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Town & Country Gardens gets new digs in Elgin’s downtown

ELGIN — After 45 years on the east side, Town & Country Gardens has transplanted itself to downtown. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday at the flower shop’s new location at 219 Douglas Ave. — across from the Centre of Elgin and in the old …

 

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East Dundee’s Ahrens tops wedding cake competition

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EAST DUNDEE — If you’re in the market for a wedding cake, you may want to give the local bakery that recently nabbed a first place win in that category a try. During the Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association’s 14th annual cake decorating competition Sunday, …

West Dundee looks for ways to fill budget gap

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WEST DUNDEE — As officials grapple with how to plug a $300,000 deficit, some are concerned West Dundee is headed in the wrong direction. Lifelong resident Robin Doyle said she remembers a time when there was a thriving downtown. Now, she says, it is time …

Elgin firm to lay off 60 in September

ELGIN — An Elgin business has reported to the state that it will be laying off 60 people in September. Dentsply-Rinn Corp., 1212 Abbott Drive, specializes in the manufacture of products for dentists and their patients. Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Carol …

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 …

Verizon to add 100 Elgin jobs

ELGIN — Verizon Wireless plans to add 100 full-time positions to its Elgin call center, the company announced. Verizon said in a release that the Elgin jobs are among a total of 144 full-time positions that will be added before the end of June in …

Passing the plumbing torch: Family friend carrying on longtime Elgin business

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ELGIN — Tom and Barbara Wahl can’t go anywhere in Elgin, it seems, without seeing someone they know from town or the plumbing business they ran together for nearly three decades. In most cases, it’s from both places — because over the years, friends became …

East Dundee considers new fees for video gaming machines

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EAST DUNDEE — The Village Board’s decision to overturn the ban on video gambling in 2012 is proving to be a boon for both the businesses that carry the machines and the village itself. Five percent of the machines’ net revenue is returned to the …

Elgin’s Sherman Hospital again named ‘Company that Cares’

ELGIN — Advocate Sherman Hospital has been named a “Company That Cares” for the seventh consecutive year. This prestigious designation recognizes companies that demonstrate a commitment to associates and their communities, according to a release from the hospital. The Companies That Care Honor Roll is …

East Dundee looks to boost marketing, events budget 2,000 percent to $300,000

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EAST DUNDEE — There are big plans for the small town of East Dundee this year. And in order to carry them through, for the 2014-15 fiscal year, village officials are proposing a marketing and community events budget of more than $300,000, up more than …

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East Dundee bridal shop guys to be featured on reality TV show

EAST DUNDEE — Fashion designer David Gaffke has a few words to say about his East Dundee bridal store being picked up for a reality television show: “It’s about time.” The owner of the all-male staffed Complete Bridal boutique at 12 E. Main St., No. …

Sports tourney heads like what they see in Elgin

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ELGIN — One 40-team sports tournament with 12 to 15 people per team can bring $125,000 a day into a local economy, said Pete Garlock, sales director for the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. With that number in mind, the Elgin-area visitors bureau last …

Elgin Chamber says thanks with business awards

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ELGIN — There is a lot of good going on in the Elgin business community, said Carol Gieske, president and CEO of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. By changing the recognitions presented to that membership at the organization’s annual awards luncheon, the chamber of …

As area oozes into spring, Gilberts cafe set to re-open

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GILBERTS — The return of spring on Thursday brings a sigh of relief to local area businesses that have been hit hard by the subzero temperatures and above-average snowfalls during the winter of 2013-14. Ooz Café, 11 Galligan Road, decided to temporarily close its doors …

Tom Berliner: Helping others will cure what ails you

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I’ll bet that you would gladly pay good money to learn how to turn your woe-is-me attitude into an I-feel-good-about-life outlook. Want me to tell you? Want me to do so for free? OK, but only for you. Here it is. Drum roll, please. The …

Elgin Chamber starting Small Business Network

ELGIN — The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce has created the Elgin Area Small Business Network. The aim is to better serve and promote the creation and success of small and newly formed businesses in the area, according to a release from the chamber. The …