What New Business Did You Fall in Love with in 2012?

From a tea shop opened by Smashing Pumpkins frontman to a drive-through grocery store, what were your favorite businesses to open on the North Shore and why? Tell us in the comment section below.

It’s time to brag about that new restaurant or business you fell in love with in 2012. Patch wants to know of the many new businesses that opened on the North Shore last year, which were your favorites and why? Tweet them, Facebook them and spill the secrets of why you love them in the comment section below! 

Did we miss a new business that opened in your community? Add them in the comment section. 



Wilmette, Kenilworth


Winnetka, Glencoe, Northfield



Deerfield, Highland Park


Lake Forest, Lake Bluff


27 Live 

Artisanal Wilmette


A. Perry Homes


Art Post Gallery


Bedding Experts




Avail & Company


Big Blue Swim School


Baby Take a Bow


Dailey Method




Lake Forest Taxi


Bright Horizons


Dowize Bistro


Cafe Fleurette


El Mexican Restaurant

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano



Market House on the Square


Bucephalus Bikes 


The Big Black Dog Tavern & Grill






Bobby’s Deerfield Opens With Full House


Mark David Design



Central Street Metra


Velosmith Bicycle Studio


Lake Shore Acupuncture


TITLE Boxing Club


Cilento Photography


Pasquesi Home & Gardens


Chicken and Waffles




Once Upon a Bagel


Wild Pita


Cre8 Workshop




Found Restaurant 



Robert Bryan Home


Yogen Fruz


Essence Pilates












JT’s Bar and Grill



The Yard



Golf Tech



Leonie's Delice Bakery 



Trifecta Grill



Madame Zuzu’s



Papa Romeo's 








Planet Fitness





Moderno (soon to be Royce)



Plus 2 Architects





Noodles and Company



Prana Café On Oak





Real Urban Barbecue



Safari Natural Herbs and Tea








Smylie Brothers Brewpub








Sol Café








Tailia Boutique




Tom and Eddie’s



Terra American Bistro







The Alcove







Ward Eight 







World of Beers







bari January 04, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Cargo ! Adorable clothes, great prices, and wonderful customer service
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Some sad news and an update for readers -- we learned today that Prana Cafe will be closing soon.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 10:16 PM
MistressLule tweeted "I ♡ Team Martial Arts on Dempster."
Michael Shalin January 04, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Love the popcorn at "Highland Pop" in Highland Park!
Kathleen Tribble-Strong January 04, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Taco Diablo on Davis was such a pleasant surprise. I went there with one of my co-teachers and then took my grown kids there for lunch the next day. Great food and really wonderful AND personable staff. Plan to go back with more friends and family.
Carl Castrogiovanni January 05, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Authentico has a good vibe and good margarhitas. LF Taxi is a good service. Noodles and Company WAS a good restaurant, but they proved to be slimeballs so it's no wonder they went out of business. Pasquesi Home and Garden isn't really new this past year, are they? Moderno was OK.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 12:41 AM
THATMOMx4 tweeted "Cheesies on Davis. Grilled cheese restaurant? Yes please!"
Mary January 05, 2013 at 07:15 AM
Where is there a drive-thru grocery store?
Les Axelrod January 05, 2013 at 01:35 PM
A new restaurant opened in Highwood in October 2012. It's located at 315 Waukegan Ave. and is called "Longitud315." It features excellent pan-American food. Note the spelling: no final "e" on "Longitud" and no space between the "d" and the "3." My wife and I have eaten there and enjoyed it throughly. Their phone number is 847-926-7495.
Lindy Fox January 05, 2013 at 02:20 PM
And in Highwood - Full Belly Craft Kitchen & Bakery, The Toadstool Pub, and Longitude 315. All fantastic!!
Harvey Newcomb January 05, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Taco Diablo on Davis in Evanston. Great food in cool surroundings. A hip addition to a struggling strip of downtown.
Mayre Press January 05, 2013 at 03:10 PM
For Evanston's list, you left off Delbe's Corner and Taco Diablo. These are two great additions to Davis St. west of the tracks. Technically, Sol Café is on the Chicago side of Howard St.
Barbara Hambleton January 05, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Your Loss Your Gain on Lincoln in Winnetka. I lost a ton of weight effortlessly!
Joe Paulsen January 05, 2013 at 05:34 PM
We love having Beacon Sign Solutions right in our back yard. Located in Lake Bluff, these custom graphics and print professionals do a great job with your window, wall, floor and vehicle graphics.
R. Jenrow January 05, 2013 at 05:47 PM
The Daily Method studio in Lake Forest. Warm atmosphere and a great workout!
joe cronin January 05, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Jump America....Gurnee. 16,000 square feet of trampolines. 50,000 square feet of fun! All ages, DODGEBALL, Foam Pit, Jump 'N Jam on Fridays. 880 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee, IL
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 07:03 PM
On Facebook, Maggie Szejda Noonan wrote, "I fell in love with Seejanesparkle you should check it out if you haven't already !!"
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Also on Facebook, Ren Picco-Freeman said "Seejanesparkle is a wonderful jewelry boutique on Chicago Avenue."
Derek January 05, 2013 at 09:03 PM
In Lake Forest: Bloom & Focus / Kerri Sherman Photography 2 Market Square Court Lake Forest, IL 60045 bloomandfocus.com 773-610-3481 bloomandfocus@gmail.com
Sally Arden January 05, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Curt's Cafe on Central Street in Evanston! Great food, great coffee, great shabby chic atmosphere, great place to hang out with a friend. Hurry in and start to relax!
Betsy Johnson January 06, 2013 at 02:37 AM
The Dollar Store in Northbrook for gift bags and tissue. Bonus, it's right next door to my favorite store, La D eDa!
Sharon Faley January 06, 2013 at 02:59 AM
LuLu's Frozen Delights in Lake Bluff has the best service with the nicest people you could ever meet. I also found the cleanliness of their place to be better than most that I have been to. I can't find any better words to discribe their froyo, donuts, and coffee other than 5 stars.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Thanks for the tip, Mayre!
Chi-an Chang January 07, 2013 at 08:50 PM
It's Peapod in Deerfield. Have you ever tried Peapod's services?
Chi-an Chang January 07, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Thanks for sharing this info!
Chi-an Chang January 07, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Chi-an Chang January 07, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Nice! Thanks for the recommendation.


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