Category: Monday

283. Marketplace: Dr. Reinhold Llerena on the Power of Prevention

 As we get close to wrapping up 2012, the new year is on the horizon and resolutions are already on our minds.  (Not to rush the season. We still have all of December to indulge!)  But in the coming weeks, we’ll be getting to know more about some of Barrington’s very own experts in health, fitness and fresh starts, starting this week with family physician and Alexian Brothers associate, Dr. Reinhold Llerena.

To learn a little more about Dr. Llerena, we paid him a visit in his office, which is located in a highly traveled spot in town.  It’s right by Barrington’s drive-thru Starbucks on Northwest Highway.

We asked Dr. Llerena for a few tips to a healthy new year and the conversation quickly turned to five health issues that he says can be prevented or more easily managed with early detection.  We’ll get to Dr. Llerena’s list of 5 Most Preventable Diseases in just a minute.
But first, we’re excited to introduce Dr. Llerena as the first medical professional to join the Barrington Online Markplace here at 365Barrington.com. In case you’re new to this website, here’s a quick look at how the Marketplace works…
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At the beginning of each workweek, we introduce you to the latest local businesses, professionals & organizations to join our Barrington Online Marketplace by featuring them here at 365Barrington.com and via our weekly email newsletter. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events in Barrington, just enter your email here and click “Submit”.
Fill out my online form.

You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured, visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.
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Now back to our newest Marketplace member.  Dr. Llerena grew up in a household of teachers. Which is probably why, as a family practitioner, it is almost second nature for him to teach his patients how to best take care of themselves to prevent or minimize disease as they age.
“If you are exercising and eat a healthy diet, then keep it up,” said Dr. Llerena. “And see a family doctor every couple of years. After age 50, see your doctor every year because things crop up a lot quicker.”
Dr. Llerena says he takes it hard if a patient he sees regularly comes down with an illness.
“If someone has a heart attack, stroke, an ulcer, or something I know was preventable and I find out they get sick, I take it personally. So, my drive is to make sure people know why they should be having preventative tests, why they should be having certain vaccines.”

Diet and exercise are important to prevention, but Dr. Llerena says so are the appropriate medical tests and checkups.  Here’s what he says are the 5 Most Preventable Diseases More Treatable with Early Detection ……

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267. Marketplace: Craft Corner Wednesdays with Wool Street & Wild Onion Brewery

 When it comes to the art of brewing, serving and sampling craft beers, there are a few experts on the subject right here in Barrington. The owners of Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar and The Onion Pub & Brewery are teaming up to bring you locally brewed BEER, in a whole new way, on Wednesday nights!
Starting this fall, Wool Street is now offering on tap six craft beers currently produced at The Wild Onion Brewery in Lake Barrington, and it gets even better…
They’re also hosting a regular “Craft Corner” beer event on the last Wednesday night of each month, featuring locally brewed beers and guest beer experts, like Onion Pub owners, brewers and distributors, Mike and John Kainz.
It’s a new partnership that’s all about encouraging us to “drink local” and enjoy locally sourced and locally sold craft beers. “This concept of offering a locally brewed craft beer night with food pairings and education is totally new and unique to Barrington.”……

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263. Marketplace: “Top 10 Must-Haves for Fall” at Notice: Accessories for Living

 I recently left one of Barrington’s hottest new apparel and gift boutiques with a major retail therapy rush and a list of the top 10 new items in the store that they call “must-haves” for fall. If I were you, I’d run to Notice: Accessories for Living on Cook Street if you’re in the market for:  a.) a “little bit of sparkle”, b.) the “perfect pants” or c.) a perforated vegan leather dress that’s “celebrates your curves, is hot, very hot, and great for many occasions”.
We’re excited to welcome Notice:  Accessories for Living as the newest member of the Barrington Online Marketplace here at 365Barrington.com.
We’ll be sharing their Top 10 “Must Haves” list in a moment, but first, here’s a quick look at how our Marketplace works…
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At the beginning of each workweek, we introduce you to the latest local businesses & organizations that join our Barrington Online Marketplace by featuring them here at 365Barrington.com and via our weekly email newsletter.  If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events in Barrington, we promise we’ll prove worthy of your email inbox.  Just enter your email here and click “Submit”.
Fill out my online form.

You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured, visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call me (Liz here, nice to meet you) at 847-691-3150.
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Notice:  Accessories for Living opened in Barrington this past May.  The Barrington location is the third in this series of family-owned Notice boutiques run by by mom, Mari Barnes and her two daughters, Hannah and Becky.  They have two additional Notice locations in Evanston and Lake Geneva.
I caught up with Hannah and Becky to find out about the store’s latest inventory and they shared their favorite new items for fall.  Hannah, who manages the Barrington store,  told me one of the highlights at Notice is that they work hard to keep their inventory fresh.
“Everything is constantly changing with new scarves, new gloves, great fall pieces, winter items and spring merchandise which will be here before you know it.”
Becky says they’ve learned a lot about what Barrington shoppers want since opening this past spring and are introducing new products based on local customer feedback.
“The Barrington shopper loves feminine designs.  They like to be on-trend, with put-together looks that are very fashion-forward, but done in a sophisticated and ladylike way.”
So, without further delay, here’s the list of Notice’s “Top 10 Must Haves for Fall”, complete with explanations from Becky about why these items are great as gifts and made for any wardrobe.  (But hands off my perforated vegan leather dress ;))……

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262. Marketplace: Thomas Balsamo’s Gift of Portraiture

 One of the very best gifts you can give or receive this holiday season can not be left to the last minute.  Portraits that capture the personality of your loved ones are priceless.  But few photographers possess the talent to produce heirloom-quality images worthy of displaying over your mantel.  Barrington’s own Thomas Balsamo is the answer.  He’s an artist in our own backyard who creates and captures moments in time worth remembering forever.
Thomas Balsamo’s photography speaks for itself.  With his work it is clear that the man behind the lens has achieved a mastery of his craft that you won’t find in your high volume photo shop. He invites clients into his home studio for a truly custom portrait experience and images your family will treasure.
“My whole thing is capturing the essence of people on camera.”
We’ll explain how Thomas captures that “essence” in just a minute, but first, we’re excited to introduce Portraits by Thomas Balsamo as the newest member of the Barrington Online Marketplace here at 365Barrington.com.  Here’s a quick look at how the Marketplace works…
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On Mondays each week, we’ll be introducing you to the latest members of our marketplace and they’ll be featured in our email we send weekly on Tuesdays to people who’ve signed up for our newsletter, The 365 Barrington Buzz. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events, we’d be happy to add you to our list of subscribers. Just enter your email here and click “Submit”.
Fill out my online form.

You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured in the new Marketplace,visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.
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Now back to Thomas Balsamo and what he means when he says, “My whole thing is capturing the essence of people on camera.”  Thomas summarizes his technique with a quick explanation of two types of portraiture.  “A lot of what you see is physical record portraiture, like what you looked like in 2012.  My truest passion has been the interpretive style of portraiture, which is a more accurate interpretation of the individual rather than a mere physical record.”
When I asked Thomas how he creates that emotional element found in so many of his images, he told me it often comes down to our eyes.  “The eyes are the window to the soul and lighting is really important…”…

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258. Marketplace: Norton’s U.S.A. Rewards Shoppers for Donated Coats

 The owner of Norton’s U.S.A. on Lageschulte Street in Barrington is rewarding shoppers who donate gently used coats when they visit her store this month. Deborah Leydig says she’ll give all donated coats to WINGS, a local nonprofit organization working to end domestic violence and homelessness. In return, Deborah will give shoppers who contribute a coat a 20% discount on all outerwear in the store, like these Janska fleece jackets which, Deborah says, are flying off the racks.
We’ll share more about the coat donation discount and some other exciting news out of Norton’s in just a minute.
But first, we’d like to welcome Norton’s U.S.A. and Deborah Leydig to the Barrington Online Marketplace. They’re our newest members and, in case you’re new to 365Barrington.com, here’s a quick look at how the Marketplace works…
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On Mondays each week, we’ll be introducing you to the latest members of our marketplace and they’ll be featured in our email we send weekly on Tuesdays to people who’ve signed up for our newsletter, The 365 Barrington Buzz. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events, we’d be happy to add you to our list of subscribers. Just enter your email here and click “Submit”.
Fill out my online form.

You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured in the new Marketplace,visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.
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Now back to Norton’s U.S.A., an old-fashioned general store on Barrington’s Lageschulte Street housed in what used to be a livery barn in the early 1900’s. Deborah opened Norton’s in June of 2007 with a firm commitment to only carry goods made in the United States. You’ll find a wide assortment of products available, from toys to clothes to goods for your home and garden. But Deborah says absolutely everything has been made in America. “When you buy American, you keep Americans working and when Americans are working, our country is better off because they in turn have purchasing power.”
Deborah says she expanded her inventory to include more Janska coats this year, which inspired her to also start the coats for WINGS campaign. She says she fell in love with Janska’s women’s fleece jackets at a recent gift show because……

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