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Business Comings & Goings: Halloween Express Back for Annual Haunt

Buona Beef may be coming to Beverly, Little Company of Mary offering tower tours and more.

Buona Restaurants and Catering is considering opening a location in the Beverly community, but has no specific location lined up.

“Beverly would be a good fit,” said John Gill, marketing director for the Berwyn-based restaurant chain. “But we have no timeline and no specific location picked out.”

“Our business and our menu fits in well with the Beverly community,” he said. “And Beverly is one of our most requested places for a new location.”

If Buona decides to build in Beverly, it would be the chain’s first location inside Chicago.

The chain has 14 suburban restaurants and is building a 15th in Orland Park, which is expected to open later this year, Gill said.

Little Company Offers Tours of New Tower

Little Company of Mary Hospital is inviting residents to tour the hospital’s new West Pavilion patient tower, which will be opening next month.

The tower will feature a new Women’s Center for Life and Health and the hospital’s nationally accredited Breast Health Center and Family Birth Center.

Sign up for the tours at Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Halloween Express Returns to 95th Street

The Halloween season is upon us and Halloween Express opened a costume and decorations store last week at 6101 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn.

The store will remain open through Nov. 2 and hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 708-658-0325 or visit them online at Halloween Express.

Another Halloween store called Halloween USA is getting ready to open at 4981 Cal Sag Road in Crestwood and Spirit is advertising a store opening at 14726 S. Cicero Ave. in Midlothian.

Oak Lawn Church Offers Smart Food Choices

, has started a low-cost food service called Smart Choice Food.

“It’s like MarketDay on steroids,” said parishioner Melissa Kronenberger, who is one of the church volunteers helping with the program.

“Anyone can come in and use the program,” she said. “It’s a church ministry to help people save money on food.”

“There are different packages,” she said. “One is a pack of 10 convenience meals for $29, which is very popular with seniors.”

A list of food items available for ordering can be found online at Smart Choice Food.

The church operates the program at cost, she said. Participants can pay with a Visa or by check.

“They are going to be able to accept LINK cards in the near future,” she said.

“This started in the South,” she said. “And we’re the only church in the Oak Lawn area that participates.”

“You can place orders online or at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday,” Kronenberger said.

The last day to place orders for September is Monday, Sept. 17.

Orders will be picked up at the church lobby on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

For information, call the church at 708-599-3661.

Parcels Express Moves in Alsip

Parcels Express recently opened a newer, larger store at 12003 S. Pulaski Road in Alsip. The new location has gifts, cards and Yankee Candles in addition to 24-hour access post office boxes. For information, call 708-388-3800.

Farmers Market Features Aesthetic TLC

Today’s Oak Lawn Farmers Market is featuring Aesthetic TLC.

Crestwood to Host Job Fair

A free job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Biela Center, 4545 Midlothian Turnpike in Crestwood. For information, call 708-293-1430.

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.

Kathy Fontaine September 13, 2012 at 01:30 AM
The Beverly Review published an article stating that Buona Beef was going to be putting the business at the corner of 107th Street and Western Avenue. It would occupy the now vacant muffler shop on the corner and the vacant nursery next to it.
Bob Bong September 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I asked if a site had been picked out and John Gill said no specific location had as yet been selected for a Buona Beef in Beverly.

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