Business Spotlight  SPG Chicago: Help for Home Sellers and Buyers 

  By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Standard Properties Group [SPG Chicago], 10448 S. Western Ave., was founded by husband–and–wife team Spiro Georgelos and Selena Schrimple–Georgelos.  The full–service real estate brokerage firm specializes in helping sellers navigate home improvements to maximize home value and helping buyers when building new, remodeling or expanding.  When the couple met over 10 years ago, they were both working in the real estate industry, Schrimple-Georgelos as a real estate agent […]

Sports and Ortho” Sophisticated Diagnosis and Treatment 

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Sports and Ortho Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, 10909 S. Western, is a woman-owned private practice opened in 2005 by owner Dahlia Fahmy. There are 7 locations across Chicagoland.  Fahmy is a Fellow of Applied Science, a title only held by three therapists in the world.  She worked with […]

Business Spotlight:  Flippin Flavors: Delicious and Inspired 

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Linda Flippin opened Flippin Flavors, 1848 W. 95th St., in early 2020 with her husband Brian. The shop specializes in creating fresh salads and sandwiches centered around their homemade marinades and rubs.    Linda did not intend for Flippin Flavors to become a restaurant. It started as an idea to bottle her marinade.  She was always the one her friends went to for […]

Best of #1: Best Delivery Entrepreneurs 

By Kristin Boza  Small business owners have been getting really creative lately. A new brand of small business has taken Beverly/Morgan Park by storm: small batch food and cocktail delivery. These home cooks, chefs, and mixologists featured in our first “Best of” series are some of the coolest new delivery entrepreneurs in our community. Be prepared to break all of your New Year’s resolutions […]

Business Spotlight: Veola’s Spa 

By Kristin Boza  With stress levels rising high, finding the time to relax and engage in self-care is absolutely necessary to preserve mental health and give the body a much-needed boost. Veola’s Day Spa and Wellness Center, 2150 W. 95th St., owned by mother-daughter duo Veola James and Jasmine James, has developed its own reopening strategy to ensure the safety of […]

Sprout & Berry 

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Born and raised in Beverly/Morgan Park, Claire Richards has been immersed in the community for her whole life.  She comes from a family of entrepreneurs who own DiCola’s Seafood, Olivia’s Garden and Candace’s Antiques.  After receiving her MBA in marketing and social media in 2013, Richards started her own company, Amplify7.  Since then, […]

Think Before You Click: Ten Years Running  

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Ten years ago, a specialty running store, Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, opened their doors to our community.  Since then, Beverly Lynch has been providing us with a personalized shopping experience and quality products to ensure comfort, fit and support.    But you don’t have to be a runner to shop there.    “Many people are now walking […]

Business Spotlight: A Hopping Place for Families 

By Brittany Wiley  Michelle Bryant-Smith and her husband Maurice Smith opened Little Hoppers Play Café, 2670 W 111th St., in August.  It’s an interactive and creative boutique style play space for kids age seven and under and a café for families.    The idea for the Play Café was birthed out of Bryant-Smith’s frustration as a new mom and the lack of family-focused offerings on the South Side.   Most of […]

MAYTA COLLECTION: Crafting Connections through Fashion 

By Brittany Wiley  BAPA Business Liaison  Maggie O’Reilly, a native southsider, is the creative mind behind Mayta Collection, an ethical fashion brand driven by her personal travels and connection to culture.  Handcrafted in Peru and Morroco, her one–of–a–kind designs include accessories and home goods. O’Reilly plans to expand into men’s accessories such as leather travel bags and duffels in 2020.  The birth of the brand started before the designing, inspired by O’Reilly’s […]

CORE Fitness Redefines Postpartum 

By Kristin Boza  CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy, 2940 W. 95th St., is known for its wide range of offerings in Pilates and physical therapy, all in an effort to help strengthen the core and promote overall health and well-being.  An essential part of CORE’s philosophy is to promote women’s health at all stages of life, particularly addressing the changes […]