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AN APPLE A DAY
Mom Life, Homeschooling, Healthy Kids, Fall Fun & More!
This month we are celebrating September and that means back to
school. Though this looks very different than last year for so many fam-
ilies, including my own, it has most certainly been refreshing to see
the kids back in their routine. Two of my girls are on the hybrid schedule
and my special needs daughter, who is 10, is attending school all 5
days. It’s worrysome, but so far, it’s been a smooth transition. They love
being back, and we are hopeful things continue to progress to Phase
5 for Illinois. I will say that our school district has done a wonderful job
of creating a plan given the circumstances, and we are very thankful.
Throughout the pandemic many moms decided to start homeschooling,
and some picked up right where they left off last year. We feature some
of these amazing moms in our Cover Story this month. We also feature
7 Spectacular Enrichment Programs for Kids and
10 Trends Moms will Love, plus so much more!
We invite you to share these stories in social
media by visiting our website. While you’re
there, be sure to subscribe. Enjoy this issue
and as always, thanks so much for reading.
Lindy Kleivo
Publishing Director, West Suburban Area
lkleivo@glancermagazine.com
September 20
5 Hello From Glancer Magazine
7 Scene Around Suburbia
9 5 Things to Do
10 COVER Homeschool Moms
16 Autumn Farmer’s Markets
18 NEW! Best Neighbors EVER!
19 Special Needs News
20 Dining & Cocktails
22 10 Trends Moms Love
25 Literary Local
26 Friends of Prentice
28 Business of the Year 2020
30 NEW! Unique In Suburbia
32 Million Dollar Listing
34 To Give, To Inspire
36 Dental
37 Healthy Living
38 Fitness
39 Mom’s Little Black Book
41 Fabulous Family
42 Fall Shopping Around Town
44 Moms Black Book
50 Trendy Traveler
52 7 Spectacular In Enrichment
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Lindy Kleivo
EDITORIAL | Print + Digital
Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer
Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer
Brianna Bartemeyer Features Writer
Stephanie Schmoker Dining Critic
Tiffany Schmoker Dining Critic
SALES / MARKETING
Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director
PHOTOGRAPHY
Mike Catuara Features Photographer
P U B L I C A T I O N S
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SEPTEMBER 2020 | Vol 19
An Apple a Day
This issue highlights healthy families and
healthy kids with a focus on mom life, back
to school, homeschooling, eLearning and
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SCENE AROUND SUBURBIA
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scenearound
Suburbia
You’ve Been
Glanced!
Photos by Mike Catuara
More Event Photos Online
www.glancermagazine.com/scene-around-suburbia
Emily’s Parade, Celebrating 13! • Wheaton • Friday, August 13
Downtown Naperville Sidewalk Sale • August 2
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FALL 2020
5 Things to Do
1. Fall Color 5K Run and Walk
October 3 • Morton Arboretum
LISLE–Run a socially distant race at The Mor-
ton Arboretum on Saturday or Sunday, Oc-
tober 3 or 4, or virtually anywhere. No
matter when or where you run you will be
supporting the Arboretum's work to plant
and protect trees. Get the details and
register online today!
www.mortonarb.org/
events/fall-color-5k-run-and-walk
4. Plan a New Kitchen, Basement or Bath
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. Celebrate Fall
Downtown Wheaton
WHEATON–There is so much to enjoy
Downtown Wheaton this season.
From dining outdoors under the Hale
Street tents, to taking the Architec-
tural Tour at DuPage Historical Mu-
seum, to shopping at fun
boutiques like Jeans and a Cute
Tops Shop and more!
www.downtownwheaton.com
2. Plan a Day on the Water
at the Paddleboat Quarry
NAPERVILLE–Enjoy some warm weather fun on the water at
the Naperville Park District’s Paddleboat Quarry! Choose from
a four-person paddleboat, one-person paddleboard or one- or
two-person kayak for 20-minute or 40-minute rentals. The
Paddleboat Quarry is open through September on non-school
days. Visit online for fees and more details.
www.napervilleparks.org/
paddleboatspaddleboardskayaking
5. St. Charles Jazz & Art Weekend
September 10-13 • 10am-5pm
ST. CHARLES–St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event that coordinates and
promotes live jazz music in different St. Charles establishments. An array of St.
Charles venues will take part in each years event featuring numerous jazz groups,
including Grammy award winning Saxophonist Frank Catalano. Enjoy 16 Venues
25 Jazz Performances, 31 Public Art Attractions www.stcjazzweekend.com
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HomeSchool
Moms
Mikaya Huggins of Sugar Grove
Although very pleased with Kaneland’s curriculum and efforts,
Mikaya’s pursuit of homeschooling her first grader (6) and kin-
dergartner (5), with a one year old (1) in the background
stems from the uncertainties, complications and risks associ-
ated with COVID-19.
Now in their sixth year operating the Sugar Grove Pumpkin
Farm, a wholesale and retail family business raising beef cat-
tle, chickens, goats, rabbits, barn cats, fish, two dogs and a
hedgehog, Mikaya knows that homeschooling will offer it’s
challenges while running a seasonal business and coordi-
nating with her husband that works full-time at the Township
Road District; but, she feels confident her background and
networking connections will prevail.
COVER STORY
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos Submitted
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Moms
“I am currently working on a co-op with Alyssa De-
koker of Sugar Grove,” she says. “We were intro-
duced by our sons becoming best friends in Ms.
McDonnell’s Kindergarten class, then we both tran-
sitioned to homeschooling this year.
She formulated a very small group of homeschooling
mom’s and children, PreK-2nd grade. Together, we
are very excited to share advice, support, organize
STEM lessons and educational experiences while our
children benefit from small group socialization with
the use of Village Bible Church’s gymnasium.”
With plans to re-enroll with Kaneland after COVID-19
is effectively defeated, Mikaya’s day is structured to
match their ongoing curriculum and scheduled
breaks; and although choosing to remove their chil-
dren has been a heavy, difficult weight, she feels con-
fident homeschooling for now is best for their family.
COVER STORY
Amy Schlenbeckerof Naperville
Although homeschooling may be a new thought for many
families this year due to the pandemic, Amy has been teach-
ing her kids Danny (15) and Katie (14) for the past six years.
“Honestly, I was completely against it at the beginning. I had
all the typical "public school mom" questions - "How can I
teach my kids?", " How will they socialize?", "What about ex-
tracurricular activities?" "Prom?", "Can I deal with having my
kids around all the time?", Amy shares. “Since we started, I
have seen so many benefits. My daughter, who was behind
in a few subjects, quickly caught up because we were able
to tailor her curriculum to her needs. I see how we can use
real life to help us learn as well and we do field trips and
hands on learning to solidify what we have learned and en-
courage the love of learning.”
Amy has found there are many homeschool networks in the
Naperville area community that keep them connected to var-
ious events that provide age appropriate socialization as well
as organized curriculum-based field trips. There are also dif-
ferent ways to play sports as home schoolers, such as foot-
ball with Crossroads Christian Youth Center in Big Rock, and
some high schools allow you to play sports with them if you
are enrolled part time.
Serving on the board for the football team, as well as the Ac-
tivities Chair for Boy Scouts, and actively volunteering with
Harvest New Beginnings Food Pantry in Oswego keeps the
Schlenbecker kids balanced with social, emotional, and civic
skills.
Homeschooling allows for individualized education plans;
flexible schedules, as well as varied learning spaces such
as the kitchen table, outside patio, couches, trampoline, you
name it; however, also comes with the expected normal
challenges of teaching your own kids.
All in all, Amy has found that the benefits of watching her
children learn and grow far outweigh any negatives and
looks forward to an exciting new school year of new oppor-
tunities.
HOMESCHOOL MOMS
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HOMESCHOOL MOMS
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FARMER’S MARKETS 2020
OPEN AIR MARKETS INVITE YOU OUT TO ENJOY FARM FRESH DELIGHTS & MORE
It's time to attend community open-air markets, also known as farmers markets. With many towns
bringing unique selections to their market, we encourage our readers to visit those located outside
of their neighborhood as well. There are so many surprises you’ll love! Open air markets are a great
way to celebrate summer....while shopping at the same time. Enjoy!
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NAPERVILLE – 95th Street Farmers Market
Every Thursday, June 4-September 24, 3:7pm
95th Street Library Parking Lot, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive
www.napervilleparks.org/farmersmarket
Join the Naperville Park District and Naperville Public Library for
the annual 95th Street Farmers Market located in south Naper-
ville. Shop homegrown offerings, locally grown fruits and veggies,
homemade breads and jams and much more from a wide variety
of local farmers and vendors.
GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn French Market
546 Duane Street
Sundays, 8am-1pm
www.bensidounusa.com
Visit downtown Glen Ellyn for locally grown produce, organic
meats, fresh flowers, baked goods, jewelry and much more. This
French Market is well known throughout the community and res-
idents love it. Each week you’ll have a chance to meet a local
Not-For-Profit at the French Market.
LISLE – Lisle French Market
Downtown Lisle at Garfield & Rt 53
Saturdays 8am-1pm, June 20–September 26
www.bensidounusa.com
This community treasure features fresh produce, plants, flowers,
bakery items and more
WHEATON – Wheaton French Market
Downtown Wheaton at Main and Liberty - Inside & Outside
Saturdays 8am-2pm, April 13-November 9
www.bensidounusa.com
A French styled open air market where you will find fresh local
produce, bread, cheese, meat,flowers, artisan foods & crafts, and
gifts for the home.
KKAANNEE
AURORA - Aurora Farmer’s Market
Water Street • Parking at Benton & Water Street
Saturdays 8am-12pm, June 27–October 17
www.enjoyaurora.com
Support local farmers, grab a bite to eat and enjoy beautiful down-
town Aurora. This year, the market will be following social distance
rules and everyone will be required to wear a mask. Please stay
home if you are sick. Vendors will handle products until sale.
Please note- no eating on site will be permitted.
BATAVIA – Batavia Farmers Market
Located on River Street & the Lot on Spring Street
Saturdays, 8am-12pm
www.downtownbatavia.com
The Batavia Farmers Market is located on River Street and in the
adjacent parking lot at Spring Street in Downtown Batavia. Held
each Saturday and hosted by Batavia MainStreet, the market has
made many changes in an effort to keep the market open and ac-
cessible to those who depend on it. Come out and support local
farmers. Grab lunch and enjoy it outside with a view of the Fox.
Then stroll downtown and stop in a shop or two. Masks are re-
quired. Look for details about the new consumer and vendor ex-
pectations at Batavia Farmers' Market . Photo by Batavia Main
Street
GENEVA – Geneva French Market
Located at South and Fourth Streets
Sundays, 9am-2pm
www.geneva.il.us
Come get your fresh fix of food, vegetables, flowers and more at
the Geneva French Market. This open-air market gives patrons an
opportunity to interact with a variety of local businesses each
week. The market runs weekly from mid-May into early November.
This year's market will follow Illinois' health guidelines due to the
coronavirus pandemic.
SUGAR GROVE – Community Farmers Market
Sugar Grove Village Hall Parking Lot
Saturdays, 8am-12pm
www.sugargrovechamber.org
This market is complete with farm fresh dairy, meat, produce and
more, brought by local farmers. Additional items include crafts,
unique apparel and accessories, gift ideas such as hand painted
wine glasses and more. Community spirit is felt throughout. Home
to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.
KKEENNDDAALLLL
OSWEGO – Oswego Country Market
Sundays, June 28-October 18, 9am-1pm
Downtown Oswego on Main Street
www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org
Every Sunday, June through October, downtown Oswego opens
up for the Oswego Country Market. This fresh air market is the
best place to shop each week for locally grown produce, fresh
farm eggs, raw honey, delicious Wisconsin cheese, and fresh
baked bread. While spending time downtown, stop to visit the
many stores open during the Oswego Country Market.
YORKVILLE – Yorkville Farmers Market
Yorkville Town Square
Saturdays 10am-2pm, June 1–August 24
www.facebook.com/yorkvillemarket/
Summertime market featuring local vendors at Yorkville towns-
quare, just blocks away from the charming riverfront.
AUTUMN
farmer’s markets
FARMER’S MARKETS 2020
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LISLE–– Lisle Park District, in partnership with Unlimited Play Playgrounds,
is excited to announce the opening of the community’s first, universally ac-
cessible playground, aptly named “Discovery Playground,” located in Com-
munity Park (1825 Short St., Lisle).
With the help of the nonprofit, Unlimited Play, a generous donation from Lisle
Partners for Parks Foundation, and overwhelming support from local busi-
nesses and residents alike, the project broke ground late summer, 2019.
While there were some speedbumps along the way, the community came
together to make the vision of an inclusive playground possible. Thanks to
the tireless efforts and impressive skill of Lisle Park District Parks and Play-
ground Specialists, the playground was constructed and officially opened to
the public at a ribbon cutting on Saturday, August 29.
As mentioned during the small ceremony by Lisle Park District Director, Dan
Garvy, none of this would have been possible without the support of local
organizations, in addition to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, like SEAS-
PAR, The Main Street Organization of Realtors, as well as great support
from the Lisle community and beyond. The park district is proud to provide
an inclusive, safe play space for all ages and abilities, and could not be
prouder of the work done by parks staff to make the mission a reality.
Director Garvy summed up the opportunity to bring this project to the com-
munity, particularly during this difficult time period, saying “Let Discovery
Playground, Opportunities without Boundaries, serve as a testament to what
a community can do together, and be a beacon of inspiration and hope mov-
ing forward.” Children and adults, with and without disabilities and/or critical
illnesses, will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow, in a space spe-
cifically designed to remove physical and social barriers.
Unlimited Play is a nonprofit organization that works with communities to
build universally inclusive playgrounds to promote health and wellness and
change communities by providing freedom of play for all children. The or-
ganization helps plan, design, and build fully accessible playgrounds, allow-
ing children – regardless of their abilities – to play together.
The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all
ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community
Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool,
SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic
Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap
and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such
as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to
400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of
life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure op-
portunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call
630-964-3410 or visit www.lisleparkdistrict.org
.
All-Inclusive Discovery Playground Officially Open
SPECIAL NEEDS NEWS
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September has arrived and with it comes many mornings, af-
ternoons and evenings spent outside, enjoying all that makes
Chicago’s western suburbs a beautiful place to live. Let’s start
with the restaurants– especially those with a unique cuisine and
a craft cokctail list to match. Enjoy!
Brunch Like No Other
GENEVA–If you haven’t tried the Brunch menu at Craft Urban
in Geneva, then you are for sure missing out. Known for fun en-
tree selections like Gotta Have Dem Sticky Buns, Kelly’s Piero-
gis and the Brunch Tacos– this west suburban favorite is trendy
and inviting. Their menu also boasts scrumptious options for
lunch and dinner, as well as fabulous libations. Get ready for
their new location opening in Downtown Aurora. How fun is that!
www.crafturban.com
DINING & COCKTAILS
WEST SUBURBAN DINING
DINING
DINING + COCKTAILS
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DINING + COCKTAILS
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DINING
Pig Minds Vanilla Bitch Slap, Anyone?
Now Available at Trendy Hot Spot
Legends Grill & Bar In Woodridge
WOODRIDGE–So many love Legends in Woodridge for the menu, the
atmospher and the unique Beer List, including the popular Pig Minds Va-
nilla Bitch Slap, as well as Great Lakes Oktoberfest. Both are currently
on tap, along with many more. View a complete list online. This family-
owned grill and bar features American pub fare, including our jumbo wings
and shrimp. Also offering outdoor dining, pool tables and poker machines.
Um, sounds like fun, right? Enjoy! www.legendsgrillbar.com
The Perfect Pair In Sugar Grove
Enjoy a ‘You Call It’ Martini & Shrimp Cocktail
SUGAR GROVE–At the end of a long day, few things entertain the
taste buds like some baby back ribs or a delicious steak that’s been
grilled to perfection. Everything here is AMAZING! You’ll love their
‘You Call It Martinis’ paired up with the scrumptious Shrimp Cocktail.
Other food favorites include prime rib, broasted pork chops, grilled
salmon, sirloin burgers, and All-American BBQ ribs smoked in-house.
Definitely worth a visit to beautiful Sugar Grove. It will soon become
one of your new west suburban faves– trust us!
www.thefiresidegrillesugargrove.com
New In Town & So Far, So Loved!
Old Town Pour House In Naperville
NAPERVILLE–Well, hello there! Old Town Pour House is a new
restaurant and bar featuring 90 craft beers on tap and classic
American food with a twist. With a mouthwatering menu and
energetic atmosphere, we have found Old Town Pour House to
be the perfect place for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. You will
love the upbeat atmosphere and that they have a private party
space for your next special event. Check out the Bottleneck Re-
wards and become a member for fun savings. Oh, and the out-
door patio is one of the best!
www.oldtownpourhouse.com/naperville
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TREND #1 | Hand Sanitizer
Backpack Clips
AVAILABLE AT BATH & BODY WORKS
3…2…1…Blast off to clean hands! Pair this light-up holder with your
favorite PocketBac & watch germs take off like a rocket. The conven-
ient silver tone clip attaches to your backpack, purse and more so you
can always keep your favorite sanitizer close at hand. Designed ex-
clusively for our PocketBac hand sanitizers, sold separately. Unicorns,
Kittens and more designs available Visit today!
www.bathandbodyworks.com
TREND #2 | ‘Go Ask Your
Father Mug
AVAILABLE AT THE COLLECTIVE LHE+MAKERY IN LISLE
If you’re the mom who frequently finds herself telling the kids
to ‘Go Ask Your Father then we have the absolute perfect
mug just for you! This shop in Lisle is adorably chic with
the hottest trends, but this trend is our FAVORITE! Enjoy.
www./the-collective-lhe.myshopify.com/
TRENDS
Trends Moms
Love & Where
to Find Them
10 TRENDS 2020
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TREND #3 | First Year Mom Box
A SPECIAL KEEPSAKE BY MUDPIE
This washed wooden keepsake box has a stamped metal sentiment plate
featuring a sliding lid with printed poem about mom and baby's sweet first
year together. Arrives with 52 paper cards to record weekly milestone
thoughts and memories. $29.00 • www.mandems.com
• Glen Ellyn
TREND #4 | Bentgo Lunch Box
KIDS DURABLE & LEAKPROOF LUNCH BOX
The must-have lunchbox for kids this year is this leakproof, durable options
avialble in many colors. Proportioned perfectly for a child’s appetite (rec-
ommended for ages 3-7). Plus, drop-proof, rubber-coated edges and a
sturdy design for active kids.$27.99 • Target • www.target.com
TREND #5 | Screen Savers Glasses
BABIATORS® BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING NAVIGATOR GLASSES (Boys)
All new Screen Saver glasses from Babiators will help you protect your chil-
dren’s eyes from overexposure to digital screens. Babiators took the navi-
gator style that kids and parents love and added blue light blocking lenses
to create Babiators Screen Savers to make screen time safer for your family.
Flexible rubber frame. Blocks 55% of blue light through Category 1 lenses
Ages 6+ years • $22.00 • Von Maur • www.vonmaur.com
TREND #6 | ‘Faith Over Fear Tee
A WAY TO STAY POSITIVE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Words to live by. . . "Faith over Fear", this graphic tee is available in black or
white and size S, M, L, XL available. $35 • Jeans & a Cute Top Shop
Wheaton & St. Charles
www.jeansandacutetop.com/product/faith-over-fear-tee/
TREND #7 | Magnetic Calendar
MELISSA & DOUG® • AVAILABLE AT LEARNING EXPRESS
Keep life organized with this wooden magnetic perpetual calendar. Open the
fabric hinged boards to reveal a calendar grid on one board, while the other
board keeps all the magnets close at hand. A sturdy cord is attached for hang-
ing. The wood framed dry-erase board include 133 magnets including years,
months, days, and most holidays and childhood activities and a bonus magnet
to customize. Ages 3+ 11.75''H x 15.5''W x 1''D • $19.99 • Melissa & Doug®
www.melissaanddoug.com
TREND #8 | Taco
Tuesday Cookbook
A MUST-HAVE COOK BOOK FOR THE FAM!
The Taco Tuesday Cookbook is your family's
dream come true, because, if there's one thing
we all can agree on, tacos are awesome.
They're customizable. They're quick. They're
tasty. And most importantly, they make us all
happy! Inside, you'll find taco recipes for every
week of the year, all of which are made with
real-food ingredients--and most of which are
ready in 30 minutes or less. There are also vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo
options throughout, so you'll be able to fully customize recipes based on your
family's needs. Tortilla, salsa, drink, and dessert recipes make your taco night
complete. $21.99 • M and Em’s Boutique • Glen Ellyn • www.mandems.com
TREND #9 | ‘Slay at Home Mom’ Hat
SAY IT LOUD, WEAR IT PROUD...IT’S YOUR HAT–SLAY GIRL! 
The 'Slay at Home Mom' Personality Hat Makes the Perfect Gift for the Special
Mom In Your Life...or Treat Yourself. YOU DESERVE IT! ♥ $28.95
Urban Echo Shop • Sugar Grove • www.urbanechoshop.com
TREND #10 | Erasable Crayons
I HEART ART ERASABLE CRAYONS
Start the love for art with the inspirational heart shaped crayons. The I Heart Art
Erasable Crayons are brightly colored and shaped into heart-shapes with 2 co-
ordinating colors in each one. These easy to hold crayons can be twisted into
an oval shape as well. Plus the heart crayons are erasable too! Recommended
age 6 years to 12 years $11.99. Learning Express • Naperville, Glen Ellyn,
Geneva • www.learningexpress.com
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LITERARY
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 be-
lieves 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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CARING + SHARING
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FRIENDS OF PRENTICE
35th Annual Fundraising
Benefit Themed “Still
Together, At Home”
to Be Held Virtually on
Saturday, October 24th
Friends of Prentice (FOP), a
non-profit organization working
in partnership with Northwestern
Medicine Prentice Women’s
Hospital to fund innovative and
leading-edge research benefit-
ting the lives of women, is host-
ing its 35th annual fundraising
benefit, themed Still Together, At
Home. Due to Covid-19, this is the first year that the gala will
be held virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Shifting the
gala online is a shining example of how the non-profit is
adapting to the current climate in order to still raise critical
funds needed to award doctors and clinicians grants needed
to continue their life saving research across all areas of
women’s health.
Friends of Prentice is inviting Chicago's business, philan-
thropic leaders and anyone interested in a fun night in, to
‘come together virtually to honor the
healthcare community while raising
critical funds for medical research.
The goal of this years gala is to
raise $750,000 that will be awarded
to physicians and clinicians at Pren-
tice Women’s Hospital. The new vir-
tual format will invite guests to sign
up and receive a link to view a live
event from the comfort of their own
homes and “host” a virtual table
while bidding on once in a lifetime
auction items.
Since 1983, Friends of Prentice has
raised over $20M and awarded
grants to more than 100 researchers and clinical programs.
FOP’s annual grants initiative has funded projects in the areas
of Covid-19 research, gynecologic oncology, mental health,
heart disease, disparities in access to care, diabetes, HIV,
uterine and pelvic medicine, genetic biomarker research,
home health care outreach and more. Funds raised during
the Benefit go directly to research, education, and patient care
programs at Prentice.
For information and tickets to Still Together, At Home, please
visit www.friendsofprentice.org/gala
.
CARING + SHARING
GIVING
Back
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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.
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KIM ROTH FINE ART STUDIO
Cultural artifacts. Cave paintings. Hieroglyphics.
Sculptors. History shared and communicated its
stories through art. It represented our universal
language, brought people together and inspired
the world around us.
The power of art is just as evident today; espe-
cially as it pertains to our children. Art improves
cognitive development, emotional intelligence and
creativity (just to name a few!). The importance of
art, in our children’s lives, is undeniable. Kim Roth
- Fine Art Studio, located in Naperville, offers an
inspiring space for creativity and curiosity to blos-
som.
In 1998, Kim stepped away from her corporate accounting career to raise
her five children in Naperville. During this time, she renewed her love of
art and began commissioning painted portraits. In 2010, she enrolled at
The School of Representational Art, located in the
heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. In-
spired by her classical training, Kim began teaching
classes in her home. Her passion for Representation
Art became evident - specifically in the depiction of
people, flowers and nature. Due to popularity, KR-
FAS opened its doors in 2014 - hosting online and
in-person (indoor and outdoor!) classes to children,
teens and adults. In fact, some of her online students
are from Oregon, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
“For me, drawing and painting is a chance to set
aside my worldly concerns and focus on something
beautiful … the World needs beauty. Beauty pro-
vides hope!” - Kim Roth
If you are seeking some blue-light-free fun, grab a paintbrush. Art is a
perfect medium for reflection, observation and imagination. Enjoy! #quar-
antineart
UNIQUE IN SUBURBIA
UNIQUE
in Suburbia
by Brianna Bartemeyer
Photos Submitted
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
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REAL ESTATE
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MILLION
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This family home is ready for you and
yours. Make new memories inside this
spacious one-of-a-kind home situated in
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To Give,
To Inspire
CARING + SHARING
A Monthly Caring + Sharing Column
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GLEN ELLYN–Starting the
new school year has been a
unique stress for parents these
last few weeks. Will we have
hybrid in-school learning? Will
we have remote learning? Will
my children fall behind? Will
they be mentally and socially
impacted? Although valid con-
cerns for all parents, these is-
sues become exacerbated
within our low-income families.
Research shows that lower income children are
less likely to participate in online learning and have
less available support at home. This is where the
Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center has been
able to step-up to assist and expand to help more
children this fall. The GECRC mission is to help
children from low-income families acquire the nec-
essary skills in academics and social interaction to
move successfully through grades K-12 by provid-
ing after-school and summer programs which em-
phasize literacy and community involvement using
the talents of teachers, volunteer tutors, GECRC
staff and a variety of local organizations.
In the fall of 2003, GECRC became a 501c(3) non-
profit corporation in order to better serve the
greater Glen Ellyn community. Since then, they
have opened after school programs at Abraham
Lincoln and Churchill Elementary Schools, Hadley
Junior High and their newest program this fall at
Glen Crest Middle School allowing them to serve
students living in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Carol
Stream, Glendale Heights and Lombard. Last
year, GECRC was able to support 186 students in
their after school program and
115 students in their summer pro-
gram.
“Our students interact with a vari-
ety of tutors, some that are close
to their age and others are college
students, parents or retired
teachers,” says Leah Harding,
GECRC Executive Director. “It is
impactful to young learners to
know that so many people are
there to support them, encourage
them, and help them reach their potential.”
Starting September 15th, GECRC students will
begin working with volunteer tutors online to assist
students remotely with their e-learning assign-
ments while at home. Volunteers will be asked to
sign-up for hour slots between 4-5:30pm. More
volunteers are also needed to launch their new
program at Glen Crest Middle School. If you are
interested in volunteering, please complete the
“Volunteer Questionnaire”, which can be found on
their website at www.gecrc.com/volunteer/a
pplication
. To learn more, visit www.gecrc.com .
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 vet-
eran of Chicago’s theater and commercial
world as well as a graduate of the Second City
Improv School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her
husband, three children and the cutest dog in the
land.
VIEW MINDY’S MONTHLY COLUMN AT
www.GlancerMagazine.com/to-give-to-inspire
Glen Ellyn Children’s
Resource Center to the Rescue
CARING + SHARING
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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH
A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES
Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cos-
metic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, oral surgery,
and orthodontic procedures, including traditional braces,
Invisalign, teeth whitening, CEREC one-day crowns and
even same day emergency visits. With a large staff of
multi-lingual doctors, on-site labs at each location, 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 al-
most 20 years. Located In Naperville, Montgomery &
Romeoville. Valley View Dental www.vvdental.com
.
DDEENNTTAALL
HEALTH + WELLNESS
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CONTINUING TO CARE FOR YOU
Keeping your family well is your top priority right now and at DuPage Medical
Group, it's theirs too. They recognize that your healthcare needs don’t disappear
during a pandemic like this, which is why they're continuing to serve their patients
safely at their clinics and through virtual visits.
Whether you need primary or specialty 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 healthcare to-do list today at www.ScheduleDMG.com
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.conciergemedspa.com/glancer
RESTORATIVE YOGA & GONG 
MEDITATION TOGETHER IN ONE 
BATAVIA–Through holistic healing and
shamanic healing, the center offers differ-
ent services from cultures around the
world to bring balance and harmony to
your physical and emotional planes.
Find unique classes like drum circles,
restorative 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 pri-
vate Float Room and can control
the underwater 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
Mom’s Lile Black Book
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COMMUNITY LIVING
FITNESS
MONTHLY COLUMN
WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT!
This is me! My very first #MomsLittleBlackBook
@GlancerMagazine adventure without my girls
since 2009 when I first started writing the
column. It’s September and it’s Back to School;
and although it looks very different for most this
year due to remote learning and COVID-19
accommodations, it looks substantially differ-
ent to me as both my girls are away from home
living on college campuses.
I am officially an empty nester and this month I
put the Mom back in #MomsLittleBlackBook as I
gathered my friends and set off on the St. Charles
Paddlewheel Riverboat specialty BYOB Sunset Cruise
for Ages 21+.
Yes – I was adulting – a strange new word other than MOM! We
packed our appetizers and drinks and boarded the boat for a peace-
ful evening with a bluegrass band and striking skyline. I enjoyed
friendship and laughter in a whole new way and truly felt like I was
a million miles from home. We met new people and experienced a
first-hand appreciation for the rivers that flow in our backyards while
cruising safely at 30-45% capacity, allowing for 6-foot distancing
from those outside our social bubble.
Even though I cannot say enough wonderful things about the adults
only BYOB Sunset Cruise just 45 minutes from home, I am also ex-
cited to share all of the other all-ages opportunities available such
as the sunset cruises for any age; kid cruises with specialty themes
like princesses and pirates and story times; History Cruises; Birding
by Boat; Yoga & Cruise; and so much more! The boat sails through
October so there is still plenty of time this year to take advantage
of these pure and simple escapes on the Fox River.
As for this mom, well you might just find her aboard
the Monarchs & Margaritas cruise on September 12
enjoying snacks and beverages on the Pottawa-
tomie veranda before boarding the riverboat to
learn more about the important role the Fox
River plays in the monarch’s stirring saga.
Overview
Enjoy travel from the era of Mark Twain
through a green corridor of scenic beauty.
Both boats have open-air upper decks for un-
obstructed sightseeing and the lower decks
have windows that can be closed in cool or rainy
weather. Public tours are reasonably prices from
May to October. Enjoy recurring events, such as Kids
Cruises, Sunset Cruises, Storytime Cruises and many more
Private charters available, too.
St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats
8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL
(630) 584-2334www.stcriverboats.com
Hours: Varies depending on cruise selected.
Price $: Varies depending on cruise selected.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State Uni-
versity in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two
energetic daughters and her house is always full of children.
Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature
written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy.
Read her past columns at
www.glancermagazine.com/bloggers
Mom’s Lile Black Book
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LOCAL INNOVATOR
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos by Mike Catuara
WEDDINGS 2020
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SHOPPING + STYLE
410 W. Fifth Avenue
Naperville • 355-4488
www.nonajos.com
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SHOP FALL
SHOPPING + STYLE
WAREHOUSE 55
FALL MARKET
Saturday, Sep 19
10-5pm
Warehouse 55 is a unique
collection of vintage finds,
repurposed furnishings,
mixed with many one of a
kind accessories. Here
you'll find something for
every aesthetic- from
MCM, rustic farmhouse,
cottage chic and modern
contemporary.
www.warehouse55.shop
NONA JO’S FALL OPEN HOUSE
Thur-Sat • September 17
Be among the first to see what’s new in autumn
décor and get a sneak peek at some of the new
Halloween favorites. Plus, save 20% off your entire
purchase for all three days! Masks are required & 
shopper capacity may be limited.
www.nonajos.com
DUPAGE DOUBLES
Saturday, September 12-14 • 7-1pm
ONLINE for the Fall/Winter Consign-
ment Event. Shop a huge selection of
children’s clothes (newborn to teen),
shoes, accessories, baby gear, toys
and more. Everything you need in
one stop all from the comfort of
home! September 14 is the 50% off
sale.
www.shop.dupagedoubles.com
2ND ANNUAL LAKE GENEVA FALL
CRAFT & VENDOR EVENT
Saturday, October 14 • 9am-3pm
There will be over 110 vendors on dis-
play. Come shop for unique treasures
and trendy finds. Please see the list
below for confirmed crafters, direct
sales and local businesess. Free ad-
mission. Grand Geneva Resort and
Spa 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake
Geneva. Join the facebook page today
at Events by Stacy. Join the Vendor FB
group - Events by Stacy for more infor-
mation.
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Kid
Stuff
Play to Learn
at DuPage
Children’s
Museum
NAPERVILLE–Create,
build, discover, think,
wonder, and more! Explore
ways you can play to learn
at home with your child by
connecting with DuPage
Children's Museum on
Facebook or Instagram. Play leads the way to building more
confidence, practicing important problem-solving skills, learn-
ing to cooperate, and strengthening the bond between child
and caregiver. Keep an eye out for fun outdoor activities being
planned for September and October!
(630) 637-8000 • www.dupagechildrens.org
Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo • October 1-31
WHEATON–Taking in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must-do! See
the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the
children conquering the straw pyramid and take in the hundreds of pumpkins
scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and
various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase. Regular admission
rates apply. www.
cosleyzoo.org
Click for More Kid Stuff!
In Bloom through Labor Day
Hurry! Sunflower Festival Ends September 7
MAPLE PARK–You may know it for its super fun corn maze,
pumpkins, and apples come Fall each year, but Kuiper's
Farm has something new to make you smile. Based on their
belief of connecting people with Agriculture and each other,
the popular Maple Park farm thought to bring another beautiful
Ag product to their guests; fresh cut sunflowers and some
fantastic photo opportunities!
www.youpickfun.com
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FALL FUN 2020
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AT HOME : THEN & NOW
Then &
Now
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Stunning Home Remodel
NAPERVILLE–During the shutdown when
people started to spend more time at
home, remodeling projects came to the
forefront to include interior sport courts,
more casual, family centered use of
spaces, and outdoor living areas
open to the environment with fire-
places, bars, and comfortable seat-
ing areas.
Bruce George of Charles Vincent
George (CVG) Architects in Naper-
ville loves mixing custom design with
a sense of community well-being into
all his projects which he has been shar-
ing through a Before & After Photo social
media series showing the dramatic possi-
bilities of change.
“We are a community focused firm that serves both
the residential and commercial market sectors,” Bruce
says. “Our work is focused on creating unique designs that will ulti-
mately enhance the community. From designing award winning res-
idences to projects like the Riverwalk, local community clubhouses,
and downtown businesses where we create architecture that fits into
what makes Naperville great.”
He has had fun including his personal residence in the Before & After
Series.
“When you love what you do the lines blur between your job and
your hobby,” he says. “The exterior changed significantly a few
years back. It went from a 1920’s brick Tudor style with a detached
garage to a much larger shingle style with dormers, a large front
wrap around porch and an attached garage. Most recently, at my
wife’s suggestion (or was that a demand), the
kitchen and dining area were updated. I kept the
flooring from our original 1998 home conver-
sion that we liked and opened the space up
between the dining and kitchen area, up-
dated all the finishes to a more transi-
tional, lighter brighter space that was
more open than compartmentalized. It
has changed the look and feel of the
entire first floor of the home. The dif-
ference is remarkable.”
Still on his bucket list is creating an in-
door golf driving range; but like most
of his clients, he too always has a
budget to consider.
Bruce loves working for his family owned
company and feels proud they have been in-
volved in the Naperville Chamber for over 50
years supporting Naperville service organizations
such as the Rotary Club and community projects, such
as the Riverwalk & Millennium Carillon, as well as providing
Pro-bono services to programs like Hesed House when they are in
need of Architectural services.
More excitement of anticipated change is soon to come for the Nap-
erville community at the multi-story River Main development on the
Northwest corner of Main and Water Street, and the redesign of the
Ogden Mall in conjunction with the expected development of the new
Naperville Costco that will enhance the City’s aesthetic and make
for an even more viable business community. From home to busi-
ness, past to present, never doubt the power of potential.
-Kristen Kucharski
Send Your Glancing the Gallant Nominations to
editorial@glancermagzine.com
AT HOME AROUND TOWN
Then &
Now
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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-
tion Glancer Magazine. V Fusion Studio, 129 W State,
Geneva, www.vfusionstudio.com
JOIN TODAY! www.vfusionstudio.com
Quality of Life
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TRENDY TRAVELER
TrendY
We found the BEST resort for famlies....and PETS, too!
Families are going to love this and for good reason! Instead
of scurrying to find boarding for your beloved pet come
Spring Break or your next family vacation, bring Fido along!
The Surf & Sand Hotel on Florida’s Pensacola Beach wel-
comes pets for all guests. Located on the quiet waters of Lit-
tle Sabine, just across the street from the Pensacola Beach
Pier, the Surf & Sand Hotel is among the first of the hotels
on Pensacola Beach to offer pet-friendly accommodations.
How perfect is that? 
“I think a lot, if not most people consider their pets to be
family. Our goal is to create an unforgettable destination for
your family vacation, and that includes the furry members of
your family. Pets are just more fun, and we are the FUN
hotel,” said general manager Amanda Donaldson.
The Surf & Sand pet policy does not have any size or breed
restrictions, but pets must remain on a leash and in pet des-
ignated areas. The pet-friendly hotel rooms will have an
added pet fee of $40 per night. There is a grassy pet walk-
ing area along the east side of the hotel, and pets are wel-
come to enjoy the hotels private beach at the rear of the
building on Little Sabine bay.
Pet-Friendly
Pensacola
Resort
50 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine
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52 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine
THE HAYES FAMILY of SUGAR GROVE
What happens when you put a financial advisor, music
teacher, teenager and grandma together in quarantine for
five months?
Surprise theme days and dress-up dinners that center
around family favorites including TV & movie characters;
Disney villains; musicians; comic book characters; Disney
characters; 80’s theme characters; cartoon characters; Uni-
versal Studios characters; Stranger Things; and book char-
acters.
When the quarantine hit in March, Eric, a financial advisor
with Morgan Stanley, began working from home while
Emma (16) transitioned to e-learning through Kaneland
High School. During this time, grandma also became a
frequent visitor, so beat the boredom, Jennifer initiated “surprise theme days”
every Thursday where the entire day, such as board games, meals, movies,
crafts, etc. would center around that theme to add a little fun
to the daily doldrum.
Shortly after, Emma, came up with the idea of adding Tues-
day night “dress-up theme dinners” that she shared with the
family through a Power Point presentation, allowing for each
member to create and assemble their costume for the fol-
lowing week as a surprise to be revealed as they walked
into the kitchen each week.
The Hayes family is used to spending quality time together,
even outside the home. They are readily building an air-
plane in a hangar at the Aurora Airport and are active par-
ticipants in the EAA (experimental aircraft association).
They also love to travel as a family and Emma works in the
community at Strides in Motion therapeutic riding facility.
Although the family misses some parts of “normal” life that they look forward
to seeing again, they feel the quarantine has brought them together in ways
that were impossible just six months ago. -Kristen Kucharski
fabulous family
FABULOUS FAMILY
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