ENAZ CELEBRATES 24TH ANNIVERSARY

You can’t put a price on walking into a family-owned store that truly cares about its customers, community, and clientele. The store that has made a lasting impression on the North Shore for the past two decades is ENAZ. The trendy boutique was founded by Susan Lurie in the early ‘90s and originally started as a 400 square-foot custom leather studio at 441 Central Ave. Sisters Samantha Shapiro, Melinda Kaplan, and Lena Blitstein came on board and the shop eventually expanded into the 4,000 square-foot space, located across the street at 444 Central Ave.

ENAZ stands for Energy…Nature…Attitude…Zest for Life, a mantra the owners live by. The shop offers a true mother-daughter experience and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Enaz is stylish for young moms and women of every age. Nothing in-store is overly trendy; there are quality pieces that can last a lifetime if handled with care.

“The items that people buy, they wear forever – that’s one of the best compliments I can ever receive,” owner Samantha Shapiro speaks of her secret to success. “There’s something here for everyone…we listen to our customers,” Samantha says.

Enaz supports local jewelry designers and also makes their own perfume oils and lotions in their Spa Bar. Over 20+ scented oils can be packaged as a roller bottle, diffuser, bath gel or lotion. These are great for a housewarming gift, a teacher, or someone feeling under the weather.

Enaz is nestled into HP’s East End – the actual beginning of Central Avenue. It’s a great place to start your shopping (don’t forget about the giant parking lot) and move your way down. This weekend only, take 20% off all clothing* and take an additional 20% off the sale rack. (* Excludes jewelry & accessories. ** No adjustments to prior receipts. Sale honored in both store locations.  Hard marked sale items are final sale.)

Don’t forget to shop Highland Park’s East End this Thursday, April 27th from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Find a gift for Mother’s Day, a cute outfit for spring, and enjoy something yummy at one of our participating restaurants. 

FREE PIZZA – WHERE?!?

 

Admit it – we had you at the magic words “FREE PIZZA”.  On Tuesday, April 18th,  Highland Park welcomes Blaze Pizza to Port Clinton Square, on the corner of Central Avenue and First Street.  If you are dedicated and have stamina, you can get your very own free pizza.  We know you’ll need stamina, because we guarantee there will definitely be a line.

How do you get this free deliciousness?

Step #1:  Follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (While you’re at it, follow Downtown Highland Park as well!  Just sayin’ . . . ).

Step #2:  Arrive between 11 AM and 8 PM on Tuesday, 4/18.

Step #3:  Wait your turn – introduce yourself – make a new friend.

Step #4:  Show your “Follow” on your phone to the people who will create your pizza heaven.

Step #5:  Order and enjoy!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Blaze Pizza, Blaze creates artisanal pizzas that are fast and affordable.  Custom pizzas, salads, lemonade, adult beverages and more have made Blaze Pizza a hit across the country.  And NOW, they are here in Highland Park.

Adam Cummins, a partner at Blaze Pizza said, “We are thrilled to open in Highland Park and be a part of its thriving community.  We can’t wait to share the Blaze Pizza concept with Highland Park!”

And we are thrilled to have Blaze Pizza join us in Highland Park!  After all, who doesn’t love a great pizza . . .

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WEORBIT PLAY SPACE NOW OPEN IN DOWNTOWN HP

 

As a parent of little ones, how many times have you asked yourself: “What are we going to do today?”.  It could be raining, snowing, or the kiddos are simply tired of doing the same thing. Kids need to play and explore and test their new skills. The CDC says that parents should “encourage free play as much as possible.” Free play helps young children develop motor skills, gain strength, and avoid obesity.

WeOrbit, located at 1736 First Street, recently opened to provide a solution to the “What are we going to do?” question.  Consisting of play spaces specifically geared toward different age groups, WeOrbit gives children a safe place to play and explore indoors.

The Soft Play Area is designed exclusively for newborns to early walkers.  It is created with the littlest ones in mind, from tummy time activities to wall activities – all for those just learning to stand and walk.

The Toddler Area encourages art creations and explorations within the play house, walls and cubbies, while the bigger kids enjoy the two-deck play structure with a climbing wall and a quiet nook for reading.

Saving the best for last, the interactive floor is a place for kids and adults to play.  A variety of games for single or multi-player use are available and get those feet moving!

WeOrbit offers engaging classes for both parents and children, including their Mommy & Baby Yoga (Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.), Parent & Toddler Yoga (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.), Kindermusik – Wiggle & Grow (Fridays, 2-2:45 p.m.), and their Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinic on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month (10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.).

You can also rent WeOrbit’s indoor play space for your child’s next birthday party or private event (baby shower, reveal party, or any other special event) on Saturdays and Sundays. Click here for more details on availability and fees.

Playing kids are happy kids – come visit the newest play space in Downtown HP.

Check out WeOrbit here:

www.weorbit.com

STATIONERY STATION CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY

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Imagine being surrounded by happy occasions 99% of the time!  Sheryl Oberman, the owner of Stationery Station, is that lucky lady.  As Stationery Station celebrates their 40th Anniversary, Sheryl took a moment to reflect upon her business over the years.

Family and friends have been interwoven throughout her business life.  Sheryl started Stationery Station with her friend (purchasing a stationery store in Highland Park) just after having her daughter.  As their location moved around Downtown, Sheryl fondly remembers her daughter playing in the store after school, creating her own “girl club” headquarters inside.

Located in Port Clinton Square for the last 16 years, Sheryl enthuses her love for paper – no matter what format – invitations, notecards, notepads – she loves the design, the processes, and the paper itself.  Filled with creativity, Sheryl and her staff fulfill people’s visions and dreams for the occasions that are important milestones in their lives.

Stationery Station customers say “Stationery Station is where every creative spirit goes for nourishment.”  Over forty years, Sheryl and her staff have built a loyal following due to Sheryl’s mantra: “Service Without Fail”.  Sheryl’s dedication has resulted in forty years of happy clients.  Beyond that, Sheryl’s mantra has extended beyond her business to our City.  Sheryl is not only a business owner in Highland Park, but she is a resident, and she has dedicated time to our City through the Business and Economic Development Commission.  Sheryl embodies “Service Without Fail” in everything that she does.

To celebrate their 40th, Stationery Station will have 10 Days of Giveaways followed by their annual stationery sale.  Go to Stationery Station’s Facebook page starting April 3rd to enter to win some creatively fun giveaways.  Stop by Stationery Station and help them celebrate!

 

SILLY RANDOM HOLIDAYS

Random Holidays

We love silly, random holidays!  This week is particularly full of fun, random celebrations.  Monday, March 20th starts with Extraterrestrial Abduction Day.  If E.T. is coming for me, I’m running to Pulse Fitness – I’m confident that co-owners Amy and Patrick could fight them off (I mean, have you SEEN their pictures on Facebook)!  Check out Amy and Patrick’s great fitness classes at Pulse Fitness or visit them at 1892 First Street.  They will make you feel that great health and fitness is definitely within your reach.

March 20th is also the International Day of Happiness!  While you’re evading extraterrestrials, do something that makes you happy – grab lunch at Tomo Sushi (675 Central Avenue), get a manicure at Queens Nails (1896 First Street), shop at Uncle Dan’s (621 Central Avenue), or pick up the most classic of Chicago-style pizzas at Lou Malnati’s (1890 First Street).

Tuesday is “Tea for Two Tuesday”.  Bring your favorite “second” to Love That Spice at 1893 Sheridan Road.  Owner Marlena will bring you great tea, great snacks, and the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.  You can also order online at www.lovethatspice.com.

Wednesday is National Goof Off Day – a perfect day for all ages!  Where would you goof off in our Downtown?  Country Kitchen for breakfast?  Michael’s for lunch?  Frost for an afternoon treat?  A movie at Renaissance Place’s Landmark Theatre?  You can email filmclubpromo@landmarktheatres.com by Wednesday, March 29th to enter to win a $250 Landmark Theatre gift card!   Maybe a  yoga class at Shri Yoga?  There are so many choices . . .

Thursday is National Puppy Day – get your puppy fix at Orphans of the Storm on 468 Central Avenue.  In the City of Chicago alone, over 15,000 dogs were taken in by the city animal shelter in 2015.  Get in some puppy snuggles, perhaps drop off some treats, and maybe you’ll leave with your new best friend!

Personally, Friday is my favorite random holiday – National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.  I love chocolate covered raisins and luckily for me I can get my favorite candy in multiple places.  On the East End, I can go to Confection Connection at 504 Central Avenue.  I can also go to Goodies on Central Avenue near Sprout Kids (652 and 644 Central Avenue correspondingly), or if I need to sneak it in with my grocery shopping, I can get chocolate covered raisins at Sunset Foods.  Maybe I’ll do all three – because chocolate covered raisins are amazing . . . .

Enjoy your week!

ANTHROPOLOGIE SPRING STYLING EVENT

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Despite the freezing cold weather and latest surge of snow, Spring is just around the corner in Highland Park.  With Spring comes new Spring fashions and fun, new ways to update your wardrobe.    Perhaps you have a Spring wedding to attend, or maybe a high school or college graduation, so you know you’re looking for a dress, or you’ve got travel plans and are looking for key separates to make packing a breeze.  But how do you know where to start?

If only someone would come to your closet and help put together the look or series of separates that saves you and breathes life back into your wardrobe!  After all, we don’t all have a personal stylist to pull together what we need to look and feel our best.

Anthropologie is stepping up and offering a unique opportunity to do just that.

On Thursday, March 16th  from 6 – 8 pm, Anthropologie will have personal stylists on hand to give one-on-one guidance to women.  While you enjoy beverages and light bites, browse outfits showcased for inspiration, and get personalized advice based on your own needs.  With the support of the stylists, try on the newest trends – whether it’s an off-the-shoulder top, a jumpsuit, or bright spring colors.  It’s a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and have some fun!

Make it a girls night or come on your own – the stylists and staff at Anthropologie are looking forward to meeting you and curing your closet woes, or simply putting a little snap in your step.

To RSVP, please call Anthropologie at 847-681-0200 or sign up in-store.  Anthropologie is located on the corner of Green Bay Road and Central Avenue:  1780 Green Bay Road

DANCE HP IN CONCERT COALESCENCE

Dance HP in Concert Coalescence features 150  student dancers, student and professional choreographers and jazz musicians in a creative collaboration that offers an impressive array of dance and musical performances.  This performance series is one of many Highland Park High School traditions involving the Arts.  Starting March 9th, the three-day concert series occurs at 7:30 p.m. in the HPHS auditorium.

Lilla Daniels, the owner of Makkai Ballet, is one of several professional choreographers lending their talents to this amazing production.  “I’ve always cherished Highland Park for its love of the arts.  I feel incredibly lucky and honored to continue to share my love of the arts teaching ballet at our dance studio, Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School.  As a teacher and Creative Director of the school I’ve been able to share the art of ballet with thousands of young dancers.  For over a decade I’ve also been blessed to be a choreographer for the Highland Park High School Dance Show, where I have choreographed over 10 pieces for my Alma Mater.  It is truly inspirational that many of us come back home to share our journey as artists with the next generation.”

Lilla continues, “I began my involvement with the Dance Show in 1991 as a dancer and have come full circle with my involvement today as a choreographer.  These kinds of opportunities is what make Highland Park an exceptional place to live and work and encourage artist expression!”

For more information, go to the Highland Park High School website at www.dist113.org/hphs

For more information about Irina Makkai Ballet, go to www.balletmakkai.com

FRESH FOOD FRESH FACE AT MIZUKI GRILL

MIZUKI GRILL

A hidden find in Highland Park, Mizuki Grill is unusual in its pursuit of culinary precision.  Unlike most restaurants, bread is baked from scratch on a daily basis, sauces are lovingly nurtured instead of coming out of a jar, and soups are homemade and simmered to perfection.  The owners are a hard-working duo creating delicious, always-fresh food.

Not only is the “in-house” preparation a pleasant surprise, but the breadth of dishes available is extensive.  Mizuki Grill is known for their fresh sushi.  However, the surprise comes with the array of choices beyond sushi – steak, cheeseburgers, soups, salads, gluten-free options – there literally is something for everyone.  The common thread is that each dish is made from scratch with no “commercial kitchen” shortcuts.  Mizuki Grill will accommodate any dietary need or request!  During our visit, we had a butternut squash soup with rice dumplings that was velvety and smooth, literally shimmering with warmth.

If you are looking for an event space, another great surprise is the party room behind the main restaurant.  Recently renovated, there is space for 200 people.  Who knew!  Perfect for bar mitzvah celebrations, parties, graduations or business events, the space can be readily configured for your needs.  Mizuki Grill’s owners will work with you personally to ensure that the space and the menu fit exactly with your vision.

If you are simply looking for carryout, their sushi and teriyaki is spot-on.  We took home salmon rolls that contained delicious chunks of fresh salmon – rather than ground salmon, tuna rolls zinging with dabs of wasabi, and California rolls with crisply fresh cucumber.  The homemade bread was amazing – a dense crust on the outside with chewy warmth on the inside. Watch the magic HERE

We were impressed by the array of choices at Mizuki Grill – there is so much more than sushi!  Even more impressive is Mizuki Grill’s commitment to fresh food, where literally everything is made from scratch.

www.mizukigrill.com

VALENTINE’S DAY ROUNDUP

Shop, Dine and Get Gifty in Downtown Highland Park

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with trunk shows, a 5K marathon, mini-classes, and heart-shaped pizzas. In this V-Day roundup, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas + things to do with her, him, or the little one!


DINE

  • Beelow’s NorthShore – Enjoy prime-cut steaks, wine, and local produce from area farmers markets. Get your Valentine’s Day reservation in now–spots are going fast.
  • Lou Malnati’s – What’s better than a box of chocolates? The famous heart-shaped pizza at Lou’s! Heart shaped pizzas will be available in all pizzerias starting Tuesday, February 7th through Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14th. Not local to Highland Park or the Chicagoland area? Order their heart-shaped pizzas (and cookies) straight to your door with 2-Day shipping in time for the big day at http://www.tastesofchicago.com/category/Valentines_Day.

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  • Cafe Central – Can’t take your sweetheart to France for Valentine’s Day? Dine like a Parisian at Cafe Central and choose from an extensive array of selections: smoked salmon, burgundy escargots, grilled chilean sea bass, braised lamb shank, salad nicoise, and so much more! Reservations are taken from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday.
  • Love’s Yogurt  – Treat your sweetie to delicious froyo (frozen yogurt), a classic milkshake, or a banana split after your romantic dinner in Downtown HP! Open until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14th.
  • Confection Connection – Serving the North Shore for 25 years, the Confection Connection provides its customers with the finest gifts and candies. Take home a gift box of special occasion chocolate truffles, turtles, toffee or a variety of bulk candies (available from ½ lb – 2 lb sizes).

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  • Chipotle – Nothing says “I love you” like a burrito bowl (yes we know guac is extra). Take your relationship to the next level this Valentine’s Day with a Chipotle gift card. Choose an e-card or have a gift card mailed!
  • Walker Bros. – Take the family out for a Valentine’s weekend brunch! Get 25% off the Dutch Baby Pancake – Only $7.10 (Regular Price $9.50). Add strawberries & bananas for $3.50 additional. Available for dine-in only.

 

GIFTS

  • Florals by Mary Celeste – Top Quality Roses! Orders placed between 2/1 – 2/9 for pick-up or delivery will receive a 10% discount on 2/13 and 2/14. Vases of 1 doz. Roses, baby’s breath and greens = $110. Bouquet Wrap = 1 doz. Roses, baby’s breath & greens = $100. Custom work usually starts at $45 and goes up in $5.00 increments. The sky’s the limit! Delivery Areas: Highland Park, Glencoe, Highwood, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, Winnetka.
  • Floral Gardens – Send Valentine’s Day love from the heart with a hand-arranged bouquet! Order an incredible arrangement now: (847) 432-3420.

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  • Garfinkle’s Fine Jewelry – All in-stock gifts over $1,000 are 25% off the week of Valentines: 2/6 – 2/14. Find jewelry from around the globe at Garfinkle’s – located in Downtown Highland Park for 40 years.  
  • Riche Organics – Stop by the shop and load up on gifts for him or her! Pick up a limited edition goat milk and manuka honey heart soap in almond peach, goat milk or lanolin oil in chocolate amber. All skin and body care products are cruelty-free and are handcrafted with organic based ingredients.
  • Cos Bar – Find an amazing assortment of high-end makeup, skin and hair products from brands like Sisley Bobbi Brown, and Clinique this V-Day. Cos Bar is the destination for gifts for the special gal in your life, or to even treat yourself!
  • Posh Essentials – Owned by women for women, Posh Essentials is the ultimate Valentine’s Day destination with the largest selection of lingerie, sleepwear, and loungewear.  Their new Poshabilities Boutique offers unique gifts like chic eyewear, jewelry, home accents and hostess gifts, as well as a special service to customize to any gift with monograms, logos or fun personal messages.
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  • Citywoods Gallery – Let your love glow with new candles (only $28 each). Citywoods is a fine crafts shop and gallery with products like handmade jewelry, blown glass, woodwork, home accessories and more.  
  • Stationery Station – Find a unique card for your loved ones – not a generic one! For a limited time, Stationery Station is offering 20% off ALL items such as correspondence cards, folded notes, frames, coasters, memo squares and much more! 20% savings also applies to optional upgrades and additional set pricing. Offer ends Feb. 27th.

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  • Razny Jewelers – Map your moment with a personalized map necklace or pair of cufflinks by A. Jaffe – a sophisticated, novel way to mark the moment your lives changed forever. Razny is also an official jeweler for Breitling, Cartier, David Yurman, Patek Philippe and Rolex. Find the perfect gift for her UNDER $500! http://ow.ly/1JBZ308LQbz
  • Blue Orchid Salon & Spa –  It’s the month of LOVE & we LOVE our guests! ❤️ Come to Blue Orchid Salon and Spa to treat yourself or your Valentine to a day of beauty and relaxation. Book your appointment today at 847-748.8492
    • In the salon, book a blowout and get a free conditioning treatment. Purchase a full price color service and get free shine glaze.
    • In the spa, receive a free paraffin treatment with a full-price pedi. Book a no-chip mani and receive a free travel-sized cuticle oil. Get $10 off custom facials. 70 minute therapeutic massages – $105 ($130 original value).
  • Over the TopScarf magnets are beautiful additions to enhance your scarves! Custom clutch handbag your design, your idea. Handbags make great gifts for Valentine’s day.

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  • CryoPure Spa – Valentine’s Day Special: 4 sessions for $160, split with your valentine (Only available until 2/14/17).
  • Modern Opulence – Visit for Valentine’s Day! 40% Off Chan Luu Jewelry, 40% Off All Dresses – Including Milly and 30% Off select jewelry
  • Therapeutic KneadsFebruary is the perfect time to think of massage and your heart. Come grab a gift certificate or something else for that special someone! Ocean Mineral spa salts, Stress Less Inhalation Beads, or Bath & Body massage oils make perfect gifts.
  • Yossi Jewelers – European style and handcrafted jewelry for Valentine’s Day. All of the custom work done on premises.
  • BloOuts & Posh Nails – New clients can enjoy a free eyebrow or lip wax with the purchase of a manicure and pedicure (2/13 – 2-16) ???????? $29 Blowouts (2/13-2/16)
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ACTIVITIES

  • Enaz – Jewelry Trunk Shows:
    • Feb. 9 – Be Loved
    • Feb. 10 – Designed by Denise
    • Feb. 11 – Shoshanna Lee
    • Feb. 12 – Be Loved
  • Sprout KidsValentine’s Day Photo Shoot + Crafts & Snacks! Feb. 11 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Sprout Kids and Lollipop Up Photography are getting together to a host a morning full of photo booth shoots, art projects, music and snacks! Bring your kids in their cutest Valentine’s Day outfits for a free photo shoot, where you can get a free image from the shoot! Plus lots of fun art projects, music, and snacks will all be offered for FREE! Facebook us, Call us at 847-780-4827 or Email us at sproutkidshp@gmail.com to reserve your spot today!

  • Ivy Ford Band LIVE at Norton’s – Feb. 11 (9:30 p.m. til…)

As a special thank you for your patronage this workshop is complimentary! Enjoy a complimentary facial for mom/daughter. Light refreshments will be served.

Valentine’s themed 5K in Highland Park. Medals for everyone. Charity is with the HPHS Charity Challenge, Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.

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  • Workshop HP
    • Kids Mini-Classes: DIY Valentines – Feb. 8 (3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Join us for this two-week mini class where we’re making the cutest cards in town. Kids will cut, color, stamp & fold their way to a whole armful of adorable and original Valentines cards. Ages 7+. $50. Sign up here

    • Adult AM: Felt Fortune Cookies – Tuesday, Feb. 14 (10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Cut, fold, & fill with messages for a surprise treat your loved ones will adore! $25. Sign up here

Uncle Dan’s Highland Park (621 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL)

  • Classic Kids Photography – Capture your little loves with mini photo sessions to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Get 25 custom photo cards for your kids. Gift certificates also make the perfect present.

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DON’T LET THE GROUNDHOG PREDICT YOUR HOME SALE – HP BANK & TRUST

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If you’re getting ready to sell your home, the prime sales season is quickly approaching.  It’s normally a nerve-wracking experience, and in the current environment, it is even crazier than usual.  Don’t let the groundhog dictate your sales price!  By preparing to sell your house now, you will be ready to seize the opportunity.

At Highland Park Bank & Trust, attend a free presentation to educate yourself on the upcoming real estate sales season.  5:30 pm on Thursday, February 2nd, enjoy light refreshments while you relax and prepare.  Real estate broker Marla Forbes and two Wintrust Mortgage experts, Michael Goldstein and Roy Hughes, will discuss current housing market trends.  Even more importantly, they will discuss how you can improve selling times and the sales price of your home.

Marla, Michael and Roy bring expertise in real estate sales and marketing, residential mortgages and residential appraisals.  Get ALL of your questions answered, and fully prepare to optimize your home sale experience.

 

Attend this FREE event at a true community bank:

Highland Park Bank & Trust  1949 St. John’s Avenue

Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

RSVP at: jlevey@highlandparkbank.com or (847) 432-9988

 

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR AT YUMMY BOWL

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Chinese New Year is on Saturday, January 28th and is celebrated for 7 days.  It is also known as the “Spring Festival”.  We in Chicago can certainly relate to a yearning for Spring to start!

This year is the Year of the Rooster, and the Chinese New Year is a time for families to get together and enjoy their time with each other.  The New Year’s dinner is the most important meal of the year, where multiple generations of family gather together to have a good time and enjoy good food.

This year, start your own family tradition and celebrate Chinese New Year at Yummy Bowl.  Yummy Bowl’s excellent food, good value and exceptional service is the choice of the North Shore.  Focusing on both Chinese and Thai food, Yummy Bowl has the advantage of having something for everyone.  In addition, owner Theresa Chang has created an extensive gluten-free Chinese-Thai menu.

If you don’t want to go out into the cold, Yummy Bowl delivers to Highland Park and surrounding communities.  Choose to celebrate Chinese New Year and try something new at Yummy Bowl, located at 1908 Sheridan Road.  Yummy Bowl welcomes you and your family to use Chinese New Year as an “excuse” to bring your family and enjoy some time together in your busy lives!

www.yummybowl.com

FASHION, FRIENDSHIP AND FUN AT MODERN OPULENCE

Modern Opulence

 

When Modern Opulence, a women’s boutique, opened on Central Avenue, owner Mary Andersen didn’t know what to expect.  Little did she know that two BFF’s would make Mary’s boutique their own.  Jackie Andalman is the owner of Fitness First.  Not only does Jackie call Highland Park home, but she operates her “Fitness First” classes at Soul2Sole in Downtown Highland Park.

The other half of the BFF pair is Carol Goldman.  Many know Carol since she is the Carol in “Carol’s Cookies” – amazingly delicious cookies the size of a dessert plate, sold at Sunset Foods and other locations.  These two entrepreneurial ladies and Highland Park residents have been best friends for over 50 years!

When these two women walk into Modern Opulence, it’s as if a ray of sunshine has walked in with them.  Mary says, “They are so close, and have such a beautiful friendship.  I feel like I never see one without the other – I get confused if I only see one of them at a time!”  These two ladies share smiles, hugs and stories with each other and with Mary every time they visit Modern Opulence.

Mary says, “It is such a joy to have them as clients.  We have such fun and they’ve come here loyally since we opened.  Ladies like these are the reason I opened my boutique in Highland Park.”  On this latest visit, Jackie tried on a t-shirt, and as she changed in the dressing room, Carol sneakily made the purchase!  As Jackie came to the register to pay, Mary handed her the gift bag with a smile while Carol laughed “Happy Birthday!”.

Friendship, fashion and fun erupt when these two get together!  Carol and Jackie are transplants to Highland Park, but have lived in the community for decades no matter the changes that life brings.   People like Carol and Jackie are what make Highland Park such an amazing community.  We were thrilled to get a chance to meet these friends as they shopped their way through Downtown Highland Park with a cascade of laughter rolling behind them.

Visit Jackie at Soul2Sole, get Carol’s Cookies at Sunset Foods, and of course say hello to Mary at Modern Opulence – each one will bring a ray of sunshine to you too!