Author: Carrie Steinweg

From left, gingerbread artist Janet Gustafson of Flossmoor and Flossmoor Events Manager Stephanie Wright. Wright helped coordinate tours of Gustafson's 2022 gingerbread creation. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Flossmoor woman creates intricate gingerbread village annually for more than half a century

The holiday season begins early for Janet Gustafson of Flossmoor. You’re more likely to see Easter merchandise and summer gear in the store than Christmas trees and stockings and twinkling lights when she starts getting into Christmas mode each spring. In April, she started planning out her massive, gingerbread house[Read More…]

As Redbird Cafe owner Kim Nolen has adapted to a changing business environment, she has added more healthy foods and beverages. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Pandemic pivot turns permanent at Redbird Cafe

Before March 2020, Redbird Cafe was a full-service restaurant where people would linger at decorative tables with a mug of coffee and a breakfast or lunch served on ceramic dishes.  Then suddenly, “everything changed,” said owner Kim Nolen.  “In the week or so prior to businesses and public spaces being[Read More…]

Company hired to manage La Banque/La Voute 

La Banque Hotel and La Voute Bistro + Bar are under new management.  Charlestowne Hospitality Management Company began managing the 1925 former bank property last November. The company has a clientele of over 40 hotels and over 30 restaurants nationwide which now includes the downtown boutique hotel that opened in[Read More…]

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