Oak Forest Welcomes 22 New Businesses in 2012

22 businesses opened up shop in the city during 2012, some with new locations or different owners.

From barbershops to loan shops and pizzerias, 22 new businesses moved into the city during 2012.

Some were brand new to Oak Forest; others were older businesses with newer locations. The businesses include: 

  • Vita Noblesse, 6006 W. 159th Street
  • JCL Home Health Care, 15300 S. Cicero Avenue
  • Midwest Title Loan, 6154 W. 159th Street
  • Edible Arrangements, 5447 W. 159th Street
  • Patti G's Hair Salon, 15126 S. Cicero Avenue (new location)
  • Stop 'N' Go, 5214 W. 157th Street (new owner)
  • Elegant Chair & Linens, 15349 S. 70th Court
  • Tranquility Hair Studio, 15101 S. Cicero Avenue
  • Kingsworld, 15111 S. Cicero Avenue
  • La Isla Ice Cream, 5233 W. 159th Street
  • Priceless Grooming, 15224 S. Cicero Avenue (new location)
  • P Chaser Investments, 15020 S. Cicero Avenue
  • Play-n-Trade, 4142W. 167th Street
  • Tamarind Court, 6048 W. 159th Street
  • Kurts Ambulance, 15325 S. 70th Court
  • Native Rituals, 15105 S. Cicero Avenue (new location)
  • Boost Mobile, 4142 W. 167th Street
  • Always A New Treasure, 6000 W. 159th Street
  • Just Turkey, 4142 W. 167th Street
  • Midwest Hair Removal, 15540 S. Cicero Avenue (new location)
  • Papa John's Pizza, 5500 W, 159th Street

The new additions won't be the last, if a recent partnership with a developer is successful. The city will work with MidAm Development Properties to seek out major retailers for a potential retail development in the 5400 block of 159th Street, and as the city continues trying to find businesses to fill the vacancies at the former Community Motors location, also on 159th Street.

One business the city won't be seeing is another liquor store. Last week, owners of Stop 'N' Go store applied for a new liquor license and a special use permit, both of which were denied. The proprietors sought to switch from convenience store to liquor-only. Before that, came the approval of the new teen dance club, Oxygen Teen Nite Club, and the recent closing of the NAPA Auto Parts store on 159th Street.


What has been the greatest addition to Oak Forest's business community in 2012? The biggest loss? Tell us in the comments.

Michael M. December 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
When will you report about the teen club owner arrest record? That would be considered the ugly.
Mike Ziak December 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The senior housing may be a long way from being confirmed, but if you read the PZC meeting minutes, it seems to be the front runner according to Mr. Dotson as he claims there are no other alternatives out there. The PZC commissioners have even been shown two concepts for the housing and have stated there preference for one. Putting senior housing there seems like a huge waste. Especially considering that there is another huge senior housing complex going up in Orland on Harlem.
Mike Fangman December 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Michael, he was arrested and charged with battery. There is no information on the final disposition.
Michael M. December 19, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I already know that, but the Patch did not report it. As a matter of fact I had to do a search to get the info after I saw a post from another comment that he had been arrested. But the Patch has not reported on it, you would think that they would investigate it after they saw the posts from me and others, they would be able to confirm the info and maybe find out the outcome.
Lauren Traut December 19, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Michael M., we are looking into it. It's not as simple as it looks to write about what you see online. Legwork needs to be done, and it's in the works. Please be patient as we ascertain the facts.


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