Like Alexander, our own Gus Katsafaros seems always on the hunt for new worlds to conquer

By Patrick Butler

Gus Katsafaros looks in on some of his customers at the Marmalade restaurant at 1969 W. Montrose he opened five years ago after earlier careers running a wholesale bakery, mortgage company, working as an electrician, overseeing construction crews and developing real estate. Photo by Patrick Butler Gus Katsafaros looks in on some of his customers at the Marmalade restaurant at 1969 W. Montrose he opened five years ago after earlier careers running a wholesale bakery, mortgage company, working as an electrician, overseeing construction crews andRead more

 

Insurance has been a three-generation family affair at Karl Riehn’s Lincoln Square agency

by Patrick Butler

For four decades, Lincoln Square's Karl Riehn has seen the seemingly-placid insurance world change from the traditional property, health, accident "products" to helping his clients fend off today's terrors like identity theft and hacking. As always, a lot depends on the client taking common-sense initiatives like never giving a Social Security number to just anyone and keeping one's password as complicated as possible. Photo by Patrick Butler For four decades, Lincoln Square's Karl Riehn has seen the seemingly-placid insurance world change from the traditional property, health, accident "products" to helping his clients fend off today's terrors like identity theft and hacking. As always, a lot dependsRead more

 

How local stage, screen performer has turned pizza into yet another art form

Story and Photos by Pat Butler

DSCF0034The best way to describe Nadine Karavadas is as a 21st Century Renaissance Woman.

She’s been a boxer, a Disney dancer who performed at the opening of the Pan American Games, did stunt work for the movies, and wasRead more

 

You can get just about anything you want at Gene’s Sausage Shop – except haggis

Looking for a pear liqueur complete with a pear in the bottle?  Maybe a chimney sweeper that pops a coin out of its butt? A lucky marzipan pig?  Yolanda Luszcz sold more than 3,000 of the porcine pastries this holiday season at Gene’s Sausage ShopRead more

 

Black Bear Academy could be the best early education secret – but maybe not for long!

blackbear3Black Bear Academy at 1801 W. Byron is not named after its owners and executive directors, Maureen and Kevin Black, as you might guess. It's named after the animal, the black bear, who will ferociously protect her cubs against all dangers.

The name was chosenRead more

 

Sometimes the way to be trendy is by being traditional, men’s grooming merchant learns

By Patrick Butler

QBrothersAnthony Qaiyum believes you sometimes have to go back in time to keep current with men’s grooming trends.  Just take a look at his Q Brothers Men’s Shop, next door to the 140-year-old Merz Apothecary at 4716 N. Lincoln Ave. his familyRead more

 

A Space To Call Home at Cole’s

By Lindsay Eanet

coles3 Buying a home can be an exciting and nerve-wracking feat for any new homeowner, and with it comes all the thrill of making a new space your own. For more than 70 years, Cole's Appliance & Furniture on Lincoln has been aRead more

 

Mrs. Murphy and Sons Launch Famous Barbecue Sauce

Due to popular demand, the Northcenter-based Irish restaurant, Mrs. Murphy & Sons, is now selling bottles of its famous barbecue sauce and made it available for the first time ever at Ribfest Chicago this past June.

mruphybbqsauceMrs. Murphy & Sons are proud winners of the ‘Best Ribs -Read more

 

Wintrust Ravenswood Helps Small Businesses with Seminars

Small business owners take on a lot of responsibility in running their business. They will tap on lawyers, accountants and insurance agents for professional services and advice. One other responsibility of a small business owner is to assess the business’ financial strengths and limitations. Ultimately, theRead more

 

Featured Business: Concordia Place

ConcordiaOver 30 years ago, a young pastor named Nicholas J. Zook took a position at a church that only had enough money to call a pastor for just one year. Only days into the job, three single mothers, approached the church looking for after schoolRead more