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Housing Sales, Prices up in Woodstock Area

The housing market in Woodstock appears to be strengthening, according to property sales data and local real estate agents. Through the first six months of 2017, 208 single-family homes in 60098 sold at an average price of about $230,000, figures from the Multiple...

Distillery to Add Outdoor Service for Tour Groups

A local distillery plans to add outdoor service and tastings to its offerings. Wondertucky Distillery & Bottling Co., 315 E. South St., will be allowed to host outdoor seating and on-site consumption of its products after the City Council modified the distillery’s...

Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Benton Street Boardwalk was paid for with city TIF funds An outdoor dining project funded by the city of Woodstock has opened just off the Square. The Benton Street Boardwalk, a series of wooden platforms that allows some downtown restaurants to host al fresco dining,...

Rosati’s Debuts Outdoor Seating

A Woodstock restaurant best known for pizza has added an outdoor dining option. Cheryl Rosati, Woodstock, owns Rosati’s, a family-owned establishment which started as a takeout and delivery location. Together with her sons Michael and Anthony, the family expanded...

Farm-to-Table at Woodstock Restaurant

Owners of a Woodstock restaurant are proud to serve farm-fresh food to their customers — and even prouder to say they are the ones behind the process.  Mary Witt and Antonio Delgado own Isabel’s Family Restaurant at 1110 N. Seminary Ave. The husband...

Woodstock Restaurant Wins Ribfest

Woodstock’s BBQ King Smokehouse, 125 E. Calhoun St., defeated 12 competitors and took home the grand prize for best ribs for the second consecutive year at Chicago’s Ribfest.  Owner Jason Szmurlo has hauled his smoker to the annual competition, hosted...

New Cafe Coming to Woodstock Train Depot

The Woodstock train depot will reopen soon when a new cafe featuring gourmet coffees, sandwiches and to-go meals moves into the space. Bryson Calvin, who owns Main Street PourHouse, plans to open Church St. Cafe by the end of July. The cafe at 90 Church St. will offer...

Storage, Gas Station Planned for 14 and 47

The southwest corner of Highway 14 and Route 47 could soon have a gas station, convenience store and storage facility after the Woodstock City Council approved a special-use permit for the development. Glenview-based Pearl Street Commercial LLC plans to build a...

Stassen Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Family-owned Stassen Insurance is proof that excellent customer service and attention to detail are among the keys to a long and successful business. This summer the Woodstock company is commemorating 50 years of being in business. The staff celebrated with an open...

Woodstock Heating Marks Centennial

One of Woodstock’s oldest businesses turned 100 this year.  Eric and Dawn Iversen bought Woodstock Heating in February 2016 from former owner Mike Gallagher. For Eric Iversen, who has been in the HVAC industry for 28 years, owning his own business was...

New Director Joins Wonder Lake Chamber

The Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce recently hired a new executive director who hopes to build on the success of small businesses in the community.  Celeste Fuentes joined the chamber in April as executive director. Fuentes replaced Donna Sullivan, who moved to...

Porkies Adds Outdoor Bar, Movies

Porkies Pig Roast is welcoming in the warmer months of the year with a new outdoor bar and summer movie nights.  Owner Jakes Dioguardi describes his business as an eclectic sandwich shop that specializes in catering, with some unique barbecue items. The indoor...

Council OKs Gambling at Square Restaurant

A restaurant on the Woodstock Square will offer video gambling after a divided City Council voted to allow it. La Placita, 108 Cass St., was granted a gambling license May 2 despite concern from some council members over the restaurant’s location and an earlier...

Biz Owner Meets With Trump at White House

A Woodstock business owner was part of a contingent of manufacturing industry representatives who met with President Donald Trump and other White House officials to discuss issues facing American manufacturers. Patricia Miller, owner and chief executive officer of...

Downtown Salon to Expand After Receiving Loan From City

A local salon will unveil a new look after receiving a $60,000 loan from the city of Woodstock. D&A Salon, 108 N. Benton St., will add new product lines, nail service, a color bar, more cutting stations and a designated workshop area when its expansion into an...

Crystal Lake Marine to Expand, City OKs Loan

Crystal Lake Marine Services is expanding and rebranding with the help of an $85,000 loan from the city of Woodstock. The business at 1151 Lake Ave. will move in May to a much larger space at 2050 S. Eastwood Drive, the former home of Woodstock Harley-Davidson. It...

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