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New Bike Shop Opens on Woodstock Square

The doors opened for business March 2 at Bike Haven on the Woodstock Square. Owner Josh Arnow, who opened his first store in McHenry more than five years ago, saw the Square as an ideal location for his vision of an “old-school” bicycle shop.  The store carries all...

Mia Passione Now Open on Main St.

Woodstock’s newest addition to the downtown area, Mia Passione, 228 Main St., serves up what owner Michael Palmieri calls “Italian-American comfort food". The Italian eatery’s Woodstock location opened March 9. Palmieri also runs a location in River Grove, which...

Benton Street Businesses to Host Block Parties

Some bars and restaurants along Benton Street will host a series of outdoor parties beginning this month. The Woodstock City Council approved a request Feb. 21 to allow a group of businesses to hold four events — dubbed Benton Street Block Parties — along North Benton...

Rendezvous Bistro Under New Ownership

Rendezvous Bistro has new owners, a new look and a new menu.  Megan and TJ Liebetrau, both born and raised in Woodstock, purchased the restaurant just off Highway 14 in January with the goal of bringing something unique to the area.  Megan Liebetrau began working in...

Windy City Motorcycle Buys Woodstock H-D

Woodstock Harley-Davidson has a new owner. Windy City Motorcycle Co. recently acquired the dealership at 2235 S. Eastwood Drive along with its sister stores in McHenry and Lake Geneva, Wis. The company owns 13 dealerships and retail stores throughout the Chicago and...

Daughter Continues Legacy With Pirro’s Sauces

Brianna Pirro never envisioned herself as an entrepreneur, but now, growing the business she started with her late father is her biggest goal. Pirro is continuing a family legacy by running the company she and her father founded, selling jarred pasta and pizza sauces...

Cigar Shop, Hookah Lounge Expands

Capo Cigars and Hookah Lounge recently moved near the Square after four years at a previous location on Lake Avenue. Owner Rico Corvelli saw the potential in Woodstock for this type of business back in 2012 when he opened his business at 805 Lake Ave.  Once the...

Local Artist Sets up Shop on Woodstock Square

Eli Siso’s initial plans to own a consignment and resale shop on the Square didn’t include plans for an art gallery or studio, but plans change.  Siso, 60, of Woodstock, had a small store in Harvard before moving to Woodstock in fall of 2016. The opening of his shop,...

40 Years Later, Matrix 4 is Thriving

A Woodstock business is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and things have never looked better. But in July 2014, things were dire for Matrix 4, 610 E. Judd St. “The business had failed. It didn’t have money. Didn’t have resources. Didn’t have a team,” said Patricia...

Spirits for Sample at Wondertucky

Wondertucky Distillery is set to open the doors to a new tasting room this week.  Owner Dave Cunningham started distributing his handcrafted bourbon and whiskey at his distillery, Wondertucky, the first of its kind in McHenry County. Today, the products are on the...

Local Trees Provide Christmas Cheer

For more than 50 years, Oney's Tree Farm has been among the many area Christmas tree farms creating holiday memories for Woodstock locals and visitors. The farm at 16608 Highway 14, currently is owned by Scott and Christina Peterson, who took over the business from...

Farmers to Bring Soap Shop Downtown

Six years ago, when Annette Gast and her two daughters moved to a home on five acres in the Harvard countryside, one of her daughters commented, “When you live on a farm, you need animals.”  Gast complied, and the choice of two nanny goats they found on Craigslist...

Laundromutt Open for Pet Grooming

Local pet owners have a new option for handling their dirty, shaggy pets. They can take them to the Laundromutt. Located at 501 S. Eastwood Drive, the Laundromutt is a new pet grooming facility occupying the former  Dog In Suds grooming shop. Rebecca Maxa recently...

Wonder Lake Company Aims High

For Steve Wohnrade, the decision to start a company offering professional drone services came to mind a few years ago.  Wohnrade, 58, a lifelong resident of Wonder Lake, is the owner of Air1 Drone Services LLC, which he operates out of his home, working alongside his...

New Bike Shop to Open on Square

An established area bicycle shop will open a new branch on the Woodstock Square this winter. The Bike Haven, which operates a store in McHenry, will open a second location at 132 Cass St. within the next few months, according to Josh Arnow, who owns the business with...

Web Startup Aims to Educate on Local Races

A startup is aiming to move local elections to the top of the ballot with a new website that compiles candidate data from multiple sources. BallotReady.org covers elections in 10 states, including Illinois, by supplying basic, nonpartisan information on candidates...

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