Sunday, May 6, 2012
We hit a nerve when we asked Plainfield Patch readers where they like to shop most for women's fashion.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The best place in Plainfield to buy womens clothing or fashion isn't even up for debate among female Plainfield Patch readers. In fact, of all the "best place" questions we've asked in the last three months, this week's winner -- hands down -- garnered more comments than any other we've posted. Have to Have, a downtown boutique, received 22 five-star votes -- more than any other business so far in our Readers' Choice campaign. Three more readers left comments on our Web site. Readers were downright effusive in their praise: "I love shopping at Have to Have! They always have the cutest fashions, accessories and home decor. It's the perfect place to find a gift for any woman on your list...and you can get a few great pieces for yourself as …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Steve Cin and his partners purchased the entire strip mall; Public Brewing Company could be open by late summer/early fall.
The owners of Tommy Nevin's Pub have purchased the Plainfield strip mall in which Limestone Brewing Company was located, and have plans to open their own brew pub there in late summer/early fall. Initially, the group had wanted to lease the Limestone site for the company's new Public Brewing Company, co-owner Steve Cin said. However, once they saw Limestone's interior, which was damaged when Limestone removed its equipment, they realized it might be smarter just to purchase the entire site. So they did, at a bankruptcy auction held Wednesday, Cin said. The North Plainfield Crossing mall at 12337 S. Route 59 had been owned by Ardmin Properties, which filed for bankruptcy last year. The 55,000-square-foot strip center was in foreclosure, …
Monday, April 23, 2012
The theater's opening was postponed from last October until this spring due to an illness in the owners' family, but now plans are completely canceled.
Despite the sign out front that still advertises the Encore Dinner Playhouse, plans to open the theater are officially dead. Christina Kitchel, the leasing agent for the 4,700-square-foot space at 16108 S. Route 59, said the Encore project has been canceled and the property's currently available for lease. The dinner theater had been the brainchild of Jenny and Gary Giocomo, Crest Hill residents with an extensive theater background in Chicago, Las Vegas and Colorado. They envisioned a stage for musical reviews coupled with dinner that would be catered by a local restaurant, Jenny Giocomo said at the time. Plans to open in October 2011 were postponed, however, because of an undisclosed family member's illness. Giocomo said the opening would…
Sunday, April 15, 2012
TIF district money would be used to buy the building and do the roof repair and mold removal needed to make it more appealing to potential buyers.
The village of Plainfield is negotiating to buy the shuttered Baci Ristorante, with plans to make the repairs that have kept the downtown restaurant from selling since its November 2010 closure. “Yes, we’re looking at it,” Mayor Michael Collins said. “It should be finalized soon.” The purchase and renovation work, which includes roof repairs and basement mold removal, will be funded with money in the special taxing district that encompasses downtown, Mayor Michael Collins said. No money from the village’s general fund will be required. Once the work is completed, the property will go back on the market, he said. Collins would not say how much the village has tentatively agreed to pay for the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church-turned-…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Steven Cin, owner of Public Brewing Co., says the amount of destruction will probably make it financially impossible for him to take over the space.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A company that had hoped to fill the space vacated by Limestone Brewing Company is now reconsidering given what they say is a huge amount of damage left by the previous owners. According to a story in the Joliet Herald News, Steven Cin and his group, Public Brewing Co. -- who owns Tommy Nevin’s Pub in Naperville, Frankfort and Evanston, Pete Miller’s Seafood and Prime Steak in Evanston and Wheeling and Irish pubs in Willowbrook and Wheaton -- may opt out of the deal based on the damaged interior. But former Limestone owner Jan Isley, who closed the 12337 S. Route 59 business last month, told the newspaper the building was not as bad as described. However, she did acknowledge that some work had to be done, incuding the removal of a wall, in…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
When cash flow grew tight this winter, Amy Ernst used kickstarter.com to offer premiums to anyone who made a contribution to her van-based business.
Amy's Organics will be back on the road this summer thanks to the kindness of nearly 100 people who donated more than $4,000 to ensure the fledgling mobile business would continue. The money will allow owner Amy Ernst to add two more coolers to her van so that, in addition to organic vegetables, fruits, honey and fruit popsicles, she'll be able to sell fresh, locally produced eggs and grass-fed meats when she drives through Plainfield neighborhoods. Ernst's financial problems came not during the summer and fall months, when she easily made enough sales to cover her expenses, but in the winter, when sales dropped off, Ernst said. Without the infusion of cash, she wasn't sure she'd be able to return for a second year, she said. "I was doing …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Mighty Dawg, a traveling concession business, will set up at stores, businesses and public events where food is not otherwise available.
"Got Hot Dogs, Will Travel" might well be the motto of a new Plainfield business being launched by resident Jeff Rice. Described as a mobile "hot dog wagon," Mighty Dawg proposes to go where no Plainfield frankfurter seller has gone before: To businesses that have no onsite food vendor, to public events that have no concession stand, and to any village location where people are hungry and food is scarce. And just as it did last year with another novel mobile food business concept, Amy's Organics, the Plainfield Village Board is willing to give Rice a chance. On Monday night, trustees approved the traveling hot dog cart by a 4-2 vote. Rice said his goal is not to compete with other storefront businesses but to fill a void in locations where…
Friday, March 9, 2012
The Route 59 store is one of 35 being shut as the Naperville-based company staves off declining sales.
Plainfield's OfficeMax store is one of 35 being closed by the Naperville-based office supply company. Signs posted on the store's front windows give the grim news. The doors will close at the 13555 S. Route 59 location on March 31. The company has been struggling to turn around two consecutive years of declining sales. According to OfficeMax's 2011 financial report issued last month via PRNewswire, sales were down by .4 percent in 2011 and .9 percent in 2010. In November, the company announced it would be making changes to "strengthen its core," and part of its strategic plan would be to close nearly three dozen stores in the United States and one or two in Mexico in 2012. The OfficeMax in Romeoville is also being closed; stores in Joliet …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Give your choice a quick review, and this time next week we'll tell you won.
Patch wants to know which businesses Plainfield residents say are their “go-to” places in town. To that end, we readers every week to tell us about their most-loved local haunts. This week, "Readers' Choice" is all about breakfast. Who do you think has the best morning meal town? This week’s nominees are: To pick your favorite, simply take a moment to click on each business and post a review in our Places Directory. The “Readers’ Choice” winner will be based on the reviews received on each directory listing. Reviews posted between Monday morning and noon on Friday, March 9, will be taken into account during scoring. Don’t forget to promote your local favorite by linking to this article — and the business’ directory listing — on Facebook …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
The restaurant/bar will be open for lunch and dinner featuring such fare as stuffed burgers, loaded baked potatoes and, coming soon, fondue.
Two months after it suddenly closed, HopScotch & Vine is back with new owners, a new menu and new hours. The opening weekend was a success, with a packed house Friday and Saturday night, co-owner Cassie Vaughn said. The goal is to create a "neighborhood place with a city feel," Vaughn said, and to come up with menu items you can't find in downtown Plainfield or elsewhere in the village. To that end, she and husband Mike have developed a menu with their chef, Trinidad Z, featuring such specialities as stuffed burgers, five types of loaded baked potatoes and, coming soon, fondue, Vaughn said. They have also opened a small store to sell wine and cheeses to go, she said, and they will be open for both lunch and dinner. Their hours are 11:30 a.…