Saturday, May 18, 2013
Patch readers had a lot to say last month when asked what they thought of a new store policy in which baggers were obliged to follow customers and their carts out to their vehicles whether they wanted help or not.
If you've avoided shopping at Jewel-Osco for fear of being awkwardly trailed to your car by an employee, you're not alone, but there is good news. The once mandatory policy created by Jewel's new owners, Cerberus Capital Management LP, has been repealed. A statement on the store's website says the cart-to-car service will still be offered to customers, but it will no longer be forced upon them. Parts of our customer service philosophy are things that every grocery store should do, like ensuring the stores are clean, the shelves are well stocked, and asking if you need help finding an item. Now, we’ve expanded our service to include taking your groceries out to your car. And, if you don’t want or need help, that’s fine too. Many customers …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Patch.com partner Zillow.com provides updates on new homes for sale in Huntley.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. Additional…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Frappuccino Happy Hour runs through May 12.
Wednesday, May 8
Starbucks' Frappuccino Happy Hour is back! Customers get half off any size or flavor frappuccino until May 12 if they visit a Starbucks location between 3 and 5 p.m. The popular blended coffee beverage comes in a variety of flavors including Caramel Ribbon Crunch, Mocha Cookie Crumble, Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip, White Chocolate Mocha and more. Area Starbucks Locations Include:
Friday, May 3, 2013
Celebrate Mother's Day with the special women in your life by indulging in some omelettes, pancakes and mimosas!
Mother's Day is the perfect time to treat the moms, grandmas, sisters and aunts in your life! Celebrate the holiday, which falls on Sunday, May 12 this year, by enjoying a delicious brunch at a local restaurant. Here are some options worth checking out at area restaurants: 4419 Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake — (815) 459-7234 A champagne brunch buffet will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day at D'Andrea Banquets in Crystal Lake. The buffet will include an omelette and waffle station; roast beef, ham and turkey carving station; pancakes; a wide variety of salads; a complimentary glass of champagne and more (more details are available on D'Andrea's website). The cost is $26.95 for adults and $11.95 for children while …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sign in Bentley Bagels & Brew's window tells people who are really struggling to pay what they can for coffee, a bagel or doughnut.
Reyes Suarez knows what it feels like to struggle. Fifteen years ago, he could not find a job for three months. He bounced back, eventually going into business for himself. Suarez owns Bentley’s Bagels & Brew in Algonquin. So when he heard about the people struggling in the area, he wanted to help. He put up a sign that reads: “Times are tough. But eating a good breakfast shouldn’t be. If your genuinely struggling, Let Bentley’s help you Pay what your can afford: Bagel with cream cream cheese or donut” “I was trying to come up with the right words, this is the best I came up with,” said the Lake in the Hills resident, who is originally from Mexico. “I just wanted to help people out.” He put up the sign three months ago. Suarez planned to…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
"Unique boutique" specializes in new, estate and vintage household furniture an decor.
Opening a home decor boutique in downtown Crystal Lake seemed an obvious next step for Jenny and Steve Dalzell. The couple already owned Dalzell Jewelers at 41 N. Williams St., as well as an estate buying business where they purchased used jewelry, coins and precious metals. "When we were working with people buying precious metals, they would ask us if we could also take their other items (like furniture and decor)," Jenny Dalzell said. "At the time, we always had to say no. Fiona's Finds is basically an expansion of that business." To walk into Fiona's, which opened Wednesday at 39 N. Williams St. next door to Dalzell Jewelers, all the couches, chairs, tables, lamps and other household items look brand new. The store space is packed with …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Whether you want them to or not, Jewel-Osco has implemented a new policy of following shoppers, and their carts, out to their vehicles. Let us know what you think in the comments section.
If you haven't shopped at your local Jewel-Osco grocery store in a while, be prepared for a new customer service initiative that you may, or may not, appreciate. It's called the "cart-to-car" service, according to couponsinthenews.com, and whether you want the help or not, your bagger is expected to follow you and your cart out to your vehicle. The service is mandatory, though Jewel-Osco denies it has anyting to do with keeping track of shopping carts, according to Coupons in the News. "We understand that this is a very different service and it might take our customers some time to understand that we want this to be the norm," said a Jewel customer service representative in the article. It was announced in January that Jewel-Osco stores …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Interesting items for sale this week on Craigslist.com.
Craigslist.com is packed with plethora of items for sale - from the old to the new, the small to the big, and cheap to expensive. Here are a few items listed for sale this week from the McHenry County area.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Running Depot in downtown Crystal Lake hosting run/ walk in a tribute to Boston.
Wednesday, April 24
Area runners and walkers turned out in full force on Monday to pay tribute to those impacted by the Boston tragedy. An estimated 275 people participated in the "Run as One," three mile run/ walk according to the Running Depot. The Running Depot organized "Run as One," which started near the depot store at 30-H Williams St. in downtown Crystal Lake. Participants were encouraged to wear the blue and yellow Boston colors.