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Business Matters: Your chamber does more than you know

Perhaps the most frequent question the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce staff hears is “What does a chamber of commerce do?” You might have heard that question asked at one time or another. You might have even wondered about it yourself. It is a legitimate …

 

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Niche opens after remodel

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What a difference a week makes. Niche, a cozy restaurant located at 14 S. Third Street in Geneva, recently reopened after a quick remodel. “We normally do a makeover every two years to stay fresh,” says General Manager Vince Balistreri. In addition to a new …

Aurora eyes TIF funds to help expand Premium Outlets

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AURORA — When the Aurora outlet mall’s expansion is completed in May 2015, it will be the largest expansion the mall’s owners have planned to date. And the expansion of the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora comes with a hefty price tag. The cost of …

Who’s Who in the Fox Valley: Madeline and Russell Onak

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In the golden age of downtown Aurora when it was a shopping destination, the Aurora Greenhouse was founded in 1953 by Madeline and Russell Onak. It had the prestigious address of 1 W. Downer Place, and stayed at that location under their ownership until its …

Tabletop strategy games still popular, create sense of community

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While the term “gaming culture” invokes images of solitary teens playing video games, playing tabletop strategy games often results in the opposite. Some long-time players say they create a sense of community. Roger Mills, of Geneva, has been playing Dungeons and Dragons since 1986, and …

Tom Berliner: Keep eyes open to possibilities

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Life is about making choices. All sorts of choices. Often, in consideration of a real or imagined time constraint, we bypass an opportunity to smell the proverbial roses. When we get to our in-a-hurry destination or complete our must-get-this-done project, we realize, had we just …

Naper Wow Pow: Muchacha Salsa

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Muchacha Salsa incorporates Evelyn Rivera’s Puerto Rican roots and Mediterranean flavors.

Comings & Goings: New wine bar in Oswego

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Montgomery residents Mike and Gina Smith come from large Italian families where gatherings always included wine, cheeses and sausage. The couple dreamed of opening a place to emulate those memories and recreate those good times with others. Vincitore Wine Cellars opened March 12 in Oswego …

Aurora set to host home ownership expo Saturday

AURORA ­­— The city will stage a home ownership expo this Saturday to highlight the benefits of living in Aurora. The Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo is scheduled at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at River Street Plaza, 140 S. River St. in downtown Aurora. …

Business: Marketing seminars, golf benefit

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Focus on clients

“Building a Client-Focused Organization from the Inside Out,” a free educational seminar, will be from 8 to 9 a.m. April 30 at the Aurora University banquet hall in Alumni Hall, 1410 Marseillaise Place, Aurora.

Registration, networking and refreshments are from 7:30 …

Aurora outlet mall to add parking

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AURORA — The group that owns Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora has said it will add more parking spaces than previously planned as part of the mall’s expansion. Under the expansion plan, Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora plans to add about 294,000 square feet of …

Comings & Goings: Pit Stop Garage fills historic gas station

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The building on the corner of Route 47 and Walker Road in Yorkville has been owned by the Walker family since the early 1940s. Originally built as a gas station, it is now home to Pit Stop Garage. Owners Joe Whitt, of Montgomery, and Bledi Sulo, of Plano, met while working together in that same location years before.

Proposals sought for downtown development site

Developers have until Friday to submit their qualifications for the redevelopment of prime land in downtown Oswego. “The Village Board’s vision is for some sort of mixed-used development with commercial on the first level and other uses in a multi-story structure,” Village Administrator Steve Jones …

Kendall to join economic development partnership

YORKVILLE — Kendall County will join other Chicago area counties in a partnership designed to bring economic development to the region.

The board agreed to have its chairman, John Shaw, send a letter of commitment to the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, which regional officials …

Feds pull firm’s trucks off road after fatal Aurora crash

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Federal regulators ordered a Naperville trucking company’s vehicles off the road this week, claiming its failure to stop its drivers from falsifying work records was a key factor in a “catastrophic” crash that killed an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injured a state trooper earlier …

Berliner: Six ways to keep engine running smoothly

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I am heavily into servant leadership, convinced that it is by far the best style of leadership. Proponents somewhat differ on what characteristics and behaviors make for successful servant leaders, but they all agree that the function should focus on the word “serve.” Serve is …