Join me this Friday, April 28th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., for a Follow Me on Friday “twofer.” I’m cutting the ribbon for two new Rogers Park businesses, which are just around the corner from each other: Reflections of Lola, 1771 W. Greenleaf (just east of the Metra station) and the State Farm insurance office of Nick Kosiek, 7051 N. Clark (midway between Greenleaf and Estes).
The festivities begin at Reflections of Lola, where we will enjoy complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and some delicious appetizers from two amazing local eateries–the Caribbean American Bakery and Badou’s Senegalese Cuisine.
Lola Poindexter (right) recently opened Reflectons of Lola, a novelty store with relaxational services and complimentary products. She offers clothing, herbs, jewelry and accessories from around the world. Create your own fragrance in a happy, care-free environment.
Lola believes beauty starts from within and her store specializes in taking care of one’s inner beauty as well as their outer beauty.
At around 6:00 p.m., we’ll toast to Lola’s success, cut the ribbon and head over to Nick Kosiek’s State Farm office where we will toast to his success, cut a ribbon at his agency and then enjoy some complimentary beverages and pizza from JB Alberto’s and chicken wings from Buffalo Joe’s. Nick will treat us to a few tunes from his vintage record collection.
Nick (left) just opened his own State Farm agency after working with State Farm for the last five years. Nick got his start with State Farm as a summer intern and worked his way up to become a full-time sales representative after graduating from Eastern Illinois University.
Nick says he’s seen a lot of different situations in the insurance industry and knows how to protect others from the unexpected. “I’m excited to be a part of the Rogers Park community and be a trusted insurance resource,” says Nick. “Managing the risks of everyday life is not easy,” he adds. “It is my passion to help!”
While at Lola and Nick’s, you’ll have the opportunity to vote early in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Election. My staff and volunteers will be at both locations with ballots in hand so you can vote for your favorite proposed neighborhood improvement projects. For more information on the PB49 election, click here.
“Follow Me on Friday” is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. About once or twice a month on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark;Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; Chuckie’s, 1412 W. Morse; the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; The Growling Rabbit, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Grill Inn, 1422 W. Morse; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; Cafe Descartes, 6451 N. Sheridan; theGreenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; the Mezz Gallery at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis; and Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan, El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood; Twisted Tapas, 1146 W. Pratt; Heartland on the Lake, 1200 W. Greenleaf; La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark; Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood; the Pottawattomie Park Picnic in the Park, 7340 N. Rogers; Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon; Thai Spice, 1320 W. Devon; VZN Eye Care, 6814 N. Sheridan; Hops and Grapes, 6816 N. Sheridan; SP Kebab, 6808 N. Sheridan; Devon Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon; The Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan; Ireland’s, 6511 N. Sheridan; McDonald’s, 6740 N. Clark; Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon; BMO Harris Smart Branch, 6556 N. Sheridan; Pita Pit, 6558 N. Sheridan; True Nature Foods at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse; Su Taqueria El Rey del Taco, 7138 N. Clark; The Side Project, 1435 W. Jarvis; NovaCare Rehabilitation, 1214 W. Loyola Court; Go Grocer, 6435 N. Sheridan; Leona’s, 6935 N. Sheridan; Capt’n Nemo’s, 7367 N. Clark; Cunneen’s Bar, 1424 W. Devon; Lakeshore Community Partners, 6443 N. Sheridan; the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard; Rogers Pier, 6800 N. Sheridan; Safari Lounge & Ethiopian Cuisine, 7124 N. Clark; Clarke’s Diner, 6431 N. Sheridan; the A&T Pancake House and Grill, 7036 N. Clark; Anytime Fitness Chicago-North, 1346 W. Devon; Theater Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis; Little Unicoco, 1631 W. Howard; Rogue Fusion, 7027 N. Clark; Blaze Pizza–Loyola, 6550 N. Sheridan, Caffé ArrivaDolce, 6451 N. Sheridan, and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview.
Please join me in welcoming Lola and Nick to our neighborhood!