Nooks & Crannies

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

Preparing Students for the Next Level at Private Schools

A private education is a top choice for many suburban families, even when public options perform well. What makes the difference? For these families, it’s all about the experience.

Spinning Positivity at Off Your Rocker Pottery

All the pottery found here is handmade from start to finish. Meet the dedicated owner and find out how she went from a stay-at-home mom to a successful business owner in just five years.

Families Across the World

For the young adults in the Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers Rotary Youth Exchange, lessons in love, loss and cultures abound.

A 2020 Economic Forecast: Plenty of Optimism with a Touch of Uncertainty

A year filled with economic successes has local leaders feeling optimistic about the months to come. Get a taste of what’s happening in our region and what challenges could lie ahead.

Embracing a New Attitude at The Dole

As new leadership infuses a new energy at Crystal Lake’s arts park, everything is changing in pursuit of a newly inspired mission.

Houses of Worship: Living the Faith

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to impact our region in many ways. We enjoy highlighting places of worship and their work both at home and abroad.

Small-Business Marketing Strategies: Giving Back Keeps on Giving

A strategically placed gift or donation can pay dividends for your business, as Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains.

Success Stories: Heisler’s Bootery

Longevity in business is no small feat, but it’s something this family-owned shoe store has achieved through its dedication to serving customers.

Give Your Home Some ‘Fresh’ Holiday Decor

Trends in home decor – even Christmas decor – are ever-changing, and fresh ideas are popping up all the time. Here are a few new concepts you’re likely to see in suburban homes this holiday season.