Work At Six Corners: Six Corners Association Executive Director

Position Announcement

Six Corners Association Executive Director

Six Corners Association seeks a full-time Executive Director to provide vision, direction, and leadership in implementing the strategic goals and day-to-day operations of the Six Corners Association.

The Six Corners neighborhood, at the intersection at Milwaukee Avenue, Cicero Avenue, and Irving Park Road, is an iconic retail destination and an economic driver of Chicago’s Northwest Side. In recent years, Six Corners has become known as a creative hub for innovative entrepreneurs and vibrant arts organizations. Six Corners Association’s small-and-mighty, hands-on team fosters the development of a thriving commercial district by mentoring and connecting community-minded businesses, attracting customers, and engaging in intentional planning for the district’s future.

Position title: Executive Director
Salaried, full-time, exempt position with occasional evening and weekend hours
Start date: Immediate
Reports to: Six Corners Association Board of Directors


Essential functions: Directs and manages the overall operations and staff in accordance with the policies and goals established by the Board of Directors; responsible for managing the objectives of the Association’s strategic plan, developing programming, organizational and financial plans, and ensuring effective execution of the annual work plan for the continual growth of the Six Corners commercial district.

More Info here.


This Place Matters | Six Corners

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities.

Six Corners and the buildings that exist and have existed within it are places that matter to our residents. This is why we reached out to you all to ask you your memories of living, shopping, and playing around Six Corners. The following is a dedication to the spaces and buildings that our residents have created memories in. Through This Place Matters, we hope to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.

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LUKE C.

I grew up in Old Irving Park and have very fond memories of Six Corners. I can't tell you how many summers I spent biking around the buildings at Six Corners—I never quite had a particular destination, but it was just wonderful to bike through and between all the nooks and crannies that the buildings' exteriors provided. There were always a comfortable amount of traffic and people—just enough to see what places people were attracted to, but not so many that my biking was interrupted. If I had to give one building that I did very much enjoy walking around, it would be Sears. I mean, who didn't?

Six Corners was my playground. It was my childhood.
— Colleen G.
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THERESA F.

I used to go to the dentist in the Klee Building when I was little. If it ended up that I had to have any work done, my mom would take me to Kee Department Store and buy me a toy. I always liked going to the dentist because of this.

MARY JO P.

My parents bought their home at Bernice and Kilpatrick in 1963, the year I was born. My three siblings and I went to St. Bartholomew grade school, and I graduated from DePaul. We shopped at Six Corners almost every day.  My favorite places were the Alpine Market on Cicero, Woolworth’s, the Newsstand (that later became City News), and Kee Department Store. My love for music began in the 70s in the record department at Kee. I would take my allowance and go first to the record department to buy a 99 cent 45 record and pick up my SuperCFL survey, then over to Newsstand to buy my Rolling Stone magazine. I’d stop at Sears and look for clothes and Mailings for shoes and finally to Woolworth lunch counter for a grilled cheese and Green River soda. Six Corners was my neighborhood and my world. I have many fond memories. We had it all! I moved back in 2015 and fell in love all over again.

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DEBBY S.

My grandma lived at 8049 W. Irving and never learned to drive, so she was proficient with public transportation. We enjoyed many bus trips up Irving to Six Corners for Sears shopping and walking in and out of local stores. We frequented Portage Park and the Metro Warehouse—which was maybe at Belmont and Central. We often went all the way to the lakefront after our Sears excursions and ate cream cheese and jelly sandwiches by the totem pole at Sheridan and Irving. It seemed that—not only did she know her way around town—she talked with all the shopkeepers. It was all just a big neighborhood!

DEBBIE G.

Having been born in Old Irving Park in 1966 (and still a resident), I have very fond memories of Six Corners growing up. Every Saturday morning—without fail—my sisters, friends, and I would make our weekly pilgrimage to visit Sears where we'd go to purchase the latest 45s or Bonne Bell Lip Smacker, Kee Department Store just because, the Brunswick Store to check out the T-shirts, Puff Fluff donuts for a treat, or the Woolworth counter for a sundae.  No visit would be complete without a trip to the Jewelry Heist for the $1 grab bag. I loved going to the Alpine Market to look at the stuffed bear, even though I never bought anything. In the late 70s/early 80s there was a Gap, a Herman’s Sporting Goods store and a slew of card and gift shops. We had no need to ever go anywhere else. So many great memories!

JIM

Back in the late 60's, we dressed like "greasers" , bought some clothes at Bernard’s Mens Store (4047 N. Milwaukee ), our pointed Cuban heel shoes at Thom McAnn (4024 N. Milwaukee ), danced at "Our Place" Teen Club (4065 N Milwaukee), and bought our records at Deluxe (between Our Place & Bernards).

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SARAH D.

I grew up at Keeler & Byron in the 80s, and walking with my siblings and cousins to the Portage Theater at Six Corners was SUCH a treat! Cheap movies ($1??) and such fun! I have INCREDIBLY fond memories of the Portage as our neighborhood theater...that we could WALK TO (without adults!). It was our first bit of childhood/tween/pre-tween independence that I remember. Still fond of the Portage today, due to the childhood memories from the 80s.

DAKOTA C.

I have very fond memories of The Portage Theater as someone that grew up in the neighborhood with many friends who lived nearby. For a couple of years, my elementary school, North Park Elementary, hosted our annual school musical at The Portage. I remember feeling like such a legitimate actress on that stage with its built-in dressing rooms and professional lighting and sound rigs. As the first real theatre I ever performed in, it holds a dear place in my heart! We really thought we were quite the professionals! I don't live in the neighborhood anymore (but I'm not far)! I enjoy coming back and visiting the old neighborhood whenever possible!

Promotions at Six Corners | 5/21/2019

Culver's, 4939 W. Irving Park Rd., is offering the following promotions: 

- May 28: National Hamburger Day- $2 Butter Burgers (limit 8)

Fannie's Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose Ave., will give you 10% off catering orders if you mention the Six Corners newsletter! Also, bring in a receipt from Lake Effect Brewing (now open on Sundays) and receive 10% off at Fannie's. Their brunch is BYOB! 

Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N. Milwaukee Ave: Memorial Day Sale: buy any item at regular price and get a second item of equal or lesser value for 50% off. Some exclusions apply. Sale ends Sunday, May 26th. 

Fischman Public House, 4058 N. Milwaukee Ave.: Bring your same-day receipt to Fischman's after you've eaten at frunchroom and get 10% off their bottles & cans. Valid Wednesday through Sunday.

frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee Ave: Get 10% off Wednesdays-Sundays when you bring your own bottles/cans from Fischman Bottle Shop.

Grand Vein Specialists, 4952 W. Irving Park Rd., offers 10% off Botox and fillers every Friday! Their hours are 1pm-6pm and they're located at 4952 W. Irving Park Rd. Contact them at 773-942-6141 for more information or to set up an appointment. 

Lake Effect Brewing, 4727 W. Montrose Ave., is now open Sundays. Bring a brunch receipt from Fannie's Cafe on Sunday and receive 10% off on your purchase. 

Prism Optical, 3594 N. Milwaukee Ave., is holding a 20% off discount on all in-stock Carrera sunglasses and frames throughout May. Prism says, "MAY you have a great pair of sunglasses this summer!"

Te'ase Tea Shoppe, 5755 W. Irving Park Rd., holds Happy Hour Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 3-6pm when freshly brewed hot or iced teas are half off. On Tea'se Tuesdays, you can buy one get one half off of freshly brewed hot or iced tea! 

TWICE, 5450 W. Belmont Ave., is liquidating all furniture and will be holding a big sale Memorial Day weekend. Call ahead if you'd like to preview and buy before this date or on off days. TWICE is open regularly on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-6pm. 

Wildlight Yoga, 4140 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering a New Student Special. For only $28, get two weeks of unlimited classes. This is for new students only upon first visit! Students may apply toward purchase of membership upon completion of two weeks. Available at their website

Work at Six Corners

Six Corners Association is currently looking for an administrative assistant. If you are interested in the position, please view the the job description here.

Promotions at Six Corners | 5/14/2019

Culver's, 4939 W. Irving Park Rd., is offering the following promotions: 

- May 15: First Responder Appreciation Day- Free Snack Pack for first responders.

Fannie's Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose Ave., will give you 10% off catering orders if you mention the Six Corners newsletter! Also, bring in a receipt from Lake Effect Brewing (now open on Sundays) and receive 10% off at Fannie's. Their brunch is BYOB! 

Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N. Milwaukee Ave: Anime Midwest is May 17th-19th. Fantasy is offering 25% off anime related costumes , wigs and accessories. Some exclusions apply. Sale ends Sunday, May 19th. 

Fischman Public House, 4058 N. Milwaukee Ave.: Bring your same-day receipt to Fischman's after you've eaten at frunchroom and get 10% off their bottles & cans. Valid Wednesday through Sunday.

frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee Ave: Get 10% off Wednesdays-Sundays when you bring your own bottles/cans from Fischman Bottle Shop.

Grand Vein Specialists, 4952 W. Irving Park Rd., offers 10% off Botox and fillers every Friday! Their hours are 1pm-6pm and they're located at 4952 W. Irving Park Rd. Contact them at 773-942-6141 for more information or to set up an appointment. 

Lake Effect Brewing, 4727 W. Montrose Ave., is now open Sundays. Bring a brunch receipt from Fannie's Cafe on Sunday and receive 10% off on your purchase. 

Prism Optical, 3594 N. Milwaukee Ave., is holding a 20% off discount on all in-stock Carrera sunglasses and frames throughout May. Prism says, "MAY you have a great pair of sunglasses this summer!"

Te'ase Tea Shoppe, 5755 W. Irving Park Rd., holds Happy Hour Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 3-6pm when freshly brewed hot or iced teas are half off. On Tea'se Tuesdays, you can buy one get one half off of freshly brewed hot or iced tea! 

TWICE, 5450 W. Belmont Ave., is liquidating all furniture and will be holding a big sale Memorial Day weekend. Call ahead if you'd like to preview and buy before this date or on off days. TWICE is open regularly on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-6pm. 

Wildlight Yoga, 4140 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering a New Student Special. For only $28, get two weeks of unlimited classes. This is for new students only upon first visit! Students may apply toward purchase of membership upon completion of two weeks. Available at their website

Promotions at Six Corners | 5/7/2019

Collectiv, 5743 W. Irving Park Rd., is currently holding their biggest candle sale ever! From now until May 12th, they are offering 25% off of all candles (coconut wax, woodwick candles made in small batches right in Portage Park). There are also new custom greeting cards designed and printed locally as well as plenty of Mother’s Day gift ideas under $50! P.S. They’ll be at the Independence Park Pre-Mother’s Day Fine Craft Fair this Saturday! 

Culver's, 4939 W. Irving Park Rd., is offering the following promotions: 

- May 12: Mother's Day- Buy one, get one free of two scoop sundaes and carnations for moms.

- May 15: First Responder Appreciation Day- Free Snack Pack for first responders.

Distinct Bath & Body, 4046 N. Milwaukee Ave., is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Anyone who purchases an Apple Soap Gift Trio will receive a free "Thank You" greeting card. Also, any teacher who shows their educator's ID will receive 10% off their purchase.

Fannie's Cafe, 5040 W. Montrose Ave., will give you 10% off catering orders if you mention the Six Corners newsletter! Also, bring in a receipt from Lake Effect Brewing (now open on Sundays) and receive 10% off at Fannie's. Their brunch is BYOB! 

Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N. Milwaukee Ave: Just in time for Mother's Day, all wigs are $100 or buy 1 at regular price, get the second one of equal or lesser value for 50% off. Some exclusions apply. Sale ends Sunday, May 12th. 

Fischman Public House, 4058 N. Milwaukee Ave.: Bring your same-day receipt to Fischman's after you've eaten at frunchroom and get 10% off their bottles & cans. Valid Wednesday through Sunday.

frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee Ave: Get 10% off Wednesdays-Sundays when you bring your own bottles/cans from Fischman Bottle Shop.

Grand Vein Specialists, 4952 W. Irving Park Rd., offers 10% off Botox and fillers every Friday! Their hours are 1pm-6pm and they're located at 4952 W. Irving Park Rd. Contact them at 773-942-6141 for more information or to set up an appointment. 

Lake Effect Brewing, 4727 W. Montrose Ave., is now open Sundays. Bring a brunch receipt from Fannie's Cafe on Sunday and receive 10% off on your purchase. 

Prism Optical, 3594 N. Milwaukee Ave., is holding a 20% off discount on all in-stock Carrera sunglasses and frames throughout May. Prism says, "MAY you have a great pair of sunglasses this summer!"

Singer Factory Distributor, 4914 W. Irving Park Rd., has a great Mother's Day deal on the Husqvarna Brilliance 80. Its MSRP is $10,999 but you can get it now at Singer for $5,999 (with qualified trade). Call for more information at 773-545-6834 or stop in to see them! 

Te'ase Tea Shoppe, 5755 W. Irving Park Rd., holds Happy Hour Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 3-6pm when freshly brewed hot or iced teas are half off. On Tea'se Tuesdays, you can buy one get one half off of freshly brewed hot or iced tea! 

Wildlight Yoga, 4140 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering a New Student Special. For only $28, get two weeks of unlimited classes. This is for new students only upon first visit! Students may apply toward purchase of membership upon completion of two weeks. Available at their website

Promotions at Six Corners | 4/29/2019

Collectiv, 5743 W. Irving Park Rd., is currently holding their biggest candle sale ever! From now until May 12th, they are offering 25% off of all candles (coconut wax, woodwick candles made in small batches right in Portage Park). There are also new custom greeting cards designed and printed locally as well as plenty of Mother’s Day gift ideas under $50! P.S. They’ll be at the Independence Park Pre-Mother’s Day Fine Craft Fair this Saturday! 

Culver's, 4939 W. Irving Park Rd., is offering the following promotions: 

- May 3: National Chocolate Custard Day! $2 scoops of chocolate custard. 

- May 6: National Nurses Appreciation Day! Free one-scoop sundaes for nurses who provide their badge/workplace ID. 

- May 7: Teacher Appreciation Day! Free one-scoop sundaes for all teachers who show their school IDs. 

Distinct Bath & Body, 4046 N. Milwaukee Ave., is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Anyone who purchases an Apple Soap Gift Trio will receive a free "Thank You" greeting card. Also, any teacher who shows their educator's ID will receive 10% off their purchase.

Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N. Milwaukee Ave, is offering 20% off on all Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby costumes and accessories from now until May 5th. Some exclusions apply. They also now have fasteners in stock for $7.99-$19.99.  

Fischman Public House, 4058 N. Milwaukee Ave.: Bring your same-day receipt to Fischman's after you've eaten at frunchroom and get 10% off their bottles & cans. Valid Wednesday through Sunday.

frunchroom, 4042 N. Milwaukee Ave: Get 10% off Wednesdays-Sundays when you bring your own bottles/cans from Fischman Bottle Shop.

Grand Vein Specialists, 4952 W. Irving Park Rd., offers 10% off Botox and fillers every Friday! Their hours are 1pm-6pm and they're located at 4952 W. Irving Park Rd. Contact them at 773-942-6141 for more information or to set up an appointment. 

Lake Effect Brewing, 4727 W. Montrose Ave., is offering tours of their facility every Saturday at 2, 3:30, and 5pm. This is a great way to see local manufacturing in action. The freshest beers will be available for to-go purchase! 

Singer Factory Distributor, 4914 W. Irving Park Rd., wants to remind you that April is National Serger Month! Receive a free mini vacuum kit and a catch-all with the purchase of a Husqvarna Viking HClass 250S. With your purchase, you also receive free lessons on how to use your serger. Stop in today!  

Te'ase Tea Shoppe, 5755 W. Irving Park Rd., holds Happy Hour Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 3-6pm. On Tea'se Tuesdays, you can buy one get one half off of freshly brewed hot or iced tea! 

Wildlight Yoga, 4140 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering a New Student Special. For only $28, get two weeks of unlimited classes. This is for new students only upon first visit! Students may apply toward purchase of membership upon completion of two weeks. Available at their website

Cuyler Community Plaza

Six Corners Association in partnership with Alderman Arena's office worked to secure $1,050,000 for the design and construction of a permanent community plaza on Cuyler and Milwaukee Ave. The funds were allocated from the Irving/Cicero Tax Increment Funding.

Pictured: Giddings Plaza in Lincoln Square

Pictured: Giddings Plaza in Lincoln Square

The City of Chicago will manage the RFP process and select the vendors for the project. Once the vendors are selected, about a 4-6 month process, a task force will be created to provide feedback on the design elements of the plaza. Community members will be encouraged to take part in this process. 

Pictured: Conceptual plaza plans from the Six Corners Master Plan

Pictured: Conceptual plaza plans from the Six Corners Master Plan

The Six Corners Master Plan proposed the creation of a gathering space north of the Portage Theater, specifically citing the Belle Plaine Plaza as the proposed plaza space. Due to ownership and construction constraints of that private property, Cuyler was viewed to be an exceptional alternative to the originally proposed site next door. 

This people plaza helps continue the efforts of creating a pedestrian and bike friendly culture in our commercial district. Some of the great improvements that have been made to cultivate this culture is the installation of bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue, between Addison and Lawrence, the installation of sidewalk bump outs at the Milwaukee Avenue and Cuyler intersections, and the installation of a Divvy Bike Station, bike corral, and fixit station on Cuyler Avenue. 

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The plaza is planned for Cuyler at Milwaukee west to the alley entrance. To accommodate residents, businesses, and other people accessing Six Corners, Cuyler will be converted into a two-way street with a cul-de-sac at the eastern end. Additionally, we are working with CDOT to determine whether or not converting the block of 4000 N LaPorte Ave into a two-way street would improve traffic flow.

Residents and business owners of this community have expressed much interest in a gathering space similar to that of Giddings Plaza in Lincoln Square. The people plaza on Cuyler will provide people the opportunity to have this open space that they can utilize. The plaza would help activate a street in a way that would attract people to the shopping district and bring great economic benefits to the already existing businesses and encourage more development along Milwaukee Ave. 

Plans for the plaza are still in the preliminary stages. As the process begins Six Corners Association is planning to engage the community as much as possible to make sure that the design of the plaza is informed by what community members want. We will host a community meeting in the coming months to explain to people the project, gather their feedback, and address or take into consideration any concerns that they have.

Need Glasses? Stop in at VisionWorks!

VisionWorks at Six Corners, 4100 N. Cicero Ave., is having a limited time sale! Get 2 pairs of single vision glasses for $59 or 2 pairs of progressive glasses for $99! Store Manager, Jordan Myers and his awesome team are waiting to help you save some money! Offer ends April 20th!

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Tenant Needed: 4018 N. Milwaukee Avenue

A tenant is needed at 4018 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 208-B.

The office space is 10 ft. x 12 ft. and has a large window that emits lots of natural light. The wood floors don't hurt either! The monthly rent is $250 without furniture and $300 with it. Utilities are split with adjourning Suite 208-A and the reception area is included in the rent price.

For more information, contact Myrna with MSM Realty Group at 773-614-7644.

Joe Basilone Recognized as Northwest Side Hero

Appeared originally in “45th Ward Update” Newsletter by Alderman John Arena’s Office

Northwest Side Hero: Joe Basilone

Joe together with his wife Melissa Basilone have made a name for themselves on the Northwest Side as the owner/operators of several popular gathering places: Thrift & Thrive, Sputnik Books and Records, and Perkolator Coffee.

These businesses have one thing in common: they are passion based.

“It’s totally self-serving! We wanted a great resale shop and a place to have coffee! I jest. But all of these ideas came from things we wished we had in the neighborhood. You can sit back and ask ‘ When is someone going to do something?’ Or you can be that someone. At some point you have take responsibility.”

The couple lives in the Portage Park neighborhood with their two children. Joe appreciates that they can live and work in a small radius and be truly immersed in the community.

Being lucky enough to live, work, play, and send my kids to school in the same neighborhood is very reminiscent of that 1960s TV family. Sometimes we just have to take a step back and say, ‘Wow, this is an amazing opportunity. Don’t blow it!’

Joe is originally from Nyack, about 20 miles north of New York City. Melissa hails from New Mexico. The two met in Gainesville, Florida, in the late 90s, where Joe had opened up… what else? A coffeehouse.

“People don’t know that Perkolator is my SECOND coffeeshop.”

Joe has a long history in coffee, working for many years in retail for Intelligentsia and then Caribou Coffee before starting up his own ventures. He and Melissa left Florida in 2001 and first lived in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village before making their way to the Northwest Side. Frequent trips to Jefferson Park’s Sicilia Bakery introduced them to the area and in 2008, the Basilones moved to their current home in Portage Park and set down roots.

We liked it here because it felt like a distinct Chicago neighborhood, not overrun by chain stores—and this is before we were business people! We appreciated the collection of neighbors and mom-and-pop businesses that together made this place feel like a community.

In 2011, the couple joined that business community, launching Thrift & Thrive, inspired by their personal interests and upbringing. Melissa also loved thrift store hunting while growing up in New Mexico. Joe was raised by his mom and grandparents and has fond memories of thrift-store shopping with his grandma, ‘Nan’ Wanda Hennessey, now aged 93.

“Nan was a frugal woman but on these days, there was no spending limit. We’d spend $15 and I’d come home with a brand new wardrobe. I have always felt that I was born a generation or two late. Part of that is growing up with grandparents and parents who always spoke about the 'good ol' days,' and that is definitely reflected in my taste in music and of course, how we decorate our businesses. We want to give people the neighborhood they reminisce about having, or always wanted to have."

Thrift & Thrive was also inspired by the stark contrast Joe couldn’t help but notice here in Portage Park.

“We were seeing our neighbors lose their houses and lose their jobs. Then we’d be driving through the alley and see like-new furniture put out for the trash. There are a lot of haves and have-nots in our neighborhood. We view Thrift & Thrive as the neighborhood trading post where people can drop off unwanted items that others can purchase at a reasonable price.”

While many other thrift stores are backed by large national nonprofits, Thrift & Thrive is uniquely local.

“Our primary focus has always been, and will continue to be, reinvesting 90 cents of every dollar back into this community.”

In 2014, Joe and Melissa launched Perkolator, a coffeeshop serving up much more than coffee. They have a full breakfast and lunch menu, and all the snacks and caffeine needed for in between. Walk in on most days and you will find the place busy and bustling.

Perkolator doesn’t belong to Joe and Melissa Basilone anymore—it belongs to Portage Park. We’re grateful for the team we have working there and the community that supports it.

Adjoining the coffeehouse is Sputnik Records and Books, which sells lightly used reading and listening pleasures perfect to go along with your cup of joe.

Until recently the couple also owned and operated a fourth business, Charley Noble, a unique sandwich shop that closed in late 2018 after a whirlwind year. Earlier that year, Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“We had a tough year last year. Melissa’s battle with cancer changed our trajectory and put in perspective how we spend our time. Our goal of providing everything for the community had to take a back seat.”

Charley Noble as a fledgling business was doing well, but the stress of running four businesses, raising two kids (now age 8 and 13), and chemo was too much for anyone to balance.

“It was having an impact on us.”

The Basilones are using 2019 as a time to regroup.

“Cancer taught us to slow down and really smell the roses. Be happy with the abundance we have. I was collecting business like toys—I don’t want to be a hypocrite for my children.”

Joe also knows there’s always room for improvement.

“We want to strive to do more with what we have—to deliver a dialed in experience with our current businesses.”

His message to area residents is a rallying call:

Get out from behind your screens and get out in your community. Likes don’t put dollars in registers and keep local businesses open. They don’t keep community programs funded or neighborhood teams cheered on. Get out and be a part of your community.

Joe mentions that joining one of our many neighborhood groups is a great place to start, such as the Portage Park Neighborhood Association or Jefferson Park Forward, among others.

“We all have something to give. For us, it’s this. If we didn’t love what we did, we’d be out of business. That’s the single characteristic across all failed businesses—when the genuine passion is gone. Owning a business is like caring for a house plant, you have to love and nurture it.”