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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

April 21, 2020 Email Newsletter

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
April 21 Newsletter

Long Grove Confectionery #LovinLongGrove

Monday, April 20th, 2020

#LovinLongGrove What have our merchants been up to? Long Grove Confectionery

Confectionery launched its www.curbsidechocolate.com campaign April 1 to accommodate its loyal customers and a community that is eager to support local businesses.  During the crisis, Confectionery has been shipping its small-town magic throughout the country, helping spark smiles.  In addition, the growing strain on medical heroes, food pantries and non-profits having to increase their services while simultaneously seeing a reduction in fund raising has given Confectionery an opportunity to give back.  Confectionery partnered with the Caring Women’s Connection organization to donate $10 of every sale of one of its most popular treats, the Brave Betty.  Since the initiative began, the Brave Betty has been shipped to New York, New Mexico, Virginia, Michigan, and beyond – and is selling like hotcakes all in effort to help a worthy cause.

 

Long Grove Village Tavern #LovinLongGrove

Monday, April 20th, 2020
#LovinLongGrove Long Grove Village Tavern is adapting and updating:
As the owner of Illinois’ oldest restaurant and tavern, the first thing that came to Mary Ann Ullrich’s mind after the shelter-in-place took effect last month was expressing gratitude to her local patrons that are not only supporting them with carry out orders but with their generosity in tipping too.  Village Tavern’s customers, in an effort to help support their kitchen staff, are tipping 30% to 50%.  Mary Ann also appreciates friends of the Tavern’s that are donating their time to help her restaurant take orders over the phone and getting them out to customers.  Wearing masks and gloves and practicing safe procedures, the volunteers are not only taking care of curbside pickup duty, but they are also giving their tips to the Tavern’s staff and working together as a family.  “Sometimes tough times bring out the best in people,” smiles Mary Ann.

Ma & Pa’s Candy #LovinLongGrove

Monday, April 20th, 2020
#LovinLongGrove Ma & Pa’s Candy:
Everyone still needs candy, whether for their own comfort or a special gift for a loved one.  As such, Long Grove’s classic candy emporium, Ma & Pa’s, launched a candy curbside pickup initiative and is offering free delivery to make purchasing convenient and safe for their patrons. A big part of what Ma & Pa’s provides to people is happiness.  Stepping into their store is like “stepping back in time — back to our childhoods and fun memories.”  To put that sentiment into focus, owners Jeff and Terri Taylor decided to turn a negative – the cancellation of Long Grove’s annual Egg Hunt – into a positive by bringing the Egg Hunt to community members’ homes for Easter.   They offered a first time ever service – custom Egg Hunts prepared and placed at the customer’s home and the response was overwhelming.  Ma & Pa’s never received so many calls.  They spent days stuffing eggs, building baskets, and on Easter Eve, working into the wee hours planting the goodies in the yards of all the individual purchasers.  The campaign was such a success, giving newly minted home-working parents some needed relief for the holiday, that Ma & Pa’s is developing similar gift package ideas for Mother’s Day and other occasions.

Chocolate Fest 2020 Canceled Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Long Grove, IL – March 23, 2020 – One of the Northwest suburb’s biggest festivals, the annual Chocolate Fest in downtown Long Grove, has been canceled this year due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  The event organizer, the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association (HDLGBA), is postponing the annual celebration held in mid-May to 2021.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we will not be holding the annual Chocolate Festival this year,” said HDLGBA Marketing Chair Terri Taylor.  “Although there is still a lot of uncertainty in regards to how long this crisis will play out, it’s our responsibility to take all preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, sponsors, volunteers and staff.  We realize this news will cause many sad faces, however it’s vital we all do our part in helping slow the spread of this virus.”

The 3-day celebration of chocolate, music and family fun draws tens of thousands annually to Long Grove’s historic district, an area which was recently renovated to attract more tourists.  Programmers of Chocolate Fest, Ravenswood Special Events, also program Long Grove’s two other major annual festivals, Strawberry Fest in June and Apple Fest in September.  The HDLGBA was not prepared at this time to announce cancellations for those big events, however they did recently announce cancellations of Long Grove’s annual Egg Hunt on April 4th and Craft Beer Fest on April 25th due to the pandemic.

“Chocolate Fest will return bigger and sweeter in 2021,” continued Taylor, who added that the HDLGBA is still planning to host other exciting activities this year including Vintage Days in August and Halloween Town in October.  “We’d like to thank everyone who makes Chocolate Fest possible year after year, including our sponsors, volunteers, vendors and all the chocolatiers.”

The website www.longgrove.org is regularly posting information about other upcoming Long Grove festivals and businesses.

Contact:
Jody Grimaldi
Grimaldi Public Relations
630.470.0044
jody@grimaldipr.com

Bridge is reopen for the Holiday Season!

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

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December thank you

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Together in Paving the Way to a Brighter Future

Dear Residents of Long Grove,

We appreciate your grit and enduring patience in 2019. It’s been another year of putting up with red cones, construction trucks, and road closures. Yet we stayed the course and maintained our focus on the mission – bridging Long Grove’s timeless charms with updated amenities. As we approach the completion of the downtown renovation project, thanks to the big investments made by the Village and Lake County, we can see our promising future becoming just as evident as our storied past. Upgrades all around us including new streets, sewers, lighting, public water and sidewalks are paving the way for the next generation of business owners. A diverse commercial landscape investing in new and improved facilities and tax incentives is pumping fresh economic life. But the allure doesn’t stop with business prosperity. Long Grove continues to be considered one of the best places in the country to raise a family.

In 2019, the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association continued to fundraise through its annual Long Grove festival and community event programming continued – raising tens of thousands of dollars to benefit downtown revitalization projects and drive tourism and regional awareness. That said, we still need you, local residents, to support our business neighbors by shopping and dining in downtown Long Grove. They rely on your regular, ongoing patronage for continued growth and success. As we look ahead to 2020, besides some finishing touches to the new infrastructure, you can expect to see the resurrection of the iconic Long Grove Covered Bridge and a brand-new downtown park where we can sit back and relish in all the beauty and charm that surrounds us daily.

Through the rubble our “destination town” status has re-emerged. As we begin this new chapter of our century-old tale, we’re excited for the prospect of tomorrow. Again, thank you for a remarkable 2019, where cooperation and foresight have been vital. We’re all in this together…

Sincerely,

The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association

December Visitor Blog

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Paving the Way to a Brighter Future in 2019

In case you haven’t stopped by recently, 2018 has been the year of construction in historic downtown Long Grove.  Yes, everyone who lives, works or has visited during this time has been somewhat inconvenienced by road closures, traffic jams and those annoying red cones. Oh, then there was that huge truck that destroyed the town’s iconic gateway!  The good news is, although it’s been painful at times and the renovation process is taking longer than expected, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The village is literally and figuratively, paving the way to a brighter future.

In 2019, Historic Long Grove will rise and shine once again.  Through the demolition and rubble, the foreclosures and vacancies, a giant is slowly reawakening.  The rebirth of this destination town is within sight.  New infrastructure is attracting an exciting new crop of businesses while reinforcing the long lineage of mainstays for the next generation of visitors.  These changes are vital as Long Grove looks to prosper in the new era.

Besides relaunching with upgraded roads, sidewalks, and lighting, 2019 will also bring the resurrection of the Long Grove Bridge, which just before the accident was designated with the National Register of Historic Places honor.  One could say that history is reinventing itself as this little hamlet shakes off the dust and embarks on a new path.

Downtown Long Grove is rewriting the next chapter of its century-old story, and we’re excited for the dawn of tomorrow…

November Visitor Blog

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

How a Small Town Recreates Vintage Holiday Experiences

Tired of the big box mayhem or lonely online shopping?  Each year historic downtown Long Grove brings back old-school holiday spirit by giving shoppers a nostalgic alternative.  The entire village transforms into a Norman Rockwell Christmas scene during its annual Vintage Holidays campaign  – five consecutive weeks of classic shopping experiences for the family.  Long Grove is what the holidays used to be all about… small town warmth, old world charms, memorable family traditions.  Every Saturday and Sunday from November 23 until December 23, the charming downtown streets come alive with complimentary horse-drawn carriages and Santa roaming the sidewalks meeting with good girls and boys. Also helping set the festive mood each weekend are strolling holiday carolers and musicians along with the renowned Christmas Tree Parade, where businesses decorate fresh pines to the tune of their store’s distinctive theme.  People are invited to stroll along Long Grove’s cobblestone walkways and take in the sites of Victorian buildings trimmed with lights and custom Christmas trees against a picturesque wintery backdrop.

Historic Downtown Long Grove is home to an assortment of unique restaurants and specialty shops that welcome visitors throughout the Vintage Holiday event.  Many of the family owned and operated, independent stores that the town is famous for feature discounts on merchandise and complimentary drinks and snacks rewarding customers for shopping small.  Long Grove merchants, who sell everything from gourmet foods, jewelry and fashions to antiques, art and décor, are smart options for rare finds.   Isn’t it time you stopped by this Vintage Holiday season?

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