One Year Later....
Featuring stories of triumph and perseverance during what has been an unprece-
dented time, this month we are celebrating the renewed vibrance of our community
and those who make it such a special place to live, work and play
It’s been one year since businesses were shut down, schools were closed, and life
as we knew it was suddenly turned upside down. Some local shops and restaurants
were forced to close permanately due to the uncertainty of the marketplace, while
others operated minimally. Many residents were instructed to work from home, while
they taught their children via eLearning. It was a time most of us will never, ever
forget. Though the effects of the 2020 pandemic will be felt by many for years and
decades to come, and even as it contiunes to linger on, this Spring offers much
hope as our community starts to blossom again.
Our cover feature highlights Resilient Small Business Owners–each with a
unique story to share. From trusting the power of positvity to being taught new les-
sons along the way, each featured local area entreprenuer speaks from the heart
as they give us an inside look into their journey this past year.
Our 10 Trends Adding to Downtown Vitality features
unique happenings in favorited downtown areas through-
out the western suburbs, while our 7 Spectacular Places
Reshaping the Community feature highlights valuable
resources for residents and business owners.
Thank you for reading this special issue, we value your
reeadership and your viewership. We love local! We know
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While Wearing Her Favorite Shirt
5 Hello From Glancer Magazine
7 5 Things to Do
8 COVER Resilient Business Owners Share
24 10 Trends Adding to Downtown Vitality
26 Downtown Naperville–Be In The Mix!
28 Unique In Suburbia: Mistwood Golf Dome
29 New to Downtown Downers Grove
30 Dining & Cocktails
32 Trendy Traveler: An Authentic Dude Ranch
34 Moms Little Black Book: Paintball!
35 Home Decor Hot Spot, Trend + Relic
36 West Suburban VIP: A Glen Ellyn Artist
37 Million Dollar Listing: Wheaton
40 Home Design & Decor
41 Meet the Design Team at Nona Jo’s
42 Literary Local: Crushing the Competition
43 Susan Colella, Naperville Real Estate
44 To Give, To Inspire: Giving I/T Futures
45 Meet Penny O’Brien of Naperville
46 Earth Day: Celebrate In Oswegoland
48 Fitness First: Local Experts Share
50 Kid Stuff: Springtime Fun for Every Age
52 Summer Days: Camps, Programs & Fun!
60 Boutique Essentials
62 Prom Time! 30% Off Select Dresses
66 7 Spectacular List
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APRIL 2021 | Vol 19
Spring At Last!
One year later– featuring stories of triumph
and perseverance for businesses during
what has been an unprecedented time, this
month we are celebrating the renewed vi-
brance of our community and the resilient
residents, business owners and com-
munity leaders who make it such a special
place to live, work and play. Subscribe
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