95th Street Farmers Market Opens for the Season

By Kristin Boza

Grab your reusable shopping bags and your appetite, then head to the 95th Street Farmers Market on opening day, Sun., May 6 in the commuter parking lot at 95th and Longwood Dr. The market is open every Sunday through Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

This year’s market will host many favorite vendors from years past, as well as some new ones, selling items that range from bedding plants for your garden, fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, homemade jams and sauces, hormone-free meat, fresh eggs,  prepared foods, astisan-made merchandise and products, and more.  Also expect to enjoy activities for the kids, live music, representatives from area organizations in the community tent, tasty treats, and more. Sponsors include Beverly Bank & Trust, Southtown Health Foods, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, State Sen. Bill Cunningham, State Rep. Fran Hurley, the 95th Street Business Association, Pacor Mortgage Corporation, BAPA and Ald. Matt O’Shea.

Erin Ross, director of the 95th Street Business Association, leads the coordination of the market. “Our goal is to create a destination that our residents don’t want to miss on Sundays,” she said. “They can gather with friends, have a bite to eat, shop for healthy items, and enjoy good music and camaraderie without traveling very far from home.”

Ross is excited to welcome back many vendors, while also welcoming some new ones. “Many of our vendors tell me that our market is their favorite in all of the Chicagoland markets they participate in. We take great pride in this because we have worked very hard to grow the market since taking it over from the City of Chicago.”

New vendors this year include Sitka Salmon Shares, Homebody Basics, John Bailey Honey, and B-Sides Coffee + Tea. Sitka Salmon is a fishermen-owned cooperative from Sitka, Alaska that will sell fish that is wild-caught and sustainably fished.

B-Sides Coffee + Tea will sell hot and iced coffee by the cup, as well as 12 ounce bags of coffee and 15 packs of Rishi Tea. “As customers and a family, we’ve always looked forward to going to the farmer’s market, and now we look forward to being a vendor representing our local business just four blocks away,” said Karen O’Malley who owns B-Sides Coffee with her husband, Kevin.

Returning vendors are looking forward to welcoming new and longtime customers for the new growing season.

Crystal Nells of C&D Farms sells meat and eggs free from antibiotics, steroids and hormones. She is happy to return to the market for her 11th year. “Beverly is my favorite farmers market,” she said. “I do markets all over Chicago and the people of Beverly are the most genuine. I don’t feel that any of them look down at farmers; I feel appreciated for what I do and what I provide.”

Frank Damiano of Breadman is another long-time vendor, selling breads and sweets made without artificial preservatives, colors or flavorings, and utilizing ingredients sold by other vendors at the market whenever possible. “The musical entertainment is one reason why I love the market. Each week is something different and occasionally I’ll sit in with my guitar for a few songs. Being a baker and a musician, it’s great when I can combine the two,” he said. “What I’m looking forward to most this year is to see how big the little kids got over the winter. I’ve been there so long I’ve seen families of three become a family of five. I get to see the kids going from the stroller one season to walking around the next.” Breadman offers whole grain breads, tomato basil bread, foccacia bread, and his two most popular: cinnamon raisin swirl and his famous zucchini bread.

Other vendors you’ll find at the 95th Street Farmers Market this year are: Blankenship Farm, Coco’s Tamales, Down to Earth Beverly, The Eating Well, Fountain BBQ, Gotta B Crepes, Madsen Farms, Noffke Family Farms, Not Just Cookies, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pollo Locuas, Southtown Health Foods, Stamper Cheese, Sweet Freaks, Twin Gardens Inc., Urban Canopy, Homebody Basics, John Bailey Honey and Long Table Pancakes.

Stay up to date on the latest happenings by following the 95th Street Farmers Market on Facebook. Find out which bands will play and which local organizations will be hosting the Community Tent each week.

Home Cooking: Mead with a Meal

By Kristin Boza

Home Tour attendees are in for a literal treat with the pairing of Ellie’s Cafe and Wild Blossom Meadery. This partnership provides a delicious dish prepared by Ellie’s chef and owner Cathy Stacey with a mead pairing provided by Greg Fisher, owner of Wild Blossom Meadery.

“When I was told I would be paired with Wild Blossom for the Home Tour experience, all I could think of was Vikings because they drank copious amounts of mead,” Stacey said. “It got me thinking about what they put into their stomachs besides mead. Apparently, Vikings had a simple diet, with the wealthier being able to afford a little exotic spice through trade. Honey was the only sweetener they knew. When Greg told me he has a spicy mead, I knew it was a no brainer.”

Stacey plans on marinating a pork tenderloin in a spicy mead with honey and served on grilled flat bread. The meal is paired with Pirates Blood, a hot chili pepper mead made right at Wild Blossom. Stacey’s research found that Vikings also liked to garden, so she’s pairing the dish with a garden slaw with horseradish dressing sweetened with honey. To round out the Viking experience, Stacey will not provide silverware so attendees can feel like true Vikings.

Spring is finally here and this is the perfect way to celebrate it. As radish and pea season approach, this dish will be at its best in springtime and can be made a day ahead of when it’s served.

Radish and Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Ingredients

1.5 lbs sugar snap peas, trimmed, stringed, cut in half on diagonal

Kosher salt

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. (or more) fresh lemon juice

1 Tsp. white wine vinegar

1/2 Tsp. sumac, plus more for garnish (lemon zest or Zataar are good subsitutes)

1 bunch of radishes (about 6 oz), trimmed, thinly sliced

4 oz ricotta salata or feta, crumbled

Freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh mint

Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside.

Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool.

Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.

Whisk oil, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, vinegar, and 1/2 tsp. sumac in a small bowl.

Toss peas, radishes, and cheese in a large bowl.

Cover dressing and salad separately and chill. When ready to serve, add dressing to salad and toss to coat.

Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired.

Garnish with mint and sprinkle with sumac.

Pair with Pirates Blood mead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know Your Neighbors: Kevin & Karen O’Malley

By Kristin Boza

Community Involvement with a Splash of Coffee

Kevin and Karen O’Malley made a huge splash on the neighborhood small business scene when they opened B-Sides Coffee + Tea, 9907 S. Walden Pkwy., last summer. The family moved to Beverly/Morgan Park three years ago and are raising their children, Cassidy, 2 and Aiden, 6 weeks, in a neighborhood that they’re committed to contributing to.

“We chose to move to Beverly because it’s close to downtown, it’s a supportive community, and there are many beautiful homes and young families like ours,” Karen said. “The thing we like best about living here is definitely the people. Everyone is so friendly and it is a true sense of community.”

Eager to get out and walk with their stroller, the O’Malleys realized how important amenities are to a neighborhood.

“We want Beverly to be the best neighborhood possible; we thought the shops at 99th and Walden provided the perfect location for a coffee shop. It is convenient for commuters, parents dropping their kids off at school, salon customers, and those wanting to work away from the office,” Karen said.

For the O’Malleys, the location also had some special perks.

“The advantage to working so close to home is being close to the kids, as well as shorter days since there is no commute,” Karen said. “With our daughter at All Day Montessori, across the street from our shop, it is very convenient to drop her off and pick her up before and after work.”

The O’Malleys take pride in showcasing their inviting atmosphere, friendly staff, and quality food and drinks at B-Sides. The shop also offers an extensive collection of vinyl records, so customers can enjoy great music while caffeinating. Karen says their customers are eager to enjoy their Instant Karma latte (made of dark chocolate and caramel), pistachio muffins from Iversen’s Bakery in Blue Island and Turmeric Ginger herbal tea. B-Sides Coffee + Tea is a BAPA Business Member.

In addition to contributing to the build-up and buzz around 99th and Walden, B-Sides will be making appearances at the 95th Street Farmers Market this summer, selling coffee and 12 ounce bags of Metropolis beans to brew at home. For and hours, call 773-629-6001.

RMH Design Puts a Modern Touch on Vintage Appeal

By Grace Kuikman

It’s likely that you’ve seen designs by Robin Harmon, owner of RMH Design. In recent years, six of the outstanding residences featured on BAPA’s Home Tour have undergone beautiful transformations designed by Harmon, and certainly you’ve spotted someone wearing am item of clothing from her boutique and thought, “I wonder where she got that…”

Why did Harmon decide to couple home décor with clothing in her “eccentric lifestyle brand” business model? “There’s a strong connection between home and clothing,” she explained. “People tend to dress like they decorate their home – modern, casual. The patterns they love on their bodies they love in their homes.”

The shop’s clothing line has evolved into the RMH Boutique, which offers true vintage clothes (nothing is newer that 1970s) as well as unique pieces created through the collaborative efforts of Robin and two designers.

In late February, Harmon celebrated the most recent reimagination of her showroom. It is well worth a visit, even if you think you’re not in the market for an update in home décor or personal style.

For Your Home

In the five years since Robin founded RMH Interiors + Design at the corner of 103rd and Wood Street, she has expanded three times. Because of her creative approach to design and merchandise, every visit to RMH is filled with new surprises and ideas. Today, she has clients all over the city.

Harmon’s home designs offer classic style and quality, personalized for each customer. The showroom is a visual delight of merchandise and samples available at this one-stop shop for any size job, from design and paint selection for small projects through total remodeling jobs.

RMH carries quality lines of fabrics for window treatments and upholstery, paint, tile, flooring, counters, wallpaper, rugs, cabinets and more. RMH carries lighting from 25+ vendors, and furniture from almost as many. “I carry merchandise from the same manufacturers you see at Restoration Hardware and Walter E. Smithe,” Harmon said.

RMH also offers vintage furniture that is restored and/or repurposed, blending in modern updates for a unique contemporary look and function. Services include reupholstering, repair, reproduction of decorative elements, refinishing and painting. ) and new,

“Every one of my projects is different,” she said. “That’s because the design is not about me, it’s about my customer.” She also believes in passing her savings on to customers.

“People are so intimidated by the word ‘designer,’” she said. “They shouldn’t be! Design services do not have to be expensive. I work within a customer’s budget.”

“I never imagined that I would be someone who would hire an interior designer,” said Jared Boyer, whose 1920s revivalist house was on BAPA’s Home Tour last year after Harmon helped with the selection of paint, window treatments, hardware and other details. “It seemed like a luxury that was far outside of my price range. But my wife and I had been thinking about paint colors for several weeks and we were not making any progress. Robin’s price was less than the cost of two gallons of paint. Since hiring Robin, we’ve never had to repaint.”

For Your Wardrobe

The RMH Boutique spring collection is in and offers classic clothing for the modern woman as well as Vintage Row, the expanded vintage clothing/accessories section. Harmon’s RMH Boutique is based on the quality and style of vintage. New clothing comes in sizes 3 to 32. Customers select the pieces they like; some garments are in stock, and some are ordered in the size and color a customer wants.

The boutique also offers new and vintage purses, scarves, hats, and gloves as well as jewelry by from various designers, including local designer Susan Larsen.

RMH Design showroom, 1802-1806 W. 103rd St. Hours: Mon. and Tues., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wed. through Fri., 12 to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun., 12 to 5 p.m. Info: www.rmhinteriors.com. Design appointments, 773-865-6173.

 

Fitness 2018: Body, Mind and Spirit

By Kristin Boza

The start of a new year is a new chance to get or stay healthy, but we’re often doomed by the cold, gloomy weather that encourages hibernation. Luckily, BAPA business members offer numerous opportunities to keep you motivated to follow through on your New Year’s resolutions all year long.

Body

Tai Chi, Kung Fu and self-defense classes are available at the Academy of Chinese Martial Arts, 9109 S. Western. Engage in Chinese martial arts to improve your health, fitness and wellness all in one place. Academy of Chinese Martial Arts is the only academy in the U.S. authorized to teach the rare liu-he-ba-fa internal style. 773-723-2795.

Do you hate group classes? Try small group or one-on-one personal training with Marianne Zarzecki at Beverly Fitness. Training focuses on total wellbeing of the body and mind. Zarzecki is certified in personal training, yoga and counseling. 773-573-2619.

Are you an adult who wants to learn the art of dance? Check out the adult ballroom dance class at Dance Gallery, 10628 S. Western. Group and private lessons available in rumba, jitterbug, swing, mambo, waltz, and many more. Dance Gallery also offers dance for children as young as two. 773-445-8910.

Changing your eating habits is tough, and Registered and Licensed Dietician Kelly Devine Rickert at Devine Nutrition can help. From one-on-one nutrition to group nutrition classes to meal planning to sports nutrition, they have you covered. DevineNutrition.com.

Sculpt and Shred Fitness, 1791 W. 95th St. helps patrons rebuild, restore, and revitalize their mind, body and spirit through proper nutrition and exercise. Workouts are custom-designed to shred calories and sculpt your body in accordance with your fitness goals. 773-629-6152. Use your BAPA Card for a discount.

This is the reason to pray for snow: See and Ski Beverly in the Dan Ryan Woods, sponsored by Beverly Improvement Association every Sun. at 1 p.m. when there’s enough snow to cross-country ski. Meet at Beverly Bike and Ski, 9121 S. Western to rent skis, boots, poles or snowshoes ($15/day or $25/weekend) and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

Looking for organic food or fresh juice? Check out the selection of all types of healthy food options at Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St. Use your BAPA Card for even more savings on vegan, vegetarian, and Paleo food options. 773-233-1856.

Some runners cool down with a cold beer. If that sounds appealing, check in to the Thirsty Thursday Running Club with Running Excels, 10328 S. Western and Open Outcry Brewing Company, 10924 S. Western. If you’re looking to upgrade your gear in 2018, head to Running Excels and use your BAPA Card for discounts. 773-629-8587.

Treadfit, 10458 S. Western, is an intense, innovative fitness program with customized workouts from certified trainers. Each class aims to improve your overall fitness level using interval training on the treadmill and full-body strength training. 773-584-8435. Use your BAPA Card.

Mind

Attachment-focused therapy is offered at Begin Within Therapy, 3301 W. 111th St. Therapists approach counseling with the knowledge that within every person lies a story. Through a safe, comfortable space, they also offer trauma treatment. 773-796-3712.

Experience “heart-centered” therapy at Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 2nd Floor. Therapists create a comforting, warm space offering a mind-body-emotional-spiritual holistic approach to counseling, including monthly wellness events. Beverly Therapists is supportive of the LGBTQ community, and offers a monthly LGBTQ group for teens. 773-719-1751.

Little Company of Mary Health Education Center, 2800 W. 95th St., offers health screenings for coronary risk, asthma, and more, as well as women’s wellness screenings for hypnosis, nutritional counseling, and other risk assessments. Additionally, a variety of wellness education programs and special events are available. 708-423-5774.

MetroSouth Medical Center, 12935 S. Gregory St., Blue Island, offers numerous classes on diabetes education, breastfeeding, childbirth, and more. 708-824-4462.

Are you over 55 years old and looking to learn something new? Check out the Renaissance Academy at Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. The Academy fosters intellectual growth by offering courses in literature, history, genealogy, philosophy, and other fields of interest. Members can facilitate courses. 773-298-3149.

Spirit

Meditation is one essential part of overall wellbeing. Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St., 2nd floor, offers tailored classes to help educate, support, and relieve many symptoms associated with their clients’ issues. Classes address anxiety, stress, insomnia, menopause, lower back issues, healthy aging, hormonal balance, and more for those looking for ways to complement Western medicine. BeverlyYogaCenter.com. Use your BAPA Card.

Get on the track to better wellness this year at Light House Beverly, 11240 S. Western. This yoga, therapeutic massage and wellness center offers hatha, restorative, yin and therapeutic yoga as well as myofascial release, self-care and Goddess Yoga. Release your stress and recharge. LightHouseBeverly.com.

Find a one-stop shop for beauty needs head at Relaxation Station Salon and Spa, 10655 S. Hale Ave. They offer pedicures/manicures, massage, facials, hair styling and hair coloring. The new salon recently added even more opportunities to recharge and restyle. RelaxationStationBeverly.com. Use your BAPA Card.

We’re BAPA Members. Are You?

Joan Each Rowan

Everything’s Relative, 10548 S. Western

“I support BAPA because BAPA and the neighborhood support me. BAPA keeps the community informed and encourages the residents and businesses to come together at all levels. BAPA provides owners with resources and information and spotlights businesses to help them thrive. I have been a business owner for 24 years, and I know that the people of Beverly/Morgan Park are very loyal to good businesses.  BAPA helps us be good businesses. Why am I a BAPA business member? I can’t imagine why a business wouldn’t support BAPA!”

Bonita and Robbie Jefferson

Bevelry Hills MarketPlace, 1809 W. 95th St.

“We wholeheartedly embrace BAPA’s mission to support the commercial community,” Bonita said. “We believe BAPA is the pulse of the neighborhood. For new businesses, it serves as a hub of information, a connect-the-dots vehicle for what’s happening and how to get involved.”

The sisters rely heavily on The Villager to stay in the loop of neighborhood activities. “The Villager has been our go-to guide for Neighborhood Notes, Arts & Entertainment and a link to valuable business workshops,” Bonita said. “We became actively involved with the 22nd District CAPS Business Partners for Safer Neighborhoods as a result of information in The Villager. We see our shop as a Safe Haven to assist children, seniors and other members of the community who feel threatened by a person or situation.”

Bonita believes supporting BAPA is essential to keep the community vibrant and safe. “BAPA continues to demonstrate the power of ‘We’ through follow-up action — with results. They are not only encouraging shopping local 365 days of the year with your BAPA Card, they are fostering a climate of ‘neighborship’: homeowners and business owners getting to know each other,” she said.

 

Kathy Ruopp

Soon after moving to Beverly/Morgan Park from the North Side in the late 1970s, I found myself involved with the Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA), the civic association for my area of the neighborhood, and through VIA, with BAPA, the group linking all of the 13 civic associations. It was a time of change in the neighborhood, and both VIA and BAPA focused on the importance of knowing our neighbors, which promoted a sense of community and belonging. Over the years, BAPA has been a resource for VIA for resolving housing issues, monitoring problem houses, connecting residents to available resources and supporting neighborhood projects. BAPA acts to ensure that residents are aware of safety issues and what can be done to improve security for individuals and homes. BAPA’s support of our schools has been very important to the neighborhood.  BAPA’s Villager, in print and online, has been an effective means of communication and BAPA has supported printing VIA’s local newsletters. VIA and BAPA have been essential in creating the reality of belonging to a community that is interested in and committed to the well-being of each resident.

 

 

Support BAPA Business Members this Holiday Season

By Kristin Boza

There’s no shortage of shops, restaurants, and service businesses in Beverly/Morgan Park. Here’s the ultimate BAPA business member gift guide for your holiday shopping. During the holidays and all year, support the businesses that support our community.

Organize the Perfect Holiday Party

Call 4 Star Windy City DJs at 708-254-0608 for info on bringing holiday music to your party.

Calabria Imports, 1905 W. 103rd St., has all the pasta you need – and lots more — to feed a large, hungry crowd. They also offer sandwiches, sides, desserts, bread and salads. www.Calabria-Imports.com.

Before the party, spruce up your home with a wide selection of quality paint and beautiful wallpapers from Calumet Paint & Wallpaper, 12120 S. Western. Knowledgeable and helpful staff can direct you to the best options.

County Fair Foods, 10800 S. Western is the destination for every ingredient you’ll need if you’re cooking this holiday season. Fresh produce, on-site butcher, and an extensive deli with hot takeaway items will ensure every dish is delectable.

DiCola’s Seafood, 10754 S. Western Ave.:  If you’re hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes this Christmas Eve, check out the selection of fresh seafood at DiCola’s. Salmon, scallops, catfish and trout are just a few of the many selections available. DiCola’s also offers side dishes and salads to accompany the meal.

Ellie’s Cafe, 10701 S. Hale Ave., offers a catering menu that rivals any home-cooked meal: Turkey, ham, duck and goose as well as numerous potato and vegetable dish options. They even offer brunch catering, perfect for mid-day parties. www.ElliesCafe.com.

Fox’s Beverly Pub, 9956 S. Western, is perfect for catering a more casual get-together. From pizza to burgers to pasta, there’s a hot meal ready to please everyone at your party. www.FoxsRestaurant.com.

Milano’s Pizza, 10945 S. Western, delivers Chicago-style crispy thin crust pizza that’s perfect for the kids, and deep dish for hungry adults.

Before the big party, give a call to Peace of Mind Professional Organizing to help you declutter your space — for good. Forget shoving your stuff in a closet before guests arrive; get organized the right way! 708-790-1940.

Design the perfect holiday invitation or card with the help from the designers and printers at Solution 3 Graphics, 10547 S. Western. The business offers numerous printed products and services for personal use and businesses. www.Solution3Graphics.com.

Deck the halls — and your table — with beautiful fresh flowers and centerpieces, including poinsettias, from Steuber Florist and Greenhouse, 2654 W. 111th St. www.SteuberFlorist.com.

Get there early to avoid the lines the famous cheese ball at Swanson’s Deli, 2414 W. 103rd St. While you’re there, stock up on soup, sandwiches and salads for nights when you just don’t feel like cooking. www.SwansonsBeverlyDeli.com.

The Geranium Guild creates unique, customized floral arrangements for weddings, parties and any other special occasion. From centerpieces to bouquets, the possibilities are endless. www.TheBlossomBoys.com.

Whether you’re looking for a slice to keep the kids happy while you clean the house before the party, or an entire pie (or more) to feed a hungry group at your event, Waldo Cooney’s, 2410 W. 111th St.:  can accommodate. Order online at www.WaldoCooneysPizza.com.

Wondering what wine to pair with your meal? Check out Silvia Franco’s What Vino? Beginner Wine Blog for advice on pairings, or even to get more information on the perfect hostess gift. www.WhatVino.com.

Date Night Dinner and Drinks

Gather at Barney Callaghan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western, for a pint of Guinness or a Bloody Mary. Enjoy live music and various sporting events – both college and pro. Party rooms available. www.BarneyCallaghans.com.

For over 20 years, Cork and Kerry Tavern, 10614 S. Western, has been a favorite Irish pub. They boast over 20 beers on tap and 40 different bottled or canned beers. Party rooms available. www.CorkAndKerry.com.

Franconello’s, 10222 S. Western, serves authentic Italian food in a cozy atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner or a family gathering. Private party accommodations. www.FranconelloChicago.com.

Open Outcry Brewing Company, 10934 S. Western, the newest neighborhood brewery, serves delectable brews and other beverages and Chef Cesar’s signature wood-fired pizza along with new menu items. www.OpenOutcryBrewing.com.

Daytime Outings with Friends and Family

Bridgeport Coffee, 9135 S. Western, imports its beans direct from their sources around the world, then roasts them on a fluid bed, ensuring not a single bean is burned. Stop in for coffee and treats!

A tried and true favorite, Dunkin’ Donuts, 10401 S. Western, serves hot coffee, warm donuts and breakfast sandwiches. Great place to bring the kids while the adults ingest some caffeine.

For the best pancakes on the South Side, take a trip to the Original Pancake House, 10437 S. Western. It’s a staple for Sunday mornings!

For over 75 years, Top Notch Beef Burgers, 2116 W. 95th St., has been family favorite! The burger is consistently ranked among the top in Chicago. Don’t skip the fries and shakes.

Shops Catering to Everyone on Your List

Beverly Hills MarketPlace, 1809 W. 95th St., offers new and antique home furnishings, and many items crafted by local artisans. Visit to find for unique gifts.

Vinyl has made a comeback! Rebuild your album collection at Beverly Records, 11612 S. Western. www.BeverlyRecords.com.

Check out the new, large space including a vast collection of new and used books at Bookie’s, 10324 S. Western. Can’t find an item? Bookie’s can order it for you with fast delivery. Drop off your gently used books for a discount on your next purchase. www.BookiesChicago.com.

Open for 17 years, family-owned Island Furs, 1827 W. 103rd St., sells fur, leather and shearling coats, and provides cleaning, repair and storage. www.IslandFurs.com.

Since 1910, Klees Golf Shop, 10436 S. Western, has been a family-owned business serving the needs of all golfers. Stop in to see what’s new or visit www.KleesGolf.com.

For the most unique home furnishings and help with interior design, visit RMH Interiors, 1802 W. 103rd St. Get the home you dream of! www.RMHInteriors.com.

Perfect for the walker or runner in your life, stop into Running Excels, 10328 S. Western Ave., for shoes, clothing, and gear. www.RunningExcels.com.

Sheffner’s Jewelers, 2408 W. 111th St, is the place to find the perfect piece of jewelry. They also offer custom-designed pieces, including engagement rings, and are committed to ethical practices. www.Sheffners.com.

The Quilter’s Trunk, 10352. S. Western Ave.: For the quilter or sewing enthusiast, The Quilter’s Trunk offers yards of unique fabric and everything you need to put it all together. Check out TheQuiltersTrunk.com for more information.

Unique Gifts

Gifts of experience are taking center stage this holiday season. Consider signing up your little dancer for ballet, jazz, tap, and many other classes at Dance Gallery, 10628 S. Western. Classes for adults also available. www.DanceGalleryChicago.com.

Relax and be well at Erin Kelly Massage Therapy & Yoga. Kelly is a licensed massage therapist and heart-centered yoga practitioner. 773-569-1015.

A full-service Aveda salon, Everything’s Relative, 10548 S. Western, is a great place to get your loved one a gift card for a day of beauty www.EverythingsRelativeSalon.

Nails, facials, massage, hair styling and coloring can be found all under one roof at Relaxation Station Salon and Spa, 10655 S. Hale. 773-233-3441.

Get healthy in the new year with the selection of supplements, food, and other organic products at Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St. www.SouthtownHealthFoods.com.

Thanks to the many other BAPA Business Members who offer professional services, auto care, medical and dental services, and so much more. When shopping, please choose the businesses who so generously support BAPA and our community. Find a directory of BAPA businesses at www.bapa.org.

We’re BAPA Members. Are You?

Bookie’s

Bookie’s has brought together the community for 28 years; the last three under the helm of owner Keith Lewis and now at a new location on Western Avenue. “BAPA ties things together in our community,” Lewis said. “BAPA makes it seem like there’s always something happening in the community. From the Cookie Crawl to the Cycling Classic, the community is more vibrant for the activities BAPA puts on.” Lewis believes supporting BAPA as  a business member is essential to continuing to grow the sense of community. “BAPA helps get the names of the businesses out there. They make sure people are thinking about the area,” he said.

Sharon & Gary Jenkins

“We are very proud to be members of the Beverly Area Planning Association. We support this community organization, and feel supported by them. They are in partnership with stores that we patronize. We love the discounts we receive as BAPA members through the use of our BAPA Card. We are also members of the Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA), which BAPA supports by copying the flyers and newsletters that are distributed to VIA members. When we attend the monthly CAPS meetings, a member of BAPA is usually in attendance. They realize the importance of knowing what’s going on in the community and the concerns they may be able to help address. BAPA is about partnership and caring for all the residents of Beverly/Morgan Park We will always be members of such a supportive organization. Will you?”

 

Jeff and Michele Pettiford

“Jeff and I are ‘transplants’ to the community. I really love BAPA’s tag line, “come for a visit stay for a lifetime” because that is our family. Jeff and I used to come this way from downtown to visit his grandma. We would drive down Longwood Drive, looking at all of the beautiful houses and Jeff would say, “Pick one.  Any one you want!”  I would laugh – I wanted to pick ALL of them!  My personal favorite BAPA event is Home Tour. I love how people open up their homes to welcome others from all over, share a piece of them, their house history, and why we love to live here. BAPA brings the community together in a modern and family orientated way. That is a community. That is Beverly/Morgan Park.

 

Frank J. Williams

“I moved to Beverly/Morgan Park in 1974. I’ve seen a lot of things in our neighborhood, and, years ago, a lot of it was not so good. But I have also seen a steady improvement in our community’s ability to deal with our diversity on all levels — political, ethnic, economic and educational. This is a community that needs a strong organization like the Beverly Area Planning Association, and needs neighbors who make their diverse opinions known to their association. The beauty of BAPA today is that the folks heading it have the sensitivity to deal with all aspects of our community.”

Marilyn Stone and Linda Lamberty

“Our family has roots on the Ridge that go way back, and we know it has always been a very special place.  The ethnic make-up here has evolved considerably over that time, but what has remained the same is that everyone continues to care so deeply.  They love the place; they support their neighbors; they give of themselves to the community. Even after moving away, this is still HOME and it turns out that you CAN go home again, because while faces may change, the neighborliness here remains the same. BAPA has been a constant here for many years.  It has supported us and helped us navigate the tricky waters of racial change, and it keeps us on our toes as times change in other ways. You see BAPA’s hand everywhere, and in the smiling faces of people who are always working to help us preserve this wonderful place to live. Oh, and we love The Villager!”

Aaron and Leslie Chenoweth

“BAPA creates a true sense of community for the neighborhood. It acts as a convener whether that be its big events like the Ridge Run, its information forums like High School 101 or simply opening up its community room to other local organizations. BAPA is a partner with local businesses, arts organizations and schools.  BAPA makes Beverly/Morgan Park feel like home.  It embodies the motto ‘Love Where You Live.’ We strongly believe in being active members of our community.  For many, this involvement starts with supporting their church or kid’s school.  BAPA should be at the top of that list as well.  Making our community a great place to work, live and play is in all of our best interest.  BAPA’s work takes financial support and volunteer support. It truly takes a village.”

Barney Callaghan’s Pub

Bernard and Mary Callaghan have owned the spot now known as Barney Callaghan’s Pub for over 30 years. Avid supporters of BAPA, the Callaghans appreciate BAPA’s efforts to bring a greater awareness of local businesses to the community. “I love all the new and exciting things BAPA is doing, like the Sip & Shop,” Mary said. “It’s great that they’re trying to creatively drum up business for local businesses.” Mary is looking forward to being a part of this year’s Cookie Crawl. “From the Cycling Classic to the Ridge Run, BAPA does so many great things. Every one of these events bring business our way and new life into the community,” she said.

 

Baird and Sal Campbell

“We feel lucky to live in a beautiful, unique, diverse, thriving neighborhood. If you love where you live, you should support BAPA — it is a simply a smart way to invest in the continued success of our community! BAPA is our community’s biggest cheerleader, celebrating the unique character of our neighborhood and the wonderful people who live here. They help local businesses thrive and connect with the community, which helps both the character and economy of our neighborhood. As a founder of the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, a local non-profit organization, I am extremely grateful for the assistance we’ve received from BAPA over the last four years. They have been there for us many times – often at a moment’s notice. It’s these little things BAPA does every day that have the biggest impact on our community.”

Matt and Ellen King

“My husband Matt and I have lived in the Beverly/Morgan Park area on and off for over 40 years with the exception of a few years on the north side.  We feel strongly about preservation of our neighborhood and keeping an eye on the future Beverly/Morgan Park that we are passing on to our kids. With its forward-thinking leadership and willingness to create events and programs that meet the needs of the people living here, BAPA is an organization that is perfectly aligned with this desire. Becoming a part of BAPA has really opened our eyes to the positive impact that a dynamic neighborhood organization can have throughout the community. For us, supporting BAPA is crucial to feeling like we’re part of the bigger picture. Being BAPA members strengthens our pride in where we live. We’re very grateful that BAPA exists!”

 

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Village Viewpoint by Margot Holland, BAPA Executive Director

October 2017

Dear Neighbors,

Our community never disappoints when it comes to supporting one another. That was evident at our first Sip n’ Shop girls night out event highlighting women owned businesses along the 99th and 103rd street business corridors. Over 200 women came out to support our small business community! It was a magical night because the business owners rolled out the red carpet for the community. Thank you to those who came out to participate and to the businesses that stayed open late and provided a unique experience in their shop.

When owners invest in their small business we all win because local economic development is trademark to a healthy community. Shopping local is something our community does because we know how important these retail and service related businesses are to the vitality of Beverly/Morgan Park.  If you missed the Sip n’ Shop, don’t worry! Local business owners are already preparing for their next big event, the Beverly Art Walk on Sat., Oct. 7, coordinated by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance. Artists and performers will be featured in local businesses and many other venues.  A new dimension his year is the unveiling of the City of Chicago’s public art project for the 19th Ward. BAPA was a part of the committee to choose the public art piece. We love to see all this investment in our neighborhood!

BAPA has been busy working with civic associations preparing for the 30+ trees we will along residential parkways plant in November and advocating for the rehabilitation of the Ridge Park Fieldhouse.  BAPA has been very supportive of the newly formed Ridge Park Advisory Council in reaching out to the Chicago Park District and attending their budget hearing to help shine a light on the disrepair of the Ridge Park Fieldhouse.

For 70 years the Beverly Area Planning Association has been bringing the community together to help spur economic development, increase City services and, more than anything, build a strong sense of community. That is made possible thanks to our members.  We are so lucky to have over 1400 members currently supporting BAPA. We have worked hard to define membership beyond community events and have rolled out the BAPA card and opened the business center and community room, and continue to offer trade referrals and other services.  We hope you will join your neighbors in supporting BAPA through membership. Look for the membership envelope inside this issue of The Villager and please join the BAPA family today!

All the best, Margot

 

 

 

Nurturing Your Body and Spirit

Good health requires a combination of preventative and restorative care. Located at 11240 S. Western, ExcellCare Physical Therapy and Erin Kelly Massage Therapy work in tandem to offer holistic approaches to reducing pain and restoring physical health.

ExcellCare Physical Therapy was established in 1999 with a mission change the way physical therapy is provided in the USA. The facility uses a hands-on approach that focuses pain reduction. “[It is] an absolutely necessary first step in creating a positive patient response,” explained Sanjoy Roy, Director of Physical Therapy. Treatment focuses on a series of purposeful techniques using manual therapy, decompression of the spine, and other forms of holistic ways to treat and cure patients. ExcellCare also integrates acupuncture and next-generation laser therapy to treat pain.

“At ExcellCare, we strongly value the patient experience and believe that the plan of care begins from the moment a patient walks through our doors,” Roy said. Driven by the mission to provide a simple and individualized system of physical therapy care that produces positive results, the staff treats many conditions, including back pain, neck pain, stenosis, arthritis, hip pain and knee pain.

In May, Erin Kelly moved her practice to ExcellCare’s facility. “Erin Kelly’s Massage Therapy practice has been a refreshing addition to the ExcellCare Physical Therapy family.” Roy said. “Our patients have been referred to Erin often for her massage therapy expertise in addition to the physical therapy treatment ExcellCare provides. ExcellCare believes in a strong and meaningful relationship with Erin Kelly to provide optimum patient care.”

Now in her tenth year of practice, Kelly trained at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, and is a certified and licensed massage therapist specializing in myofascial trigger point therapy to effectively reduce and relieve pain. Caused by injury, repetitive motion and other common factors, myofascial pain is chronic muscle pain that can present along with fatigue, stress, weakness, loss of motion and depression. “It’s not just a sore muscle,” Kelly said.

Kelly combines her education and experience with her natural and intuitive presence and ability to ‘listen’ through therapeutic touch to provide natural healing, helping her clients feel their best. Each patient undergoes a thorough evaluation used to create a personalized treatment plan. Patients are also provided with suggestions for self-care, resources and tips to prevent pain and injury.

Exemplifying her belief and health and spirit are connected, Kelly’s light open space is conducive to healing, and the high grade therapeutic essential oils she uses boost the efficacy of treatment and enhance relaxation. Kelly appreciates working collaboratively with physical therapists to provide an extra layer of pain relief and health benefits to clients.

Kelly, a Beverly/Morgan Park resident, has built her practice here. “I’m grateful to be in a community that’s so supportive,” she said.

ExcellCare Physical Therapy accepts most insurances, and can be reached at 773-779-1111 for appointments. Learn more about the scope of their services at www. ExcellCare.net. Kelly does not do medical billing but accepts referrals. Find more information or make appointments at 773-569-1015 or www.erinkellylmt.com.