Friday, January 15, 2016

Wal-Mart to close hundreds of stores.Perhaps they should look at their procedures and stop blaming the internet

WAL-MART is the retailer many love to hate. From reports of disgruntled employees over wages and treatment to customers abandoning them no matter how low their prices are,Wal-Mart has stated they will be closing hundreds of stores and looking at reviewing their competition.

According to a story in DNAInfo today,"The closures will arrive just a few months after Wal-Mart's chief executive said the chain will review its store roster in the face of renewed competition from the Internet and elsewhere."

I don't think Wal-Mart needs to eye the competition as much as they need to take a look at their own company and address the issues within their stores.

When Wal-Mart opened in my area approximately 3 years ago the neighborhood had mixed reactions.They welcomed a new retailer,but many local residents were familiar with Wal-Mart's lax stocking of popular items,the depressing lighting that makes you want to flee the store after entering,the unfriendly poorly trained employees that are a revolving door due to lower pay,benefits and working conditions.

The store in my area does have an excellent well trained staff in their pharmacy that I dread having to replace.

Many of the retail stores doing poorly blame online retailers such as for their lower earnings or complete demise.But it's deeper than that.People are use to lower prices and with online shopping they don't have to have their day ruined by surly employees or check the expiration date of every item they plan to purchase.

My 2016 intention started out to make a concerted effort to shop local and spend money in my own community to keep business here and avoid the addition of empty storefronts popping up every other month.If Walmart plans on closing so many stores,this will just drive their customers to their competitors or online shopping.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Amdur Productions Opens Call For Artists (Illinois)


Morrison Hotel Gallery Celebrates Bruce Springsteen with "The River Collection" Photography Exhibit(New York)


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bella Bacinos in Downtown La Grange Hosts Wine Event Featuring Gray Hartley, Wine Maker of Hitching Post Winery on Wednesday, Jan. 20(Illinois)

Bella Bacinos in Downtown La Grange Hosts Wine Event Featuring 
Gray Hartley, Wine Maker of Hitching Post Winery
on Wednesday, Jan. 20
Bella Bacinos (36 S. La Grange Rd.) in Downtown La Grange will host a wine reception with Gray Hartley featuring wines from the Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20.
Reservations are available for $59 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Bella Bacinos will provide complimentary small plates and artisanal cheeses. All wines will be available for purchase at special pricing. 
To RSVP, contact Dan Bacin at (708) 420-9600 or send him an email at

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the featured wines from Hartley himself. Hartley also will share stories and behind the scenes insights from the making of the movie "Sideways", which will be playing on flat screens at Bella Bacinos.
The Hitching Post II restaurant was prominently featured in the 2004 movie, which increased the exposure of the Santa Barbara Wine Country and helped to popularize Pinot Noir.
Hitching Post Wines are made by Gary Hartley and Frank Ostini. Hartley and Ostini first made wine at home in 1979, and produced their first Pinot Noir in 1981. In 1984, they moved their winery to produce wines exclusively for the Hitching Post II restaurant, and as production grew, they moved to the Terravant Winery in Buellton, just 1.5 miles from Hitching Post II.
The pair believes they are caretakers who guide the wine into the bottle. They produce numerous Pinot Noirs, a few Syrahs, and a Cabernet Franc blend. Most wines are aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months and are bottled unfiltered. This minimalist approach allows the wine to reflect the unique character of the vineyard and the vintage by preserving the essence of the grape. 
For more information about Bella Bacinos visit
About Bella Bacinos La Grange
Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast award winning Bella Bacinos is located in the heart of Downtown La Grange. Bella Bacinos prides itself in offering authentic Napoletana Wood Fired Pizza, delicious homemade contemporary Italian fare, and desserts. 

With one of the best wine menus offered in in the country, the list includes more than 600 wines from all around the world, with more than 20 wines by the glass. Bella Bacinos offers a number of wine programs including frequent wine dinners and a "Wine Lovers Wine Club." The restaurant also features a Wine & Dine Bar.
Enjoy lunch or dinner with family, business associates and friends as the restaurant is conversation friendly. Bella Bacinos offers indoor, carryout and delivery, including food and wine. The outdoor dining area overlooking downtown LaGrange is a hot spot in the summer. 
The restaurant is located at 36 S. La Grange Rd., Downtown La Grange, Ill. and is open for dinner 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.  on Friday. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday hours are 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Bella Bacinos is closed Monday for private events. For information and reservations, please call (708) 352-8882 or visit To receive notices about events, follow their news at
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Tokio Pub Hosts January Lagunitas Beer Dinner (Schaumburg, IL)


  Beer lovers and Chicago lovers unite! The Windy City's own Lagunitas Brewing Company is headed to Tokio Pub on Monday, January 25th for a four-course dinner with beer pairings. Costing $45 per guest (tax and gratuity not included), the dinner will begin with check-in at 6:30PM and the first course at 7:00PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 847.278.5181.

The beer dinner includes:

Course One
Toasted Ravioli ('nduja, marinated olives, mozzarella)
Little Sumpin' Sumpin'

Course Two
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup (gruyere, caramelized onion, smoked tomato)

Course Three
Chicken Pot Pie (braised thigh, root vegetables, puff pastry)

Course Four
Warm Banana Bread (almond mousse, sticky dates, roasted banana)
Imperial Stout
Tokio Pub blends the eclectic flavors of Japanese and American Pub cuisine and serves them in a richly-hued dining room with lively music, friendly service, & an edgy atmosphere. Located adjacent to Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg's Streets of Woodfield, Tokio Pub is open for lunch, dinner, & cocktails.

The flavors of Japan, Latin America, and the U S of A are combined to create a unique pub menu. Try specialty Sushi, Tacos, & our Signature Hot Rock. Don't forget to indulge in the House-made Ramen Noodle Bowls or Tokio Pub's famous Angus Beef Ramen Burger.

Tokio Pub is open on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Valet parking is available for $5 per vehicle, a four seasons patio for 40 diners is available, and all major credit cards are accepted. For more info, call 847.278.5181, visit the website at, tweet at @Tokio_Pub, join the Mobile Club (text Tokio to 30364), or keep up on Facebook at

                                                                TOKIO PUB
                        1900 E. Higgins Rd.
                         Schaumburg, IL  60173

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