Category: Barrington Online Marketplace

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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255. Marketplace: Developers Share Plans for Barrington Village Center

 The developers planning to build two new buildings in the center of Barrington are sharing an update on the project’s progress and the prospective tenants they’re working hard to recruit.

The buildings are planned for the vacant lot on the southwest corner of Hough and Main Streets, offering approximately 22,000 square feet of first floor retail space, including restaurants, and up to 30,000 square feet of second and third story office space.

Building 1 is a one-story, 6,000 square-foot retail building (just west of M.J. Miller Jewelers).  Buildings 2N and 2S (on the Hough/Main corner) are up to three-story buildings that connect on the office floors by a pedestrian walkway from the corner of the parking lot.  The site will also provide over 150 parking spaces.

But the developers say it’s the site’s location that ultimately sold them on pursuing this project. 
“We think this is an area that has tremendous purchasing power and has all the attributes that a retailer would want in terms of good traffic and strong demographics.  If you look at a 15 minute drive time around this site, there are a lot of homes and a lot of people who we believe come into town to eat and to shop and we can further increase those numbers if the right offering is here.”
We recently caught up with two of the guys behind the development to learn the status of the project and find out what kind of stores, restaurants and office tenants they’re working to put in the space….…

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