229. Guess Where Mystery Photo Contest: Horsing Around

229. Guess Where Mystery Photo Contest:  Horsing Around

I have a quick contest for you this week.  It’s another mystery photo that I took of one of the Barrington Area United Way’s horses stationed around town for the Roundup II gala horse auction coming up on Saturday, October 13th.  I tried to get an angle on this one so you’d have a few clues as to where I was standing.  Can you guess where I was when I took this picture?

If you can guess the location of this week’s mystery photo, you could win a $25 gift card to spend at the place where I was standing.  That means you’ll have a lot of choices about where to spend it so let’s just call that our clue for the week!

Here’s how the contest works…

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228. Bob Lee’s “Ride for 3 Reasons” Send-off Celebration

228. Bob Lee’s “Ride for 3 Reasons” Send-off Celebration

He’s been planning his 2,000 mile bike ride for the past two-and-a-half years, and 70-year-old Barrington cyclist and cancer survivor, Bob Lee, says he’s finally ready to go!  Bob set his departure date for one week from today, next Wednesday, September 5th, when he’ll fly to Vancouver.  On Thursday, he’ll get on his bike in the center of the city, and pedal his way down the west coast for the next six to eight weeks, ending in Mexico.  But Bob’s mission is much bigger than a bike ride.  He hopes to raise $1,000,000 in the process to fund research for Cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Hospice end-of-life care.  We’re all invited to join Bob and his community of supporters at a send-off party this Sunday, September 2nd.

Bob Lee’s “Ride for 3 Reasons” Send-off Party

Bob’s latest journey will be the third in a personal series of long distance rides, crossing a total of more than 12,000 miles and completing a philanthropic tour around the perimeter of the country to support these three focus charities, which are Bob’s “3 Reasons” for his ride.

Bob says he’s mapped out his route and plans to meet up with supporters along the way, including an ALS patient close to the route and a friend who just lost his wife to cancer.  “When I visit with people and they tell me about their experience with these causes, that just energizes me to know that I’m on the right track.”

Bob Lee Making Friends on the Road During his 2007 Ride for 3 Reasons

Bob’s Send-off celebration starts at 4 p.m. this Sunday, September 2nd, with a group ride from Station Middle School to Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar in Barrington.  We’re all invited to join the ride and the party at Wool Street where there will be ice cream sundaes for everyone.  Here’s the itinerary for Sunday followed by a few quick thoughts from Bob about his upcoming ride…

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226. Open Houses in Barrington Sunday, August 26, 2012

226.  Open Houses in Barrington Sunday, August 26, 2012

If you feel like checking out homes for sale in the Barrington area this weekend, there are about 20 open houses scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, August 26th.  Our pick for one of the coolest houses open tomorrow is this brand new listing at 150 Braymore Court in Barrington’s Braymore Hills neighborhood where we’re welcoming visitors tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tomorrow’s a great day to check out Braymore, too, because the community is hosting their annual end-of-summer party so you might see the neighbors out and about when you swing by. If you love the feel of French-inspired construction, you’ll really appreciate the view of 150 Braymore from the curb.

The 5,425 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4.2 bath home, listed at $1,050,000, has a prime cul-de-sac location. Arched entryways, windows and beautiful woodwork throughout the first floor really make this property stand out from the rest.

It features ample living space upstairs with 4 bedrooms, including a very large master, plus a bonus room on the second level.

And you’ll want to linger in the English and very bright lower level where they have a home theater with movie screen and surround sound.

This lower level also has game area plus another separate space for relaxing around a fireplace near the lower level wet bar.

If you have any questions about this property, please feel free to email me at Liz@365Barrington.com or call 847-691-3150. If you’re curious and would like to learn more about this property, we hope to see you at tomorrow’s open house. To get to the property, just take Barrington Road south of Dundee.  Go east on Braymore, right (or south) on South Braymore and turn right on Braymore Court.  You’ll find 150 S. Braymore Court at the end of the cul-de-sac on the right.  The open houses starts at 1 p.m., ends at 4 p.m. and we would love to personally show you all this home has to offer!

In addition to 150 Braymore, here are the following addresses with open houses scheduled for Sunday, August 26th.  The times vary, so we’ve outlined them by time and are also including the full listing details and photos for your convenience below.  If you visit any open houses this weekend, be sure to tell them 365 Barrington sent you 😉 and we’d love it if you’d drop us a note at Liz@365Barrington.com and let us know your favorites after the fact.  Happy house hunting and here you go…

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225. Barrington Shoppers Flock to Heinen’s Opening Day

225. Barrington Shoppers Flock to Heinen’s Opening Day

An excited crowd gathered outside the new Heinen’s Fine Foods store when they opened their doors for business in Barrington this week.  Alongside Barrington Village President, Karen Darch, the twin brothers who own the company, Jeff & Tom Heinen, each used a chopping block and a butcher knife to cut the ribbon before the grand opening, a tradition in honor of their grandfather, Joe Heinen.

Jeff & Tom Heinen with Barrington Village President, Karen Darch – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Joe Heinen started the family business when he opened a butcher shop in the Cleveland area back in 1929. His family has carried on his legacy, with today being Heinen’s 18th grocery store opening and their first new store outside the greater Cleveland area.  Just before they cut the ribbon today, Tom Heinen said the group gathered outside Barrington could be the biggest crowd they’ve ever had at a Heinen’s grand opening.

First Shoppers Gathered Outside Heinen’s in Barrington

Jeff Heinen says their grandfather would have been very proud of the store opening in Barrington today. “I think he’d be pretty happy.  All these people and 80+ years…”

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224. Learning Express Toys Closing & Consolidation Sale

224. Learning Express Toys Closing & Consolidation Sale

Learning Express Toys just announced they’re closing their store at Barrington’s Ice House Mall and merging the Barrington inventory into their Lake Zurich store, where sales are going strong.  For those of us who love and shop at the Barrington location, the news is a big old bummer.  But I spoke with the owner today and the bright side is that there’s a giant toy consolidation sale at the Barrington store, starting this week.

When I found out the Barrington store is closing, I immediately pictured my kids in the store, pulling the pillow pets off the shelves as employees wrapped gifts selected for our latest birthday parties.  There’s no doubt that we’ll miss the convenience of shopping for toys at this location.  Learning Express Toys has been in the Ice House Mall since 2003.  There was another toy store in the space for the 14 years prior to that.

When I asked the owner, Rick Derr, why they made the decision to consolidate he said, simply…

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222. Sneak Peek Inside the New Heinen’s Grocery Store

222. Sneak Peek Inside the New Heinen’s Grocery Store

It’s opening week for the new Heinen’s Fine Foods store in Barrington!  They’ll officially open for business at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, August 22nd.  Heinen’s teams have been hard at work, stocking shelves and getting ready for opening day.  We recently toured the store to share a preview of the new food shopping experience we’ll soon have here in Barrington.

Birdseye View at Heinen’s Barrington – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Our tour guide was Heinen’s Marketing Director, Kathryn Falls. We started in the produce department, ended in the Wellness Center and were full of anticipation for the store’s grand opening when we parted ways by the checkout aisles. Along the way, we met a few of the people Heinen’s has hired to run the Barrington store plus some of the corporate chefs & merchandisers in town for this week’s opening day.

Meeting with Heinen’s Barrington Grocery Manager, Adam Ripley – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

One of the faces you’re sure to see when you shop at Heinen’s in Barrington is Grocery Manager, Adam Ripley…

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220. Barrington EATS: School Lunch Life Savers

220.  Barrington EATS:  School Lunch Life Savers

Something big is happening in Barrington this coming Tuesday, August 21st. And if you can say what it is in the blink of an eye, this post is for you.  It’s the first day of school. Your days will no longer be punctuated by “when can we go to the pool?” “can you drive me ____?” and the constant need to provide kid fun. But it may be replaced by something else you find challenging: what to pack in your kids’ school lunches.

My 4th grade son Brian refuses to buy his lunch. He also won’t eat sandwiches. Well, not the normal pb&j or just lunchmeat ones anyway. So, after 4 years of packing him lunch, I have a five quick strategies that will help you pack healthy, unprocessed lunch foods your kids will eat…

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218. KIDS CLUB: Take the Classroom Riddle Challenge

218.  KIDS CLUB:  Take the Classroom Riddle Challenge

It’s time for your little ones to have some fun here at 365Barrington.com with a brand new Kids Club Contest.  Plus, we have two winners to announce from last month’s Blue House Mystery contest.  This month we have a “Back to School” theme.  We’re calling it the Classroom Riddle Challenge and the best part is that Learning Express Toys is again offering prizes for our winners!

We have five classroom-related riddles in this quiz. And each kid who submits any correct answers will be entered into our drawing.

But first, let’s reveal our winners who correctly solved last month’s Blue House Mystery. Here was the riddle:

There is a one story house and everything is blue.
The lamp is blue, the floor is blue.
The walls are blue and
the roof is blue.

What color are the stairs?

And the two winners who correctly guessed the answer and will each win $50 gift cards to spend at Learning Express Toys are…

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215. Barrington EATS: All Scream for Ice Cream

215. Barrington EATS: All Scream for Ice Cream

What a blazing hot summer it’s been! What’s the best treat on a hot day? Ice cream of course.  My family and I have long visited Barrington’s top spots for ice cream, but we’ve also discovered some new destinations serving our favorite flavors and more in Barrington this year.

Gelato at Gavi Cafe, 600 Hart Road – Barrington, IL, Courtesy of Gavi Café

With about six weeks left of summer, I thought I’d take a minute to pass along our recommendations about the best places, old and new, to grab a few scoops around town…

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