March 2014

March 2014

If you stop in the store in the next couple of weeks and see what looks like a new manager in the in the aisles of Ozzies you will be mistaken. I am sure many of you know Alecia, who has been with us full time now for almost ten years now, (as well as…

February 2014

February 2014

By now I am sure many of you have heard that my wife, Nicki, has taken on a new job. On February 3rd she will become the President and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. After 20 years in the fitness industry as a business owner, columnist and lecturer she decided the time…

January 2014

January 2014

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is here. As a kid growing up in Naperville, 1970 seemed a long way off! Yet here we are in a world that is far beyond what my I could have imagined, let alone my great-grandparents! I-pads and iPods, tiny computers, “smart” cell phones, texting, TV’s you hang on…

Merry Christmas 2013!

Merry Christmas 2013!

This December we celebrate our 10th year in Naperville Plaza! It doesn’t seem possible that a decade has gone by so quickly. As I look around the Plaza I see a few new stores, and the wonderful addition of First Community Bank of Naperville. However, the anchor business’s that were here ten years ago are…

November 2013

November 2013

I recently ran into a high school classmate in the store. He just retired from the Naperville Fire Department after 35 years and we started talking about old Naperville. He remembered being posted at the station downtown (where Lou Malnati’s is today) and playing football during off hours in the middle of Jefferson! Wow, has…

October 2013

October 2013

If you haven’t seen me recently at the store, it’s because as my grandfather would have said, “I’ve been out loafing”. Actually, I had some surgery on my left shoulder in mid September and  the recuperation period is ongoing. My wife, Nicki, thinks I am being a wimp, but I prefer to think of myself…

September 2013

September 2013

Wow, did August end on a warm note! After what I consider to be one of the nicer Summers we have had in a while it sure went out with a bang. As the kids went back to school last week and the temperature in Naperville was in the 90s, I recalled going off to…

August 2013

August 2013

It’s hard to believe that back-to-school is almost here. Being in retail all of my life, back-to-school has always been the marker for Fall to begin. Before we know it the leaves will be turning, football season will be in full swing (Go Bears) and we’ll be preparing for the holidays. Speaking of holidays, our…

July 2013

July 2013

As July 4th is Independence Day, I thought I might take this month’s column to once again encourage everyone to shop our local independent businesses. Why? Your local merchants are always supporting their community’s events, schools and fund raisers. Many local merchants take an active role in our towns service organizations and charitable boards. Local…

June 2013

June 2013

June is here and with it the advent of Summer and all the fun that warm weather brings. June also means it’s time for our annual Diabetes Day which will take place at the store on Saturday, June 15th. According to data from the 2011 national Diabetes fact sheet, 25.8 million children and adults in…