Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Calla Lily Cafe off Orchard Road opened in December.
During these winter months there’s nothing like a steaming hot breakfast to start the day off right. And with the opening of Calla Lily Cafe, 1055 Station Drive, a breakfast like that is on the horizon. The breakfast and lunch café opened in mid-December 2012, replacing the previous Flappy’s restaurant, which closed right before Thanksgiving. “It was always our dream to own a restaurant,” said Montgomery resident Dee Lopez, who owns the Calla Lily with her husband, Pedro. Lopez said her family owns many restaurants and bars in California and she had always wanted to try something similar. She previously owned and managed Precious Moments Daycare in Montgomery for 10 years, giving her the business know-how on how to run a restaurant. Calla …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Do you own a business in Oswego? Have you seen your listing in the Oswgo Patch directory? We’ve compiled what we hope is a comprehensive directory of businesses ranging from restaurants and stores to local government offices. Each listing has some general info and pictures of the business — but if you own or manage the business, you can claim the listing. Claiming the listing will give you more administrative access, so you can add photos, details we may have missed and other information. It's like your own personal web space on Patch, where thousands of people will see it each month. Plus, if we mention your business in a story the first place we link to is your directory listing so you want it to be full of up-to-date information and …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Diane Gonazlez, owner of Renew, has been styling hair at Renew since 2004.
In this day and age, with so much happening all the time, popping into a hair salon to get a haircut may seem like a chore to some. There’s the waiting, then the cutting, then the touching-up, maybe even some dye or styling. Maybe, as you sit in the chair, trying to check your emails while the stylist snips away, you think you should be elsewhere, working on something else. You think, hurry, hurry, hurry and utter a quick, “looks great,” when the stylist asks what you think and make a dash out the door to your next appointment, meeting, job, etc. But that’s not the case at Renew Hair Salon, owned by Aurora resident Diane Gonzalez. The name itself gives away what the salon is trying to accomplish. Gonzalez spotted the word in a bible verse …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
A limited menu will be served through this week for staff to acclimate.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A limited menu will be served through this week for staff to acclimate.
The smell of pepperoni, garlic and pizza sauce is wafting through the air at 65 W. Washington St. in downtown Oswego with the opening of the long-awaited Firehouse Pizza & Pub. Owner Billy Lumino said the restaurant had a soft opening on Monday for friends and family and during the Christmas Walk on Friday with a limited menu to ease the staff into operation. “We did not want to overwhelm them and ultimately create a bad experience for our customers,” said Lumino. The restaurant will switch to its full menu next week. The Firehouse had been slated for an earlier opening in late 2011, but was delayed due to the issues in the sewer system. The opening date was then moved to March 2012, but was also delayed. Lumino, who owns Firehouse with …
Monday, December 10, 2012
New location at 310 South Fifth Street will open on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Azza Salon and Day Spa is leaving its Mason Square location. But they aren’t going too far. Owner Lynda Vena said the salon is moving down the road to 310 South Fifth Street, right next to the Petsmart off of Route 34. Vena said they were very sad to leave their Mason Square location, 1152 Douglas Road, of six years due to a foreclosure of the property they were renting. “With that said, we are excited to continue to serve Oswego at the new location,” said Vena. “We are working hard to improve on the high standards we have already set in place,” said Vena. The new location will officially open on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Jean Reese, owner of BootSweet, created a design to benefit a little Oswego girl and help with Cystic Fibrosis research.
There might not be any snow on the ground yet, but it’s never too soon to start looking for that new pair of go-to boots to warm your feet for the winter season. But more than just warming your feet, one Oswego woman’s business is warming hearts as she works to raise money for a little Oswego girl fighting Cystic Fibrosis. Jean Reese, owner of BootSweet, “bedazzles” boots with hundreds of designs that she hand paints on each pair of boots. Want free local news in your inbox every morning? Sign up for our newsletter. And in honor of almost 2-year-old Makinlee Thomas, Reese has created a design of a purple rose to decorate the boots, for which all profits will go to the Miracles 4 Makinlee for their annual walk for Cystic Fibrosis research …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dawn Barr, creator of Iron Star Soap, sells her homemade, organic soaps online and at the Village Grind in Oswego.
Oswego resident Dawn Barr’s house smells delicious. It’s not the smell of fresh baked apple pie, or chocolate chip cookies. It’s not even one discernable scent. It’s the smell of around 20 different flavors of homemade, organic soaps that Barr makes for her small business Iron Star Soap out of her farm home. Barr said she began her hobby when she moved to Oswego about 10 years ago onto the little hobby farm. “We wanted to get goats,” said Barr. She and her family currently have five goats as pets. Their goat quest led them to a woman who made all-natural soaps from her goat’s milk and Barr was very intrigued by the idea. “I found out how she was making it and I’ve been doing it ever since. It’s evolved a lot as a figure what does and doesn…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
No, there's not a catch. SCORE's experienced mentors will help you take your business to the next level.
When it comes down to it, behind just about every small business is an entrepreneur hoping to turn their passion into a paycheck. But, as many wise business advisers have noted: Hope is not a strategy. Business owners need support to turn dreams into reality. That's why Patch is pleased to announce a new partnership with SCORE, a nonprofit organization with 12,000 business experts nationwide who provide free mentoring to small business owners. The partnership makes sense because we believe that when local commerce grows, the whole community gets stronger. Patch already provides free listings for local businesses and other tools to help build local brands. Whether you're a 10-year-old jewelry designer or a 79-year-old who carves wood knives…
Friday, July 27, 2012
The president's small-business comments upset many people and gave Republican Mitt Romney a point of attack. But Barack Obama said the comments were taken out of context. What do you think? Take the Patch Poll.
President Barack Obama's recent comments about small business created a firestorm that could become a focus of the 2012 election — even as Obama and his supporters say his comments were taken out of context. "Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own," he said during a July 13 speech in Virginia. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help ... If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen." Take the Patch poll below: Who plays the most significant role in creating jobs and economic growth? That's not the entire speech, which you can read on the independent FactCheck.org. According to that post, the comments were taken out of context: "There’s no question …