The Disney Store at Chicago Ridge Mall will be closing by mid-August. (Supplied photo)

The Disney Store at Chicago Ridge Mall will be closing by mid-August. (Supplied photo)

Disney Store closing at Chicago Ridge Mall

By Bob Bong

Walt Disney Co. will be closing its Disney Store inside Chicago Ridge Mall on or before August 18.

The company announced in March it would be closing more than 60 of its brick-and-mortar locations to focus on its online business, which is about a third of its retail stores. All store merchandise is now 20 percent off as the store prepares to close.

The Chicago Ridge store is the company’s last remaining south suburban location.

For information, call 708-423-6060.

Kimberly Bond Boutique closing

After nearly four decades of dressing women around the world, the Kimberly Bond Boutique in Orland Park announced it will be closing its doors next month.

“It has been an amazing run,” said Kimberly Bond who opened her first Orland Park store in 1986. “We have dressed women from all around the world for every imaginable event.”

Located at 8650 W. 159th St., the Kimberly Bond Boutique specializes in formal and evening wear, accessories and more.

“We have dressed generations of families for weddings, prom, homecoming, graduations, pageants, political events, special occasions, black ties, and everything else imaginable,” Bond said. “It’s been our privilege to share these special moments with so many people over the years, helping them look their best.”

Well known for her support of area charities, Bond has facilitated countless fashion shows for high schools, hospitals, charities and foundations.

“I was always happy to help when and where I could,” Bond said smiling. “It was a lot of work but we enjoyed doing what we could to help groups raise money for their programs.”

A farewell sale will be held at the boutique in August with items discounted from 30% to 80%.

All sales are final. There will be no refunds or returns and trying on merchandise will not be permitted. All items will be sold as is. A limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at a time.

The sale includes formal dresses, evening wear, long dresses, mother of the bride/groom, homecoming and prom dresses, accessories and more.

Bond’s closing sale begins Thursday, August 5, with the store open noon to 8 p.m. The store is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. The store is closed on Sunday.

Orland Park’s newly rebranded School of Ballet

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts has been rebranded to the School of Ballet 5:8, better reflecting the affiliation between the pre-professional dance school and professional touring company, Ballet 5:8.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director and co-founder Julianna Rubio Slager, the school has grown to serve over 400 students each year at three different campuses, including Orland Park, Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and Valparaiso in northwest Indiana.

The school features classical ballet training, recreational dance classes, and adult dance-fitness classes.

“The School of Ballet 5:8 is an incredibly unique place to train as a dancer,” says Slager. “When we created the school, I set out to dream of a place that seemed like a fairytale world compared to what I experienced as a young dancer. Harsh instruction, body shaming, and injuries are so common in dance. Often these things are seen as ‘the price of the artform.’ But what if there is a better way?

“We’ve been researching, learning, working, developing, and morphing for ten years to create a program that harmonizes the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. It is a trusted, proven, stable environment for dancers to train in. I am very proud of what our phenomenal teachers and students have accomplished together–I can only imagine how much more is ahead in the next 10 years.”

Interested families are invited to attend the Ballet 5:8 Palooza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 7 at the Ballet 5:8 Studios in Orland Park. The event will feature free mini-dance classes for all ages, a bouncy house, face painting, storytime read-along with a real ballerina, magic acts, Disney princesses, free cotton candy, Master Classes with esteemed classical ballet experts, and free Ballet 5:8 swag when you register for Fall classes.

The event takes place at 11545 W. 183rd Place, Suite 101, Orland Park.

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