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eMOM: From Blogging to eLearning
This month we are celebrating eMoms, and it seems that these days every mom in
town is an eMom. Women throughout the western suburbs have been multi-tasking
in the virtual world now more than ever before. From overseeing schooling for their
kids via eLearning, to attending Zoom meetings for work and even cocktail time with
their BFFs– eMoms are as tech savvy as ever, whether they intended to be or not.
This month’s pages celebrate 3 eMoms who are making a difference virtually in their
community, and other heartfelt stories including a local blogger who is living through
the COVID-19 ‘Shelter in Place’ with terminal cancer ad one of our Glancing the
Gallant resident tributes. We also highlight eSupport Groups for local area moms–
from facebook social scenes to virtual meet ups for hobbyists – and fabulous eGifts
for moms. Many shops are offering curbside pickup or complimentary delivery, so
be sure to visit each website of your area favorites and follow their facebook page
to see how you can help support these businesses.
As the community slowly begins to open back up, please remain
considerate of others and do your part to help keep everyone
happy and healthy during this unimagineable time.
Lindy Kleivo
Publishing Director, West Suburban Area
www.GlancerMagazine.com
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1
Shop Online at Local Shops
2 Promote Restaurants In Social Media
3 Share City Updates & Messages
4 Participate In Local Virtual Activities
5 Donate to Charities In Need
6 Spread Posts of Positivity
7 Support Independent Grocers
8 Subscribe to Local News Sites
9 Stay Calm & Enjoy Time with Family
10 WEAR YOUR MASK! 
10 Ways to Support
Your Town Today!
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May 2020
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Vol 19
eMoms: From Blogging to Day Trading
This month we celebrate eMoms in the
local area and all that they are doing to
make a difference in their communities–
starting with their own family. From blog-
ging to eLearning to working from home
virtually, this month eMoms are to be cele-
brated. Subscribe today at www.Glancer-
Magazine.com
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May Features
WWW.URBANECHOSHOP.COM
2. HELP NAPER SETTLEMENT CAPTURE
THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY
NAPERVILLE–Naper Settlement is encouraging residents to partici-
pate in a community-wide journaling project in order to capture their
daily life as they adapt to the new demands and stresses caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents will have the opportunity to do-
nate their journals to be preserved in the museum’s collection at a
later date. A variety of educational resources on journaling and his-
toric preservation are available at NaperSettlement.org/Journals, in-
cluding a Journaling Digital Lesson Plan offered to teachers and
parents to keep their children engaged and reflective on this mo-
ment in history. www.napersettlement.org
SPRING 2020
5 Things to Do
1. SHOP ONLINE FOR SPRING TRENDS
URBAN ECHO SHOP–One of the hottest trends
for the summer season is oversized totes and
bags. Browse 25+ beautifully unique totes at
this locally owned boutique, based out of
Sugar Grove. Essnetially chic face masks
also available.www.urbanechoshop.com
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4. PLAN FOR FUTURE KITCHEN, BATH & BASEMENT HOME
UPDATES AT MYHOMEWERKS.COM 
NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks
has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you plan
your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time to
start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project!
Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks specializes
in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are in-
teractive, allowing visitors to experience many product features
first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-
fessional installation and exceptional customer service
HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • www.myhomewerks.com
3. GET A BEAUTY PLAN IN PLACE
AND SAVE WITH ONLINE DEALS
NAPERVILLE & GENEVA
Offering many online specials during
this time at home! Concierge Med-
ical Spa is a luxury medical spa
with highly trained physicians,
nurse practitioners and estheti-
cians offering the most compre-
hensive esthetic medical
services. From body contouring
to highly advanced future-for-
ward restorative and non-surgi-
cal cosmetic procedures, our
esthetic experts are some of the
best in the industry. As the number
one provider of Coolsculpting in the
Midwest and Top 200 in the country
of Allergan injectors, our services
produce excellent results and have
high client satisfaction. www.concierge-
medspa.com/glancer
5. JOIN A TEAM AND HELP
GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE REACH
GOAL OF 50 MILLION STEPS 
TOGETHER we will be making his
-
tory as 60 GiGi’s Playhouses unite
on June 6th to take 7 million Steps to
Accept across America. With your
help, we can reach our goal of 50
million steps for Global Acceptance
and Step to Accept across the world!
Every step you take, and every dollar
you raise will say “I accept you as
you are!” Create a team at: gigis-
playhouse.org/steptoaccept- Every
step matters because every life
matters. GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Val-
ley, www.gigisplayhouse.org
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Kati Deutschle
of Bloomingdale
Kati is expecting her first child after a fertility
quest with egg freezing and seven rounds of
IVF. Along the way, she discovered there
was an unmet need of education, emotional
support and financial assistance surrounding
infertility and fertility treatments; hence why
she co-founded emBorrow.
Through emBorrow members are supported
financially and emotionally during their fertility
journeys using personal calls, emails, Face-
book groups, Google meetings, and personal
payment plans fit for any budget; and regard-
less of member location, technology keeps
the group tightly bonded.
Kati personally uses the "What to Expect"
app to monitor her pregnancy progression, as
well as the “Relax Melodies” for relaxation.
She also loves barre classes and cooking
and cannot wait to take their child to her hus-
band’s home country of Argentina to visit
family!
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Local eMoms
to Love♥
by Kristen Kuchraski
Photos Submitted
When businesses close
to the public but work and
school do not stop, we
turn to technology to keep
life moving forward.
These west suburban
eMoms show us how they
use the tools of the trade
to help others succeed
during difficult times.
COVER
STORY
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Lisa Lombardi
Batavia/Geneva
Lisa is a leader in the relationship community, and has traveled na-
tionwide for Match.com and FOX Broadcasting. Now settled in Bata-
via with her husband and teenage sons, she is a Certified Professional
Life Coach with Lisa Lombardi Coaching, Inc. in Geneva.
She loves motivating adults who are feeling unsettled and seek more
out of life. She also helps kids build self-esteem and confidence, typi-
cally working in-person and hosting workshops through various park
districts; however, during the “Stay at Home” order, she turned to
Google hangouts, YouTube private videos, texting privileges, eblasts,
and ZOOM to provide continuous client support and structure.
Lisa personally uses destressing tools such as online comedy and
digital music, along with physical activity when life is feeling chaotic;
and finds true solace in volunteering.
Aarti Gautam of Naperville
Aarti has practiced the Virtual Yoga approach since 2014, years before online classes be-
came popular. She has taught clients from India, London, California, Seattle, New Jersey
and New York; in addition, she will also be opening a brick and mortar location called Breath-
ePower- Yoga in Naperville in June.
As a mom of two boys, one with special needs, Aarti aims to make Yoga accessible to all
ages and abilities, specializing in virtual sessions with seniors and those with limited mobility
with chair incorporated Yoga flow. She also hosts interactive Kids Virtual Yoga; and virtual
privates for yogic management of migraine, gastrointestinal disorders, joint ailments, and
an approach alongside chemotherapy and immuno therapy.
To personally relax, Aarti uses the Yoga Nidra technique from the Insight Timer App.
She also uploads videos for all abilities to the "ifeeliyoga" YouTube channel.
.
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COVER STORY
PLAINFIELD FAMILY MAKES THE MOST 
OF THE ‘SHELTER IN PLACE’ ORDER
It’s a good thing the Martzolf family’s motto
is, “Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself,”
because with three teenagers in the
house, embarrassment can come as
easy as standing in the same room
together, much less participating in
thematic family dinners to pass the
time of “sheltering in place”!
Danny (18), Katie (16), and Karly (13)
have taken their new supper routine in
stride with their parents Jennifer, an
ambassador for the Stella & Dot Family
of Brands and Eric, Assistant Principal at
Hinsdale South High School.
The 17-year Plainfield residents and members of
Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Naperville have
thoroughly enjoyed their quarantine time together.
“It's crazy how much family time we are getting with three teens in the
house when normally we would be running in three different directions
- so we are embracing it,” Jennifer says. “We do daily family walks,
board games, and movies
together too.”
This time at home has also given them a
chance to clear the clutter and each day
they clean and organize one area of the
house.
When Katie suggested doing a Family
Theme Dinner - it was well received
and started with Hawaiian Night; it
was subsequently followed by Frat
Boy/ College Night in honor of Danny
who had to cut his freshman year short
at the University of Kentucky; then Col-
orado night, in honor or their cancelled
Spring Break trip; and proceeded with The
Hunger Games, Disney Night and Country
Night themes.
Although they couldn’t take the trips, they certainly created
the memories!
KNOW A FABULOUS FAMILY? Introduce Us at
editorial@glancermagazine.com
Quarantine Time
MEET THE MARTZOLF FAMILY
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos Submitted
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Gifts for Mom
MAY 2020
ARCHIPELAGO BOTANICALS
Welcome to the world of Archipelago Botanicals, where warm
candlelight, exquisite fragrance, and soothing products make
a house a home. Draw a bath, light a candle and enjoy the
beautiful and calming effects of essential oils , natural fra-
grances and fine fragrance blends. Evelyn Jane Boutique,
Downtown Downers Grove, www.evelynjaneboutique.com
CRAFT COCKTAILS INFUSION KIT 
BY CAMP COCKTAILS
SHAWN SARGENT DESIGNS–
Home bar enthusiasts and gift-givers
are passionate about this beautiful
and delicious craft cocktail infusion
kit. Fill with 12 ounces of your favor-
ite spirits, chill 3 days, and enjoy for
the next 30 days! Makes 8 craft cock-
tails. Keep it light by mixing a 1.5
ounce strained shot with tonic or
soda. Get punchy by mixing a 1.5
ounce shot with lemonade or juice.
Shelf life: 1 year. Shawn Sargent
Designs, Downtown Glen Ellyn,
www.shawnsargentdesigns.
Order online today!
UPLIFTING DECORATIVE
MINI PILLOW
Mini pillows add a wonderful
pop of color to a shelf, book-
case, chair or bed. So much fun
and a great size for gift giving.
These are also a perfect size
for kids to play with or for dolls
(especially the American Girl
Dolls). Each pillow features
original shawn sargent designs
and characters. Covers are re-
movable, washable and or-
ganic. (see FAQs for fabric and
washing info). Shawn Sargent
Designs, Downtown Glen Ellyn,
www.shawnsargentdesigns.
Order online today!
POSH LIPGLISTEN
Mom will LOVE this! Michael
Perich’s newest Lipglisten
shade POSH is a breathtaking
sheer natural berry with an air
kiss dash of mesmerizing
merlot! Surprise her today.
Michael Perich Skincare & 
Makeup / The Gnome Colony,
Downtown Glen Ellyn,
www.michealperich.com
JEANS AND A CUTE 
TOP SHOP
Everyone’s favorite local
boutique is now also sell-
ing online! Treat mom to
a gift card today. She will
love all that’s available vir-
tually. Jeans and a Cute
Top Shop, www.jeansan-
dacutetop.com
TREAT MOM TO A
VIRTUAL GIFT CARD OR
A CUTE GIFT!
URBAN ECHO SHOP–Treat
Mom to a novelty wine glass
like the one pictured above
BECAUSE KIDS. Or give the
message of HOPE that she
can wear throughout the day
with this graphic tee. It’s sim-
ple, yet so powerful ♥ Avail-
able in black and blush • S, M,
L, XL • $28.95 Cotton/Poly
Blend • Made In USA
www.urbanechoshop.com
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community living
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MARTHA JO BLACK AND CHUCK SCHOFFNER
JOE BLACK: MORE THAN A DODGER
Joe Black’s dream was shattered as a teenager when he was told
that colored men don’t play baseball. A little more than a decade
later, Joe saved the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1952 season with his clutch
relief pitching, was Rookie of the Year and became the first black
pitcher to win a World Series game. Martha Jo Black, the daughter
that Joe fought for custody of as a single parent and now a Chicago
resident, was drawn to tell the world her father’s story of overcoming
obstacles and his successes. She teamed up with sports writer
Chuck Schoffner to help bring Joe’s story to life. “My dad was much
more than a baseball player,” says Martha Jo. “His major-league
career lasted only six years, but what he did after leaving the game
went far beyond anything he accomplished on the pitcher’s mound.”
Martha Jo and Chuck follow Joe’s life from growing up poor, his
baseball glory days, and through corporate America where he be-
came the first black vice president of a major transportation com-
pany with the Greyhound Corporation. Through it all, we learn of a
father’s devotion to the daughter he loved.
Joe Black: More Than a Dodger, published through Chicago Review
Press, can be found currently through Amazon and Barnes and
Noble bookstores.
KNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR? Introduce Us at
editorial@glancermagazine.com
Literary Locals
CELEBRATING AREA AUTHORS
by Mindy Kyle
Photos Submitted
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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH
A WIDE ARRAY OF SERV-
ICES
Valley View Dental offers an array
of general and cosmetic dentistry,
periodontal, dental implants, oral
surgery, and orthodontic proce-
dures, including traditional
braces, Invisalign, teeth whiten-
ing, CEREC one-day crowns and
even same day emergency visits.
With a large staff of multi-lingual
doctors, on-site labs at each loca-
tion, and extended business and
weekend hours, Valley View Den-
tal has the ability to treat patients
according to their own schedules
and convenience. Stop by and
see why others in the community
have trusted Valley View Dental
for almost 20 years. Valley View
Dental www.vvdental.com. Lo-
cated In Naperville, Montgomery
& Romeoville.
PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE
REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER
This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn’t
feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and results oriented When she is
hired to list a home she gains much of the marketing inspiration from her sellers
when she asks “ what do you love about your home?” From there she designs
high end customs booklets with professional photography & drone shots, descrip-
tions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right buyers on the internet.
Restyling her listings with professional staging , 3D tours great for out of state
buyers and constant follow up with all parties are all included for her recipe of
success! Susan is currently meeting with sellers & buyers now in anticipation of
a thriving Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime to dis-
cuss your real estate goals for 2020. Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-
3813
BUSINESS NEWS
CREATIVE MARKETING
STRATEGIES
PENNY O’BRIEN – One word that consistently
comes to clients’ minds when they think of
Penny O’Brien is “hustle.” As a Seller Repre-
sentative Specialist, she loves meeting with
sellers to discuss pre-market home improve-
ments and guide them to make their home
“showtime ready” when it hits the market. She
strongly believes in professional staging and
offers it as a complimentary service. With a
reputation for “good-looking listings,” she helps
clients realize a higher return and quicker sale.
Penny says “Staging transforms a home from
average to amazing”.
Penny O'Brien Broker | Relocation Specialist
Negotiation Expert • (630) 207-7001
penny.obrien@bairdwarner.com
Read Penny’s Local Industry Expert Column
at www.GlancerMagazine.com
GET TO KNOW V FUSION
STUDIO + JOIN THEIR
NEWSLETTER
GENEVA–V Fusion Studio
trainers (pictued above) take
consideration to increase
your quality of life when cre-
ating classes - and now also
virtually (join facebook page).
Local area owner, Rachel
Kowal, is currently pursuing
her master’s degree in exer-
cise physiology, and she
bases all classes in the latest research. The current schedule has a variety of ef-
fective, fun, and unique classes. V fusion will improve your core strength, endur-
ance, and physique safely so you “train for life” with this popular fitness studio. You’re
invited to come out and see why so many love it! Enjoy 30-days of unlimited classes
for just $95 or try one week for FREE when you mention Glancer Magazine. V Fu-
sion Studio, 129 W State, Geneva, www.vfusionstudio.com
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SPOTLIGHTS
CONTINUING TO
CARE FOR YOU
Keeping your family well is your
top priority right now and at Du-
Page Medical Group, it's ours too.
We recognize that your healthcare
needs don’t disappear during a
pandemic like this, which is why
we’re continuing to serve our pa-
tients safely at our clinics and
through virtual visits.
Whether you need primary or spe-
cialty care, you can connect with
your physician securely on your
mobile device or computer
through the MyDMG Health app.
Visit face-to-face with a provider
via video visit, message with a
physician over e-Visit or schedule
your next in-office appointment
online, all from the comfort of
home.
Take care of your family’s health-
care to-do list today at Sched-
uleDMG.com
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W3S SHOES FOR PANCREATIC
CANCER IN NAPERVILLE
So many of us have had a family member or a friend that
has been touched by cancer. I know first-hand how dev-
astating that news can be and how helpless you can feel.
When 12-year-old Wes Selby’s grandmother, Lee Lee,
was diagnosed this last summer with stage 4 Pancreatic
Cancer, this Naperville boy wrapped his feelings around
wanting to help and wanting to honor her. Combining his
creative design talents with his love for sneakers, Wes
spent his Christmas break designing a shoe he named
the Moonflag12 to celebrate his grandmother. “She al-
ways told us she loved us ‘to the Moon and Back’,” says
Wes. “So, I put a photo of man on the moon on the in-
side tongue and made the shoes red, white and blue like
the American Flag.”
Wes’s idea was to sell the shoes and have all the pro-
ceeds go to Pancreatic Cancer Research in hopes of
finding an early detection test. He diligently searched
and found a place in Italy that would have master crafts-
men custom make his shoes. He was told he needed to
sell seven pairs for the shoes to go into production. “I
truly didn’t think this would go anywhere,” says Kiersten,
Wes’s mother. “When Wes got 4 sales on his own, he asked me to post
them on my Facebook page, and he sold a total of 10 pairs, so the shoes
went into production!”
Knowing the shoes can be expensive, Wes wanted to
make items everyone could wear or use that would help
the cause and be reasonably priced. He created his
brand, W3S, a take on his name but with the number 3
instead of an E as a totem of good luck, and designed
a line of streetwear including hats, shirts, stickers, cinch
saks, etc. “It shows that kids can make a difference,”
says Wes. “I like that even at my age (12), I can help
not only Lee Lee, but so many other people who have
been diagnosed with PanCan.”
To shop the W3S brand or for the Moonflag 12
sneakers, visit w3s.shop or follow Wes on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/W3Sofficial/ .
Mindy’s May Giving Inspiration: During this pandemic
crisis, search out those more at risk and help them with
their needs and supplies, so they do not have to venture
out.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Mindy Kyle is the owner of Be Inspired
Studios and is passionate about help-
ing people discover what brings
them joy and to live a full, healthy
and happy life. She has her Masters in Fine Arts degree in
creative writing from DePaul University and lives in Naper-
ville with her husband, three children and the cutest dog in the
land.
MONTHLY COLUMN
To Give, To Inspire
community living
In May we recognize and honor our Mother’s and enjoy all that the spring season
brings with brunches and new restaurants.
Whether you are in Geneva or Naperville, Buttermilk Cafe is serving up fresh Mi-
mosas with breakfast and dishes ranging from the fluffiest Cinnamon Roll Pancakes,
savory omelets and healthy Quinoa Bowl to traditional sandwiches. Buttermilk
Café’s coffee bar program showcases classic espresso inspired beverages hot or
cold; in addition, they offer a variety of unique, traditional and craft alcoholic bever-
ages.
The Hen House in Wheaton is a breakfast lunch restaurant focusing on a more
decadent but healthy alternative to your average breakfast lunch restaurants offer-
ing unique Mimosas with variations including a signature apple cider mimosa, as
well as Bloody Mary’s. Beverages are also available for pickup because as they
say, ‘brunch without bubbly is just a sad breakfast’.
Or perhaps, do a little something different this Mother’s Day and take mom to Mill-
hurst Charhouse in Oakbrook Terrace for an immersive mystery experience full
of twists and turns on May 16th from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A murder will occur, and
your sleuthing skills will be put to the test as you work to determine whodunnit. Work
together to examine clues and mingle with suspects to deduce the culprit as you
dine on a killer three-course meal.
Try something new this month at Makon Authentic Central Asian Cuisine in
Downers Grove newly open and serving Uzbek and Central Asian traditions such
as soups, noodles, hot snacks, dishes, and kebabs.
Also new in town is Rejoice in Geneva - a group of health, fitness and nutrition
experts bringing affordable, healthy options to the community. This new plant-based
restaurant focuses on hearty, sustainable and locally sourced dining for the person
looking for a truly healthy, fine dining experience in a casual and family friendly set-
ting. Grab and go and dine in options available. –Kristen Kucharski
Please view each establishment website for operational updates due to COVID-19
Dining
+ ENTERTAINMENT
May Dining Delights
WEST SUBURBAN DINING
DINING + ENTERTAINMENT
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Pinecone Cottage
1029 Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove • Hosts: Pam & Paul Geralds
(630) 963-9130 • www.pineconecottageteahouse.com
Pinecone Cottage is now offering curbside pickup and free delivery within 10 miles
during the COVID-19 crisis. This menu includes homemade soups and bread, salads,
tea sandwiches, along with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free items as well as teas.
Call (630) 963-9130 for Curbside Pickup or Free Delivery
THE ART OF AFTERNOON TEA - STORY FEATURED IN MAY 2019
Sharing a cup of tea with our Grandmother is still a favorite occasion. When I was
little it was always orange pekoe. Grandma would carry over her gold sugar bowl
and very carefully using the tiny spoon I would add two cubes. Sometimes it was
a bowl with colored sugar, but always a dainty tea cup and saucer. We would
share stories about the day and as we got older, we would share our aspirations.
Our love of tea grew as our relationship with our Grandmother grew.
Hosts Pam and Paul’s love of tea starts right in their backyard. After years of col-
lecting pine cones around their property it seemed a perfect fit to name their abode
Pinecone Cottage. Being an avid gardener, Pam grew herbs, flowers and vege-
tables and shared them among neighbors and friends. She used the abundance
of fresh clippings and fruits to make sauces, pastries, curds and preserves. In
2002 Pam and Paul opened The Pinecone Cottage in downtown Downers Grove
to share their passion with others. Inspired by her travels and the many afternoon
tea she has enjoyed, she created a perfect afternoon at this unique tea house.
Pinecone Cottage offers a vast loose tea selection including a house blend, Ti-
sanes, Rooibos, decaffeinated teas, white, green and green flavored, oolong,
black and black flavored. Tea is expertly paired with menu items. Menu items
such as scones, sandwiches and salads are based on a monthly theme. We are
so excited about the May menu theme “Alice in Wonderland”! The menu includes
both savories and sweets and uses seasonally available ingredients–many of
which are still grown in the original pinecone gardens. Enjoy the most delightful
pinescones served with a dollop of Devon crème. The handmade preserves and
curds are made using the traditional methods of the Elizabethan era. The chicken
salad is refreshing and the quaint tea sandwiches are quite flavorful. The four
course afternoon tea is served by reservations only.
Pinecone cottage also offers cooking classes and has a monthly
catering menu. Check their website for monthly offerings.
This spring sip a cup of tea with your grandma or a girlfriend
in the lovely Pinecone Cottage. Enjoy a tidbit and don’t be
late to your very important date!
ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban
sisters who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together.
They came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more.
Watch for their review of a different west suburban restaurant in each issue of Glancer Mag-
azine. Invite them to your eatery at editorial@glancermagazine.com.
WEST SUBURBAN EDIBLES TO LOVE
Savory & Sweet Sisters
GLEN
Ellyn
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Pay It Forward
CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE–
Stop into Paying It Forward, Glen
Ellyn’s newest ladies’ luxury con-
signment boutique, to find all the
brands you want for less—while
also shopping for a cause! 20% of
all proceeds are donated to local
breast cancer charities. With a
large selection of shoes, hand-
bags, dresses, workout clothes,
and more from brands like Gucci,
Burberry, Tory Burch, Hunter, and
Lululemon, you’ll walk out looking
good and feeling good.
546 Duane St., Glen Ellyn
www.payingitforward.life
(630) 450-6891
The Gnome Colony
BOUTIQUE– Come experi-
ence why people all over
Chicago and surrounding
suburbs are seeking out this
unique one of a kind shop-
ping destination! With
women's apparel in all sizes,
home decor, accessories,
jewelry, skincare, makeup,
fine fragrances and more,
you will see first hand why
women are flocking to this
shopping experience on
Main St. in downtown Glen
Ellyn! 485 N Main St, Glen
Ellyn, (630) 793-5284
Shawn Sargent Designs
CREATIVE BOUTIQUE–Mother's Day, done dif-
ferently! Surprise Mom with creatively designed,
locally handcrafted gifts. Mom working from
home? Microwave Bowl holders are a perfect ac-
cessory for eating at your desk - keep food warm
& protect hands/tabletops. Does mom need
some inspiration? Cheery Mugs and Pillows will
do the trick. Could mom use a break? Give deli-
cious, Craft Cocktail infusion kits - just add spirits
and enjoy! Make mom a basket, adding a hand-
made face mask as an extra “love you” gift.
501 Pennsylvania Ave, Glen Ellyn
(630) 474-9359 www.shawnsargentdesigns.com
Gather & Collect
THRIFT SHOP– Local neighborhood thrift
shop, packed to the rafters with an ever-
changing array of eclectic home goods
with a side order of snarky, fun, and edgy
novelty gifts. Offering a mix of vintage art,
books, pottery, industrial finds, upcycled
treasures, and global goods. With cele-
brated local makers in jewelry, soaps, can-
dles, stationery, and honey. You will enjoy
curated BOHO clothing, purses, scarves,
and ties. Specializing in Potentially Offen-
sives – patches, pins, stickers, mugs, and
inappropriate cards and political satire.
473 N. Main, Glen Ellyn, (630) 469-2558,
www.vintageshopglenellynil.com
Courier Travel
TRAVEL AGENCY– Their qualified experts have
been assisting travelers for nearly 30 years, plan-
ning every detail of unforgettable vacations and
seamless business trips to perfection. They have
personally been to destinations worldwide, stayed
at the top hotels and resorts, sailed aboard a wide
range of cruise ships and embarked on the most
memorable tours. They also have established re-
lationships with the travel industry's best cruise
lines, hotel chains and tour providers, enabling
them to provide special offers and amenities you
won't find anywhere else — even online. They help
you travel better. 532 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn,
(630) 469-0511, www.couriertravelinc.com
ON TREND
IN DOWNTOWN
The Prince’s Table
GIFT & COLLECTIBLES SHOP
Gracious Style for Castle and Cottage.
Showcasing the Best of American and
European Artisans.
Beautiful statement jewelry. A treasure trove
of unique gifts as well as engraveables from
baby cups to curated photograph frames
to serving trays all with a 1 -2 day turn-
around. Most trays include free monogram.
Premium cashmere wraps and scarves, lus-
cious candles and scents.
The perfect gift and free giftwrap awaits you
at The Prince's Table.
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530 Duane St, Glen Ellyn • (630) 469-4150
www.theprincestable.com
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1. MOPS: BUILDING A COMMUNITY 
OF MOMS FOR 50+ YEARS
At MOPS believes in the simple but rev-
olutionary idea that remarkable things
happen when moms come together. Typi-
cally meeting face to face in area church
locations, during this unprecedented
quarantine time, many MOPS groups
are meeting virtually and encourage
you to reach out to the local MOPS
groups in your area to learn more
about how they can support you in light
of current circumstances.
www.mops.org
5. THE LIFE OF  
SINGLE MOM
The Life of a Single Mom’s de-
sire is to see that every single
mom finds a support group that
offers them life-giving relationships, network-
ing opportunities, education, and more. You
will find both Certified and NonCertified
Groups locally. Certified groups have under-
gone specific training from the organization,
utilize our materials, and often, utilize our
name and likeness. Many online events are
being held in light of COVID-19 on a variety
of topics.
www.thelifeofasinglemom.com/events
4. GLEN ELLYN 
MOMS VILLAGE
Glen Ellyn Moms Village was
created by resident Alicia Dono-
van, she is devoted to being a mom
who inspires and loves connecting and cre-
ating a sense of community for all! Local
moms enjoy following her blog and her face-
book page for insightful features, virtual
events and more.Join her age today or follow
her blog. You’ll love connecting with other
local moms! www.glenellynmomsvillage.com
3. THE BRANCH
NETWORKING GROUPS
The Branch has many groups lo-
cally that are just for moms. They
include Naperville, Oswego ,
Plainfield and growing. The Branch
is a local mom forum group to help
moms connect, make friends and look for
resources. Each facebook group has a #be-
kind policy to keep the space a positive, up-
lifting happy place for moms to enjoy.
www.thebranchmoms.com
2. VIRTUAL RUNNING EVENTS 
FOR MOMS WHO LOVE TO RUN
For moms who LOVE to run and who have
had their Spring Running Events cancelled
due to COVID-19, there’s a facebook group
that invites you to participate in. It’s called
Virtual Run Events and Unique Events
for All Runners and Walkers. Join today
and gain support from other moms who love
to run! Connect again
through your love
for fitness.
7. LOCAL MOMS GROUPS ON FACEBOOK
Social Media platforms offer a variety of topics to connect on. One of
them is supporting each other as moms and giving advice when
needed. On Facebook, there are a variety of groups you can join de-
pending on where you live. Search these group names– DuPage
County IL Moms, Yorkville Moms, Downers Grove Area Parents,
Kaneland Moms, Kaneland Moms Working Together and many more.
6. FOXY MAMAS: CONNECTING LOCAL MOMS
The founder of Families on the Fox, Chrissy Somers,
created a facebook group called Foxy Mamas where
Fox Valley area moms come together to meet and share
about local topics. It’s a super cute way to stay connected
and meet new moms. As Chrissy says in her group intro, “Many moms
sent me a DM, looking for CONNECTION. Feeling like they had
someone in their corner. Someone they could relate to and who could
relate to them.” Search Foxy Mamas on facebook and join today.
In these uncertain and unimaginable times, it’s important for Moms to stay connected and feel supported– whether they need to gain social interaction as a
stress reliever, or are in need of general support and reassurance that they are doing a great job– connecting is key. When it comes to teaching their kids via
eLearning, managing their household, and also working from home, Moms have a lot on their plate right now and it’s important that they stay happy, healthy
and worry-free during these times.
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