Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Palatine's grant program to assist downtown business owners making facade improvements is being relaunched.
Downtown Palatine businesses will be able to receive matching grants of up to $50,000 from the the village to improve the front of their buildings. Palatine has had a grant program for downtown since 2002, but the few businesses had taken advantage of the matching grants. Although technically still on the books, the program essentially was dormant. Deputy Village Manager Mike Jacobs said two businesses recently expressed interest in the program. This week, the village board approved a new version of the grant program that increases the maximum amount of dollars from $10,000 to $50,000. "This is great that this has been there for quite some time and that there is an owner that is looking to reinvest significant dollars in the downtown," …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Palatine will begin ticketing smokers who are standing too close to entrances of businesses.
Palatine will begin ticketing smokers who light up too close to a businesses entrance downtown. Palatine Village Manager Reid Ottesen said the village has continued to receive complaints related to smokers congregating in front of T.J. O'Brien's Bar and Grill, 53 W. Slade St. Ottesen said in April the village established a smoking area across from Slade Street, on the south side of the Metra tracks, and east of the firefighter's memorial. However, the area largely has gone unused. "Unfortunately it has come to this," Ottesen said, adding that in recent weeks he has received several complaints from people about smokers congregating on and blocking downtown sidewalks. Fines for those who violate the Smoke Free Illinois Act begin at $100, …
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Palatine Road construction project is progressing and two-way traffic should resume east of the railroad tracks by next week.
The Palatine Road construction project is progressing and two-way traffic is expected to return east of the railroad tracks by end of next week. "We would have full asphalt from curb to curb within the downtown area next week as well as the reopening of two-way traffic on Palatine Road east of the railroad tracks," said Palatine Village Manager Reid Ottesen. Palatine Road has been down to one-way, westbound traffic only since construction resumed in April. Although two-way traffic has been open west of the railroad tracks on Palatine Road, there still has been extensive work with sidewalks and streets torn up. Ottesen said, barring inclement weather, the concrete work should be done, with areas again being open to pedestrian traffic at the…
Monday, June 13, 2011
The Palatine Village Council approved a proposal for car shows downtown at its meeting Monday.
UPDATED TUESDAY JUNE 14: The Palatine Village Council approved the proposal at their meeting Monday. The Palatine Village Council Monday will consider a proposal for a weekly car show downtown. American Muscle Cars and T. J. O'Brien's Bar & Grill want to host the show in a village parking lot located south of Palatine Road between Brockway and Bothwell Street. If approved the shows would be from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays from July 10 through Oct. 30. The Village Council will meet Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 200 E. Wood St. According to the proposal from American Muscle Cars and T. J. O'Brien's, there would be 30 to 42 classic cars displayed for viewing. There would be no food and drink vendors and no alcoholic beverages. T. …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Resale and consignment ‘mom and pop shop’ sells new and nearly-new designer clothes, accessories and collectables at a fraction of the price.
After almost 35 years in downtown Palatine, Anne’s Unique Boutique located at 16 South Bothwell continues to thrive. Not only has its clientele grown, but the resale and consignment store now is expanding into retail space next door; previously occupied by D'agostino's salon. Anne’s Unique Boutique sells men, women and children’s designer clothing and accessories, jewelry, crystal and china, art and other fine collectables. Brand name clothes, belts, handbags and shoes come from designers such as Yves St. Laurent, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Fendi, Gap, Armani, Burberry, Kate Spade, Manolo Blahnick and Valentino. Waterford, Orrefors and Lalique crystal are also carried, and that’s all just the tip of the iceberg. Though it is a resale shop, many…
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Palatine Police department is investigating a hit-and-run that occurred Saturday, Feb. 12.
A woman was injured in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in Palatine near the village's Metra Station downtown. The incident occurred Saturday, Feb. 12 at about 1:15 a.m. Palatine Police said that the woman was crossing Smith Street in the 100 block heading east when she was struck by a passing vehicle. Police said that witnesses described the vehicle as a silver Infiniti QX4 SUV. The vehicle turned onto Wilson Street and headed west after striking the pedestrian. The name of the woman who was injured is not being released by the Palatine Police Department. The Palatine Fire Department said the woman's injuries were not thought to be life threatening and that she was transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Bakery became even more of a sweet spot in November when cupcake maker moved in.
Cookie Cards, a dessert bakery in downtown Palatine, marked its first anniversary Thursday, Jan. 13, with a ribbon cutting officiated by Mayor Jim Schwantz and attended by officials from the Palatine Chamber of Commerce. The celebration will continue Saturday, Jan. 15, with a party for customers that will include cookie and cupcake tastings. Located at 10 N. Bothwell St., Cookie Cards began as a mother-daughter partnership for Marti and Kerri Callahan. While freshly baked cookies with such flavors as oatmeal cherry and Creamsicle are sold in packs of six at the front counter, the business specializes in custom-made cookies that can be decorated with anything from a family crest to a corporate logo. A “cookie card,” as defined by Kerri, is …
Friday, October 1, 2010
Palatine fire department honors comrades who made ultimate sacrifice.
It was in the early morning hours of Oct. 1, 1946 that Palatine received a fire call near Smith Street and Dundee Road. Volunteer firefighters Leonard Nebel and Wesley Comfort Jr. answered the alarm and sped to the fire. They collided with a train on their way to the scene. Nebel died in the crash and Comfort, the son of the department's chief, died days later from the injuries he sustained. "Today we praise their work and remember the sacrifices that the Palatine volunteer fire department gave to our community," said Mark Hallett, Palatine firefighter and paramedic. Hallett led the department's annual memorial service on the 64th anniversary of the accident. The ceremony was held at the Palatine firefighters memorial located downtown near…
Monday, September 13, 2010
Hotshots Saloon replaces Mint Julep Bistro at 53 W. Slade St.
Hotshots Saloon is a quaint sports bar with a western theme and friendly neighborhood vibe. The downtown establishment opened Aug. 27 and was the idea of Palatine neighbors Tim O'Brien and Dave Conforti. "Once we nailed down our idea, it all came together quickly," O'Brien said. O'Brien and Conforti's goal was to open Hotshots' doors at 53 W. Slade St.before Palatine Street Fest when thousands of visitors arrive downtown. They were able to hit their mark and business was booming. "We ran out of a lot of liquor," O'Brien said. "And now a number of people have been exposed to our name." O'Brien is enthusiastic about the Hotshots menu. He and Conforti teamed up with friend and chef Jim Parker, who boasts more than 25 years of culinary …