upholds a vision for the future where individuals with disabilities have access to all opportunities of a full life.

Jonathan Shuman

Jonathan Shuman shares an apartment with a friend, works at an architecture firm in downtown Chicago, and takes improv classes at the famed Second City Training Center. An avid traveler, he documents his trips through photographs and detailed journal entries, drawing on his impeccable memory. Juxtaposed with this life full of hobbies and purpose, however, is another life that might have been Jonathan’s reality: a life of isolation, boredom, and loneliness. This is the life that parents like Jonathan’s fear from the moment they learn their child has disabilities. “When we realized Jonathan had autism, we did not anticipate that he would be able to be independent,” shares Jonathan’s mother, Joelle Gabay. “There was this big anxiety about the future: ‘He will never have a job, he will never have a friend.’” After Jonathan graduated from a postsecondary program, his parents knew they needed support to create the life that he deserved. They contacted Center for Independent Futures, a

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Through Center for Independent Futures, Jonathan has the support of his team to help him develop new skills, achieve his goals, and realize his dreams. At his apartment building, which is one of the organization’s four community-based housing alternatives, Jonathan checks in with his Community Builder for emergency support. With his Life Skills Tutor, Jonathan works on daily living skills like budgeting and cooking while making progress toward his goals. “It feels great to be independent because I get to make my own choices. I get to make my own decisions, and I like to plan things out,” Jonathan shares. In addition to life skills tutoring and housing options, Center for Independent Futures offers personcentered planning; training and consultation for schools, agencies, and families; and a full calendar of social, cultural, and educational activities. “Jonathan is close to having achieved a lot of his potential: living very independently, taking transportation, having friends, and working at a job. I think this is something that you can’t create yourself. You have to have a wonderful organization like Center for Independent Futures to help you do that,” Joelle says. In the summer of 2015, Center for Independent Futures expanded its

reach by opening a satellite office in Highland Park at 1950 Sheridan Road. There, staff members bring new solutions to more communities north of Chicago. The HP satellite will become a hub for family groups developing alternative housing options for their loved ones using Center for Independent Futures’ proven, stepby-step training process. The new office will also facilitate partnerships with more schools and districts, giving increasing numbers of students access to a suite of person-centered planning tools, skills assessments, and skills training curriculum. Through work with individuals, families, schools, and agencies, the organization aims to build sustainable solutions for increased independence and improved quality of life now and in the future. “Our vision for Center for Independent Futures lets families have the peace of mind that their loved ones will have a network of support beyond what they could provide on their own,” Executive Director Ann Sickon shares. “We have always been focused on discovering what individuals want to do and supporting them to live those dreams.” Center for Independent Futures looks forward to expanding existing community partnerships and developing new ones in the Highland Park area. To learn more about how Center for Independent Futures supports full lives and strengthens communities, visit www.independentfutures.com or call (847) 328-2044. Elizabeth Male is Marketing and Development Assistant for Center for Independent Futures.


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Businesswomen:

By Donald Liebenson

In considering where to open their businesses, partners Amy Touchette of Lake Villa and Jill Gross of Wilmette were looking for a location halfway between their respective homes, while Diana Sotelo was looking for a community that was “beautiful and warm.” Marlena Jayatilake just was looking for Michael Jordan’s house.

Amy and Jill, friends and business partners

Each search led to Highland Park, where, respectively, ArrivaDolce Gelato & Coffee Bar, Galaxie Professional Cleaning Service, and Love That Spice have become vital members of the local business community. Highland Park, of course, is genderblind when it comes to encouraging new businesses, but behind an impressive array of successful enterprises, you’ll find a woman (or women), from A (Academic Tutoring Services) to Y (Yodelpop, Inc.). Space does not permit a full accounting of all the women-owned or women18

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run businesses in town (for a directory, visit the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce website), but whether they be retail, restaurant, or professional services, the local companies with females at the helm are as diverse as they are successful. To name just a few: Sunflower and Bett’s (women’s fashion boutiques); Amdur Productions (producers of art festivals); Goodies Etc. (candy); Idlewood Electric (lighting fixtures and electrical supplies); Jill Alberts Jewelry; North Shore School of Dance; Principessa Children’s Boutique; Ravinia BBQ & Grill; Style Shack (gifts and accessories) North Shore College Consulting; My Best Friend’s Closet (upscale resale); and the Stationery Station (custom invitations/stationery). It’s not that Highland Park is more hospitable to businesses run by women than by men. It’s more that women entrepreneurs feel especially at home in our town. “There are a lot of women in local government here who are encouraging to women in business,” observed Amy Touchette. Touchette and Gross, friends since graduate school, wanted to open a business that sold something people could not order online, and gelato was the perfect product. Touchette said that when she and Gross opened ArrivaDolce Gelato & Coffee Bar in 2011, “gelato was a new item you didn’t find in a lot of places.” In addition, it was something that the women themselves enjoyed. “People are happy when they go get gelato,” she remarked.

Diana and Sue vogue for the camera

As the business expanded, so did its offerings, which now include teas, sandwiches, and other lunch items. Also offered are baked goods, most of which are made from scratch on the premises of Highland Park’s neighborhood coffee bar. For Diana Sotelo, Highland Park once was home, which is why she started her cleaning service here in the late 1990s. As a child growing up in Cuernavaca, Mexico, her dream was to build an orphanage, and she said she started her business to fund such an enterprise. “I was very determined and focused to pursue my dream, but life brought me to my destiny in a different way,” she explained. “I continue on my quest to help orphans through monetary contributions. And I give back to the community by supporting the Chamber Student Honor Dinner through scholarships for Highland Park High School and (by supporting) other organizations.” “I used to clean by myself for approximately four years,” she


Succeeding and Leading in HP continued. After that, she said she began growing her business yearly, thanks to “the enthusiasm and dedication of my employees, and the passion each and every one of us have for the individuals and companies we work for.”

And it’s apparent that her clients, most of whom come to her via referral, appreciate her efforts; she still has some of the same customers she had when she started in the cleaning business 17 years ago.

Today, Galaxie Professional Cleaning Service provides residential and commercial cleaning services in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota. What was once a solo operation now boasts 25 employees.

Love That Spice’s Marlena Jayatilake is something of a newcomer in our town. She grew up in Englewood on Chicago’s South Side. “Flowers grow in dark places,” she said, and she has blossomed in Highland Park with her spice boutique, which opened in late 2013.

“I really enjoy what I do for a living,” Sotelo said, adding that communication with her clients is a top priority. “It’s important for me to understand what my customers’ expectations are,” she said.

“I used to drive up Sheridan Road looking for Michael Jordan’s house,” she laughed. “I never found it, but I fell in love with downtown Highland Park.”

Originally she sold spices online, but chose Highland Park when she decided to establish a brick-and-mortar business. Love that Spice was inspired after Jayatilake became familiar with her husband’s native cuisine. “He is from Sri Lanka,” she said. “When we met, he introduced me to (Sri Lankan) native dishes. I couldn’t believe how good they were. In learning how to cook them, I learned about all these amazing spices. And when I found out (these new spices) had medicinal qualities as well, that’s what made me start up my spice shop.” What prompted Sue Monhait to start up her Ribbon Print Company in 2011 was (Continued on page 20)

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Marlena Jayatilate, Sue Monhait, Amy Touchette, Jill Gross and Diana Sotelo sharing a moment with Marlena’s daughter

the success of her prior venture, Basket Thyme, a gift basket company. Basket Thyme was a hit in part because the company could custom print ribbon for businesses that purchased gift baskets. Monhait realized a void in the industry for a top quality ribbon-printing program that allowed businesses to create customized, branded, or personalized products. Her Ribbon Print Company, which specializes in portable

custom ribbon printers, supplies and consultation, fills that void. Monhait now serves a much larger customer base than she did with her original business. The Ribbon Print Company, in fact, reaches an international audience from its home on Central Avenue. “My husband and I have lived in Highland Park for 30 years,” Monhait said. After a corporate life in marketing and consulting, she said she “had the dream of being able to

work in the (local) downtown area. I enjoy the environment.”    Highland Park often is viewed as a haven for a variety of independent businesses. “I like that there aren’t a lot of chains,” Touchette said. “That’s what makes it unique.” Attracting new businesses is one thing; helping them to grow is something else, and that’s another area in which


women entrepreneurs praise the city. “Based on the needs you have, there are many resources available to help,” Monhait said. “First off, we have many professionals covering almost any field you require. I look to the Chamber of Commerce for contacts to these people. Additionally, the City of Highland Park puts on an annual Business Summit, which is a half-day event with speakers focusing on specific topics for business development. These are both very valuable.” Highland Park “will give you ideas on how you can drive business,” Jayatilake said. “I’d never been in retail. (Business Development Coordinator) Carolyn Hersch was instrumental in pointing me in the right direction and showing me everything I needed to do. She went above and beyond to assist me because I didn’t have a clue.” Jayatilake’s advice to other women looking to make their business dream a reality is, “Go to Highland Park. (The City) will bend over backwards to help you not just to survive, but thrive.” If there is a common thread for these women entrepreneurs, it could be that they all wanted to create a business, they identified a product or service that was needed, and they found the perfect place to set up their operation: Highland Park, a town that Monhait emphasizes is one “that runs on the merits of a person’s work.” Donald Liebenson is a frequent contributor to The Chicago Tribune, Trib Local, and Printers’ Row Journal. He also has been published in The Chicago Sun Times, Evanston Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Playboy. He can be reached at Liebenson@sbcglobal.net

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One of the first things people think about when it comes to the holidays are lights. Whether you are lighting a decorative Christmas tree or a festive Hanukkah menorah, lights at this time of year underscore that it ‘tis the season. However, all year long, outdoor lighting is key to illuminating your home, pathways and trees for both beauty and security. Your outdoor lighting should ultimately be an extension of your home. When planning for outdoor lighting, develop a design strategy that meshes with your landscaping and the architectural design of your home. You also need to take into consideration local city codes. One aspect of the design plan is to decide whether you are going to use line voltage or low voltage wiring. Line voltage (120V) is pulling actual hard wire from your house current to the locations where the fixtures will be placed outside. Low Voltage (12V) will require a transformer because you are transforming your house current (120V) down to 12V or 24V. It is much easier to pull low voltage wire because it does not require piping, therefore you do not need to bury the pipe (or direct burial cable) as deep into the ground. Low voltage also is known to also be less of an issue if you pierce the wire with a shovel during the winter months or if your landscaper accidentally hits a wire. To brighten the entrance of your home, use soft, ambient lighting. When guests arrive, there should be ample light to greet them and illuminate their walk to your front door. Find path lights that provide good lighting and without glare. You can use either incandescent, low voltage, or LED resources. A benefit of LED lights is that you will rarely have to change the bulbs; many LEDs provide up to 50,000 hours of light.

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To provide overhead light at your front door, add a flush mount or suspend a pendant from an overhang. Lanterns on either side of the door, garage, and along the house also will enhance the beauty of your home’s exterior décor. When shopping for outdoor fixtures, many come in a family of fixtures, meaning manufacturers will offer, for instance, a pendant, ceiling mount, and lantern in varying sizes and finishes so that you can select matching pieces. In your yard, you can create a moonlit effect by placing a light source high in the trees that will shine downward in what’s called a moonlighting effect. Alternatively, you can use in-ground lights that will shine upward, providing a grazing effect from the bottom bark of a tree through the foliage. Both options are very successful for illuminating the large aspects of your yard. Wall washing gives a soft, even glow of light to the façade of your home. If you place the lights closer to the walls of your home, you will achieve a heightened grazing effect, which is more dramatic. The further you place the lights away from the façade, the more of an even wall wash effect will appear. On stairs on your patio or deck area, step lights are an essential not only for

aesthetics, but also for safety. You can integrate these lights into either the steps themselves or alongside the walls. To highlight a beautiful fountain or sculpture, use accent lighting, which will have a very narrow, direct light beam. If you wish to create a silhouette effect, place the light source behind the feature you want highlighted, so that the light is aimed towards an adjacent wall. The silhouette effect is beautifully used to prominently display the features on dense objects and plants. Comparably, shadowing is used to create a softer shadow of an object such as a large tree with delicate foliage. Shadowing allows the beauty of the tree’s shadow to be displayed brilliantly on your home’s facade. A major component when planning for your outdoor lighting is the incorporation of security lighting with sensors. You can place these fixtures in more obscure places that do not get much light, so that when someone is within the sensor range, the light will automatically go on. Good locations for security lights are outside your garage, backyard door or the gate on your fence. Always remember to tie your outdoor lighting to a lighting control system such as Luton’s RadioRA 2 or Caséta Wireless. These wireless light control systems


By Barbara Lansing

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are easy to install and they will allow you to power all your lights from the touch of your phone. Key Pointers for Outdoor Lights • Make sure any fixtures or bulbs you use for outdoor lighting are damp- or wet-location rated. • A light bulb that is not rated for wet location cannot be exposed to the elements.

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It’s that sparkly time of year again. Stores and homes are decorated for the holidays, and a canopy of twinkling lights covers Port Clinton Square. The downtown streets, the Ravinia shopping area, and the Chicago Botanic Garden are just a few of the places to see the spirit of this magical season. More than 250 trees with over 3,000 strings decorate the Central and the Ravinia Business Districts, according to Ramesh Kanapareddy, Director of Public Works for Highland Park. Not surprisingly, working on the lights began in October.

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“While the lights remain on the trees all year long, one third of the strings need replacement each year due to damage and tree growth,” explained Kanapareddy. “All of the lights are replaced on a three-year cycle.”

During the holiday season, the lights stay on daily until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. The lights officially are turned off February 1. The electrical costs paid by the city is not significant because the wattage of LED holiday lights is so low, Kanapareddy noted.


By Mira Temkin

Lights The Holiday Lighting Ceremony also marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. “In addition to making the city look beautiful for the holidays, the festive lights and seasonal celebrations bring shoppers, families, and visitors to our community,” said Ginny Glasner, Executive Director of the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. “And that makes a brighter holiday for everyone.”

On the Home Front

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Annual Lighting Ceremony

This is a sparkling evening for the entire community.

For all the Clark Griswold wannabes, as well as more restrained homeowners who still want their residences to shine with festive curb appeal, Highland Park’s Mutual Ace Hardware (1393 Half Day Road, 847-432-0026) started selling

The official kick-off to the holidays is a joint effort between the City and the Chamber of Commerce at the annual Tree Lighting. This year’s ceremony will be Saturday, November 21, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Port Clinton Square. Mayor Nancy Rotering, other city officials, and members of the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the event. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the lighting ceremony, which includes such family-friendly activities as a scavenger hunt. Plus there will be live entertainment,” said Karen Brunetti, Assistant to the City Manager. Mayor Rotering, the Highland Park High School Marching Band and a special guest, Santa Claus, all participate, she continued. At 4:45 p.m., the mayor will give the cue and all of the lights on the 200 downtown trees will light up the night. Private businesses such as Renaissance Place display their own lights to coincide with the city’s event.

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Let There Be Lights is still cooperating,” said store manager Steve Gould.

Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden

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Although Ace still sells traditional lights, “LEDs are the wave of the future,” Gould explained. “You can use a lot more of them on a single outlet than traditional lights. LEDS can have 40 strands connect together on one circuit. And they use a lot less electricity. You’ll spend more on the lights themselves, but the savings on electricity over a few years will put you way ahead of the game.”

The Chicago Botanic Garden Dazzles The Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) certainly sparkles during the holiday season with more than 750,000 LED lights. More than 85 brightly lit trees illuminate the path from the Garden’s entrance to the Regenstein Center exhibition space. Harriet Resnick,

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Vice-President of Visitor Experience and Business Development, said the tradition of lighting these trees started in the late 1990s. In addition to its dazzling trees, since 2006, CBG has presented the holiday Wonderland Express exhibit in the Regenstein Center. Surrounded by evergreen trees adorned with white lights, this enchanting 10,000-squarefoot display made entirely of natural materials features a collection of miniature trains that wind over bridges, under trestles, and through mini-replicas of 80 Chicago-area landmarks such as Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and the Art Institute. New this year is a replica of Maggie Daley Park, the lakefront’s recreation center.

“What we love about Wonderland Express is that it’s truly a multi-generational event, and enjoying it has become a holiday tradition for many North Shore families,” said Resnick. “Seeing the beauty of the garden in the winter provides a completely different experience that people really appreciate.” Although Wonderland Express will be closed on Christmas, the garden will be open that day for visitors to walk around and explore. And there’s no parking fee on December 25.

Beyond the beauty, the sparkle and the lights, our community offers something for everyone to enjoy the holiday season. Author Mira Temkin is a North Shore freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Lakeland Boating, Natural Awakenings, Chicago Upscale Travel Examiner, and NY Lifestyles magazine. She also writes advertising and web copy. Reach her at miratemkin@gmail.com.

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“Come out and play” with Improv Playhouse, invites David Brian Stuart, the company’s owner, executive producer, and self-described “Guy in Charge.” The group specializes in entertainment and theatre training workshops for children, teens, and adults. Backyard Grill owner, Nick Drivas

Backyard Grill The Weber on your patio or deck might be covered with a tarp for the winter, but you can still enjoy grilled burgers and baby back ribs all year long at Nick Drivas’s Backyard Grill.

Incorporated in 2000 and based in Libertyville, Improv Playhouse established its Highland Park satellite in the Highland Park Community House. Stuart said the HP space “affords us a self-contained training, rehearsal, and performance space.”

You want salad too? Backyard Grill has a wide variety – potato, fruit, pasta, tuna, chicken, and a long list of green salads. Drivas said he takes great pride in the freshness of his restaurant’s salads, wraps, and other menu items that are made to order. The Backyard has plenty of Greek offerings too. Drivas, who is GreekAmerican, said he grew up eating a lot of Greek food made fresh with vegetables from his grandparents’ garden. Greek chicken is one of the most popular items on the restaurant’s menu, but his personal favorite is the homemade gyro. The restaurant offers take-out “Family Packs,” something to keep in mind when you have visitors for the holidays. Backyard Grill also caters events of all sizes. Regarding the latter, Drivas said, “We would like to thank Highland Park High School students for selecting us to cater the HPHS 2015 Homecoming Dance.” Come see how tasty and fresh the Backyard Grill can be Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 847-681-8400 1825 Second Street www.eatbyg.com 28

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Stuart said that Highland Park is the ideal location to reach Improv’s market on the North Shore. “HP-ers get ‘the Arts’ and support quality programs.” he said.

847-968-4529 1991 Sheridan Road (HP Community House) www.improvplayhouse.com

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David Brian Stuart, Owner and Executive Producer of Improv Playhouse

Divisions of Improv Playhouse also include Corporate Team Building, Business and Private Entertainment, Talent Management, ACA accredited Performing Arts Camps, and Community Outreach and Education/Theater for Young Audiences. The group also has a DJ Division: Blast Entertainment. “Our Theater for Young Audiences program (launched in Spring 2014) has reached over 16,000 students from over a dozen school districts” Stuart said. People are still discovering us and are elated that we are not about product, but process. We offer a nurturing training program that is not exclusive to the elite performer – although we have our fair share – but welcoming to all levels.”

“The Greek Chipotle” is a way that Andreas Kamouyerou describes The Simple Greek, where he is manager/ partner. Kamouyerou said that like Chipotle, The Simple Greek “offers a fast and fresh experience. Our food is received raw and prepared fresh daily with high quality ingredients. Yet we manage to get a customer through the line in a matter of minutes.” The traditional gyro is the best seller, although customers also enjoy filling pita bread or bowls with their own selections of meat, cheese, and other offerings. The restaurant uses an array of Greek imported products including olive oil, red wine vinegar, feta cheese, olives, oregano, figs, beets and honey. “You can really taste the quality,” Kamouyerou said. A Greek Yogurt Bar, recently added, has proven to be extremely popular. Customers can select a variety of toppings, savory and sweet, to add to authentic Greek yogurt. Kamouyerou said his mother is the mastermind behind the restaurant’s menu


YOU items. “She has generations of recipes to choose from,” he said. “Our customers have commented often that every time they come in, there is something new to choose from. We enjoy mixing up the options and surprising our customers with new items.” See what’s new on the menu, or choose from past favorites, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 847-748-8285 478 Central Avenue www.thesimplegreek.com

Trunk Club Who wouldn’t want to open their front door and find a trunk of beautiful clothes that were carefully selected just for them? Trunk Club customers experience that very thing.

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“Trunk Club is a personal styling service that has redefined the way men and women shop for clothes,” said Ashley Lang, Communications Manager for the company. “Customers are paired with a personal stylist who gets to know their size, style, and fit preferences. From there, the stylist curates a custom selection of clothes that is shipped straight to the customer’s door. Customers keep what they love, and send back the rest. There are no subscription, styling, or shipping fees,“ Lang added. Trunk Club has “clubhouses” in such cities as L.A., New York, and Chicago. Lang said Highland Park was added to the mix because, “We have a lot of clients on the North Shore, and we wanted to make it even easier for them to use our service.”

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The typical Trunk Club client appreciates good style and has desire to dress well, Lang explained. “Many of our members are either too busy to shop for themselves, or need help from a stylist to build out their wardrobe. Others keep coming back due to the exceptional service Trunk Club offers. At the end of the day, all our members want to feel great about what they’re wearing!” she said. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Holiday Glitter and Whether it’s an annual family gathering, company party, or seasonal gala, getting glammed up for holiday festivities is something that a lot of us have on our mind this time of year. Fortunately, Highland Park is home to so many different beauty salons and spas that your own personal glam squad may be literally right around the corner. Check out the advice from some of the North Shore’s most talented experts on how you can sparkle this holiday season and still save some green.

With a website tagline of “Let’s Get Beautiful,” the salon is ready to change your look from everyday to holiday. 258 Green Bay Road, Highwood 847-926-3493 www.blow-by-blow.com

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Getting all dolled up

In addition to custom services, the salon sells Aveda skin and hair product gift sets packaged in beautiful, fair trade paper made by Nepalese women in the Himalayas. For the last several years, Aveda’s partnership with the Himalayan Bio-Trade papermaking cooperative has provided income for hundreds of Nepalese.

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High style at blow by blow

The latest beauty destination in our area is blow by blow, a blow dry and color bar. Owned by Olga Figueroa and Nabeel Habib, the salon specializes in both hair care and makeup applications. For a heightened sense of glamour, Figueroa recommends a blow out and “‘camera ready’ makeup, consisting of foundation, correction, and contouring.” And how about a little eye candy? Faux lashes are guaranteed to amp up your look. If you want a more subtle enhancement, Figueroa suggests a classic blowout and “soft focus” makeup, which will emphasize features. And for a quick grey fix, the salon offers the “in-betweenie,” which touches up visible roots an inch and an half from the part line. A gloss can also be applied to balance out natural or existing color that may appear drab in winter months. Glosses typically last from four to six weeks.

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With a unique twist on the traditional salon or spa, Glamour Girlz is the destination for young girls to explore their personal style with ageappropriate up-dos, hair accessories, and even glittery party attire. In keeping with the tradition of family togetherness this time of year, Glamour Girlz also offers adult services so that mothers and daughters can enjoy twin pampering.

If you are an Aveda Pure Privilege Member, don’t miss Double Points Weekend in early December at Gordon. 653 Central Avenue 847-266-7777 www.gordonsalon.com

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Owner Frannie Karlin invites shoppers to stop in any time to see new Girlz products. She emphasizes that custom parties are her shop’s specialty. 457 Central Avenue 847-926-3161 www.glamour-girlz-party.com

Gordon in Highland Park Owner and stylist Tony Gordon knows that his team can tailor your look for any holiday occasion. His shop’s stylists have everything covered, from makeup applications to special occasion hairstyles and color touch-ups, all designed to give you added confidence at your holiday party.

Stylists Mary Lou Harrell and Julie Philbin

Stylists Mary Lou Harrell and Julie Philbin are well versed in this season’s trends for dressed-up hair. They can show you beautiful braid accents and give your hair pops of color that will wow on the party circuit. These hairstyle


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Glam experts also suggest Shades EQ Shine Glaze for anyone who wants to add depth to her hair color and have tresses that truly glow. But if all you need is a fresh cut or some gray coverage, Mary Lou and Julie are still the stylists to help you look and feel your best. During the holiday season, schedule a “Curly-Haired Cut” with Mary Lou, or a Color or Cut with Julie and go home with a complimentary bottle of professional shampoo. Both stylists suggest you book in advance, so you’re not left out.

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Jen Z’s holiday menu has a wide range of offerings. For those wanting to polish their look, high-quality waxing services and chemical peels can improve skin appearance. Many clients opt for spray tans to lift their spirits with a temporary glow during the doldrums of the winter months. Relaxing Reiki services can balance the Chakra and calm the spirit in the chaos of holiday prep. Pressed for time? You can still indulge in a Stress Therapy Massage. This 30-minute treat, which focuses on the back, neck, shoulders and scalp, can ease the pain caused by lugging shopping bags around town. Jen says her clients often need advice on how to add festive touches to their normal make-up routine. Smokey eyes and even glitter can be tastefully done for a great party look. And if advice on how to pull off a luscious red lip is your goal, Jen Z can help you find the best shade for your skin tone.

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Sugar Plum Tea Party Ages 3 - 8 year olds will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends, enjoy dancing, fun and festivities! Parents and friends can enjoy shopping at the Nutcracker Boutique. Sunday, November 22nd 10:30-12:00pm. Tickets $15 at 505 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park.


Glitter and Glam Gifts from Jen Z’s are perfect for holiday giving – check out the salon’s custom skin care, facial, and nail options for gifts that are sure to impress. Also check Jen’s website for holiday specials.

Other Chamber member salons include Blue Orchid Salon & Spa (1847 Second Street, 847-748-8492) and M. Salon (1849 Green Bay Road, #157A, 847-432-2121). And coming soon in their new space in Renaissance Place is Lash L’Heureux Coterie.

2665 Waukegan Avenue 847-433-8401 www.jenzsbeautyservicesinc.com

Olga’s Day Spa

Come meet the team at Olga’s

One of Highland Park’s oldest and most reputable beauty establishments, Olga’s has the latest in trends for glamorous nails and also offers a variety of relaxing massage options for the slightly frazzled to the seriously stressed.

Gift in more ways than one this year with Olga’s own line of mineral cosmetics called GIVE. Ten percent of all GIVE purchases go to women’s charities. To add to the holiday excitement, for every $100 in gift certificates purchased, customers will get a $20 bonus.

If a little ‘face time’ if what you’re after, consider defining your brows with an expert shaping or a luxurious antiaging GM Collin facial. Manager Dawn Tellez says that the addition of medical spa services including injectables and a new medical grade line of GM Collin products are coming just in time for this season’s social scene.

So when the weather outside gets frightful, make sure you look delightful. Whatever your beauty and pampering needs this season, spruce up your style at our exceptional local salons and spas. Dani Noyes has extensive experience in the salon business and the fitness industry.

500 Central Avenue 847-433-8812 www.olgasdayspahighlandpark.com

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