Comings & Goings: Starbacks to open in Chicago Ridge

3 27 2019 11 58 21 AM 1144464

By Bob Bong A Starbucks coffee shop is coming to Chicago Ridge later this year. The Seattle-based chain will be built at the site of the former Nikobee’s restaurant at 103rd Street and Harlem Avenue by Glazier Corp. “They should have a shovel in the ground in the next three weeks,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor…

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Comings & Goings: Next Generation Dunkin’ now open in Evergreen Park

3 20 2019 4 44 14 PM 6752635

By Bob Bong The first south suburban Dunkin’s store of the future officially opened last month in Evergreen Park. The so-called Next Generation Dunkin held its grand opening Feb. 11 at 9601 S. Pulaski Road in the 96 Point Crossings plaza. The 1,833-square-foot restaurant is one of only 50 Dunkin’s to feature the new design.…

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Comings & Goings: Biz Inc moves to Justice

2 14 2019 2 32 13 PM 1435907

By Bob Bong Ê Biz Inc, an office that specializes in taxes, business services and insurance, moved its Hickory Hills office to new digs at 8648 S. Roberts Road in Justice. It celebrated its grand opening Feb. 1. There are two other offices in Des Plaines and Chicago’s North Side. The company was founded in…

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Comings & Goings: Yarn store opens in Palos Heights

1 24 2019 1 42 12 PM 10537011

A new yarn store with the great name of Llama Llama Ding Dong has opened in Palos Heights. Owners Yax Olivan and her sister, Roo, envision their store becoming a meeting point for fiber arts enthusiasts of all skill levels. “Our name is representative of our attitude,” said Yax, who oversees the daily operation of…

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Comings & Goings: Puppy store opens in Summit

1 10 2019 1 56 55 PM 3401391

By Bob Bong A new store that carries pure bred puppies and offers dog washing and nail clipping opened last week in southwest suburban Summit. Pawsitively Fur-Love opened Dec. 10 at 6301 S. Archer Road. Owner Jackie Garcia also manages the nearby Unique Cuts hair salon that also offer video gaming and beer and wine…

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Comings & Goings: Thirsty Pig BBQ replaces Grand Dukes in Summit

1 10 2019 1 47 15 PM 5031182

By Bob Bong The old country feeling at Grand Dukes restaurant in southwest suburban Summit has been replaced with the atmosphere of a Texas barbecue. Thirsty Pig BBQ opened in early November in the former Grand Dukes at 6312 S. Harlem Ave. Gone are the Eastern European specialties. Taking their place on the menu are…

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Comings & Goings: Consignment shop back in business in Hickory Hills

11 30 2018 11 52 10 AM 1483819

Lucy Reinhart closed her consignment shop, Bargain Center by Lucy, at its longtime home near 79th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview last Halloween. Ê”I was there six years and only had a month-to-month lease,” she said. “They wanted to squeeze me out after they sold the shopping center.” A year later, she’s back in…

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Comings & Goings: Gas N Wash to open second Mokena location

11 15 2018 6 34 50 PM 9710289

By Bob Bong Mokena-based Gas n Wash has announced it will open a second location in Mokena at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at 19990 S. LaGrange Road. It will be the company’s seventh location. The company also operates Food n Fuel locations in the south suburbs. The new Mokena location will feature a…

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Comings & Goings: HOBO stores going out of business

11 8 2018 3 55 27 PM 10898644

By Bob Bong In 1996, Home Owners Bargain Outlet rose out of the ashes of the Handy Andy bankruptcy. The chain of discount home improvement stores eventually grew to seven including locations at 8716 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn and 1693 Plainfield Road in Crest Hill. Other suburban stores were in Forest Park, Villa…

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