Thursday, September 20, 2012
Don't want to be left out in the cold if your heating system doesn't work this winter? Recommend your favorite business that fixes furnace.
If you still thought summer was lingering, last night probably killed that line of wishful thinking. Now that temperatures are dropping, homeowners are beginning to remember that the thermostat on the wall isn't just for cooling the house. But what happens when you turn up the heat, and you find out your furnace is on the fritz? No one wants to go long with a bad furnace during cold temperatures. That's why Patch is asking readers to recommend their favorite business that handles furnaces and other household heating and cooling needs. Give a shout-out to that shop by writing a review in our Patch Places business directory. Think of your recommendation as a public service, telling residents the best places to go in Oak Forest. And if you …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
When local favorite 2 Sisters Frozen Custard moved to Midlothian, they left a void in locals' stomachs—and the storefront they used to rent. What should go there?
Like long days and warm nights, the orange awning touting 'frozen custard,' next door to Sakebob BBQ, was a summer staple. But the ladies and the treats behind the sliding windows have since moved on—and though the awning still hangs above the window, the store stands empty. Situated alongside the Japanese restaurant along bustling 159th Street, it could be an ideal new home for a small business. But what could quiet the rumblings of custard-hungry Oak Forest folks? Who could follow in the sisters' footsteps? The space is available for rent, and we want to know—what do you think should go there? For more information on the space, contact real estate agent Dave Shalabi, at 708-429-4300. And don't forget to deposit your two cents here: What…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tom Hinsdale, co-owner of Mrs. O'Brien's Pub, was extremely pleased with this year's Fleadh. Patch is curious if you agree.
The Fleadh crowd at Mrs. O'Brien's Pub, was consistent, respectful, and a mix of old and new patrons—and that makes for a happy bar owner. Tom Hinsdale, the bar's co-owner, thanked the city council Tuesday night, for what he called "the best Fleadh yet. "It just keeps getting better and better," Hinsdale said. "New folks come in, and then they come back. And then they become regular patrons. And that helps businesses grow." Hinsdale joined 10 other venues on the pub and restaurant open house. Each offered its own set specials, featuring food and drink deals throughout the day and night of the 3rd annual Oak Forest Fleadh. The event is sponsored by the Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce. "When I came here five years ago, and …
Friday, February 24, 2012
When Community Motors shut down, it also shut off a significant source of revenue in Oak Forest. Now the city's trying out a new tax financing district to help attract new businesses. But you tell us—what should go there?
As it stands, the former site of Community Motors is doing Oak Forest more harm than good. The 8-acre plot is losing value each day it stands vacant, and something has to be done, said Community Development Director Adam Dotson. Officials are trying to restore the property to its previously bustling status. Recently, aldermen signed off on a special taxing incentive district to help draw business back to the area near 159th and Terrace Drive. The area encompasses the former dealership, Oak Forest Dental, Bjorklund Group Home and a church. Officials previously batted around the idea of a baseball academy, that had its drawbacks advantages, supporters and critics. But we want to know: What do you think should go here? Leave your suggestions …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Patch has the most comprehensive directory of florists in town. Tell us who you trust to make your sweetie's day special.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Patch has the most comprehensive directory of florists in town. Who will you turn to this Valentine's Day, or next special occasion?
A favorite florist can be hard to find. Arrangements can be costly, and if the flowers wilt quickly or the delivery misses the mark, it might not seem worth the money. Until the recipient takes a nice, big sniff and smiles, that is. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, Patch wants to know which place you turn to for the best bouquets around. Who puts in the painstaking work of getting your bouquet just right—their favorite flowers, the perfect size, the brightest colors? Rave about your florist by leaving a review on their directory listing by clicking on each link below. Maybe you'll write a review because you appreciate their hard work, or because you want to point some additional business their way. Or you just want to flaunt …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Patch Pizza Playoffs: We're looking for the pizza lover's pizza. But we need your help, and your vote.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Getting ready for Sunday's game? Got the big screen TV and your favorite pizza place on speed dial? When the big game ends, we may have a champion but the debate over who's really the best never ends. That's true for pizza, too. But Patch's Pizza Playoffs aims to find The Most Loved Pizza in the Southland. Patch's fans know what they like. "Blarney Stone. Hands down. (Especially the BBQ Chicken)" — Billy Beechy "Papa's has the best pizza! Cracker thin crust, perfect amount of sauce and always fresh ingredients! Love it!" — Paul Boersma "Ed & Joe's hands down!!! The BEST taco pizza EVER!!!!" — Lisa DeVitto Vanderwall "Guardi's.... delivered by Big Al himself in the Escalade" — Mitch McAwesum "Old Tinley Pub and Eatery has the BEST thin …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Patch has the most comprehensive directory of car washes in town. But we know that you know who's the best. Please share by leaving a review in our Places directory.
People often make a big mistake during snowy winters—not washing their cars. Salt and other nastiness eats away, marring your automobile's typically gleaming exterior. But with unseasonably warm temperatures, most snow melted and salt evaporated (for now), it's the perfect time to take your whip for a whirl through a wash. Which place has the best-smelling soap, best prices and best service? You tell us. OAK FOREST TINLEY PARK ORLAND PARK Did we miss one? Oh no! Email us your car wash of choice in Oak Forest, Orland Park or Tinley Park, and we will be sure to add it to the list of the area's top spots. When a new family moves into your neighborhood and they ask for your recommendations for stores, take-out places or professional …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Did you know you can manage your own business listing on Patch? It's easy and FREE.
Owning your online presence is much easier (and cheaper) than owning your physical business. That's how we roll here at Patch. If you haven't had the chance to peruse our Places directory yet, please take a minute to do so. Not only does it offer our Oak Forest Patch users a comprehensive look at local restaurants, stores, parks, nonprofit organizations and more, but a place where you business owners can showcase what you've created. For one thing, claiming your directory listing—owning your business on Patch—will allow you to upload your own company-related photos. Hosting a charity event? Show people how awesome you are. Participating in a business expo? Share your success! You can also respond to your biggest fans—and critics—in the …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Have a favorite business in town? Or one that hasn't made you happy? Please join the discussion on Patch and leave reviews in our business directory.
Each week Patch focuses on a different product or service. This week it's about the hand that soothes yours during a much-needed manicure. Raise your hand if yours are taking a beating this winter. With paper cuts from wrapping paper, or splinters from a shovel, or just the basic wear and tear of cold weather—some of us don't take very good care of our hands during the winter months. The skin tightens and dries, and nails start to look a little ragged—but that's where mittens come in handy. If folks are starting to shun your handshake, stop into one of these local nail salons. Tell us which one you frequent, and what you like about them. Oak Forest Tinley Park Orland Park Did we miss one? Email us your nail salon of choice in Oak Forest, …