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COVID-19 also cannot prevent Customer Ap-
preciation Days at Oswald Pharmacy in Nap-
erville which will be held on the first Saturday
in December in celebration of their 145th An-
niversary. The in-store and online raffle will
definitely look different this year than it did
back in the 1930s and 40s when Louis Oswald
and Harold Kester would hold doll and toy
contests for pharmacy customers; however,
the energy and excitement of holiday magic
will still be felt throughout the store with the
‘Old World Christmas’ handmade ornaments
that are treasured traditions.
“Growing up in a retail business, Christmas is
a year-round event! We place some of our
Christmas orders as early as January, start re-
ceiving shipments in the summer, and start
merchandising as early as August,” says Alex Anderson, General Manager
of Oswald Pharmacy who will begin his own tradition as he becomes the
new owner on January 1, 2021.
2020 has brought many new holiday events throughout the community,
such as Christmas in the Movies via Zoom hosted by the Glen Ellyn His-
torical Society on November 7th at 2 p.m. where historian Leslie Goddard
will review the book Christmas in the Movies by Jeremy Arnold and share
behind-the-scenes stories about each movie’s production, reception and
legacy. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-the-movies-a-leslie-
goddard-illustrated-lecture-tickets-122591266779). In years past, Sta-
cey’s Tavern Museum hosted an interactive Pioneer Christmas where
participants discovered the similarities between Pioneer celebrations at
Christmas and the German traditions which were absorbed into the Amer-
ican celebration and enjoyed trying their hand at making Christmas
cookies , sing carols, and listen to stories about the one room school-
house.
Old or new, different or the same, traditions are built on family, friends,
and memories that are made in the moment. Don’t’ forget to enjoy the
moment this holiday season!
"My personal favorite Traveler tradition is the lighting up of Christmas lights
along every eave; t it gives the place a magical glow,” Bev Nickleson, Mar-
keting Coordinator for The Little Traveler shares. “Luckily, that's one tra-
dition social distancing can't put a stop to!"
COVID-19 also cannot prevent Customer Ap-
preciation Days at Oswald Pharmacy in Nap-
erville which will be held on the first Saturday
in December in celebration of their 145th An-
niversary. The in-store and online raffle will
definitely look different this year than it did
back in the 1930s and 40s when Louis Oswald
and Harold Kester would hold doll and toy
contests for pharmacy customers; however,
the energy and excitement of holiday magic
will still be felt throughout the store with the
‘Old World Christmas’ handmade ornaments
that are treasured traditions.
“Growing up in a retail business, Christmas is
a year-round event! We place some of our
Christmas orders as early as January, start re-
ceiving shipments in the summer, and start
merchandising as early as August,” says Alex Anderson, General Manager
of Oswald Pharmacy who will begin his own tradition as he becomes the
new owner on January 1, 2021.
2020 has brought many new holiday events throughout the community,
such as Christmas in the Movies via Zoom hosted by the Glen Ellyn His-
torical Society on November 7th at 2 p.m. where historian Leslie Goddard
will review the book Christmas in the Movies by Jeremy Arnold and share
behind-the-scenes stories about each movie’s production, reception and
legacy. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-the-movies-a-leslie-
goddard-illustrated-lecture-tickets-122591266779). In years past, Sta-
cey’s Tavern Museum hosted an interactive Pioneer Christmas where
participants discovered the similarities between Pioneer celebrations at
Christmas and the German traditions which were absorbed into the Amer-
ican celebration and enjoyed trying their hand at making Christmas
cookies , sing carols, and listen to stories about the one room school-
house.
Old or new, different or the same, traditions are built on family, friends,
and memories that are made in the moment. Don’t’ forget to enjoy the
moment this holiday season!
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CELEBRATING YESTERYEAR
Mary Dougherty of Aurora
Mary is a 70- year resident of Aurora, a 23-year member of the
Rotary Club of Aurora and has spent 14 years participating in
the Festival of Lights which is her favorite tradition of the holi-
day season. She oversees the volunteers and Rotarians in
Charge each night of the festival and has done everything
from Chairing the event to providing food for the volunteers.
She takes great pride in being a part of a club that believes
in providing an important service to the community by bring-
ing joy and happiness to thousands of cars while also sup-
porting many area organizations through charitable donations
received during the festival.
Although some things will be much different this year due to
COVID-19, Mary is thrilled to maintain this holiday tradition that is
so special to her, and looks forward to seeing everyone in the com-
munity November 27th through December 27th; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sun-
day through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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The King Family
of Aurora
The holiday season begins the day after Thanksgiving
each year for the King Family. Madeline (23), Bailey (20),
Carter (16), Hannah (12), and Caroline (8) each receive
Christmas PJs and wear them while watching the kick-off
holiday movie that evening. It was also always the perfect
day to relax prior to the many practices and performances of
The Nutcracker with DanceWest Ballet in Naperville where
Madeline performed for 13 years and was joined by her little sister
Hannah for 4 years. The Snow Queen, Clara, Small Dancing Girl,
Dancing Angel, Baby Mouse, and Sugar Plum Fairy were household
names in the King house for many years.
Still time was always made for traditional holiday staples such as com-
memorative ornaments, Santa visits, Christmas cookie baking, and dec-
orating gingerbread houses; as well as venturing to different suburbs to
see the variety of light displays and events. The King Family always
makes certain to end each adventure with hot chocolate or coffee and
celebrate Christmas Cheer in a Cup!
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The Konzelman
Family of
Glen Ellyn/Wheaton
The Konzelman Family welcomes the winter holiday
season with Black Friday shopping and the Glen Ellyn
Christmas Walk, but the core of their holiday traditions
are founded on faith.
A few Saturdays each December, their family of five, along
with the members of One Line Church in Wheaton make cards
for local firefighters and police. Then, on Christmas Eve morning, they
caravan to all the police stations in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn delivering
Mariano's donuts and thank you cards.
Their annual festivities also include the One Line Church Christmas Vil-
lage which embraces the holiday magic with real life reindeers, horse
and carriage rides, photos with Santa, ornament and holiday cookie
making – and best of all – it’s free for the entire community.
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The Pechous Family
of Wheaton
Since Megan was a child, her family has hosted a Christ-
mas craft night and together make different Christmas or-
naments each year that are passed along to their loved
ones and friends. Megan carries this tradition on today, in
addition to starting new traditions with her husband Robert.
For the past nine (9) years, Robert and Megan have raised
over $21,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of
one of their close family members who suffers from MD by encour-
aging free will donations for those that come to enjoy their Christmas
light display at 913 E. Evergreen Street in Wheaton each year.
Robert oversees the lights - designing them, programming them, and
making them twirl and move about to music. The couple plans a return
of the charitable show starting Sunday, December 6th through Friday,
January 1st. You can share in the joy by following https://www.face-
book.com/wheatonchristmaslights/.
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The Krause Family
of Naperville
No matter how old Hailey (16) and Hannah (12) get, they
enjoy maintaining their annual holiday traditions with
their BFFs Danielle (17) and Sailor (14). The four have
a long standing tradition of coloring Easter eggs followed
by an Easter egg hunt, carving and decorating pumpkins
at Halloween, and apple picking at Kuipers Family Farm;
however, the tradition they love the most is baking cookies
for Santa and decorating Gingerbread houses.
They purchase the pre-assembled Gingerbread houses from
Whole Foods and ensure everything they use to decorate is edible.
The girls have their "must-have" candies, such as red and green Dots,
M&Ms, Gumdrops, Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread family cookies,
marshmallow Peeps snowmen and trees, coconut flakes, and decorat-
ing icing. They complete the houses on disposable baking tins for easy
portability and ensure to take the grand finale commemorative photo,
complete with icing mustaches on their faces!
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LaRae Mudd
of Naperville
As a 29-year Naperville resident and a Realtor for
HomeSmart Realty Group, LaRae knows all to well
that a house is not a home until it is filled with per-
sonal memories.
Drawing on these emotions, LaRae began gifting com-
memorative ornaments to her children, Meghan (23) and
Michael (21), each year since they were young. Each
adornment would represent a special activity or event from
the year prior, so when they put up their tree each Christmas,
they could reminisce the fond memories and relive the joy each ex-
perience conveyed again and again.
Now at 23, Meghan has her own apartment. She will take all her ornaments
to decorate her own very first tree.
As kids mature, they take on family traditions and Meghan surprised her
mom by gifting her an ornament commemorating LaRae’s late husband – a
sweet and emotional gesture that encompassed a lifetime of remembrances.
Milestone events are encapsuled forever and recollected with the spirit of
each season.
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Tacos & Tailgating
NAPERVILLE–Tailgate season is here! Enjoy a fiesta at home
with tacos, Sonoran hot dogs, wings and more! Introducing Fat
Rosies’ NEW Tacos & Tailgates takeout package available on
NFL game-days
$79.95 serves 6 hungry football fans, featuring 12 tacos, 24 buf-
falo chicken wings & 6 sonoran hot dogs. Add on a gallon of
their scrumptious signature margs, too!
Tacos & Tailgates package is takeout only on NFL game-days,
quantities vary based on availability. Follow Fat Rosies today
in social media or visit online at www.fatrosies.com
Now open in Lincolnshire
DINING DELIGHTS
WEST SUBURBAN DINING
DINING
DINING + COCKTAILS
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DINING + COCKTAILS
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DINING
Enjoy a Night Out with Friends at NWB
One of the Western Suburb’s New Favorited Hot Spots
LISLE–Have you been? This place is simply amazing and it’s in down-
town Lisle! NWB is built on the foundation of elevated bar and comfort
food, classic whiskey, and bourbon cocktails in a timeless space with a
bit of rustic charm and Rock N Roll. There’s so much to love! At NWB
you can expect a chef inspired, seasonally fresh menu highlighted by
classic American comfort food. They also touch on flavors from around
the globe such as Asian, Latin, and Mediterranean. Pictured is this fun
drink– Live Free or Chai. You’ll love this perfect spot for a business lunch,
date night, or an evening out with friends. Located at 4732 Main Street,
Lisle. www.nwbars.com
Hot Spiked Cider, Coming Right Up!
Stay Warm & Toast at Downtown Batavia’s Bar Evolution
BATAVIA–This favorite hot spot on River Street in Downtown Batavia has
outdoor seating and the perfect cocktail to match! Now serving hot spiked
cider and other yummy fall treats to keep you warm & toasty inside & out.
Bar Evolution serves cocktails, wine & beer with live music. Located at 27
N. River Street in Downtown Batavia.
www.barevolutionbatavia.com
Have You Heard of the Lawless Brunch?
It’s at Granite City & You’re Invited. Come Hungry!
NAPERVILLE–Granite City Food & Brewery creates a distinctive dining ex-
perience anchored by it’s made from scratch food and handcrafted micro
brews made on-site and lately, their Lawless Brunch has the community
all abuzz. Here, you’re the boss. You design your own donuts and create
your perfect Omelet, Benedict or Breakfast Sandwich and more. The Carv-
ing Station serves up slow roasted prime rib and there are new Chef’s reci-
pes featured each week. Oh, and get ready for the 300+ combinations in
their Bloody Mary Experience, you’ll never get bored!
www.gcfb.com/lawless-brunch/
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10
#1 | Maison Russe,
The Russian Shop
LISLE • www.therussianshop.com
This Russian-inpsired shop is unique and beautiful.
Located in Lisle on Ogden Avenue, their Christmas
selection has beautiful hand made objects to add a
"touch of Russia" to your holiday. They offer hand carved
Russian Santas, strikingly detailed hand painted jewelry,
filigree ornaments, nesting dolls, and some unusual items.
Pictured is the Large Santa Matryoshka. A wonderful large
10-nested holiday nesting doll handcrafted with skilled
precision using woodburning techniques and paint.
#2 | The Gift Box
GENEVA • www.genevagiftbox.com
The Gift Box opened its doors at 310 West State Street in Geneva, Illinois in No-
vember of 1947 and specializes in Scandanavian imports. Today, the shop strives
to preserve its Scandinavian heritage by selling products that are made in the Nor-
dic countries. Hans and Maria Jönsson, the current owners, carry a wide range of
giftware to fit any size pocketbook. Customers enjoy seeing products they re-
member from their childhood, family history or their native country.
TRENDS
Trends In
Unique Local
Holiday Shops
10 TRENDS 2020
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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 Representative
Specialist, she loves meeting with sellers
to discuss pre-market home improvements
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
PPeennnnyy OOBBiieenn
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AVAILABLE IN LISLE
4495 SCHWARTZ AVENUE
Massive Mid-Century Masterpiece
ONE OF A KIND UPDATED OPEN RANCH LOCATED IN LISLE
Such a beautiful find! This home has it all with 4 bedrooms on the main
level, 3.5 baths, a full walk-out finished basement and a 4-car attached
garage on an estate-sized lot.
This home is completely updated with all the modern trends and ready
to move right in. The brand new white kitchen is absolutely stunning,
with a large island, waterfall quartz counters, soft close drawers, a mas-
sive 6 burner double oven, and a large pantry. Everything you could
every want!
The living and dining room have brand new hardwood floors, a fabulous
fireplace to keep you cozy all season long, and a stunning view of the
large yard and pond from the balcony. This home is beyond exquisite.
The basement is outstanding with floor to ceiling windows, an exercise
room, a bedroom, a bar/kitchenette, a wine cellar, a wood burning fire
place, a workshop, and a full bath. The huge double deep 4-car garage,
has more than enough room for all your hobbies
.
One of the most unique aspects to this property is the 3.66 acre lot.
It has the possibility to be subdivided and being in unincorporated
Lisle, this house is ideal for a business owner.
Schedule a time to view this beauty inside and out– with over 3,000
sq. ft. on main level plus finished walkout basement that adds
another 2500 sqft. Prepared to be wowed!
Julia Hacholski / Broker
@properties
130 W Park Ave., Elmhurst, Il 60126
Cell: 630.624.1168
julia@atproperties.com
www.atproperties.com/user/register/
juliahacholski
Stop looking, start finding®
atproperties.com
REAL ESTATE
BEAUTIFUL
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 re-
sults 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 cus-
toms booklets with professional photography & drone shots, de-
scriptions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right
buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional stag-
ing , 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 thriv-
ing Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime
to discuss your real estate goals for 2020.
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813
Susan Colella
REAL ESTATE
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UNIQUE
MILLION
DOLLAR
lliissttiinngg
This head-turning, contemporary Craftsman
home in the heart of picturesque downtown
Geneva is a rare find! Ensconced on a tree-
lined corner lot in the historic district, only a
couple blocks walk from the Fox River and
trails, boutiques and restaurants of
Geneva's renowned Third Street, and the
commuter train, this house has it all.
$1,150,000
5bed • 4.5bath
3,909 sqft • 0.32 acre lot
110 South St, Geneva
(630) 460-1400
Presented by:
Carol Heine
Brokered by:
Baird & Warner Orland Park
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MILLION
DOLLAR
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING
Beautiful Home
In Picturesque
Downtown Geneva
This impeccably designed and cared
for home offers the quaint charm of
downtown Geneva with the luxury,
style, and convenience of contempo-
rary construction.
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To Give,
To Inspire
CARING + SHARING
A Monthly Caring + Sharing Column
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NAPERVILLE–Veterans Day is
an opportunity for our country
and our communities to honor
and support the men and
women in the military who have
put their lives on the line serv-
ing our country so we may
enjoy our freedom. However,
there really is a constant need
to support our troops and their
families besides honoring them
on just one day. It was a sim-
ple request from a local mom
wanting her son to be honored after returning from
deployment and then subsequent requests that in-
spired the creation of Operation Welcome You
Home (OWYH) in 2007. Each request became a
mission to create a gathering of as many people
as possible to show their support. Soon, OWYH
also began taking requests to create a festive
send-off for those men and women being de-
ployed.
“When I coordinated gatherings for families and
saw their tears and emotions of joy, I knew I had to
continue this mission of supporting our servicemen
and women,” says Donna Morsovillo, OWYH
Founder and CEO. “It always amazes me the mul-
titude of local residents and dignitaries who gather
for someone they have never met and sometimes
even bring gifts.” She mentioned that former Nap-
erville Mayor George Pradel never missed a mis-
sion when it was a local event and occasionally
would go to the surrounding towns as well.
OWYH is a local volunteer organization that relies
upon the generous donations of time, talent and re-
sources of their volunteers, supporters and donors.
Besides donations, funds are
raised annually at their events.
The 10th Annual Run for the
Brave 5K Run/Walk/Ruck is cur-
rently scheduled for May 29,
2021. This year the race was
changed to a virtual race but still
considered extremely successful
in spite of the circumstances. Do-
nations are used to help Veterans
and their families in a variety of
ways, including mobile wheel-
chairs, riding lawn mowers, Action
Trackers, airfare for parents to visit their Wounded
Warrior, temporary financial assistance, burial ex-
penses and food. During the pandemic, their goal
was to assist the VA hospital who experienced low
assistance with regards to PPE supplies. “As a re-
sult of our generous supporters and donors, we
were able to donate $7,500 worth of PPE
supplies,” says Donna.
Operation Welcome You Home would like to per-
sonally thank each and every serviceman and
woman who protect our freedom and their families
for their sacrifices. To volunteer, donate or to find
out when to come out to support one of their events
of honor, visit and register on their website at
www.welcomeyouhome.org.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people
discover what brings them joy and to live a full,
healthy and happy life. She has her Master
of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from
DePaul University and is a veteran of Chi-
cago’s theater and commercial world as well
as a graduate of the Second City Improv
School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her hus-
band, three children and the cutest dog in the
land.
VIEW MINDY’S MONTHLY COLUMN AT
www.GlancerMagazine.com/to-give-to-inspire
How Operation Welcome You Home Provides
Support for Local Men & Women In The Military
CARING + SHARING
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Kid
Stuff
Hands-On
Virtual Learning
with DuPage
Children’s
Museum
NAPERVILLE–At DuPage
Children’s Museum (DCM),
we’re experts at making
learning FUN! We’ve
created virtual programs
that will inspire young learners to make big discoveries about
science, engineering, math, and art. STEM with DCM labs in-
spire students in grades 1–4 to experiment their way through
engaging STEM challenges. Arts & Maker After School is a
unique virtual program that provides children, ages 4–12
years, the materials, tools, inspiration, and opportunities for
collaboration that truly lets their imaginations soar. Join us!
(630) 637-8000 • www.dupagechildrens.org
Decorate a Tree at Cosley Zoo
WHEATON–Be part of the holiday tradition at Cosley Zoo by decorating a tree as
part of Christmas Tree Lane! The zoo will provide a lit five-foot tree, a sign with your
group or organization's name to be displayed on the tree, and a cup of hot chocolate
for each participant on the day of decorating; your group provides wildlife-friendly or-
naments and imagination. Trees are on display through the month of December.
The cost to participate is $55.00 per tree. We have a limited number of trees, so
please make your reservation early.
Click for More Kid Stuff!
One Child, One Dream
Our Children’s Homestead Fundraiser
AURORA–Pub 56 Food & Craft Brews will be donating 10% of
all sales on December 14, 2020 to Our Children’s Homestead
between 11am-5pm. We will be raffling off thousands of dol-
lars in prizes in which all the monies go to the Homestead.
raffle tickets are $8 each or 3 for $20. Pub 56 is your destina-
tion for great food & quality craft brews. With 40 beers on tap
& in house smoked meats, we're the place for the Big Game!
Located at 1555 Butterfield Road, Aurora.
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HOLIDAY HAPPY 2020
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Naperville Park District Police
Invite Donations for 2020 Toys for Tots
New, Unwrapped Toys to be Collected at 5
Locations through December 12
Members of the Naperville Park District Police invite the
community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2020
DuPage County Toys for Tots program, hosted by the U.S.
Marine Corps Reserve. Toys will be collected at various lo-
cations now through Saturday, December 12.
“It’s not too early to think about purchasing a few extra toys
to brighten the holidays for kids in need,” said Chief Steve
Schindlbeck. “With more families experiencing financial
hardships this year, your donations will be greatly appreci-
ated.”
Collection sites are:
• Park District Administration Building
Drop off toys in the collection box in the vestibule, located at
320 W. Jackson Ave.
• Central Maintenance Facility
Located at 427 Martin Avenue. Hours of operations are:
Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center
Located at 305 W. Jackson Ave. Hours of operation are:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.
• Fort Hill Activity Center
Located at 20 Fort Hill Drive. Hours of operation are: Mon-
day-Friday, 5:00 a.m.-8:00
p.m., Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 7:00 a.m.-
3:00 p.m.
• 95th Street Center
Located at 2244 W. 95th St. Hours of operation are: Mon-
day-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Toys for Tots accepts only new, unwrapped toys. Please do
not donate stuffed animals or toy weapons.
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LITERARY
HOLIDAY HAPPY 2020
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by Mindy Kyle
Photos Submitted
Colleen LeMaire
I Have to Stay Home: A Kid-Friendly
Story About the COVID-19 Pandemic
OSWEGO–Why do we have to stay home? Why are schools
closed? What’s a pandemic? These questions and more are an-
swered in Oswego author Colleen LeMaire’s sixth book in her I
HAVE children’s book series, I Have to Stay Home: A Kid-Friendly
Story About the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Colleen created The I HAVE Series to take the “scary” out of new
scenarios and help calm fears in an age-appropriate manner. “In
many ways, the pandemic has disrupted, shifted and changed chil-
dren’s lives more than anyone else,” says Colleen. “I’m a big be-
liever that when you don’t explain situations to kids, they are left to
their own imaginations…and many times the conclusions they gather
are a whole lot worse than what is actually happening.”
Consulting a nurse, a doctor, a therapist and a school counselor to
ensure she was using appropriate language and correct medical ter-
minology, Colleen has written easy-to-understand explanations, tips
to stay healthy and creative ideas to have fun while staying safe for
this unique time in history.
Other books in The I HAVE Series include, I Have Two Homes,
which helps explain divorce, as well as I Have a Stepmom and I
Have a Stepdad. Then came I Have Two Moms, and I Have Two
Dads, representing kids with the same-sex parents.
Colleen’s books are available on both Amazon and her website
www.theihaveseries.com
.
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extended business and weekend hours, Valley View Den-
tal has the ability to treat patients according to their own
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SWING INTO ACTION AT SPRINGBROOK
AND NAPERBROOK GOLF COURSES
NAPERVILLE–Fall is a great time to enjoy golf at the Naperville Park District's
two 18-hole golf courses. Head to Springbrook and Naperbrook this fall for great
weather, challenging golf and our best rates, practice time on the range and re-
laxation post-round on our welcoming patios with food and drinks. Tee time re-
servations and more online.
Naperville Park District’s Springbrook & Naperbrook Golf Courses
www.golfnaperville.org
BEAUTIFY & RELAX 
ST. CHARLES–Let this spa
help you disconnect and im-
prove your health, beauty and
relaxation with specialized
massages, meditation, in-
frared sauna, and reiki energy
work. Complete your visit with
a natural hair or nail treatment
to feel as beautiful outside as
you do inside.
Tranquility Spa
113 N. 2nd Ave., St. Charles
www.relaxattranquility.com
NUMBER ONE PROVIDER OF 
COOLSCULPTING IN THE MIDWEST
WESTERN SUBURBS–Concierge Medical Spa is a luxury medical
spa with highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners and esthe-
ticians offering the most comprehensive esthetic medical services.
From body contouring to highly advanced future-forward restor-
ative and non-surgical 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 Al-
lergan injectors, our services produce excellent results and have
high client satisfaction. www.concier
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RESTORATIVE YOGA & GONG 
MEDITATION TOGETHER IN ONE 
BATAVIA–Through holistic healing and sha-
manic healing, the center offers different
services from cultures around the world
to bring balance and harmony to your
physical and emotional planes. Find
unique classes like drum circles, re-
storative yoga and gong meditation
here.
Healing Arts Metaphysical Center
4 E. Wilson St., Suite 101, Batavia,
www.healingartsmetaphysical.com
FLOATING IS THE NEW
CALMING TREND
NAPERVILLE–Find a quiet
space to just BE. Float in 10
inches of skin temperature
water with 1,600 pounds of
Epsom salt to keep you afloat
even if you fall asleep. You
have your own private Float
Room and can control the un-
derwater LED light and white
noise. Annica Float Club, 4S100
N. IL-59, Naperville,
www.floatnaperville.com
HEALTH + WELLNESS
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HEALTH + WELLNESS
www.h-4training.com
Locations In Wheaton & Geneva
GET 1-ON-1 PERSONAL TRAINING AT H-4 
TRAINING, TWO SUBURBAN LOCATIONS
WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with
H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very
specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s
sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with
workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn
more and to check out the many other programs available
to you. Watch for a Q & A at GlancerMagazine.com
written by H4 Training's founder, Hank Ebeling, Local In-
dustry Expert in the Fitness category.
H4 Training
Wheaton & Geneva locations.
www.h4-training.com/services/personal-training/
FFIITTNNEESSSS
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GET TO KNOW IN HOME FITNESS BY VAL
AND HER TALENTED TEAM 
WESTERN SUBURBS–Transform your life today! In Home Fitness By Val
& Team brings the workout to your home! Busy schedule? Not ready for a
public gym?
In Home Fitness by Val & Team provide private personalized workouts with
real results! Whether you have a home gym or not, they provide everything
you need.
In Home Fitness by Val, brings professionalism and fitness expertise to
you. Enjoy the convienience of an in-home workout appointment. Val and
her team can't wait to help you on your fitness journey! First session is
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COMMUNITY LIVING
GET TO KNOW V FUSION STUDIO 
GENEVA–V Fusion Studio trainers (pictued above) take con-
sideration to increase your quality of life when creating
classes - and now also virtually (join facebook page). Local
area owner, Rachel Kowal, is currently pursuing her master’s
degree in exercise 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, endurance, 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 men-
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Geneva, www.vfusionstudio.com
JOIN TODAY! www.vfusionstudio.com
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Karisma Boutique
The ‘Best of the Best’ 2020 Readers Choice
Awards Business of the Year
Chosen from Thousands of Entries Submitted by West Suburban
Residents, Introducing Karisma Boutique of Naperville
Very similar to the challenging times of today, back in 2009 when Ginger Makowski
decided to open her store in downtown Naperville, she was also in the midst of an
unsettled time in her personal life. Mother of three, Ginger had always thought
she would start a charitable organization and volunteer when she retired, but when
circumstances shifted, she dug deep and pursued her dream of opening a retail
store. She did not have a solid plan and just ran with it and along the way found
it to be the most satisfying thing she has ever done outside of raising her children.
Karisma Boutique, Naperville’s “hidden gem”, was named after her daughter Jen
Hoeft who has amazing charisma and travels with Ginger to worldwide trade
shows to purchase unique apparel and accessories, jewelry, scarves, purses, hats,
shoes, home decor, candles, lotions, and various gift items.
“We are usually buying weekly which brings in new arrivals a few times a week,”
Ginger says. “It's been a challenge recently as I like to hand pick our merchandise,
but I have had to rely online at this time which makes it difficult. We pride our-
selves in exceptional customer service, incredible selections, affordable pricing,
and also guarantee our product 100%. Satisfaction is extremely important to us.”
This has been an extremely difficult year for the Boutique and without the im-
promptu live online shows followed by personal delivery and curbside service,
Ginger is not sure she would have made it through. She is eternally grateful for
her customers and staff for keeping the dream alive and she is just as surprised
as the next to see masks as the fashion statement of 2020!
Ginger consciously gives back to the community by attending many charity events
and hosting in store parties for her customers. She thoroughly believes it is not
always about making the sale, as it is to bond a relationship that is treasured
forever.
View Inside the Boutique & Share Online at www.GlancerMagazine.com
Karisma Boutique, 232 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540
630-355-5554 • www.karismaboutiqueshop.com
BUSINESS
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
of the year
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BUSINESS
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Karisma Boutique,
Naperville’s “hidden
gem”, was named after
Gingers daughter, Jen
Hoeft, who has amazing
charisma and travels
with Ginger to worldwide
trade shows to purchase
unique apparel and
accessories, and more.
4. Illumination: Tree
Lights at The Mor-
ton Arboretum
www.mortonarb.org/illumination-
event/2020
LISLE–See trees in a different light at a reimag-
ined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arbore-
tum. Designed with your safety in mind, this years new
driving experience (30–40 minutes long) features an un-
paralleled spectacle of color, light, and music you won’t
experience anywhere else. Lights on display from No-
vember 20, 2020–January 3, 2021.
1. Chicago Premium Outlet Mall
www.premiumoutlets.com
This is more than a shopping center, but
truly a destination for shoppers and
tourists visiting the Chicago area. Con-
veniently located off I-88 at the Farns-
worth Avenue North exit, this festive
mall is outdoors with each shop of-
fering unique deals & so much more.
Happy shopping!
5. Downtown Naperville
www.downtownnaperville.com
NAPERVILLE–Come be in the mix!
Whether you’re there to shop, dine,
spa or stay, you’ll find the perfect mix of over
150 best-in-class stores and spas alongside
Naperville’s most exciting eateries from fine
dining, bistros to bites on the go. Discover
your favorite shops, spas and restaurants in
the pedestrian friendly, historic downtown
with amenities in every direction. It’s your
time, spend it well.
3. The Believe House
www.believehouse.com
NAPERVILLE–Each year this
home invites residents to drive by
and enjoy a whimsical and festival light
display complete with characters from yes-
teryear and more. The static display is
very traditional and reminiscent of Christ-
mas past and loved by all.
2. Hollywood Palms Theater
www.hollywoodpalmscinema.com
NAPERVILLE–Enjoy some extra special
time with family and friends this season
at Hollywood Palms Cinema. This one-
of-a-kind dine-in theater concept, offer-
ing theater-goers first-run film releases,
an extensive menu, and a full-service
bar with a wide selection of beer, wine
and spirits.
7. Oswego Christmas Walk
www.oswegochristmaswalk.com
OSWEGO–This years event will have
plenty of cheer but will look different this
year! You can expect a festival of sights, sounds and
smells featuring one-way foot traffic --- a stroll down
Main Street -- through downtown Oswego with fewer
crowd gatherings but all the same joy of the season.
6. Abbey Farms
www.abbeyarms.org
AURORA–While you’re visiting for your freshly cut
Christmas tree, be sure to stop at Pine Tree Cafe &
Bar - Outdoors on the Patio! There will be a fire crack-
ling, picnic tables, great farm-made food from Chef
Dave & bar service including beer, wine and specialty
drinks! Cheers.
Though COVID-19 may have crushed many spirits these past few months, the holiday season is here and we have found some uniquely festive places
throughout the western suburbs that are making spirits bright! From spending time with family to celebrating community traditions, wer encourage you and
yours to stay positive and enjoy the spirit of the Christmas! Here are 7 Spectacular Places that are Making Spirits Bright this holiday season.
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