Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Solemn Oath Brewing Company Spotted at the New Elmhurst Whole Foods

I wrote about how we attended Solemn Oath's "Oath Day Three" earlier this month here on the blog, but I had another 'encounter' with the brand this weekend when Nat and I went to the new Whole Foods out on Route 83.  Nat has been there a few times, but it was my first time.  (More on that later)

While she was poking around the bakery section, I was drawn to the "Ales and Lagers" section of the beer cooler - as one is naturally - and spotted this sign for Solemn Oath Brewing Company above the cooler.  Have to give Whole Foods credit:  they're really into promoting hyperlocal offerings and they go above and beyond to call some vendors out.  One of those is the guys at Solemn Oath - where they note the brewery is a mere 20 miles away.  Pretty neat to see them get some promotion.

If you haven't checked it out already, go back and read the post about Oath Day Three.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Elmhurst Parking Garage - From Another Angle

Over the weekend, I found myself in the little parking lot behind the businesses on York and Addison Streets in the Elmhurst City Centre.  What is (obviously) most striking about the space now is the towering garage that is being built right in the center of town.

I posted about the beginnings of the deck going up in early May here.  There's been some discussion about the impact the garage is having on the 'skyline' but I for one, am just fine with it.  The long-term gain we'll get out of adding the much-needed parking in this huge deck will be a win for the Elmhurst City Centre and hopefully fuel some new additional commercial growth in our downtown.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bombas Socks - Bee Better?

For Father's Day this year, the girls gave me a few pairs of Bombas socks.  They have adopted the Tom's 'model' where for every pair purchased, they donate a pair of socks.  Turns out that socks are the #1 most requested item in homeless shelters.

You can find out more or buy your own pair of Bombas here on their site.

I asked for the calf-height version, but Nat veto'd that and gave me these ankle-height ones.  She, did, however, go with the right color:  orange.

I've been wearing them for a few days and I do, indeed, think they're 'better' socks.  Just like getting a nice pair of Thorlos, these Bombas have some nice little advancements that make your life a little bit better.  From the blister tab on the back where your heel meets your leg to the honeycomb support on the arches, these socks feel pretty nice.

We haven't put them through the wash yet, so I don't know how they'll do hold up, but so far, I'm impressed.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Annabelle Hydrangea Blooming - 2015

The Annabelle Hydrangea plant that I put in a few years back is really popping this summer.  It has a partially sunny spot on the north side of our backyard landscape beds.  It is sitting right up against the fence and has filled in the spot really nicely.  We have a few 'Incrediball" varieties close to this Annabelle that are doing well this year, too.  I lost one of them two summers ago, but the other two quickly filled in the space.  *Those* blooms, while not as many as this one, are much more spectacular.  They're currently running a little big behind but will catch up by mid-July, I'd think.

Friday, June 26, 2015

ICS/CIS Commercial Refrigeration Logo

I was at one of the Middle Schools for a ballet recital for the Babe this month and when I was wondering around outside (walking the Bambino in his stroller), I came across this exterior walk-in refrigerator with this ICS or CIS seal on the door.  A quick search for both of those + refrigeration + Chicago turns up nothing, so either they've changed their name or I have something wrong.  (Which...totally is the likely case!)

I was struck by the seal/logo.  So much so, that I had to document it here on the blog.  Felt like an artifact from a time not too long ago, but something that wouldn't be put on a new product today.  And that's too bad.  I'm no designer, but this evokes a timeless feel.   Something that has been around a long time and something that will stand the test-of-time.

Anyone familiar with the logo?  What's the company behind it?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Disney Reddit Gift Exchange Part 1 (Gift Sent)

Back in May, I posted with glee about Reddit having a Disney gift exchange and charged right into the process by getting matched with a fellow Disney Redditor.  We dutifully filled out our preferences/answered the 3 Disney-related questions and awaited both being matched and who our 'match' was going to be.

We ended up with a woman from the East Coast who loved all things Wendy Darling from Peter Pan.  Working with Nat and the girls, we packaged up and shipped a "Think of the happiest things" shirt from Etsy (Nat picked it out), a letter explaining things (from me!) and some pins and a MagicBandit from the girls collections that featured her favorite characters.  She posted the photos and description I screenshot above.  You can view it here in the gallery on the site.

We haven't received our box yet, but based on the intel from the RedditGifts site, ours is on the way and has been verified as shipping.  I'll try to capture some video of the girls opening the box and post it both on the RedditGifts site and here on the blog.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Pilates Room Elmhurst: Coming Soon

Back in April of this year, The Runner's Soul closed on York Street in the Elmhurst City Centre and consolidated their operations to their LaGrange store.  Now, just two and a half months later, it looks like we're getting a new tenant in the spot called The Pilates Room.

They bill the store as "The Best in Classical Pilates and Movement Apparel" on the sign, but a little snooping around on the web shows that this is a current Elmhurst pilates place that is relocating and rebranding.

From the Lifestyle Pilates site:
A new space & a new name with same great pilates instruction... 
The Pilates Room - Elmhurst! 
A full-service pilates studio located in Elmhurst, IL. The studio offers private, semi-private and always small group instruction for mat & apparatus-based pilates.
Looks like they were on the 3rd floor in the bank building on Schiller/York before and now they're moving down to street level.  Great to see a local small business moving-on-up.  I wish them good luck in their new location!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Art @ York Presents "Exit Through The Gift Shop"

On my walk to the train this morning, I spotted this poster plastered up on one of windows of a downtown business in Elmhurst advertising a screening of a Banksy film called "Exit through the Gift Shop" at the York Theatre in the Elmhurst City Centre.  On the Classic Cimemas' site, they have a page set up talking about the event.  They're planning a series of these art shows with this first one screening on Wednesday, July 8th at 1 pm and 7 pm.
In response to many requests over the years for more art at the York Theatre, we are beginning special screenings on the second Wednesday of every month. Join us at the York Theatre for the Art @ York presentation of Exit Through the Gift Shop shown on Wednesday, July 8th at 1:00 & 7:00 PM. General Admission. Come early for preshow entertainment at 12:30 PM on our baby Barton Theatre organ with Dave Rhodes, Tivoli Theatre house organist. 
We need your help to make this successful by emailing, blogging and telling your friends to join us for these special films.
The York Theatre has an organ, but we've only seen it played on rare occasions, but it sounds like they're stepping up their game by bringing in the house organist from the Tivoli out in Downers Grove for this event.  Pretty nice!

I've emailed my film-loving brother-in-law and asked him if he'd be willing to come out and see the show with us.  Wednesday at 1 pm is all-but-impossible...what with the whole having to work bit, but 7 pm seems like it would work.  (You'll note that in the listing on their site, the fine folks at the York are asking people to 'emailing, blogging and telling your friends').  Well...consider this checking all three of those boxes!

The York Theatre is the real beating heart of the Elmhurst City Centre and makes our downtown the vibrant place it is on the evenings/weekends and I'm proud to support them by going to the movies as often as we can (and with three kids, it is hard!).  It is also really great to see the York and Classic Cinemas invest in this type of programming.  They're flat-out stating that this type of programming was requested by the community and it is great to see them stepping up and offering art films.

They've gone a step further and are taking direct feedback and have formed an 'art advisory panel' to assist with the selection of the movies and what they say will be 'future guest lectures'.   If you have ideas or feedback, you can drop them in the inbox of the fine folks at the York here:  sjohnson (at) classiccinemas (dot) com.

As for the film, 'Exit through the Gift Shop' was released back in 2010 and it has a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes where they bill it as:
"An amusing, engrossing look at underground art, Exit Through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects."

Here's the trailer:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Turns Out, Egg Harbor Is Going Retro

Last week, I posted about the 'new' logo Egg Harbor was using on their to-go cups and tweeted about it.  This morning, they responded and shed some light on the situation: they're going back to their original logo from 1985.  Sweet retro 80's egg instead of the rooster.  

Egg Harbor isn't the only thing turning 30 this year.  Check out this full list from Mental Floss.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Elmhurst Nitti Development (On Old Hospital Site) Floorplan With Cool Upstairs

A few weeks back, we went to check out the models at the Nitti Development in Elmhurst on the property of the old Elmhurst Hospital site.  It is just a few blocks away from us and we were more than curious.

There's been some criticism of folks about the development, but I think most of that is a case of the sour grapes.  When you go into the models, there's A TON to like.  The folks at Nitti have done a nice job of building quality homes and finished them really well with decorator-level touches all over.  The only downside it seems is that your house - while it will be REALLY nice - will look and feel just like all of your neighbors.  That's not common in Elmhurst, but it certainly is common in further out suburbs where entire new subdivisions spring up.

We went into two of the models we both really liked the layout and floorplan of them.  One thing that stuck out was the upstairs layout.  Here's a photo of it.  Check out the circled part in red:

This part - with a hallway ALL THE WAY AROUND the staircase with just railings *felt* really nice.  It gave the upstairs a really airy feeling and at the same time felt 'fun' in that I could picture the kids running around up there.

But...the one thing that kept creeping into my head was that while it *felt* really nice, was it a good use of space?  Couldn't they have made (at least some of) the bedrooms up there bigger by sucking that space into the rooms, re-positioning the doors?  Of course they could, but I have a feeling that this was much more a design/aesthetic choice by the architect and builder.  Form trumped function.

And because the house is like 3800 square feet and the bedrooms are already ample-sized, it seems that this little design flourish was worth the space sacrifice.  Would you do this in your house?


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