Category: Chamber of Commerce

308. Great Gifts of “Warmth” and “Time” at Solisq

 If you’re looking for something unique for the special woman in your life, there’s a brand new vintage inspired jewelry and accessories store in Barrington’s Ice House Mall. It’s called Solisq, and it’s only been open for a few weeks.

You’ll find so many special pieces at Solisq that you’ll be sure to find that great one-of-a-kind gift. “I try to make all of my items in my collection very unique,” says owner Gina Ahn.  “I just try to choose designs that you can’t really find at a mainstream mall.”

We asked Gina what’s one great gift idea for this holiday season and she immediately shared the idea of giving “the gift of warmth” or “the gift of time” with several very creative suggestions, starting with her cashmere scarves.

She says they’re a great way to keep warm and stylish this winter and they’re on special for $34!   “It’s a little pop of color in a luxurious material.”

Solisq carries hats and gloves as well as an array of fashion scarves with varying details featuring a two-sided finish or those that turn into an infinity loop.  “Even though they’re a small item, it’s something you can have with you and always think of the one who gave it to you.  Or if you gift it to yourself, it makes you feel special.”

And as for the gift of time, Gina offered another clever suggestion……

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306. Great Gifts: Pick a Pen at TT Patton Fine Stationery

 If you’re like me, you probably haven’t even started your holiday shopping yet.  Hopefully for you, you’re not like me!  But in case you could use a few suggestions for great gifts this year, I’ve been putting together a list of ideas for items you can purchase locally.  The guide is called Great Gifts of Barrington and it’s sponsored, in part, by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, a partner in building business success.

If you’d like to find a gift that makes a lasting impression, you don’t have to look any further than TT Patton, the fine stationery and writing store at 123 Station Street in downtown Barrington.
When it comes to the art of fine writing, TT Patton owner, Theresa Patton, is an expert and someone you should meet.  She’s a pro when it comes to technology and she fires off texts and tweets with flying fingers.
But the cool thing about Theresa is that she truly values taking the time to communicate the old fashioned way.  Her store is filled with items that encourage a return to writing meaningful messages, by hand, and on beautiful stationery.
So when I asked Theresa for one gift idea that can be purchased in her store this year, a special Vincent Van Gogh-inspired pen she’s carrying today came to mind……

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237. Hot Happenings in the Barrington Area

 There’s a great list of things to do in Barrington in the coming days, starting with the highly anticipated, 26th annual Grove Avenue Elementary School Carnival which begins tonight and runs through Sunday!

The Grove School fundraiser is an old-fashioned carnival on the school property, with rides, games, live music, cotton candy and lots of other food. Here are more details about the Carnival and several other fun events happening throughout the Barrington area..…

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236. Guess Where Wednesday: “Sip Local” Central

 It’s time for our regular Guess Where Wednesday mystery photo contest and, this week, we have a theme.  The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 9th annual Taste’fest & EXPO on Thursday of next week.  So I decided to snap a photo outside one of the many area restaurants taking part in the big event.  So let’s see if I can stump you on this one.  Can anyone guess where in Barrington I was standing when I took this picture?

If  you can guess where I took the picture and who loves the “Sip Local” message, you’ll have a chance to win two tickets to Taste’fest, and that’s a $70 value!  This year’s 9th annual Barrington Taste’fest is taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Thursday, September 20th, at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates.

If you want to pick your new favorite local restaurant, this is probably the quickest way to do it.  Food & beverage experts and chefs from 30+ area restaurants, cafés, wineries and microbreweries will be serving up samplings of their signature dishes at next week’s Taste’fest. Restaurants include: Agio Italian Bistro, Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant, Brunch Café, Cook Street Coffee, Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Couture Cupcake Café,  DiBenedetto Trattoria, Egg Shells, Enzo & Lucia Ristorante & Café, Eshticken Pizza, Francesca Famiglia, Frantonios-Italian Café, Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria, Hawthorn Woods Golf Club, Jerseys Pizza & Grill, Jewel/Osco, L’Eiffel Bistrot, Long Grove Cafe & Restaurant, Marriott River City Grille & Lounge, McGonigal’s Pub, Millrose Restaurant & Banquets, On Occasion Catering , Pinstripes, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Savory Salads, Sweet Whimsy, The Annex, Whole Foods Market, The Anvil Club, The Lucky Monk & more.
Feeling hungry?  Be sure to bring your appetite next Thursday night!  CLICK HERE for more event details and to purchase tickets online.  Or, for a chance to win tickets, just take another look at today’s mystery photo and give us your best guess!  Look closely at the image.  You might find a blurry clue or two in the background.
Entering the contest will take you seconds and we’ll reveal the winner on Wednesday of next week. But first, let’s take a look at who won last week’s mystery photo contest. We must have a lot of sweets lovers in the crowd because we received many guesses last week and almost all of them were right! Except for Kris, the self-proclaimed optimist who guessed that we took the picture of the pastries “in my fridge the next time I open the door.”  We love your wishful thinking, Kris!  So here’s our winner. We just drew her name and it’s……

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