Cozy Up That Beautiful Backyard Hangout

Now that it’s finally time to gather outdoors, it’s a good time to re-evaluate whether your space is truly inviting, or if it needs some help. Local landscaping experts offer their tips for making a true statement that invites guests to your backyard retreat.

Embracing Spring: Crisp and Colorful Statements

In our latest spring fashion shoot, explore the bold and beautiful looks that are sure to make a statement. (Slideshow included)

How to Design with the Future in Mind

Predicting the future is virtually impossible, but there are some easy ways to design your new kitchen, bathroom or living space so that it’s ready to evolve with your family’s changing needs.

Small-Business Marketing: Hometown Merchants Make Magic

There’s a certain magic behind every small business. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, in Crystal Lake, shows how to make that magic work in your own operation.

A Guide to a New You

Keep the New Year’s spirit alive by maintaining your resolutions. Here’s how our region’s leading practices can help to refresh your look.

Changing the Future of 3-D Printing at CIDEAS

Long used as an aid to traditional manufacturing, 3-D printing is coming into its own as a unique means of production. Step inside one of the region’s top printing studios and explore how this Crystal Lake team continues printing its way into the next big thing.

Nooks & Crannies, Winter Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

Small-Business Marketing: Anniversary Celebrations Enhance Business

Anniversaries provide a natural opportunity to connect with customers and promote your business. Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing, explains why milestones should matter to you and the people to whom you market.

NWQ Winter Getaway Guide

Our region offers endless opportunities for holiday escapes. Here are a few ideas for an easy weekend getaway this winter.

Success Stories: Mayfair Furniture and Carpet

For almost 50 years, this family-owned company has distinguished itself through its most natural asset: family. From customer service and delivery to salesmanship and management, this Crystal Lake team continues its promise to a new generation of shoppers.