Saturday, May 18, 2013
Tri-Cities residents, Patch wants to hear from you on the issues that affect you and your neighbors.
Welcome to Tri-Cities Talk—a regular feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on current issues facing Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked the Tri-Cities community in recent days on local Patch Facebook pages. There's been discussion recently about the quality of food served to our children in school lunches. Some parents say there should be healthier or more affordable options for students; others control what their children eat by packing their lunches at home. That brings us to this week's question: Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section. Manou Chahmirzadi: Since the change of …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Geneva developer and landlord Joe Stanton has terrific insight about property development in downtown Geneva. Here are some of his thoughts on vacant spaces, from Hamilton Street to the East Side.
It's amazing what a 17-minute conversation can mean when the person you're talking to is Joe Stanton. Few people know more about what's happening with downtown Geneva properties. Fewer still—if any—have his credentials as a developer, landlord, businessman and Geneva cheerleader. Five stories came from that 17-minute conversation after the May 6 City Council meeting ended early. This is the fifth of that series—a roundup of some of the topics covered in that quick Q&A. ARE YOU DOING WELL? "All my buildings had to be remortgaged over the years. We carried a lot of tenants who couldn’t pay, but we didn’t want the storefronts empty because that didn’t benefit my other tenants. There were quite a few cases where we had tenants who paid the…
Every week, Patch profiles a luxury home currently for sale in the Tri-Cities.
Cost: $1,595,000 Bedrooms: 6 Baths: 9 Square footage: 6,445 Built: 2001 Details: Seated on a lush acre of land within the Woods of Fox Glen neighborhood, the custom home at 2909 Glenbriar Drive in St. Charles has offers lots of extras and expansive space throughout three finished levels. Upgrades and unique architectural features include cherry floors in the foyer, a gourmet kitchen, a floating curved staircase beside the living and dining rooms, and detailed columns and arches throughout. The master bedroom is on the first floor, while all other bedrooms are located upstairs. Each bedroom comes with a private bath. The finished English basement includes a bar, indoor gym and sports court, and other rooms for exercise, games and theater. …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Keep your eyes peeled for the Grand Opening information, happening in early June.
This just in: Two Bostons pet store in Naperville is going to open in Geneva! They're not saying where, but the when is in June. Patch has an email in to them now, and we'll tell you more as soon as we know more. Two Bostons has two locations in Naperville: 103 W. Jefferson St. and 2523 W. 75th St. The store is "not your average pet supply store," accoring to the Two Bostons website. The owners are Andy and AdreAnne Tesene, and they are about the most enthusiastic and fun pet store owners you can imagine. They sound like a great fit for Geneva. "One of the really cool qualities about the Two Bostons team is that we truly enjoy what we are doing and are extremely customer focused. Saying we provide excellent customer service is both cliché …
You could purchase one of three comparably priced homes for around $175,000 in Batavia, Geneva or St. Charles. Which would you choose?
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Use our weekly guide to find the lowest gasoline prices in the Tri-Cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.
National average gasoline prices rose 4.9 cents per gallon over the past week and are up 6.2 cents per gallon of regular gasoline from a month ago. Meantime, Tri-Cities gas prices continued to outpace the statewide average price of a gallon of regular gasoline, which was $3.976 late Wednesday, compared to $3.977 a week ago. Paid-membership gas stations Costco in St. Charles and Sam’s Club in Batavia had the No. 1 and No. 2 lowest prices per gallon of regular gasoline in the Tri-Cities on Wednesday, according to Illinois Gas Prices. AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report showed that nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline late Wednesday was $3.588 a gallon, up slightly from $3.582 a day earlier and up from $3.539 a week ago. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. Additional…
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Monday, May 13, 2013
Take a look at the public and private sector job openings we found in the Tri-Cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.
Welcome back to Job Center, Patch's listing of local job advertisements in the Tri-Cities area. Most listings were found via the direct websites of the local agencies, but we found more on Indeed.com, an aggregator of job postings from all over the nation. Still searching? Still searching? Still searching?
Sunday, May 12, 2013
"Sometimes the right decision is to put the bodies into Geneva, not a business, and I think that building is a perfect example," Stanton says.
The former U.S. Bank building at the corner of North Third Street and Hamilton Street ought to be marketed as office space, downtown Geneva developer and landlord Joe Stanton says. "The bank building on the corner of Hamilton and Third, I know there’s been a lot of interest. I’ve been in there quite a few times," he said. "But it’s going to take something very creative. It’s going to be a tough time to get (a tenant)—because of the shape of that building. "The building needs to be subdivided. You might get away with a couple commercial entities facing Third Street, but the truth of the matter is we need for that to be an office building again." A big part of the longrange downtown plan is to encourage more residential development so that…