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…