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Comings & Goings: Lulu’s REAL FroYo, Gray’s Mill

Customers line up late last month get taste Lulu's REAL FroYo.

Customers line up late last month to get a taste of Lulu's REAL FroYo.

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Updated: March 11, 2013 6:21AM

Frozen yogurt is back. And it comes with a funny face.

Lulu’s REAL FroYo opened at the end of January next to Jersey Mike’s Subs on Eola Road in Aurora, and patrons are competing in a grand opening contest to show their best “FroYo face.”

But the best frozen yogurt face perhaps belongs to the original Lulu, a South African Boerboel. Lulu, the dog, belongs to owner Mark Cross, of Aurora, who also owns Jersey Mike’s next door.

Lulu’s REAL FroYo is named after the dog.

“She is one big muscle and a sweetheart with a taste for frozen yogurt,” Cross said of Lulu, the dog.

Lulu, the yogurt, was designed to feature delicious flavors of frozen yogurt made with real cultured pasteurized nonfat yogurt with live and active cultures. The yogurt is made with all-natural ingredients and is intended to be a fresh and flavorful treat that is good for the body.

Lulu’s is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop. Customers can grab a bowl; fill it with frozen yogurt; pile it high with various toppings, including fruit, nuts, candy and other various sweets; weigh the bowl and then pay at the counter. Assortments of smoothies are also available for purchase.

“LuLu’s Real FroYo is a real treat, and we cannot wait to see individuals of all ages crafting their very own FroYo creations,” Cross said.

Lulu’s REAL FroYo, 1147 N. Eola Road, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit the store online at Vote in Lulu’s FroYo face contest on their Facebook page.

Gray’s Mill closes again

Gray’s Mill shuttered its doors late last month. The historic building at 211 N. River St. in downtown Montgomery sits empty once again.

Last year, the old mill was revived as Gray’s Mill, a casual restaurant that featured American fare dining and full-service bar and banquet accommodations.

The website now states, “Gray’s Mill is closed. Thank you for your patronage.”

A Facebook page for a recently started open mic night posted the news Jan. 22: “I unfortunately have very bad news. The owners of Gray’s Mill sold the property and just told everyone late Sunday night. They shut it down, and all the employees were let go, and this also means our open mic has been shut down.”

The open mic organizers hope to find another venue for their Sunday open mic night, and asked patrons to stay tuned.

The mill, originally Montgomery Mills and also known as Gray-Watkin’s Mill, was built along the Fox River by Daniel Gray in the early 1850s.

Gray recognized the potential for harnessing the power of the Fox River to grind wheat for transport to the growing Chicago market in the middle of the 19th century. According to the former Gray’s Mill website, the building survived several different uses after its time as a mill before being named to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s.

In the 1980s and ’90s, the building was purchased and painstakingly renovated to maintain its status as a landmark in Montgomery’s historic district. It served for several years as Jason’s at Gray’s Mill and very briefly a few years ago as an Italian restaurant.

Baby threads for VNA

Sensible Threadz, a discount retail and resale store in St. Charles, is collecting baby-related items this month to benefit a VNA Healthcare program that helps struggling first-time moms.

Sensible Threadz, 208 S. Kirk Road, is teaming up with VNA Healthcare in Aurora for their Healthy Families program, a voluntary intensive home-visitation program for at-risk first-time moms in southern Kane County.

During the month of February, customers can bring in items from newborn to three years old, including diapers, wipes, formula, toys, clothing, nursing accessories and more. In turn, customers will receive a $5-off in-store credit for their donation.

Sensible Threadz is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit

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