Success Stories: Mellie’s Chocolate & Co.

‘Sweet’ is the operative word at this Crystal Lake chocolatier, where owner Melanie Hiser makes a priority of friendly customer service and high-quality ingredients.

Spice Up the Home with Colorful Accents

Bring the vibrant colors of fall inside your house this season, with some smart home decor. Learn a few of the ways you can bring out the fall tones inside your abode.

A Checklist of Regional Craft Beer and Wine

We’ve made our list and checked it twice. Now, can you visit them all this season?

Fall Fashion: Autumn Outerwear

Cozy up with some of these hot styles as you prepare for the transitional weather that’s a hallmark of this season. (With Photo Gallery)

Putting Local Craftsmanship Back into Mattresses

Ray Westman, a Verlo Mattress store owner, knows a good mattress. Learn from this expert on why a custom-made mattress provides a different value from its big-box competitor.

Events @ a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.

The Art of Mourning

The gravestones of our region’s cemeteries tell a tale of their own – if you know where to look. As one Lake in the Hills researcher discovered, the lives of the interred are just as colorful as their memorials.

Sweet Treats to Excite Your Senses

Satisfy your sweet tooth this season with a trip to the local confectioner. We explore six must-see stops and some of their signature treats.

An Expanding Lineup at Raue Center

In addition to an ever-growing lineup of top-notch entertainment, the Raue Center for the Arts engages its Crystal Lake neighbors through employment, volunteerism and economic strength.

How to Win Loyalty? Learn It and Earn It

How effective is your business at earning and maintaining customer loyalty? Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing in Crystal Lake, explains why loyalty is essential, yet fragile.