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Business Comings and Goings: Southtown Paint and Wallpaper Closing Dec. 31

Title lending company opens in Oak Lawn, Caputo's dispels rumor, Evergreen Park Ice Rink open for skating and care packages for the troops.

Southtown Paint and Wallpaper, which has been in the painting business for more than 70 years, will be closing its Evergreen Park store at the end of December.

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Store manager Mark Keele said the Evergreen location at 3401 W. 95th St. will be consolidating with the company’s store at 11951 W. 143rd St. in Orland Park as of Jan. 1.

Keele, who has been with the company for 11 years, said all five employees at the Evergreen store would be transferring to the Orland store.

“We are holding an inventory reduction sale,” he said to pare down the amount of painting supplies the company will be moving to the Orland store.

“We will still deliver to the Evergreen Park area, like we have for the past 50 years,” he said. “The Evergreen store phone number will still work.”

Both stores are open daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are closed on Sunday.

For information, call 708-424-1800 or visit Southtown Paint and Wallpaper.

TitleMax Opens in Oak Lawn

TitleMax, a national company that makes title loans, opened last week at 10033 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Lawn.

“We are proud to bring our services to the residents of Oak Lawn,” said Otto Bielss, senior vice president of operations for TMX Finance.

The store opened Dec. 4 and its hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TitleMax will make short-term loans up to $4,000 using a borrower’s car title as collateral. The borrower retains use of the car.

For information, call 708-529-2244 or visit TitleMax.

Caputo’s Dispels Rumor

Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets has dispelled rumors on its Facebook page that it is coming to Oak Lawn.

The company was started in 1958 and now has six locations in the western suburbs.

On Dec. 6, the company wrote on its Facebook page: "Sorry, but we have no plans of expanding towards that area at this time, that is just a rumor!" From the head honchos.

Evergreen Park Chamber Celebrates Yule

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce will elect new officers for 2013 at its Christmas lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at the Beverly Country Club.

Everyone is welcome. Cost is $35.

Ice Rink Now Open

The Evergreen Park Ice Rink is now open Saturdays and Sundays at Yukich Field at 89th Street and Kedzie Avenue. The ice is open for skating from 2-6 p.m. and for hockey from 6-8 p.m. For information or to book a party, call 708-229-3373. 

Charter Fitness Annual Toy Drive

Orland Park-based Charter Fitness is collecting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 21 at participating locations. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.

"Last year, we collected over 5,000 toys for children in need.  We'd like to top that this year and help even more kids have the best holiday possible," said Dan Collins, director of sales.

Marquette Bank Sends Care Packages

Marquette Bank assembled and shipped more than 80 care packages to Illinois soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq during the holidays.

Donations were collected through the bank’s Adopt-a-Soldier campaign.

“Although a lot of troops have been able to go home, many are still serving in dangerous locations, and this may be the first Christmas they will spend without their family and friends,” Georgeanne Krueger, assistant vice president, said. “We want them to know that we appreciate their sacrifice to serve our country.” 

Packages included snacks, personal hygiene products, DVDs, games, calling cards and other items not readily available in combat zones.  Items were collected at all 23 Marquette Bank locations. 

Marquette Bank would like to send out a special thanks to:

  • Tinley Park resident Nancy Hall for donating crocheted holiday wreaths
  • Local students and staff for making holiday cards, including Orland Park students from Mrs. Urbon, Mrs. Berchos and Mrs. Kneips’ classes at Centennial School, preschoolers and kindergarteners from Sandbox School and Boy Scout Troop 725 in Mokena
  • Parkview  bible study group for donating homemade cookies, candy, socks and cards

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.

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