GLENVIEW, IL — The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the economy, forcing small businesses across Illinois to shutter. However, in a show of exemplary community spirit, Glenview residents are supporting small businesses with the hope that a new year will help turn things around.
As we turn the page on 2020, it is now more important than ever to frequent local businesses. What the next 12 months have in store for the local business community is anyone's guess, but residents are thankful that many have made it through a rough year and believe 2021 will be much better.
We asked Patch readers to nominate some of their favorite businesses as part of our year-end coverage. Here we showcase some of the best:
1131 Waukegan Rd, Glenview
Since 1999, Auto Service with Steve has been a full-service preventative maintenance and auto repairs center in Glenview. The shop's experts have the knowledge to service and repair even the most challenging auto problems on all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles by using the latest technology to assess the situation and offer you alternatives. Auto Service with Steve is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m Saturday and closed Sunday.
"Steve is totally honest, always repairs when possible instead of just replacing, and always can fit you in when there is an emergency. He is an expert, and is also of the nicest people we know."
"Honest, careful service, always feel confident with Steve."
2440 Ravine Way, Glenview
The team at Glenbrook Eye Associates is dedicated to enhancing your quality of life by delivering exceptional adult and pediatric eye care. The office is outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art equipment in order to provide patients with the best eye-care possible. Glenbrook Eye Associates is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.
"Dr. Amy Cunningham is an amazing ophthalmologist. She is not only caring and an excellent practitioner, but takes a personal interest in all her patients. She actually opened her office on her day off to get me through a scratched cornea."
Feathered Homes is a full service, luxury home staging and redesign company serving Chicago's North Shore area with outstanding results. The company has staged over $50 million worth of properties in the area, according to its website. The business is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
"Feathered Homes is a home staging and redesign company. Owner Celia Parrott is very passionate about home design. She understands the importance of first impressions while staging a home in order to attract buyers. Throughout the current COVID pandemic, Feathered Homes has continued to serve customers through virtual staging and design consultations."
1560 Waukegan Road, Glenview
Weiss Ace Hardware has been serving the community since 1931. John Weiss and Art Olson started in Evanston. Olson left the business in 1949, and when Weiss passed away in 1953, his son, Jon, left college to help his mom run the business, according to the company's website. In 1960, he moved the business to Glenview at 1509 Waukegan (currently Staples), and in 1983, moved to its current location. The store is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
"Every time I’ve shopped at Ace I have found the employees are helpful, willing to show me where any product is located, and makes my shopping experience quick and easy! Even the checkout people have smiles."
1472 Waukegan Road, Glenview
F.U.N. Cards and Gifts was founded in 1994 on the premise that someone's stationary and gift shopping experience should be fabulous, according to its website. A truly extraordinary experience begins with an unparalleled selection of products and impeccable service. Customers will find both at fun. The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day.
They have a complete and thorough line of personalized stationery. They also print on the premise personalization to notecards they have in the store. Rob and his Mother are knowledgeable and extremely kind and personable. Shopping there is always a FUN experience.
Patch Editor Abhinanda Datta contributed to this story.