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Abby’s Breakfast and Lunch ..............................19

Loyal Companions ...............................................41

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t Kaneland Allergy and Asthma Loyal Companions ...............................................41 Meineke Car CareMotorsports................................... Center .................................... 4 Komet 18 Center, Dr. Sakina Bajowala t Kaneland Allergy Asthma Alarm Detection 37 Advanced FamilySystems Eyecare................................. Center...................6-7 MeinekeInteriors..................................................38 Car Care Center.................................... 4 and her team are and committed Meklee Center, Dr. Sakina Bajowala Alexander Lumber....................................... 7 to providing the 10 highest quality Lewis & Associates Tax Planning............... Alexander LumberSystems ..............................................29 Alarm Detection ................................. 37 and her teamand areimmunology committed Meklee Interiors..................................................38 Midwest Window & Supply.............................. 32 allergy, asthma to providing the highest quality care for your entire family. Aurora Sportsmen’s Club .................................... 5 Alexander Lumber ..............................................29 Alexander’s Cafe....................................... 27 Midwest Window................................................. &Miki Supply.............................. 32 Loberg, & O’Brien, LLP...................... 28immunology Modern Dentistry 3 allergy, asthma and Practicing in the FoxforRiver care yourValley entiresince family.2008, Austin’s Violin Shop ............................................13 Aurora Sportsmen’s Club .................................... 5 Modern Dentistry ................................................. 3 Moss Family Funeral Homes ............................48 Dr. Sakina Bajowala opened Kaneland Allergy Aurora Sportsmen’s Club........................... 31 Loyal Companions................................16-17 Practicing the FoxinRiver ValleyPatients since 2008, and AsthmainCenter July 2011. are Best Vac................................................................34 Austin’s Violin Shop ............................................13 Moss Family ............................48 Paisano’s PizzaFuneral & Grill Homes ........................................42 Dr. Sakina Bajowala opened Kaneland Allergy often pleasantly surprised to find Dr. Bajowala and Asthma July 2011. Patientstheir are Austin’s Violin Shop................................... 08 27 Patriot Bob Chevrolet............................................. BestJass Vac................................................................34 greeting themCenter at thein door, answering Mattress Warehouse.................................. 12Dr. Paisano’s Pizzaand & Grill ........................................42 Heating Cooling Services ............30 often pleasantly surprised to find Bajowala calls after hours and sending them follow-up Collins Construction Group ................................27 9 Bob Jass Chevrolet............................................. greeting them at the door, answering their Patriot Heating and Cooling Services ............30 emails. Berry’s Barber Shop................................... 18 Peg’s on Main ...................................................... 33 Meklee Interiors......................................... calls after hours and sending 28 them follow-up Confident Aire .....................................................35 Collins Construction Group ................................ 9 Dr. Bajowala explains, “I’m drawn to what emails. Peg’s on Main ...................................................... 33 Supplies Plus ................................................43 some call an ‘old-fashioned’ practice style—I Best Vac........................................................ 3 ......... 10 Pet Midwest Conley Outreach Community Services Confident Aire .....................................................35 Window & Supply....................... 26 Dr. Bajowala explains, what think medicine just works“I’m betterdrawn when to doctors PetTax Supplies PlusGroup ................................................43 PJN Solutions ...................................22 some call an ‘old-fashioned’ practice style—I Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill ...............................42 Conley Outreach Community Services ......... 10 and patients have enough face-to-face time Blue Whale Plumbing & Sewer.................. 19 think medicine just works better when PJNMiscella Tax .................................................................12 Solutions Group ...................................22 PraxisFit together to communicate openly anddoctors build Real Estate................................... 14 Flip Family HairPub Care ..........................................28 Eddie Gaedel and Grill ...............................42 and patients enough face-to-facevisits time trust. You can’thave do that with five-minute PraxisFit .................................................................12 Rosary High School .............................................18 together to communicate openly and build Bob Jass Chevrolet.................................... 29 or layers of staff separating patients from their Funway Family Center ............31 Flip Family HairEntertainment Care ..........................................28 Moss Family Funeral Homes. 32 visits trust...................... You can’t do that with five-minute physician.” Rosary High School .............................................18 Safe Harbor Counseling .................................... 47 or layers of staff separating patients from their Geneva of CommerceCenter ........................ FunwayChamber Family Entertainment Brunch Café............................................... 11 ............318 Aphysician.” recognized professional in her field, she has Peoples Home Equity.................................. 6 Safe Harbor Counseling .................................... 47 Safer USA .............................................................26 been interviewed and quoted by numerous Griffin Williams LLPof.............................................15 Geneva Chamber Commerce ........................ 8 A recognized professional in her field,WebMD, she has national publications, including Collins Construction Group....................... 13 Safer USA .............................................................26 Seniors Helping Seniors ....................................40 been interviewed and quoted by numerous Hamilton House Dentistry .................................14 Griffin Williams LLP .............................................15 PJN Tax Solutions Group..Woman’s ........................... 4 WebMD, Day and Parents Magazine. Dr. national publications, including Bajowala’s practice philosophy and medical Seniors Helping Seniors ....................................40 St. Charles Park District .................................... 23 Hearing Help Express ........................................46 Hamilton House Dentistry .................................14 Confident Aire........................................... 25 Woman’s Day Parents Magazine. Dr. knowledge haveand earned her 15 rave reviews: Ream’s Meat Market. . ................................ Bajowala’s practice philosophy and medical St. Charles Park District .................................... 23 State Farm--Derek Eastman ............................... 4 Horton Vranas D.D.S.........................................46 ....................................... 11 Hearing&Help Express in fact, she was selected as one of Chicago knowledge have “Favorite earned her reviews: Dan Borowiak Insurance Agency............... 26 Parent Magazine’s Kids’rave Docs.” State Farm--Derek Eastman ............................... 4 ............................ Sterling Bank .................................................24-25 House ............................................44 Hortonof&Fireplaces Vranas D.D.S. ....................................... 11 in fact, she was selected as 12 one of Chicago Seniors Helping Seniors. Trained at two of Chicago’s Parent Magazine’s “Favoritemost Kids’ prestigious Docs.” Fox Valley Auto Group................................ 9 I.B. Quality Cabinets...........................................39 Sterling BankShop .................................................24-25 House of Fireplaces ............................................44 Strawflower & Rug Merchant ...............36 medical centers (the University of Chicago Trained of Chicago’s most prestigious St. Charles Park District............................. 23 and Rushat two University Medical Center), Dr. Jennings Terrace ................................................. 10 I.B. Quality Cabinets...........................................39 Strawflower Shop & Rug Merchant ...............36 SVN/Landmark Commercial Real Estate ......... 5 medical centers (the University of Chicago Bajowala offers her patients the modern and Fox Valley Coins......................................... 20 and Rush testing University Medical Center), Dr. up-to-date and treatment at Johnson & Canvas .....................................26 JenningsSeat Terrace ................................................. 10 SVN/Landmark Commercial Real Estate......... Tentinger Landscapes ....................................... 33.5............................... State Street Jewelers. 24available Bajowala offers her patients modern and academic university facilities,theconveniently Home For Life Advantage......................... 10 up-to-date testing and treatment available K.Hollis ..................................................14 JohnsonJewelers Seat & Canvas .....................................26 close to home. Kaneland Allergy and Asthmaat Tentinger Landscapes ....................................... The Holmstad Residential Living and20-21 33 academic university facilities, conveniently SVN/Landmark Commercial Real Estate...... 5 allergy Center provides comprehensive Michealsen Health Center .......................... 20-21 Kane County Mutual Insurance Company ....46 K.Hollis Jewelers ..................................................14 close to pulmonary home. Kaneland Allergytesting, and Asthma The Holmstad Residential Living and20-21 Horton & Vranas D.D.S.............................. 21 testing, function and Centereffective provides comprehensive Michealsen Health Center 20-21 Third Day Commercial Real.......................... Estate ..................18 highly methods to treat theallergy root Kaneland Allergy & Asthma Center .................. 2 Kane County Mutual Insurance Company ....46 Tentinger Landscapes................................ 14 testing, pulmonary function testing, and cause of your allergies and asthma. In addition House of Fireplaces................................... 31 ThirdCareer Day Commercial Real Estate ..................18 TUG Services .........................................22 highly effective methods to treat the root Kettley Realtors/Kettley Insurance ................45 Kaneland Allergy & Asthma Center .................. 2 to traditional allergy treatments, Kaneland cause ofand your allergies and asthma. In addition The State Bank of Geneva.Allergy ........................ 22sublingual Asthma Center offers TUG Career Services .........................................22 Urban Style Salon & Spa ...................................30 La Galerie ..............................................................13 Kettley Realtors/Kettley Insurance ................45 I.B. Quality Cabinets.................................. 22 to traditional allergy treatments, immunotherapy, or “allergy drops,” a Kaneland painless Allergy andtoAsthma Center allergy offers sublingual LDJ Cleaning Professionals...............................36 Urban Style Salon & Spa ...................................30 La Galerie ..............................................................13 alternative conventional injection Wasco Nursery ...................................................... 8 Tri-County Stockdale................................... 4 a painless immunotherapy, or “allergy therapy. Dr. Bajowala is alsodrops,” one of only a JB Architecture............................................ 5 LDJ Cleaning Professionals ...............................36 alternative to conventionalAllergists allergy injection Linda Callaghan--Peoples Home Equity ........28 Wasco Nursery ...................................................... Waubonsee Community College ............... 16-178 select few Board-Certified in the therapy. Dr. Bajowala is also food one of only a TUG Career Services. . .................................. 8 U.S. treating life-threatening allergies Linda Callaghan--Peoples Equity Johnson Seat & Canvas............................... 6 ........28 Whole Loberg, Miki & O’Brien, LLPHome ..............................38 Waubonsee College ............... 16-17 HumanCommunity Health ........................................ 32 select few Board-Certified Allergists the with an innovative treatment calledinoral U.S. treating life-threatening food allergies immunotherapy. This treatment offers hope Loberg, Miki & O’Brien,Cover LLP ..............................38 Human Health ........................................ 32 photos are ShawWhole Media file photos. an innovative called oral towith children and adultstreatment afflicted with severe immunotherapy. This treatment offers hope Cover photos are Shaw Media file photos. food allergies such as milk, egg or peanut. 333 N. Randall Road, Suite 1 to children and adults afflicted with severe St. Charles, Illinois 60174 food allergies such as milk, egg or peanut. Advanced Family Eyecare Center...................6-7 Abby’s.Breakfast and Lunch ..............................19 Abby’s Breakfast and Lunch. .................... 30

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Originally established in 1977 as a Rug Doctor carpet cleaning rental store, in 1983 the business transformed into the vacuum repair and vacuum retailer we know today — Best Vac. Owner Ron Vohs teamed up with his wife, Kelly, in 1998 to purchase the St. Charles business. Today, Best Vac offers vacuum cleaners from leading manufacturers like Miele, Riccar and SEBO, as well as a full range of parts and accessories for all brands of vacuums. Best Vac operates a full-time, in-house service department and services all brands of vacuums, as well as expanding into home environment products such as air purifiers. The Vohs have built their business with a philosophy of building relationships and helping customers rather than simply selling to them. They focus on solving problems and offering a solution that makes life easier for their customers. Every homeowner has a different cleaning situation — pets, allergies, carpet type, hard floor surfaces, and of course budget. The Vohs and the other experts at Best Vac take the time to demonstrate the features available on a variety of models, showing you how they perform and letting you make direct comparisons between them. The flooring industry has changed dramatically over the

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years and it is now imperative to choose the correct vacuum for your home. The wrong vacuum can damage your floors and there are even carpet manufacturers who void their warranty if certain brands of vacuums are used on their products.

Like any business owner, the Vohs have experienced their share of challenges as big box stores and Internet dealers descended on the marketplace, touting cheaper products and quick delivery. But there are no substitutes for experienced and knowledgeable staff who can help you make the best decision for your needs and the opportunity for you to try before you buy. Also, Ron explains that just because they are a small, familyowned business does not mean they are more expensive. In fact, Best Vac sells better products at similar or even lower


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“We have not changed a thing. We continue to offer quality products, competitive prices, and we service what we sell,” Ron said. “The effect of people shopping online has impacted local businesses. But I believe the turnaround has begun.”

The Internet is no longer a cheaper option. Internet retailers can no longer absorb paying for free shipping and paying the sales tax on Internet orders, so prices are increasing. Also, a number of companies are not allowing their products to be sold online in order to maintain the integrity of the product. And Best Vac stands behind its products. “A good vacuum is designed to last a long time,” Ron said. “Unlike some newer manufacturers that don’t even make parts for their vacuums, Best Vac supports and services all of the products we sell with our on-site experienced service technicians.” To find your perfect vacuum, visit or take a test drive at 2015 Dean St., Suite 3, in St. Charles.

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Rent A Chicken

Tax Help Is Here With PJN Tax Solutions Group


JN Tax Solutions Group, Inc. is a local tax resolution firm with over 35 years of experience helping numerous small businesses and individuals with their taxes. Whether you are receiving threatening letters and phone calls from the IRS or simply need an expert to prepare your taxes, PJN Tax Solutions Group can help you.

strength and not fear.” PJN Tax Solutions Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading experts in resolving back taxes and IRS problems. Their team of expert tax attorneys and CPAs are ready to fight for you. The firm will compile a comprehensive financial profile using information from you, the taxpayer, before implementing the best resolution for you. Everything they do is based on a flat fee for their services, so that there are no surprises at the end. You know from the beginning exactly what it will cost for the firm’s time and services!

PJN Tax Solutions Group owner Patrick J. Noone earned an accounting degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 1981 and passed his certified public accountant exam in 1983. He worked in public and private accounting We are the for 30 years before rescue squ opening his own tax ad preparation and tax for trouble d resolution firm five taxpayers. years ago in Elgin and another in St. Charles a year ago. “With 35 years of experience, I’ve probably seen just about everything there is to see,” Noone said.

For a free, no obligation consultation, call 630415-5296 or visit the PJN Tax Solutions website at www.pjntaxsolutions. com Would you go to court without an attorney? Then why would you represent yourself before the IRS?

But it is his firm’s experience with the Internal Revenue Services that is the most valuable asset that he offers to his clients. “The IRS is the world’s largest collection agency. They can seize just about any assets to pay unpaid taxes,” said owner Patrick Noone. “We know how the IRS thinks and what they are looking for. When you hire us, we will take care of all communications with the IRS. We will negotiate on your behalf from a position of

525 Tyler Road, Suite Q2, St. Charles 630-415-5296 Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., weekend and evening appointments available upon request

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From front yard to farm, Tri-County Stockdale has all the knowledge you need


t Tri-County Stockdale of Joliet, you’ll find everything you need for pets — from the cats and dogs in your living room to horses and goats in your back barn. But this company, which began as a farm supply store, is now a go-to locale for everyday consumers, explains Karen Redman, General Manager at Tri-County Stockdale. “Keeping to our rural roots, we are still selling animal feeds, and grass seeds, and specializing in chickens. We’ve always been in the business of taking care of the land and the animals on it, whether it is farm fields or front yards.” Those chickens Redman speaks of are an area of growing demand in the western suburbs, as more and more residents are taking up the hobby — raising backyard chickens for themselves and reaping the advantages of the eggs they provide.

their children responsibility for caring for an animal and get two fresh eggs nearly every day.” Still a classic country store, TriCounty Stockdale also is a great spot to find Christmas trees, wreaths, gift baskets, gourmet teas, coffees, dips, scone mixes, and other gift items. “We know all about what we sell, and we are here to help,” she says. “Come on in and meet us, and you’ll leave as one of our friends.”

“We have a program where we rent two laying hens, a coop, feeder, waterer, feed and bedding for one fee, she says. We deliver and set up everything in April and pick up in November. For a nominal rental fee, parents could teach

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fter selling their Kane County property, Neil Johnson, managing director of SVN Landmark Commercial Real Estate, asked his Illinois clients what other commercial properties they owned. They mentioned an industrial investment in Arizona that they were ready to sell. “I contacted an SVN colleague in Phoenix,” Johnson said, “and we quickly collaborated to establish the market value and co-list the property.”

“As part of the SVN shared value network, we have developed relationships across the country,” Johnson said. “We work with buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants from coast to coast. This powerful network allows us to help our clients regardless of the location, size or type of commercial property.”

Geneva-based SVN Landmark, opened by Johnson in 2005, is an independently-owned franchise of Sperry Van Ness International. “It has been satisfying to provide our clients with the resources of a national firm, plus established local expertise,” Johnson said. SVN promotes a company-wide culture of collaboration and fairness, based on a strong ethical foundation.

The Lipsey Co. 2016 survey again ranked SVN as the sixth-most recognized commercial real estate brand. SVN International has a presence in every major U.S. market, plus several other countries. “We are linked with 200 offices representing specialists in every commercial asset type,” Johnson said. “Our clients benefit from the technology and marketing resources of a world-class company. Every listing has its own website, professional brochure, and national online distribution. Properties listed with a price above $1 million are presented live on a

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The SVN Landmark brokerage team in Geneva has proven success with investment sales, leasing and tenant representation. They have completed 700+ sale and lease transactions throughout Chicago’s suburbs, including retail, restaurant, office and industrial properties, plus vacant land.

“Our advisors take pride in being a valued resource to our clients, as well as to public officials and local business groups. They work hard to stay current on the local markets and national trends. “ SVN advisors are encouraged to be involved in their local communities. Johnson serves on the Geneva Chamber board of directors, plus other local business and civic groups, and is an active member of his church in Batavia.

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onathan Bieritz AIA, has been a employment experiences formulated Bieritz’s The main philosophy of the business is to “We provide a great benefit to our clients licensed architect for more than 30 desire to create his own business and to create the best home its clients will ever by being both the architect and the builder, years, with a passion for creating utilize what he had learned to design and own, from how it is designed, to how it is because we are able to discuss all aspects of truly custom and magnificent build great homes and renovations. built, to how it performs. designing and building a home from the very homes. first meeting,” Bieritz said. “However, we can Most design-build firms are builder-driven. Bieritz’ 30 years of experience designing still design someone’s dream home if they From an early age, Bieritz As a firm that offers both design and and his construction manager’s 30 years of remembers being intrigued by the construction services, JB Architecture is experience building is a winning combination have other means of building.” experience of watching homes being built. driven by architecture first. for their clients. The secret to Bieritz’ success is in combining his passion with his attention to the details. After gaining valuable experience working with An added bonus is that a local architect early in JB Architecture is at the 1320 N. Route 59 Ste. 124 his career, Bieritz went on forefront of incorporating Naperville Timeless Design ... to become the in-house many aspects of energy architect for one of the High Performance Construction efficiency, sustainability, 630-357-8100 most prominent builders and high performance in all Est. 1993 in the area. Both of these “Timeless Design ... High Performance Construction” of their homes. Creating Exceptional Homes Since 1993 630.357.8100

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Mortgage Solutions You Can TRUST!

STAND OUT! Let Johnson Seat & Canvas help you Do you recognize any of these businesses?


ach one has a way to draw your eye to their door, to let you know who they are. Colors, shapes, sizes, functionality — all of these businesses have chosen their own individual blend of these qualities so their business entrance stands out and gets noticed. Bring potential customers to your door with your own design, or let our professional sales staff design your awning/canopy. Use your company logo and colors to identify who you are. Awnings not only attract customers, they can also help lower your air conditioning costs by cutting down the heat produced by the sun. In fact, you can reduce your energy costs by up to 25 percent and room temperatures by 8 to 15 degrees. Johnson Seat & Canvas is a second generation, familyowned business that has served Northern Illinois for more than 60 years. Customer satisfaction is their number-one priority, with numerous repeat customers.

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815.756.2037 • Page 6 • Insight • December 2016 | Special Advertising Section


• Recent college graduates — Simple underwriting requirements. “I recently had to meet a closing date • FHA Rehabilitation for our town home that been moved up loans (203k) — This at the last minute. It was a complicated unique FHA loan allows loan situation that needed to be finalized you to include the cost in days, not weeks. I was referred of repairs or updates into your mortgage. to Linda Callaghan of Peoples Home Property must be owner Equity...The other mortgage broker occupied. told me there was no chance... Linda • Homestyle exhibited consummate professionalism Rehab loan — This and impeccable follow up. ...If anyone is conventional loan allows you to include the cost looking for mortgage services, “Miracle of repairs or updates Worker” Linda Callaghan should be their into your mortgage. one and only choice.” Can be used for owner Loan specialist Linda — Andy Silis, St. Charles, IL occupied or investment Callaghan has over 20 properties. years of experience • HomeReady — A helping families with financial planning and conventional program for purchase or refinance mortgages. With her CPA education from that requires only 3% equity and offers reduced NIU and fluency in Spanish, she has helped PMI rates. hundreds of families purchase or refinance their • Previous Bankruptcy or Foreclosure—PHE mortgages and save both time and money. has several programs available for almost every “My years in financial planning help me see the situation. big picture and create a long-term plan for my • VA Loans — No down payment required. clients,” Linda said. “Mortgages are not “one • Low or No Credit — Credit repair services size fits all” products — they should be tailored available. to each client’s individual needs.” Save money each month with a refinance or Following are some of the Special Programs shorten the number of years you will be in available at PHE: debt, paying off your mortgage a lot faster. Let Linda help you get qualified for what mortgage • Home Affordable Refinance Program product best fits your needs, and take advantage (HARP) for homeowners whose mortgage of the still low rates on great purchase and is pre May 31, 2009 and have little, no or refinance mortgage products now. negative equity. This special program expires September 2017. No cost to see if you qualify. eoples Home Equity (PHE) is a full service mortgage banker that expertly handles your mortgage from start to finish. The in-house underwriting team works closely with loan originators to find solutions for clients. PHE lends its own money which makes for smooth and timely closings.

• First Time Homebuyer Grant money (IDHA grant) — $7,500 available for qualified first-time buyers. Available for owner-occupied single-family homes, townhomes and multifamily properties.


Linda Callaghan • (630)-854-9037 NMLS # 229776

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Over 125 years of building communities


lexander Lumber is a family-owned company with a heritage of quality, service and commitment to both trade professionals and local homeowners. Their founder, John Alexander came to the United States from Scotland, and opened his first lumberyard in Aurora, Illinois in 1891. He sought to expand his lumber operation and was provided the opportunity when the railroads started reaching out west. John was able to negotiate a series of land leases with the railroads setting lumberyards at close intervals along the line. By the late 1920s, he operated well over 100 so-called “line yards.” The family business expanded rapidly as the years went by, both John’s son, John Jr, and his grandson Walter, became involved.

“We feel the values that have allowed us to operate for 125 years align very closely with the values that the people of our communities have come to expect and who they choose to do business with,” says District Manager, Greg Kimbrell. Alexander Lumber is more than a lumberyard. At their 20 locations throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, they are a go-to resource for home renovation projects; selling windows, doors, kitchen and bath cabinets, hardware, decking, roofing, trim/ moulding and more. No matter the size and scope of the project — remodeling a kitchen, adding a deck, replacing windows and doors, upgrading a bathroom, refinishing a basement — they help their customers get it done. Alexander Lumber specialists provide expert advice, unmatched knowledge and creative suggestions—from the beginning to the end of the project.


Cortland Crystal Lake Joliet 815-756-4824 815-356-8600 815-725-0030 • June 2016 2016 || Special Special Advertising Advertising Section Section •• Page Page 71 InsightInSight • December

String it up at Austin’s Violin Shop


ustin’s Violin Shop makes, repairs, sells and rents the four orchestral stringed instruments— violin, viola, cello, and bass—and offers a wide range of music, stands and accessories. Their courier service travels throughout the Chicagoland area. Owner Patricia Austin began playing the violin in fourth grade and continued to study music at Northern Illinois University. There, she also studied violin-making with Mr. Harold Walker

CLOSING in DeKalb. Patricia began teaching Suzuki violin to students in 1975. In 1981, she and her husband, Dana, opened Austin’s Violin Shop in a ramshackle house on Wheeler Road—very humble beginnings!

Upon Dana’s passing in 1994, Patricia took over the violin shop and gradually transitioned from full-time teaching to running the shop. The Austin’s oldest daughter, Honna, currently provides lessons in the studio two days a week, as well as at a large strings studio in Batavia. Daughter Holly graduated from the violin-making school and is now a luthier at the shop, and son Joel aspires to become a luthier.

Patricia Austin, owner 316 Wheeler Road Sugar Grove (630) 466-7562 Tuesday – Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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In 1986, the Austins moved their shop to its current location on Wheeler Road. Their business continued to grow, along with their family of eight children. The location presents easy access to several area studios and schools. Working out of their home also gave Patricia the opportunity to be close to her children while teaching full time. Dana converted the garage into a working shop for meeting with customers, as well as for luthier services.


Back To Work

“Our main philosophy is to allow students from our area the opportunity to enjoy playing a stringed instrument, and to provide them with high-quality equipment and service,” Patricia said. She said that she never foresaw the size that they have grown to, or the number of wonderful families and teachers they have met over the years. “I’ve been able to incorporate many loves into this place—music, children, gardens, pets,” she said. “We have so much to be thankful for.” If you have a question or need about anything concerning orchestra strings, the Austins have the answer and the products, or they will find it for you.

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In September WE WELCOME YOUR HELP! To be able to offer its services to job seekers at no charge, TUG Career Services relies on donations and fundraising. If you would like to donate, have fundraising ideas or know of grant opportunities, contact Director Jim Klink at (630) 631-1871 or email WeCanHelp@ In addition, volunteers and information on job opportunities are appreciated.

TUG Career Services strives to assist individuals in career transition. Originally known as the Tricity Unemployment Group, TUG was created by several concerned community leaders and representatives of four St Charles churches to address the needs of unemployed & underemployed residents in the St Charles and surrounding area. In October 2001 TUG began operation and today has helped more than 12,000 individuals who have sought out TUG services, which are free to all those who attend. In September 2014 TUG became a standalone 501(c)3 non-profit organization. At this time TUG also changed its name to TUG Career Services making it easier for the public to recognize its role in the community. It is a recognized United Way agency. The mission of TUG Career Services is to provide job-seeking skills, career management services, education and training in an environment that encourages and facilitates networking, mutual support and maintaining a positive attitude. The ultimate goal is meaningful employment. It’s important for those who have lost their jobs to remain active in seeking new employment. Whether your career transition is voluntary or involuntary, keeping up with the ever-changing trends in the marketplace such as social media, branding and networking are keys to success in your career.

Everything On Sale!

TUG is here to help you hone your skills and to provide support and compassion as one goes through the highs and lows of looking for that next opportunity. The team at TUG are experts in their own fields. Many have been hiring managers, involved in the hiring process on both sides of the table. The majority of new jobs are found through networking, and participants are eager to help each other find the right contact to land a new position. So attend a free job-help meeting the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles.

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We Move People Pictured is the expanded Volkswagen dealership that has moved from West Chicago to St. Charles.


he goal of the Fox Valley Auto Group, Fox Valley Volkswagen St. Charles, Fox Valley Volkswagen Schaumburg and Fox Valley Buick GMC St. Charles is to sell and service new Volkswagen, Buick and GMC vehicles and all makes and models of pre-driven vehicles.

Abinion began selling vehicles to help pay for college and fell in love with the business. His first dealership was Landmark Ford in Niles, IL for 16 years. Vice President, Pre-driven Vehicle

Abinion added a new Volkswagen dealership in West Chicago in 2006, which in 2016 moved and expanded to a 40,000 square-foot facility in St. Charles. Fox Valley Volkswagen Schaumburg opened in 2008 and Fox Valley Buick GMC of St. Charles in 2011.

Their mission is to move people. But this is not about selling their customers a vehicle and repairing the ones they already have. It is about much more than that and it is certainly much more than two simple words. They want everyone who is in contact with their team members every day to be MOVED. Moved in many ways, but always for the better — better than before their engagement with them — whether it is financially, spiritually, emotionally as well as professionally. “We want to move people to a better place in their lives just by dealing and working with us,” said founder, President and CEO Emir Abinion. “Imagine the impact we can have on people’s lives with this as our focus. This is what it truly means to be of service.”

Their focus toward providing superior customer service and excellent ownership experience has allowed Fox Valley Auto Group to expand over the years.

Director and Partner Shakeel Omar, operated a successful pre-driven automotive retail store in Chicago, IL for over 16 years. Long-time friends, Abinion and Omar met when they were selling cars together at Golf Mill Ford in the mid-1980s.

In 2016, Frank Butnaru, who worked for Abinion in sales at Landmark Ford, was named as a second partner and is the General Manager of the Volkswagen dealership in Schaumburg. The two are long-time friends, as well. In 2012, Volkswagen awarded Abinion the Volkswagen Diamond Pin Award, a

recognition bestowed on only four dealers in North America and 70 Volkswagen dealers world-wide, for their overall commitment to the brand and its customers. They were again recognized in 2015 with membership in Volkswagen’s Customer First Club. This accolade recognizes the dealership as a top performer in customer satisfaction on a national level. The two things that drive Abinion are finding ways to make it better and more convenient for the dealerships’ customers to do business with them, and how can they serve the community better. Fox Valley Auto Group has three locations and approximately 160 employees. Together, Fox Valley Auto Group sells about 5,000 vehicles and services over 54,000 vehicles annually. Abinion said the secret to his dealerships’ success is to treat people like he would want to be treated and to be a value through service to his customers and community. “This comes first before any vehicle is sold or serviced,” he said.

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Maintain Your INDEPENDENCE Professional Tax Help Is Right Here


ete Lewis’ clients don’t hear from him only at tax time. With his firm, Lewis & Associates Tax Planning, Inc.’s focus on tax savings, Lewis said he needs to understand each client’s business to be able to match their company’s routine business transactions with available tax savings. Fueled by a strong desire to understand how the core financial components of business operate, Lewis obtained graduate degrees in business and gained more than 30 years of diverse tax experience working in public accounting, legal and corporate environments before starting his own firm.

preparation to business owners, and in 2012 added IRS debt relief and audit representation services. He continues to successfully grow his business by helping local area business owners and individuals with their tax problems.

While education, experience and degrees are important indicators of expertise, Lewis said he Pete is a is always mindful of the knowledgable, proactive and trusted fact that he is providing a service to people who need advisor focused on to partner with someone helping his clients they can trust.

lower their tax obligations. He tells it like it is and is a pleasure to work with. — Dr. Sakina & Mansoor Bajowala, Kaneland Allergy & Asthma Center, North Aurora

He earned an MBA in finance, a CPA certificate and is an Enrolled Agent Admitted to Practice Before the IRS, and has held positions as Tax Director, Tax Manager, Senior Tax Consultant and Vice President of Finance. He operated a part-time tax practice for 15 years in DuPage County prior to forming Lewis & Associates Tax Planning, Inc. in 2008. He began by offering tax planning and

“I think of my clients as friends,” he said. “Some have been friends for more than 20 years. I believe that each individual deserves the best service that can be provided.”

In addition to his practice, Lewis has taught for more than 25 years as an Adjunct Professor for Chicago area universities. His current classes are in finance and accounting at DePaul University’s School of New Learning and the University of Phoenix on-ground Chicago area campuses, where he teaches students who have the same questions about business that he once had.

Lewis & AssociAtes tAx PLAnning, inc. 902 South Randall Rd C290, St. Charles

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ome For Life Advantage, Inc. provides custom home modifications for individuals who would like to remain in their home during the normal aging process or with any type of mobility problem or disability. They can offer ramps, grab bars, barrier free showers, stairlifts, vehicle platform lifts, as well as complete bathroom remodels or home additions. When Cindy’s and Rein’s parents began aging, they saw the need for modifications to their home. They began researching and educating themselves about the ADA and when and where it applies, and learned that there are many options available to modify their homes to improve their everyday living. They realized there was a great need for their specialized services. With more than 30 years of construction and building background, they became certified as “CAPS” (Certified Aging in Place Specialists) and as Universal Design Specialists and opened their business in March of 2010. They service 13 counties on a regular basis, from Wisconsin to Indiana and from Iowa to Lake Michigan. They are also certified to teach continuing education classes to health care professionals that need to keep their licenses current. Through continually educating themselves in their industry, they are able to reach out to professionals, the community, support groups and church groups, sharing their knowledge of what modifications are available for specific needs. “Every progressive disease, such as Parkinson’s, has its own unique challenges,” said Cindy.” So, the more we can educate

ourselves the better we can serve our clientele. It is very rewarding to be able to help someone who would like to stay in their home.” Every day, they have the privilege of helping someone improve their situation that just the day before, felt hopeless. Working together with their clients, they help them to understand that they may be doing things differently, but they will still be able to maintain their independence. They treat each person with dignity and respect and are able to give them HOPE.

796 Heartland Drive Unit B • Sugar Grove


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ndy Zatos has a long history in the restaurant industry, and he has transformed that experience into a growing chain of breakfast and lunch restaurants called the Brunch Café. The most recent addition to the Brunch Café family is in St. Charles, at 172 S. First St., and it serves as yet another example of why he has spent the past 28 years in the field. “We pride ourselves on providing our guests with exceptional fresh food, great guest interaction, and a comfortable environment,” Andy said. “I’ve always enjoyed visiting St. Charles; we have customers who live in St. Charles.”

172 S. First St., St. Charles

(630) 940-2814

open 6:30 am - 2:30 pm


The self-styled “contemporary breakfast and lunch café” opened its first location in 2008, and has been steadily growing ever since. Their focus is on more than just the food, although the menu — complete with regularly changing daily specials — makes it clear that a lot of time and effort goes into each item. According to his website,, not only is the Brunch Café well-known for its breakfast and lunch staples, “… we’re also well-known for our decadent twists on the regulars … like the stuffed french toast, blueberry bliss cakes and berry explosion waffle.”

That ability to apply a unique approach to things has translated into far more than just the Brunch Café menu. It’s also how Andy approaches every day, whether it’s how he runs his business, how he interacts with his customers, or how he works with his team. “I enjoy how every day is different. Every day brings something new, funny and memorable,” he said. The Brunch Café also offers catering and event-hosting services, as well. For most entrees, they require a 10-person minimum order, and in order to ensure the highest-quality service, they ask for 24 hours notice for next-day pick-up and delivery. However, same-day orders may be accommodated, although the menu options could be limited. For weekend catering orders, they ask for a 48-hour notice. In addition to catering for pick up or delivery, the restaurant is also available to host events, such as bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners or any other special event. So whether it is time for breakfast, brunch or lunch, or a special event, Andy and his team at the Brunch Café have something perfect for you. They are able to do that because of a simple, yet obviously effective, strategy. “My goal is to provide people exactly what I would like in a restaurant, and then treat people how I would like to be treated,” Andy said.

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native of St. Charles and daughter of life-long St. Charles and Batavia teachers Mary and Floyd (Coach/Swede) Carlson, Caroline Olinger, retired in 2013 after a long and distinguished career in the United States Navy and came home to Batavia to be closer to her large family.


Mattress Warehouse of DeKalb

In March 2015, Caroline became the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors inhome senior care service in the Fox Valley (Tri-Cities) and Kane County areas. Caroline’s team provides a variety of non-medical assistance for seniors with their activities of daily living, such as assistance with dressing and grooming, meal preparation, laundry, errands, doctor visits, light housekeeping, respite care and more. They work to ensure the senior’s safety, reduce their loneliness, and encourage independent living while they remain in their homes (or care facilities) for as long as possible. Caroline’s goal is to help foster relationships between loving, caring and compassionate seniors with those seniors who need and want assistance to continue living in their own homes and remain engaged in the community. With both of her parents gone, Caroline said she feels that this endeavor will help fill that void of missing them so much, while continuing their legacy of helping others in the community.

Caroline Olinger retired from the United States Navy in 2013 to become Owner of Seniors Helping Seniors — an in-home senior care service in Batavia and the surrounding area.

respect their fellow seniors. As a growing business in the area, Caroline is currently looking for active senior men and women (as young as 40) to be part-time, paid employees for her team. “I have incredible helpers that include very talented and loving senior care givers,” Caroline said. “I have a wonderful pianist, two woodworkers, great cooks, retired teachers and nurses, and even an active Senior League baseball player! They are all truly inspirational people who simply want to stay active and help others.”


Seniors Helping Seniors is a franchise business started in Pennsylvania in 2004, and Caroline is one of 240 franchise owners nation-wide and the third to receive her license from the State of Illinois in April 2015. The unique peer-to-peer model of Senior Care provides an experienced, compassionate and credible resource of male and female Seniors who enjoy helping others and truly understand and

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(630) 937-4246



his year marks 17 years in business for the Mattress Warehouse of DeKalb, a locally owned family company. Visit this retail store in DeKalb at 1224 E. Lincoln Highway (across from the Moose Club and behind Star Worlds Arcade). The showrooms are open to the public six days a week; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays. “In 2000, we found an old 1920s brick warehouse that was kind of off the beaten path on DeKalb’s east side,” said owner Mike Kisluk. “We had the idea of establishing a store with very low overhead so that families could afford good-quality mattresses. We started with just five mattresses in a showroom so tiny you could hardly turn around. But the support from the community was so incredible that we expanded our showrooms.” Today, the Mattress Warehouse of DeKalb sells a wide range of mattresses, including memory foam beds, futons, bunk beds, headboards, daybeds, platform beds and loft beds are also available. You can find specialty items, such as waterbed supplies and custom-sized mattresses for antique beds, campers, RVs and truck sleepers. In stock are split-queen box springs. Unusual application bed frames and hardware are kept on-hand. Recently added is a specialty line of durable mattresses for the plus-size sleeper. All mattresses are made in the USA.

Mattress Warehouse of DeKalb recognizes that 21st Century demands often place time pressures on families. So, 75 to 80 percent of the mattress line-up is in-stock, ready to be loaded into a customer’s van or truck. Same day delivery is available on most merchandise. All the products are new and backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. Providing family-budget pricing means Mattress Warehouse is often the destination of choice for “big girl” and “big boy” beds. “One of the best things about working here is being around the little kids’ high energy and enthusiasm,” Kisluk said. He reassures parents that their children are always welcome. The Mattress Warehouse of DeKalb strives to offer a safe, relaxing, no-pressure atmosphere. “We aim to keep the store low-key,” he said. “We are ready to explain how the mattresses are constructed. Everyone is encouraged to lay down and try the beds. A comfort-based personal-preference approach to choosing a mattress is best.” “Our prices still surprise people,” Kisluk continued. “Our guiding principle is to find the best mattresses we can and sell them at the lowest prices possible. We are grateful to all the local people, Northern Illinois University students and shoppers from distant towns for your support these 17 years.” Mattress Warehouse of DeKalb can be reached at (815) 756-4999.


honesty&integrity an Collins founded his remodeling company in 2002 in order to create distinctive and finely crafted home renovations and additions.

“From the beginning, our philosophy and mission has been to offer our customers the best overall value in the construction business and to deliver more than what the customer is expecting,” Collins said. “We are fully committed to providing the best customer service and use the best business and professional practices in the industry. We promise to complete all jobs in a timely and professional manner and to stay within budget.” Collins Construction is a true full-service remodeling company—they handle all the small repairs, from window and door installations, all the way up to larger projects like roofing, siding, room additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels, finished basements, concrete patios and drives, sunrooms, decks and screened porches—and everything in between. “Our employees have all been trained and certified in their field of expertise; all have gone through and continue with educational programs to be sure we are always using best practices for the various types of construction projects,” Collins said. “We stay on top of the industry trends for all of our remodeling jobs and use the best installation practices to ensure a quality job.” When you choose Collins Construction Group to handle your renovations and additions, you work directly with their team. They listen to your ideas, build a plan for your home and coordinate every phase of construction. He said his company’s philosophy is to always deliver more than what the customer expects. That means they offer high quality and good value, all while treating the customer with honesty and integrity.

“We do what we say we are going to do,” Collins said. “We care more about the customer than our bottom line.” The company communicates with the customer throughout the entire project in order to keep the customer fully informed every step of the way. “If you call us, we will always get back to you,” Collins said. He is hands-on, so when you call you’ll work directly with the owner. He’s easy to work

with and prides himself on offering valuable advice to help homeowners make decisions. “We aim to create, for you, the home of your dreams. Whether it’s from the ground up, a room addition or remodeling, we are ready to serve you. We have been creating distinctive additions, garages, sun-rooms, porches, basements, bathrooms and kitchens for over 20 years,” Collins said. “For more information on Collins Construction Group or to request a quote, please call us today.” Collins Construction wants to help you create a home that is truly your own by creating an environment that is Collins-crafted, where the difference is in the details.

931 First St., Batavia (630) 406-8434


“What a wonderful experience it has been remodeling our house with CCG. The finished product is truly amazing! You took our ‘tired’ house and made it beautiful again ... We are still in awe sometimes when we walk in our home ... Your team truly takes pride in their work ... they are the best of the best ... It was a huge project that required a lot of selections which would have been overwhelming had it not been for all of you. We want to thank you for everything.” Joe and Pat Crawford, Batavia “We absolutely love our new kitchen and could not be happier with the job you did for us ... I can’t say enough about the professionalism and friendliness of everybody that worked on the project ... The craftsmanship and quality of the work was just outstanding ... Your expertise and guidance was invaluable in transforming our ‘vision’ into a workable beautiful space. We feel that you and your team went above and beyond our expectations in everything ... Thanks again, Dan, for transforming our kitchen.” Sandy and Jim Kowalkowski, Batavia

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HOME SWEET HOME Miscella Real Estate Welcomes Melissa Nicholson

“I chose Miscella because I was so impressed with the importance stressed on truly caring for each client,” Nicholson said. “An effort is made to create relationships, not just customers or clients.”

After 22 years at home, home-schooling her children, Melissa Nicholson decided it was time for a change.

Nicholson’s goal in business is to truly listen and understand the needs of each of her clients. Buying and selling a home is an emotional time. Every client has their own story and personal needs. It’s important to her to hear those stories and cater to each individual’s needs. No one is just a buyer or a seller — they are people with lives just like her.

“Since I’ve spent half of my personal life buying and selling homes myself, I knew I could understand the stress, joy, and many other emotions involved in selling, moving, and buying,” Nicholson said. “I wanted a career in which I could share my knowledge of the industry and my love for people; and I knew real estate was the perfect fit.” She also knew real estate was her dream job because she is a true extrovert, loves meeting new people, the constant change in the business, and the opportunity to help and care for others. After studying for and passing the Illinois real estate broker exam on her first try, Nicholson immediately began researching companies and sought a position with Miscella Real Estate in Geneva.

Nicholson recently moved to St. Charles and is excited to be serving clients in the Fox Valley area. “I have always loved this area. Even while living far away, coming back here was always home to me. There is nowhere else I’d rather be. The friendly people, the dining, the shopping — it’s the perfect place to work and call home.” Nicholson believes anyone can have anything they want if they work hard for it. She is looking forward to building new relationships in the community and working hard to help buyers and sellers alike.

815-981-6099 • 202 Campbell St., Geneva

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Bigger Building, Same Quality Meats


or three generations, the Ream family has been in the meat business, continually improving and expanding their product line of fresh meat, smoked meats and over 200 varieties of sausage and unique food items. With the move this year to their new, larger location, they now also offer a selection of wine and local craft beer. Robert and Phyllis Ream bought the Elburn market in 1954 to sell quality fresh meat and processing for local farmers in rural Kane County. In the early 1980s, their son Randy began learning the art of smoked meats and sausages, seeking out and purchasing German-made smokehouses and other meat- manufacturing equipment. Randy Ream has since built a reputation for his knowledge, skill, and friendly way of doing business. He has won over 300 awards in state, national, and international smoked meat competitions, and has been inducted into the National Cured Meat Hall of Fame. The Ream family manufactures all of their smoked meats and sausages on-site. They make over 10 varieties of hotdogs, 20+ varieties of bratwurst, all of their lunchmeat, hams, bacon, artisan hard salamis and more! Their store also features a beautiful fresh meat case with high-quality fresh meat. Randy, with wife Janelle, has passed on his expertise in the

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the business, and their trip to Germany to see the factory where their three smokehouses were made was quite exciting. Ream’s Meat Market is a family business with a great staff. Randy and his wife, Janelle, run the business with their two sons, Joel and Stewart. Phyllis Ream still helps with the bookwork. Randy’s brother Jim and his wife Sharon work at the store. The business now consists of about 60 full and part-time employees. Now that they are in their new, larger location, the Ream family would like to see their business continue to grow, so that more people in the Chicago area can see what they do and how special it is! “We want to continue to create new products so that our store is always a fun and great experience to all of our customers who come from near and far,” said Janelle.

field of smoked meats to his two sons, Joel and Stewart. The butchers at the market are also experts in their area of production. Housed in a building on Main Street in Elburn that had been a meat market since 1904, Ream’s Meat Market moved three blocks south of its original location in April 2016. The new and bigger store at 250 S. Main Street has given them some breathing room and is better able to more comfortably serve their growing clientele. “Our original location has been too small for many years,” said Janelle. “It took us years to find a new location that we felt we REAM’S MEAT MARKET could move our business 250 S. Main St., Elburn 630-365-6461 to expand. 2015 was a long year as we gutted and completely built a new store and meat Hours/days of operation: plant.” M-F 9-6 Sat 9-4 Sun 10-4 There have been a number of memorable moments in the Ream family’s history. In addition to Randy’s induction into the Cured Meat Hall of Fame, the Ream family was also featured on “The Hungry Hound” on ABC Channel 7. The grand opening of their new store during Memorial Day weekend, 2016 was an important milestone in

Give Your Pets The Best In Vet Care


oyal Companions is a pet-centric veterinary practice providing state-of-the-art care in a FearFree environment. This results in more pleasant visits for beloved pets and their people. Loyal Companions is passionate about elevating the care your pet receives to the next level.

Dr. Vicki Petsche has practiced veterinary medicine for 22 years and has worked in several veterinary hospitals in the Chicago suburbs, as well as in Miami, Fla. She settled in the Fox Valley area 15 years ago, and has been practicing in this community ever since.

Loyal Companions Animal Hospital and Pet Resort is a full-service veterinary hospital that also offers luxury overnight lodging, day care, grooming and training classes. The style of the building allowed Dr. Petsche to design the animal hospital and pet resort of her dreams. As an added bonus, there is a spacious yard for the lodging and day care pets to get outdoor exercise. Dr. Petsche’s love for animals began at a very young age. She started riding horses when she was five years old, and throughout her childhood spent her time caring for her family’s pets — dogs, cats, hamsters, horses and a goat. It was here, as a little girl in rural Michigan, that she decided to become a veterinarian. Dr. Petsche has aligned herself with the recently developed Fear-Free initiative, and Loyal Companions is one of the first animal hospitals in the country to have the whole staff become Fear-Free Certified Professionals. Special attention has been paid to the smallest details of the new hospital’s design to ensure every pet’s experience at Loyal Companions is calming and pleasant.

Loyal Companions Fear Free certified staff employ numerous scientifically based techniques to keep pets (and their people!) calm and stress free while they receive veterinary care. This includes an innovative hospital design, which gives cats their own section in the hospital so they never have to see, hear or smell a dog. Cats and dogs have their own separate entrances. Additionally, the new animal hospital design has eliminated the waiting room, as this can be the area where most pets and their people become stressed. Upon arriving, pets and their people are ushered into spacious exam rooms, each with a window to allow for natural light, proven to improve wellbeing. Scientifically proven to produce calming effects, speciesspecific calming music and pheromones are diffused into each room. To ensure pets equate only positive experiences with coming to Loyal Companions, owners are asked to bring their pets to their appointments hungry so tasty treats or food

LOYAL COMPANIONS 2312 W. Main St. St. Charles 630-524-2125 Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 7am-6pm; Tue & Thur: 7am - 7pm; Sat: 9 am - Noon

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t Loyal Companions Pet Resort your dog or cat will receive extra special attention from our caring staff. If you will be traveling, your pet can lodge overnight in one of our spacious dog suites or kitty condos. There are cozy beds, special treats and one-on-one attention from our Fear-Free certified staff. Each area of the Pet Resort is equipped with state-of-the-art webcams so pet owners will be at ease knowing they can see their pets even if they are miles away. For additional peace of mind, you can have confidence knowing Dr. Vicki Petsche and staff are ready and willing to assist your pet if the need for veterinary care should arise. Plan ahead by at least three weeks when reserving a lodging stay because some pets may need to have vaccines updated. Doggie Day Care is the perfect solution if you are a working pet parent or have a busy schedule with your human children. It is especially helpful with the busy holiday schedules and winter weather. Your dog can have a full or half-day of

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playtime exercising in our spacious indoor and outdoor areas. At Loyal Companions we take our day care service to the next level by providing your pet with extra training in basic manners or we can work on a skill or trick at your request. We want the time spent with us to be stimulating both socially and intellectually — the same as a high quality children’s day care center. Loyal Companions Pet Resort ... the care and compassion your pet deserves.

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A Special Kind Of

CAR SERVICE It’s All About The Experience


ou can get a basic haircut just it is downtown St. Charles’ oldest business. about anywhere, but to get When Ron was ready to sell the business and a classic haircut and shave retire, Michael didn’t think initially he was experience, you’ve got to go to “quite in that mode yet,” but when a sale Berry’s Barber Shop in St. Charles. with someone else fell through, and the shop That’s because at Berry’s they truly enjoy closed, Michael couldn’t bear that. So he sharing the “art of barbering” with you. bought the shop name from Ron and reopened the business February 1, 2014. At Berry’s you enjoy barbering and shaving the way it used to be. Every haircut includes Since then he has renovated the upscale shop a straight razor neck shave, hot towel, mini to its former glory with old fashioned barber facial massage and after shave. Every shave chairs, cash register and barber pole, but also uses a straight razor and includes hot lather the latest technology. Watch your favorite and a hot towel. You get all this while enjoying show or sports on the big screen, ultra high humor and chat from definition TVs. owner Michael Hayden and One of the things Michael feels his staff of experienced he has a knack for is changing “artists.” a customer’s hairstyle. He can Michael is quite a success often recommend a different Classic Haircut Only hairstyle that improves your story. Orphaned at age four, he grew up at nearby appearance, particularly for Mooseheart, a home for young men who may still have children in need sponsored the same hairstyle their mom by Moose International. picked. There he learned a No matter what service you vocation, barbering, need to help you look your and was cutting hair best, Berry’s has it: Everything professionally at age 17. from flat top haircut, fade cut, “Starting from nothing,” straight razor facial shave, he said, he went on to straight razor skull shave, graduate from North straight razor beard and Central College and had hairline line-up, beard trim, a successful sales career. hair & beard coloring, to front He continued to barber & back torso shaves. Senior, on weekends for decades student and children’s rates as “barbering grounded him.” He dreamed of are available. having his own barber shop when he retired. For weddings, Berry’s even offers groom But not just any barber shop. Historic Berry’s Barber Shop. shaving parties as a fun addition to a bachelor party. “I had that shop in my heart a long time,” he said, so he kept in touch with his Mooseheart So take a break from the stress of the day instructor Ron Saltzgiver who had bought and enjoy the camaraderie, attention and Berry’s Barber Shop in 1969. Founded in 1910 quality of Berry’s Barber Shop. You’ll leave by Clarence “Buck” Berry at the same location, feeling refreshed and looking great!



Kurt, Rick and Frank with a couple of classic Corvettes they service.


omet Motorsports is an automotive performance and service business, serving domestic, Asian and European vehicles. Komet offers performance parts sales and service, general service and maintenance, dyno services and tuning, and paintless dent repair, including repair from hail damage. Frank Kapusinski has more than 45 years of automotive service and repair in both dealership and independent shops; his son Kurt Kapusinski has more than 18 years of automotive and motorcycle service and repair and paintless dent repair. Rick Guzman started out as a customer who wanted to become a mechanic. Shortly after graduating from Universal Technical Institute, Rick joined Komet full time and has been part of the team for the past five years. “We are all “car guys” who enjoy the challenges of servicing today’s vehicles and the people to whom cars are more than just transportation,” Frank said. “Many of our customers have classic muscle cars that most shops are not interested in servicing anymore.”

They bring to their business a love of driving, competing in, and working on cars. In addition to the regular repair services, Komet ‘s specialty is its in-ground chassis dynamometer. It allows people to learn the actual power and torque output of their vehicles and how possible modifications would effect that output. The Kapusinskis opened Komet for business in 2006 and have been growing it every day since then. Much of their new business is generated through referrals from their loyal and satisfied customer base. Although they have the experience and the drive to succeed, they don’t consider themselves “experts” in the field. “I think you can only become an ‘expert’ in a field that has stopped changing,” Frank said. “We learn of new automotive advances on a daily basis.” He said their memorable moments are when they are able to resolve a problem that drives them crazy, or one that couldn’t be fixed by other automotive shops. Two philosophies drive their business: “We strive to give people the best value and service for their money,” Frank said. “We treat our customers the way we expect to be treated … honestly and fairly.”

Berry’s Barber Shop • 117 E. Main St., St. Charles • (630) 584-2503 Monday Noon-6pm • Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm • Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Book at | Appointments Preferred | Walk-ins welcome Plenty of free parking on S. 2nd Avenue• Gift certificates available

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630-584-5400 1500 Foundry St., Unit 9, St. Charles

HOURS: Monday-Friday: 8:00-6:00 Saturday: 9:00-1:00

Unique Name & Focus on high service, low price


ccording to co-owner Ken Stevens, one of the more frequently asked questions about Blue Whale Plumbing is how the company received its unique name.

“Blue Whale was our first van’s nickname. When we bought it, co-owner Phil Paulino was driving the van and his wife was driving behind him. Phil’s wife said it looked like Phil was driving a blue whale,” Stevens said. “We had a different name picked out, but I suggested ‘Hey, what about Blue Whale?’” Fast-forward to today, and the company has the distinction of being far more than just a brightly colored van; Blue Whale Plumbing offers its services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “We are the only (plumbing) company that offers true 24/7 services without any extra cost,” Stevens said. Paulino and Stevens are able to provide customer service unparalleled to any other company due to the fact that they offer a myriad of services, all while keeping their availability open. Blue Whale’s commitment to its customers is unlike any other companies in this industry.

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“Our philosophy is to offer five-star quality plumbing services with very reasonable rates,” Stevens said. With a combined 30 years of experience, Paulino and Stevens originally began this company as a way to further connect with the community, as well as create a legacy for their families.

We were compelled to get into this business because we wanted to build something special for our families and the community. Ken Stevens, co-owner

“We were compelled to get into this business because we wanted to build something special for our families and the

community. In the next five years, we hope to grow as a business in this community,” Stevens said. “If I could tell customers anything, it would be that Blue Whale is here to help your community.” By making it a goal to build trust with each individual customer it services, Blue Whale is a modest but confident family-run business that understands the importance of each customer. Despite those positive traits, Blue Whale’s secret to success is just four words. “Lots of hard work,” Stevens said.


Get ready for the exciting spring auction season! CONSIGN NOW!

From its full-service coin shop in Naperville, Fox Valley Coins has built up a thriving auction business for coins, currency, collectibles, antiques and more. Due to popular demand they have now expanded their auctions from quarterly to often monthly. Now you can buy or sell directly to the public more frequently, and consign single items to entire estates. Plan to consign your quality coins and currency to the Greater Chicago Coin Show Auction Friday, Feb. 24. If jewelry, antiques, collectibles, coins or currency are your passion, then plan to consign and bid in the Saturday, March 25 auction at the auction house. For viewing information and details on these auctions visit the website. Fox Valley Coin Auctions reaches a huge audience of serious buyers locally, nationally and around the world through traditional bidding and on-line with Proxibid. Absentee bidding is available by phone, fax, email or mail. FVCA recently auctioned $1,020,000 in coins and currency. Many items sold for tens of thousands of dollars, and one coin set a new auction record. An 1882 Trade Dollar sold for $50,400, nearly 10% higher than the previous auction record. Owner Marlon Mathre and his team will also often buy outright and pay cash for coins, currency, collectibles and antiques. Just some of the antiques and collectibles they are buying are American Indian artifacts, war relics,

victrolas, antique lamps, stamps, better jewelry and estate jewelry, and sterling silverware. They can make house calls for warranting collections, or items can be consigned to an upcoming auction. Like many businesses, the busiest time of year for Fox Valley Coins is heading into the holidays, October through December. Typically prices are highest then for collector coins and currency, so if you’re looking to sell, now is the time!

and rarest hoards, estates and specimens, but we also have the “ma and pa types” and younger collectors who come in with more common coins — which we gladly evaluate, making offers immediately. Our professionally qualified appraisers have years of experience appraising valuables and will offer you a fair price for your items,” he said.

Fox Valley Coins mainly sells to collectors and investors, and they supply other Many people often coin dealers. Also, want to sell their the last five to 10 entire collections, not set new world auction record inyears, individuals that just their special or just want to preserve rare coins. their net worth have diversified into gold and “That’s how people almost always get more silver bullion in droves. for their coins and currency here,” Mathre said. “We’re strong enough to purchase the largest “We strictly buy and sell the physical products

1882 Trade Dollar

Fox Valley Coins

— that is, we do not sell mining stocks or electronically traded funds (ETFs) or the paper instruments,” Mathre said. “When you buy gold or silver from Fox Valley Coins, you actually walk out with the real gold or silver, not just a piece of paper.” If you’re looking for a special holiday gift, why not give one that will continue to have value in years to come? Helping a youngster start a hobby can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. “We have something for all budgets, from $5 stocking stuffers to $5,000 coins and collectibles,” Mathre said. “Check out our one ounce silver ingots and rounds with scenes of the Nativity, Santa and more.” He noted the new 2016 US gold Buffalo and Eagle bullion coins and silver Eagle bullion coins are available. Mathre said he and his team pride themselves on their integrity. “Though we’ve grown to be a national dealer, and one of the largest in the Midwest, the greatest compliments aren’t when people come from out of state to transact business, but when customers say they come to us because of our reputation of honesty,” he said.

4S100 Route 59, Naperville • Route 59 and Ferry Road (one traffic light North of I-88)

Marlon Mathre and staff wish everyone a Blessed Christmas. Fox Valley Coins will be closed from Dec. 24-Jan.2, re-opening Jan. 3.

Paying Instant Cash!

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(630) 305-0100 • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Saturday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.


We love what we do, and it shows in our patients’

Dr. Horton and Dr. Vranas have been practicing dentistry in St. Charles for 30 years. Both doctors are 1986 graduates of Northwestern University Dental School and hold the prestigious Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry.






he team at Horton & Vranas delivers all aspects of general and restorative dentistry, digital X-Rays (reduces radiation exposure up to 80 percent over conventional methods), teeth whitening (one hour and at-home), veneers, crowns (CEREC One Visit Dentistry), bonding, Invisalign and dental implants — both single tooth and denture implant services.

Invisalign And Bonding

The doctors’ goal is not only to create a beautiful and aesthetically appealing smile, but one that will enhance the quality of your life. Our team is dedicated to providing individuals and families with state-of-the-art restorative and esthetic dental care in our modern high-technology facility designed for your comfort.

Invisalign And Crowns

We take great pride in providing our service to our patients in a timely manner, with minimized wait time for patient appointments. We invite our patients to relax in the comfort of our reception area, enjoy a complimentary refreshment, utilize our WiFi network, or relax and enjoy reading from our large selection of up-to-date magazines.

Implant Dentistry

We are proud of our most recent accolade, our doctors featured in the January 2016 issue of Chicago Magazine Top Doctors publication.

*Actual patient photos

Accepting New Patients

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he State Bank of Geneva (SBG) has been in business in the Geneva community for 113 years, with the Nelson family involved since 1925. The Bank prides itself on building valuable relationships with people in and around the community and knows its clients well enough to meet each individual’s unique financial needs. The longevity of the business and of its employees enables the Bank to offer depth of knowledge, continuity and reliability to its customers.

The Bank offers a full range of financial services and products, including CDs, consumer deposits, home equity and personal loans, commercial deposits and commercial loans, trust and estate services or retirement planning, safe deposit boxes, on-line and mobile banking, consumer remote deposit capture, consumer and commercial bill-pay. “We believe that people want a bank where they are known by name and greeted when they walk in the door,” said Tom Nelson, Senior Relationship Banker. “This is a bank that will create a long-lasting relationship with you to service you throughout your life. We can provide unique products that will meet every person’s individual needs.” The employees and staff are knowledgeable and experienced in the banking industry because of the tasks and jobs they perform on a day to day basis. In a community bank, employees

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take on responsibilities above and beyond what their title would suggest, and they go the extra mile in order for the Bank to be successful. Each employee represents a vast amount of knowledge in the field. With a location in the heart of a thriving community that is frequently changing and growing, SBG is perfectly positioned to assist the community in prospering for years to come. “We support the community in any way we can and make people’s dreams come true. Your success is our priority,” said Nelson. “We are growing in deposits and loans and have become the epicenter for Tri-Cities businesses and residents in the banking industry. The State Bank of Geneva is and will remain the financial foundation of the community well into the future.”

St. Charles Park District, Norris Recreation Center:

A Match Made in Fitness Heaven There’s fit, and then there’s fitness.

Along with amenities such as the aforementioned child care services, the Center also offers locker rooms, whirlpool and towel service. For an additional fee, members can also sign up for massage therapy or arrange to work with a personal trainer.

And when both come together in a seamlessly sensible way, it is truly a match made in fitness heaven. The Norris Recreation Center’s wide array of fitness, tennis and aquatic programs are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Membership fees are competitive with those of commercial fitness and health clubs. Resident membership is available to anyone living within the geographical boundaries of CUSD 303.

In December 2015, the St. Charles Park District entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with Community Unit School District 303 to manage the Norris Recreation Center’s programs, memberships and services, while the school district would retain ownership of the physical building and property. It’s a win-win for both entities. In fact, both agencies were recently recognized with an Intergovernmental Cooperation Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The new facilities give the park district the opportunity to expand its recreational services by adding indoor tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool to give residents that important year-round option; access to a fitness center with dedicated fitness studio, cardio equipment, free- and machine-weights, and an indoor cycling room. Walking into the Norris Recreation Center, one sees children happily entering the center’s on-site childcare facility, while moms and dads head off to the 50-meter indoor pool or venture downstairs to the workout rooms where a dazzling array of treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, rowing machines, stair climbers, and free- and adjustable weights supply everything one could need for a cardio and weight-training workout. Back upstairs in the fitness studio, participants can take a class in everything from Aerostep to Zumba, Yoga to Pilates.

Corporate memberships make healthy and happy employees. There are many benefits to offering a corporate wellness program from reducing absenteeism and lowering health costs to improving morale and increasing productivity. And, there’s no cost to the company. When people sign up for a health club membership, they expect to realize benefits in terms of strength, agility and stamina. With childcare facilities, group fitness classes and attractive payment options, the perks of a Norris Recreation Center membership go far beyond toned muscles and tighter abs. “We have a great community here at Norris,” said Rachel Schumacher, Membership Services Supervisor. “There’s something for everyone and we do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs.” One of the few area facilities to offer a comprehensive tennis program for youths, individuals, couples and families, the Norris Recreation Center is a haven for tennis buffs. Enthusiasts can opt for a tennis-club-only membership and take advantage of perks such as advance court registration or establishing a permanent court time. Members can opt to pay on a month-by-month basis or take care of an entire year up front and receive approximately a 5% discount for doing so. There’s also a user-friendly cancellation policy and the option of temporarily suspending one’s membership for situations like an extended winter vacation. Scheduling is also an important part of the Center’s group fitness program. With classes starting as early as 5:30am and running as late as 7:30pm, there’s sure to be a fitness class to fit almost every schedule. From Pilates to yoga, cardio to cycling, all the Center’s fitness classes are included in the price of Club membership. Located at 1050 Dunham Road on the campus of St. Charles East High School, the Norris Recreation Center is open seven days a week. For more information, visit Insight • December 2016 | Special Advertising Section • Page 23

State Street Jewelers at 230 West State St. has the pleasure of being the oldest jewelry store in Geneva.


he 200 block of State Street has housed a jewelry store since 1915, when the Fargo Block building in the center of the block was built. Now in its third location on the same block, at the southeast corner of State and Third streets, State Street Jewelers has doubled its size and currently employs a staff of 12. This new location has allowed the store to be in the heart of the downtown, and each year it looks forward to being involved in all of the events that Geneva has to offer. The face of State Street Jewelers is the highly trained staff; many have been in the business for over 30 years. As an ongoing part of employment, each staff member is required to take at least one class per year and attend seminars regularly. The store now has two graduate gemologists, two bench jewelers and several employees taking their continuing education through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). State Street Jewelers also encourages each member of the staff to be involved in a local charity or civic organization, because the store wants to give back to the community. Staff members are involved with groups like Anderson Animal Shelter, Holmstad, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Women In Business, Hospice and Lazarus House, to name a few. In the last year, their donations to local schools, churches and fundraisers have exceeded $25,000. From the very beginning,

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State Street Jewelers’ goal has been to provide a full-service jewelry store with the finest diamonds, jewelry and watches. They carry Hearts On Fire Diamonds, the world’s most perfectly cut diamond; Tacori engagement rings and jewelry, heirloom inspired and hand-made in California, Baume et Mercier Watches, Swiss-made since 1830; Simon G Fine Jewelry, Elle Silver Jewelry, Belle E Toile Silver and Enamel Jewelry, Tissot Watches, and many other fine lines of jewelry. Twice a year, staff members travel over 8,000 miles to Antwerp, Belgium — the Diamond Capital of the World — to hand select diamonds for their customers. In Belgium, they are able to buy directly from the sightholders, a truly unique privilege that sets them apart from other jewelers.

of your jewelry needs, from that special engagement ring to the smallest repair, from PAYSON a watch battery to restoring Director of Customer Relations Grandma’s diamond ring, they are there to share all of your special occasions.

State Street Jewelers will also custom make any design that you can dream of, on state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design (CAD) equipment. You can be involved in the whole process, from a sketch to a beautiful piece of jewelry. The repair shop can also restore or refurbish your heirloom jewelry to make it sparkle again or to get it ready to hand down to the next generation. Its services also include restringing, engraving and appraisal work. The staff at State Street Jewelers would be honored to help you with any

230 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-2085 SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS: Monday-Friday: 10am-8pm Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 11am-5pm

Heating • Cooling • Plumbing

Award-Winning Service


the home. Tom Wangler and his team conduct a complete load analysis on every installation to determine the exact size furnace the home would need.

onfident Aire, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Tom Wangler, Jr., a secondgeneration heating and cooling specialist who started with his father at age 13.

They calculate the actual load requirements on the furnace by measuring the home’s square footage, as well as taking into account other critical factors, including the number and size of windows, direction of the sun, thickness of walls, room measurements and whether a garage, basement or crawlspace lies below the rooms. They also inspect air returns and heating vents to check for proper heat distribution and look for drafty areas where heat loss may occur.

Wangler became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America as a young teenager and applies the core values of trustworthiness, loyalty and courtesy in his dealings with customers. Tom hires employees based on these same core values and demands excellence from his entire team, striving always to provide the very best heating, cooling and plumbing techniques in the industry.

According to Confident Aire, Inc., buying a new furnace is a lot like buying a car. Just like you may not want a big car that sucks up a lot of gas, you don’t want an oversized furnace, because it can drive up your energy bill. Instead, you’re better off with a reliable furnace just large enough to efficiently heat your home and keep up with demand on the coldest winter days.

Confident Aire, Inc. provides award-winning service. They have received several prestigious awards over the years, including: • Angie’s List Super Service Award four years in a row • Best of the Fox Award seven years in a row • The Trane Distinguished Dealer Award the past four years Confident Aire, Inc. is a true believer in supporting the community. They sponsor the “Ultimate Energy Transformation Award,” annually installing a high-efficiency Trane furnace, thermostat and air duct cleaning free of charge to a deserving family in the Fox Valley area. Confident Aire, Inc. offers homeowners a preventative maintenance agreement that includes three visits each year to inspect and tune up the air conditioning and heating system, as well as inspect the plumbing system in the home. One of the specials offered by Confident Aire, Inc. right now is interest-free financing on all new Trane heating or cooling systems. Residents of the Fox Valley are encouraged to call (630) 761-9007 for details. Confident Aire, Inc. always takes the time to install the perfect size heating or cooling unit in

In addition to heating, cooling and plumbing services, Confident Aire, Inc., also specializes in the installation of energy-saving devices and equipment in the home. These devices help to reduce energy consumption from the heating and cooling system. A full inspection of the duct work, as well as the layout and construction of the home, is always considered.

Owner Tom Wangler demonstrates the Trane Clean Effects Air Cleaner at the company’s showroom in Batavia.

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Confident Aire, Inc. also designs basic solutions to reduce allergens and toxins in the home for a healthier environment and greater comfort all year long.

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Serving The Area’s Window & Millwork Needs For 30 Years


idwest Window & Supply is a compilation of three generations of the Gilkey family, starting with Harry Gilkey, who ran a family farm and a general contracting company. Harry’s son Lee began building homes in the Fox Valley area in the early 1960’s. In 1985, Lee created Trim Works, Inc., specializing in custom millwork installation. Lee’s son Ken, who had worked in construction with his father since childhood, joined him in the family business and eventually took over day-to-day operations. Realizing the value of a company that could supply AND install millwork, Lee started his own millwork supply company, Midwest Window & Supply, in 1987. Midwest has the ability to manufacture, supply, and/or install a wide variety of millwork in a number of different remodeling and new construction applications. The combination of Midwest’s full-service custom shop, high-quality product lines, and exceptional customer service continues to raise the bar in the millwork industry. Specializing in windows, doors and millwork, Midwest Window & Supply has been supplying high-quality millwork to homeowners, builders and remodelers in the Chicagoland area for over 30 years. Midwest believes it can offer a complete package for consumers who are looking to turn their existing homes into their dream home.

Office dogs Grace and Pippa are the official greeters for the Dan Borowiak Insurance team, back row from left, Sam, Marsha, Chris and Mary, and center Dan.

Count on Dan Borowiak Insurance team

800 Hicks Drive, Elburn (630) 365-5772

Coming from the trades industry, the Gilkey family understands the entire building process. The experience and knowledge they have gathered over the years gives them a solid understanding of the needs of the contractor, allowing them to service the project to the optimum level. The foundation of Midwest Window and Supply is built on successful partnerships, long-lasting relationships and exceptional customer service. Now Midwest is pleased to announce it has brought its decades of knowledge, experience and service to Yorkville. Make an appointment to visit the convenient new showroom on the second floor of Heritage Home Decor and Design, just off Rte. 47 at 129 Commercial Dr. “We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a wide variety of standard and custom millwork products at competitive prices, with the flexibility to provide and/or install each project,” Ken said. “Whether you are a homeowner, remodeler or builder, give us a call, visit our website, or stop in our showroom and let us help you with your next millwork project.”

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to do what’s right


n May of 2011, Dan Borowiak of Sugar Grove was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a 10-week journey that included a stay at Mayo Clinic and took him to Loma Linda, Calif., doctors found proton therapy was Dan’s best option to beat this deadly disease. While Dan was away, he found out that the dedication he had for his insurance business was ingrained throughout his employees, who not only ran his Sugar Grove-based business in his absence, they handled everything without a hiccup. “I not only had my family for support, but my insurance family (staff, clients and companies) behind me through prayer,” Dan said. Having been in business for 28 years, Dan started out with American Family for his first seven years in the insurance field. Deciding he needed to offer more than one option for his customers, since everyone does not have all the same needs, Dan began representing quality companies like Pekin, Utica, West Bend, Travelers, Progressive and Hartford as an independent agent. “Over the years of being in the insurance business, I have come to appreciate how the insurance profession has been able to help individuals and business put their lives back together in a time of need,” Dan said. “We are dedicated to serving our clients with honesty and building relationships with

DAN BOROWIAK INSURANCE AGENCY 720 Heartland Drive, Suite D SUGAR GROVE (630) 466-8900 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

them at the same time.” Offering auto, home, business, health, life, disability, bonds and recreational insurance, the team at Dan Borowiak Insurance Agency is always available to take you step-bystep to determine your needs in regards to coverage. Dan Borowiak Insurance Agency is located at 720 Heartland Drive in Sugar Grove, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To inquire about a specific policy, feel free to reach out to Dan at (630) 466-8900, email him at or visit www.

Fresh Food & Friendliness


he Karas family may have opened more restaurants than any family in the Fox Valley. Bob Karas and his family love the restaurant business. Much of their lives has been dedicated to family and restaurants. Started by brothers Paul and George Karas, along with a slew of their kids, cousins, brothers-inlaw, aunts and uncles, the Karas family owns and manages The Village Squire Restaurants in South Elgin, West Dundee, Crystal Lake and McHenry, along with Bob’s venture Rookies Sports Bar & Grill in St. Charles, Elgin, Hoffman Estates, and the newest one in Huntley. The family also owns Alexander’s Café in Elgin, which has gone through a million dollar renovation, featuring a new menu. Under the culinary guidance of Corporate Chef Grant Werner, Alexander’s new concept in Elgin has flourished. So when a prime St. Charles location that Bob had eyed for some time across from Rookies became available, Bob took advantage. He partnered with Aleko Karas and Nick Smith to launch a new Alexander’s Café. Alexander’s Café serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, as well as offering a few supper-type options. Guests can stop in for a traditional breakfast featuring eggs and hand-cut French toast, or something new such as chilaquiles. Lunch options include specialties such as fish tacos, fresh cut salads, charbroiled burgers and sandwiches using artisan breads. Home-cooked meatloaf, pot roast and beef stroganoff are also served during lunchtime. Fast to-gos, online ordering, catering and private events at night are also available. Co-owner Nick Smith grew up in St. Charles and graduated from St. Charles North in 2003. While in high school and college he worked at Salerno’s on the Fox and after graduating from Columbia College in 2008 he moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote and directed the feature length film, “Munger Road.”

Shot in St. Charles, the movie went on to be a huge success. Smith was ready to move back to Los Angeles when he met and fell in love with a girl named Eleni Karas, Aleko Karas’ sister, whose family is responsible for the Village Squire, Rookies Sports Pub, and the Alexander’s Café in Elgin. Her father asked him if he was interested in joining their business and he’s been with them ever since. Guests will discover a few things that are unique to Alexander’s they will not experience anywhere else. Alexander’s offers Oberweis milk and ice cream as well as freshly-squeezed orange juice and several offerings from Ream’s Meat Market in Elburn. Sourcing products locally is a practice the Karas restaurant family values, and will continue to do whenever possible. Smith said that the secret to all the restaurants’ success is consistent quality using fresh ingredients, and their dedicated employees. “We treat our employees like part of the family. They are diligent, hard-working, and personable,” he said. “Anyone can serve eggs or French toast. Our philosophy is to create a place every single day that guests can truly call home. Our goal is to maintain a clean, well-stocked restaurant with the best ingredients, that is filled with energetic, creative people and dishes that don’t overlook any small details.” Smith said he hopes to maintain and build on the reputation that the Karas family has earned throughout the area. He also wants to make sure that the family’s establishments are on the forefront of new trends, developing new recipes, while keeping their namesake dishes consistent. “I always ask that guests introduce themselves to me and say hello,” Nick said. “This is a people business and I want to be a part of your busy lives just to say that I care and am thankful.”

1650 W Main St., St. Charles





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in Accounting & Tax Passionate About Helping You Achieve Your Goals


oberg, Miki & O’Brien, LLP (LMO) is a Geneva-based CPA firm providing accounting, tax and consulting services to both businesses and individuals in the Chicagoland area. We have focused on serving the greater Fox Valley since 2006. LMO is comprised of three partners — Greg Loberg, Jon Standing by to help with your accounting and tax Miki and Tim O’Brien. All three needs are Greg Loberg, Tim O’Brien and Jon Miki. have accounting degrees from midwest universities and are talent and can rely on fast and decisive licensed Illinois Certified Public Accountants. responses to your questions. While others Prior to the formation of LMO, all three claim their people are the difference, we will partners worked together at a large regional demonstrate their difference through each CPA firm. and every interaction with you. LMO is a different kind of accounting firm. At LMO, our mission is to serve our clients, We understand that it’s not just about the our team members and our community numbers. Our goal is to be there when with passion, integrity, and dedication. you need us — offering advice, guidance For our clients, we provide extraordinary and support as your business continues to service, high quality solutions and proactive evolve. We redefine the term “engagement” advice and guidance. by taking the time For our community, to understand your accounting and we recognize our business needs and responsibility to providing early insight give back, both into issues—so you 514 W. State St., Ste 202, Geneva professionally and can plan, think and personally, and (630) 845-CPAS (2727) act ahead of your we maintain an competition. atmosphere that encourages community LMO is a full-service CPA firm that prides itself on providing awareness and volunteerism. expertise to businesses and individuals. We offer a wide spectrum of accounting, We have clients in a wide variety of tax and consulting services, and have the industries, including manufacturing, abilities and expertise to deal with most distribution, services, retail, construction, accounting or tax needs that a small real estate and many others. We truly business or an individual may experience. enjoy dealing with our business owners as At Loberg, Miki and O’Brien, we strive to many of them are energetic, hard-working assist with all of your business needs, by entrepreneurs. providing top-notch service and advice while Between the three partners, LMO has over handling the details. We attempt to make 70 years of public accounting experience. every one of our clients feel like an important We are dedicated to the success of our client. clients through our comprehensive, costAll three partners live in the Tri-Cities and competitive and quality approach to their are actively involved in the community with unique situations. We are easy to work with and always attempt to provide a friendly and local sports teams, clubs, churches and organizations. knowledgeable atmosphere and experience. We are leaders in accounting and passionate We’ve built our firm to respond to the unique needs of our clients. We are up to the about helping companies grow. Our challenge, and are always looking at the road centralized leadership means you’ll have direct and immediate access to our top ahead, not in the rearview mirror.


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Simplify Your Life With PowerView Motorization From Hunter Douglas


hen Bill Maechtle started his locally-owned upholstery, bedding and window treatment business more than 40 years ago, the selection of window treatments was mostly limited to roller shades, draperies and mini blinds. Today, as a Hunter Douglas Certified Dealer and Installer, the choices have exploded to a huge variety of beautiful treatments that not only create a unique environment, but also protect furnishings and save on heating and air conditioning. Meklee Interiors offers the full line of Hunter Douglas window treatments including blinds, shades, shutters, cornices, custom draperies and valances. Today’s intelligent shades simplify your life. Hunter Douglas’ revolutionary new PowerView Motorization system automatically moves your shades throughout the day, so you don’t have to. Unlock the full potential of PowerView Motorization with the PowerView app on your smart phone or tablet, allowing your shades to operate on their own throughout the day. Hunter Douglas offers a wide array of lifting system options to protect children and pets from the dangers of lift cords. And since as much as 50 percent of a home’s heating and cooling can be lost through its windows, Hunter Douglas quality window treatments insulate against heat and cold while saving energy. Visit the website at and find your choice of window treatment from hundreds of Hunter Douglas window covering choices. Using the iMagine Design Center, click on a compatible room setting, or upload a photo of your window to view

the myriad of window treatment choices for yourself. Then print your favorite and call for an appointment to begin your home project. Or, make an appointment and they will provide you with a free design consultation to help you create the look you’re seeking. “We’re here to help you find the products that best suit your taste, needs and budget — from a wide variety of fabrics, colors, textures and styles,” owner Bill Maechtle said. Meklee Interiors’ distinctive services include expert design consultation, professional measuring, and Hunter Douglas Certified Installation. A lifelong Geneva resident, Maechtle began his business in Geneva when he was 22 years old. He moved the business to Elgin for 10 years, relocating to St. Charles 20 years ago. Based on his own personal interests, the original focus of his business was upholstery. Known for excellent customer service and quality workmanship, Maechtle said his secret to his success is hard work, integrity, customer service and satisfaction, as well as unique products. “We offer the entire line from Hunter Douglas, including the Exclusive Alustra Collection,” Maechtle said. “We also carry an extensive line of beautiful drapery fabrics to create unique treatments for your home.”

MEKLEE INTERIORS Bill Maechtle, owner

(630) 584-1545

Bob Jass Chevrolet More than just a car dealership

— Melody C.


t Bob Jass Chevrolet, customer satisfaction isn’t just a nice idea, it’s a total way of doing business. “Our goal is to have our customers 100% satisfied, 100% of the time,” says Ryan Easter, general manager. “We have guidelines in place from General Motors that we need to follow, but it’s much more than just a set of rules. We know our customers and they know us. Some of them are second- and third-generation buyers. They deserve our best, and that’s what we work to give. Every time.”

This was the b est new car transactio n I have ever experien ced! Every single p erson I encountered was so pleasant and helpful.

Both sales and service staff participate in GM training, which must be completed every quarter. Additionally, members of management have trained at Disney University — a customer satisfaction training program offered to businesses of all kinds.

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“I knew it would be interesting to see what the training would be like, but the Disney concept of customer satisfaction is allencompassing,” said Mary Jo Peterson, office manager. “We really learned about what it takes to offer an exceptional customer satisfaction experience in every department.” Dan Schwebke, general sales manager, concurs. “If your

customers aren’t completely satisfied, you need to look at your processes. No matter what your business is, there is always room for improvement.” Consistently scoring 99% in GM’s customer satisfaction index shows in customer review comments featured at left. Whether you are looking for the next vehicle for your family, or thinking of something just for yourself, consider Bob Jass Chevrolet for your vehicle purchase. You won’t be disappointed.

— Steve J.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Purchased a new Chevy Colorado — this is our eighth car purchase from Bob Jass Chevrolet. These guys are great, no pressure to purchase a car, they work on your timeline!

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu promises to be even more exciting than its predecessor. With available features like a newly designed Driver Information Center, 3-D interior chrome surfacing headlamps, center console wireless charging station, 6-way power adjustable seats with programmable memory, Wi-Fi Apple Carplay, and 4 engines to choose from including a 2.0L turbo, there is something for everyone in this new car. Stop by Bob Jass Chevrolet to take a test drive today!

(630) 365-6481

300 S. Main St., Elburn

Se habla Espanol, pregunte por Kate!

— Brian P.

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Aurora Sportsmen’s Club “For a better shooting experience”



Family operated, Mondi said his bby’s Breakfast and two sons can be found working at Lunch is owner Rob Mondi’s answer to a all hours of the day, with his daughter and wife helping out every weekend. need in downtown St. Charles for a Mondi said that he is not a chef nor great breakfast spot. Abby’s, located does he have years of restaurant at 11 N. 3rd St., has all your traditional experience - he was a finance guy. favorites as well as unique breakfast What he lacks in expertise, he tries to and lunch items. SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH INinA COZY, FRIENDLY make up service and hard work. ATMOSPHERE IN opened HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ST. CHARLES. The restaurant originally in He said the secret to his success is in May of 2015 in a 2,000 sq. ft. former listening. Thai restaurant, recently expanding “The customers every day tell you into the adjacent space, doubling S A M E G R E AT M E N U W what I T H they MO R E what VA R I Elike T Y.and want, they its size and expanding its seating T H Ithan S W100. E E K S A D D I Twhat ION S don’t I N Clike,” LU D they heE: said. “I just capacity to more listen to them. We don’t always get The breakfast menu includes GREEK SALAD it right but we try. When we get it traditional American Juicy redbreakfast tomato, crisp cucumber, red onion, pepper, wrong, we trygreen harder to make it right.” items such ascheese, eggs and feta andpancakes kalamata in olives with Greek salad dressing. 9.99 It seems to be working. Abby’s has addition to the chef’s special Breakfast OMELET won the Charlemagne award for Enchiladas and Waffle BiscuitsGREEK with development, best breakfast, Spinach, fetaFresh cheese, kalamatabusiness olives, tomato, onion, and Andouille sausage gravy. ground chicken gyro mimosas meat with tzatziki the side. 9.99 topsauce threeonbrunch spots and two Kona coffee and delicious independent food blogs as top 10 or our signature Bloody Mary GREEK SKILLET breakfast places in Illinois. complement the breakfast choices, Spinach, olives, tomato, onion, and which are available all feta day.cheese, Abby’skalamataMondi chicken gyro meat with tzatziki saucesaid on he thewould side. love 9.99to grow in the makes their unique Bloody Mary mix community and become a place where from scratch. great memories are created. GREEK BENEDICT The lunch menu includes twobaby spinach, “We English muffin, sautéed tomato, and kalamataproposals olives haveonion, had engagement homemade soups, variety salads, with chicken gyroameat andoftwo poached and eggsbaby topped with tzatziki sauce. 9.99 showers, Christmas parties Rubens and other lighter, healthy fare. and other events that hopefully will WAFFLES A full bar is also available. CHICKEN & create fond memories for all,” he said. Southern style chicken tenders with one waffle and one egg. Add sausage gravy for .99 cents. 12.99

NOW OPEN • 11 N. Third Street • St. Charles 630-377-0797 • Come visit us and see our expanded and remodeled space. You’ll love the improvements. OPEN DAILY • 7:30AM–3PM • BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY Page 30 • Insight • December 2016 | Special Advertising Section



ince 1948, the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club (ASC) has been dedicated to providing its members and their families with a first-class, diverse shooting facility. ASC is situated on about 265 acres just south of Waterman, Ill., and is open to its members 365 days a year. The club is a community of members with family memberships — each receiving three free guest passes per year.

the 2017 shooting season, the Action Shooting Sports Department will be supported by a dedicated range with nine earthen-walled bays including eight bays 100 feet long and one bay 240 feet long. And you won’t want to miss the annual Zombie Shoot held every September. It draws hundreds of action shooters annually. ASC also offers its members a 3-D archery range, a golf driving range, stocked pond for fishing and limited hunting opportunities.

As a private shooting club, the ranges are gated and accessible to the public only for specific scheduled activities. However, the nonprofit Illinois corporation provides many events and educational opportunities to both its members and the public. The Shotgun Shooting Sports Department features a challenging sporting clays course, two trap fields and one double trap field, two skeet fields and brand-new five-stand. There is also a shotgun patterning board and manual throwers for individual use. Group activities, special events and private shoots are also available for birthday celebrations, corporate outings and wedding parties. ASC features a quarter mile of pistol and rifle ranges, including four 50-foot ranges, three 25-yard, and one each 50-, 100-, 200- and 600-yard ranges that support member open shooting, including pistol, rifle, canon and mortars. There is also an extensive list of organized events open to the public, including Muzzle-loading, Cowboy Action Shooting, Bullseye, International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Skill Drills to prepare shooters for IDPA. The ASC Action Shooting Sports Department offers the most robust action shooting programming in the region including 3-Gun, 2-Gun, practical rifle, practical precision rifle, IDPA and cowboy action shooting. Debuting for

ASC has a long tradition of public educational programming, and as a Training Center of Excellence, offers Illinois Hunter Education, the Civilian Marksmanship Program, robust youth program, wide variety of specific training programs for pistol, rifle and shotgun, and designated member coaches with teaching specialties. ASC is also host to three shooting schools: Fortress Defense Consultants, SAFER USA, Inc., and Safe Side Tactical, and frequently brings in industryrecognized trainers conducting seminars. Family memberships include spouse and children under 18 years of age. Guest passes are not required for minor children under eighteen (18) years of age or children age 18-23 who live at home or attend college, or for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Facility tours, orientations and new member processing are scheduled the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month. For further information, contact Tony Jaras at membership@aurorasc. org or call (815) 264-9000.

Aurora Sportsmen’s Club, Inc. Tony Jaras, membership chairman (815) 264-9000

houses into homes WE’VE TURNED


ouse of Fireplaces aspires to be your “one-stop fireplace shop,” where we can meet all of your fireplace needs, from complete installation of new fireplaces to technical support and advice. We offer gas, wood and electric fireplaces, gas logs, inserts, custom glass doors, custom mantels, granite, marble, cultured stone, installation and superb service. Come see our newly-updated and re-designed showroom. Marvel at our dramatic new centerpiece, the Heat & Glo True masonrystyled direct vent fireplace, and all our new displays and products. We’ve made a major investment to make your shopping experience even better. Showroom manager Kevin Sandell represents the third generation of the Sandell family business. Kevin manages the retail side of the business while his father, Mark Sandell, manages the wholesale side. Founded in 1953 by Stanley Sandell after his return from the Navy in World War II, the business began as one of the first distributors of the Thulman wood burning


fireplace. When Thulman turned into the Majestic Fireplace Company, the business took the name Majestic Distributing. Originally a strictly wholesale company selling the Majestic Fireplace to builders and heating contractors, we opened our first retail outlet in 1963—and House of Fireplaces was born. Kevin, who started at the bottom sweeping the warehouse after school as a kid, worked summers and winters while going to school. He started working full time shortly after graduating college with a degree in business administration, and took over showroom operations in 2010.

“We have been selling fireplaces since the very beginning of the air-cooled prefabricated fireplace,” Kevin said. “We have seen the industry go from one manufacturer to hundreds, from three fireplace choices to thousands. Throughout this evolution, we have continued to adapt to the changing tastes by adding more options, brands and choices for the customer.” We offer the best fireplaces, and with the most knowledgeable employees, the best possible customer service before and after the sale. We go the extra mile in customer service. One of our funniest and most memorable experiences happened when a customer came in with his wife to look at gas logs. He really liked the gas grills, but she was not interested in the grills. So they looked at log sets and left. A couple days later, the wife returned, saying she would like to buy the grill for her husband as a surprise birthday present. She bought the grill and asked us to hold it until they came back

for a log set. Later that week, the husband returned by himself and said he would like to buy the grill without his wife knowing about it. Somehow, we managed to hold him off on buying the grill. It ended up being a great surprise for him when they came in to get the gas log set, and he saw the grill with a big bow on it. Our future plans include expanding the showroom space during the next year to better showcase some of the exceptional fireplaces and options available. We would also like to add an outdoor products display area. We look forward to discovering how the fireplace industry will change and what new things there will be. We would like to see an increase in our in-house manufactured products, perhaps including a millwork shop for in-house custom mantels or a metal shop for high quality chase tops and chimney housings.

HOUSE OF FIREPLACES 1255 Bowes Road, Elgin (847) 741-6464 Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Although we look forward to the future, we are extremely proud of our long history as a family-run business. We have been turning houses into homes for over 60 years.

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Moss Family Funeral Homes


care for all family members, including pets

oss Family Funeral Homes is a fullservice, family-owned and operated funeral services business. Owners Bryan and Mandi Moss provide death care, funeral and cremation services, and offer a choice of urns, caskets, and cemetery memorials or “headstones.”

He moved to the Fox Valley area in 1999, where he began working for the previous owners of the Batavia Funeral Home. He purchased the home in Batavia in 2001, and together with his wife Mandi, successfully operated and transitioned the business to its current identity as the Moss Family Funeral Home.

The Moss family takes pride in the fact that your loved one never leaves their care. Theirs is the only funeral home in the Fox Valley area that owns and operates both a human and pet crematory. Most other funeral homes outsource this service.

He was 27 years old. He knew that he wanted to own and operate his own funeral home at some point in his career, and it just happened that the previous owner wanted to retire, giving him the chance.

Through a division of Moss Family Funeral Homes, Moss Family Paws was created to care for pets. The firm added its pet service in May of 2013 following the completion of its cremation center, located at 1803 Suncast Lane in Batavia.

“I was just a kid, and everyone assumed my father was in the business with me. I had to earn the trust of the families we served,” he said. “Our dedication to help and serve the loved ones’ families shone through, and these same families are our biggest referral source.”

Bryan attributes the death of his father of a heart attack at age 42 when he was a young man of 16 years old for the reason he selected this profession. He is often asked how and why he got into the death care business, and his first response is that his profession is a calling. The experience of losing his father led him to a passion for caring for people dealing with death, loss and grief. He wanted a profession where he could help others going through the same experiences he had gone through. Born and raised in the small farming community of Mendota, Ill., Bryan went on to obtain his degree in Mortuary Science in 1996 at Worsham College. For the next three years, he had an opportunity to work for a small, family-owned funeral home in north central Illinois, as well as for a large corporation that owned and operated more than 100 funeral homes throughout the United States.

St. Charles Foyer

St. Charles Community Room

The business grew, and by 2009, the Moss family had added two more associate-licensed funeral directors. They purchased the Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles and began its renovation. Though their business has changed and grown, their philosophy of incorporating the highest level of respect, dignity, ethics and value to their service has remained the same. Bryan attributes their success to their ability to have options for every family. “There is not one package or one direction that fits every deceased individual or their families,” he said. “We think outside the box and create a celebration of life that is unique to the individuals we serve.”

100 South Third St., St. Charles (630) 584-2000 209 South Batavia Ave., Batavia (630) 879-7900 InSight • June 2016 | Special Advertising Section • Page 37

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