Archive for April, 2020

Event, Communication and Marketing updates 4/27/2020

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
  • Horizontal Street Banners promoting Long Grove is OPEN will be delivered to John this week:  We ordered 7 to be placed in locations that we normally place the Big 3 Fest signs:  53 & Old McHenry, 22 & Old McHenry, near the Village office driveway), 83 & RPC.
  • the Long Grove Living ad (June 2020) that was supposed to be for Strawberry Fest tickets will be in the same design as the vertical banners in town and the horizontal banners above.  Jody wrote a nice article on what businesses are doing during this time.  Deadline for this was April 25 for June circulation.
  • Submitted content (words and image)  to Long Grove Living for Facebook/ Instagram promotion sponsored by them promoting Shop, Pop, Go.
  • Real Estate (18’x24″) Long Grove Strong Signs were ordered today.  For the $150 budget we were able to order 12 to start.  I will post and promote once we receive them and order more as needed.
  • New addition to Festival page of website:  weekly specials that are emailed as well, hoping to get more people shopping.
  • 4/28 EDC meeting:
    Committee will be splitting up list of businesses and calling each to introduce themselves and find out what the needs are of the businesses.
    They will also be doing monthly webinars now (3rd Monday of the month at 6pm) since the attendance has been low. This will give more time to plan and promote.  The next one will be Monday May 18th with Jody Grimaldi, our PR expret, on how to get your business more press.
  • 4/28 Village Board meeting:
    removed approving 5k/10k as approval was needed from the Park district.  After the meeting All Community Events said they will no longer be needing to use Park District land since the bridge will be open.  Mark, from All Community, sent a revised map that HDLG board needs to approve so it can be submitted to the village for their approval/
    Discussed a lot about their budgets.  They accepted a very conservative budget including declines in tax revenues.
    Delayed voting on paving projects.
    Resident discussed flooding in Mardan Woods.
  • Nikki and I are working on the Virtual Chocolate Fest idea. Sending an email to merchants later .
  • No new ideas from Duff Events (previously ravenswood) about Strawberry Fest yet.


Joanie’s provides meals for Advocate Good Shepherd staff

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Bridge updates

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Check out the amazing updates and progress here

Welcome Corked! to historic downtown Long Grove

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Enzo & Lucia’s thank you!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

April 21, 2020 Email Newsletter

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
April 21 Newsletter

DCEO COVID-19 Emergency Relief Webinars 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 & 5/15

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
Dear Valued Partner,

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Regional Economic Development Team, Office of Minority Economic Empowerment, and the Small Business Association will be hosting technical assistance webinars to support businesses and workers across Illinois.

Panelist(s) Include:

  • Matthew Simpson, African American Business Development Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Jonathan McGee, Acting Deputy Director, Regional Economic Development, Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Bo Steiner, Illinois District Director, Small Business Administration

Registration is required for the webinars listed below

Friday, April 24, 2020 – Northeast (Chicago’s Westside, Southside, Rockford, Dekalb)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Southern, Southwest Region: (East St Louis, Centerville, Carbondale, Cairo)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Friday, May 8, 2020 – North Central, Northern Stateline, Northwest, West Central, East Central( Peoria, Decatur, Champaign, Quad Cities, Galesburg)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Friday, May 15, 2020 – Northeast (Chicago South Suburbs, Dolton, Riverdale, South Holland, Thornton, Lansing)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

For minority-owned business related questions contact OMEE at or visit our website at

For help reducing the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, please visit:


Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Long Grove Confectionery #LovinLongGrove

Monday, April 20th, 2020

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

Confectionery launched its 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.


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