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Monday, November 19, 2012
Kurt Saphir Pianos has hit the right notes for over a century.
Forty years spent serving musicians on the North Shore is nothing to sneeze at. Yet it’s just a few pages in the extensive history of Kurt Saphir Pianos. The Wilmette business, which sells and services pianos, has been family owned and operated for six generations since it was founded in Vienna, Austria sometime during the early 1800s. Current President Dennis Saphir, son of the business’s namesake, Kurt Saphir, said his father dedicated his life to running the business. “He was here until the day he died,” Dennis said of his father, who passed away on Memorial Day, 2011. Though the piano company was founded in Europe, Kurt Saphir brought his knowledge of musical instruments to the U.S. during World War II, when he took his piano business…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Three fireplaces, attached three-car garage, finished basement, $1.3 million.
From elegant and stately mansions to modern, environmentally-friendly abodes, the Chicago suburbs are chock-full of one-of-a-kind homes. Each week, Patch features one Wow House that caught our attention. This week Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty has a house, 9681 Elms Terrace, listed at $1,299,000. Related: Check out all the Wow Houses. This dream home features hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling, an attached, three-car garage, three fireplaces and a finished basement. Take a peek inside, and see what this high-end price tag fetches in 60016. Want to nominate a spectacular, unusual or just plain cool property to be a Patch Wow House? Tell us in the comments section below. Find Patch on Facebook; click like. Stay connected: Receive an…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Chiasso offers modern looks at affordable prices.
Stepping into Chiasso feels more like entering the lobby of a chic hotel than a furniture store. The white walls and bright illumination showcase walls lined with modern art and couches set up with pillows and chairs that look like comfortable places to sit down and chat. “Everyone seems super excited that we're here, and that we're so different from everyone else,” said store manager Dave Spaulding. “We're adding something that certainly wasn't here before.” Earlier: Wilmette Shop Strives to Build Biking Culture Beginning as a catalog and Web only business, Chiasso opened a store in Chicago’s Lincoln Park six years ago. The Wilmette location, which opened in October, is the store’s first foray into the suburbs. “The Lincoln Park store was…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The seven-year-old Evanston restaurant has revamped its décor and food.
Looking for some good, traditional Chinese food? Skip the trip to Chinatown and head to Koi Chinese & Sushi in nearby Evanston. I’ve been to the spot at 624 Davis St. a few times since it opened seven years ago while I was a student in Northwestern. I’d taken advantage of its lovely décor for a Valentine’s Day date, spacious back room for hosting big groups and enjoyed their great drink specials with friends. But it had been more than a year since their announcement of a new look and menu brought me in to reexamine the restaurant. Earlier: Cooking Up Change I’ve always enjoyed the very laidback but elegant feel of Koi, and was happy that the style has just been improved, rather than changed. The alterations are subtle, with chairs going …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Velosmith Bicycle Studio hosts weekly rides, plus lectures, film screenings and yoga.
Evanston resident Tony Bustamante grew up in a bike shop. When he was a little kid, the Highland Park native would go to work with his father, Alberto Bustamante, at Alberto’s Cycles in Hubbard Woods. Alberto owned the Winnetka shop for 30 years, and Tony worked with him throughout high school and college, before moving to Santa Monica to work at bike shops there. After considering it for a decade, Tony and his wife Julia Bustamante used that lifetime of experience to open Velosmith Bicycle Studio in Wilmette in April. Velosmith is not your typical retail shop. Business is mostly done by appointment and the shop primarily deals in custom bikes. “It's a passion-based industry that we're in,” Julia said. “When you have this kind of passion, …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Patch asked; you responded. Here's what you had to say about local mechanics.
We asked you to tell us who you trust when it comes to local mechanics in Wilmette. Readers sounded off in our directory of local businesses and let us know in the comments. Here's what you had to say: Tim Fella and his crew at North Shore Automotive are some of the nicest and most honest people around!" Alfred Mulle wrote. "My family has bought, traded in and serviced all of our vehicles from here. They run a clean, honest business. I recommend them to everyone I know!" Missy Ingle praised Lake and Green Bay BP Auto Care's connection to the community, noting that the owner and his mother and two sisters are from Wilmette and that the business regularly contributes to the village's charities. "The service at the station is a A+ from the …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Features include 10 rooms, hardwood floors and a high-end kitchen.
From elegant and stately mansions to modern, environmentally friendly abodes, The Chicago suburbs are chock-full of one-of-a-kind homes. Each week Patch will feature one Wow House that caught our attention. This week a 4,670 square-foot house in Des Plaines takes the title. Click here to check out all the Wow Houses. This traditional brick and stone house, 637 Howard Ave., was built in 2007, and sits on a deep, professionally landscaped lot, 60 feet by 170 feet, with a patio in the backyard. The front door opens to a dramatic, two-story foyer, and there are cherry hardwood floors throughout. Related: A $2.9 million gem with New England charm. The heating and cooling systems are zoned, which means there is a furnace and air conditioning …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Let Patch Places help you find the best spots to carryout or order in for the big game.
Super Bowl Sunday may not actually be the biggest day of the year for pizza sales, but it's always in the top five, says Jeremy White, the editor-in-chief of Pizza Today magazine. “Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday are all big days for pizza,” White said. “It varies from year to year, with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day rounding out the top five days." And White is certainly a big advocate of ordering a few pies to enhance your Super Bowl viewing enjoyment. “You definitely want to have pizza and a few good drinks on hand to avoid any letdown in game,” White joked. Tips for rounding out your Super Bowl party At the risk of sounding cheesy, White gets right to the crust of the matter when it comes to pizza and …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Can you smell the sea breeze? This 5,600 square-foot estate brings Nantucket design to the North Shore.
From elegant and stately mansions to modern, environmentally friendly abodes, The North Shore is chock-full of one-of-a-kind homes. Each week, Patch will feature one ‘Wow House’ that caught our attention. This week, a 5,600 square-foot Northbrook estate steals our hearts. Set on two acres down a private lane, the $2.9 million showstopper invokes New England with its cedar shake shingles, peaked rooflines, gables and expansive porches. Completed by builder Orren Pickell in 2005, 23 Bridlewood Road won a Crystal Key Award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago for its architectural design. Last Week: Glenayre Mansion Makes This Week's 'Wow' House Inside this mansion, French doors lead through the foyer to an enormous family …