Shannon Taylor and Angel Herzberger, of Naperville, opened Glam & Glitz, a boutique-girls party venue, last October.
The boutique, 1292 Rickert Drive, Naperville, offers parties for girls of all ages, from makeovers to glitzy dressups to karaoke fun. While the party attendees enjoy themselves, moms get to shop brands such as 1961 Jeans and Wooden Ships sweaters on the other side of the boutique.
“The whole concept of Glam & Glitz, beauty from inside out, is to also help build their self-esteem,” says Taylor, a beauty pageant enthusiast and former participant. Daughter Madison Langley was crowned 2013 Miss Teen Illinois, Taylor says.
Partnering with longtime friend and like-minded business partner Herzberger, the two ladies found just the right location and look for Glam & Glitz.
The store is divided into two section, right down the middle. On the left, hot pink walls, a runway, karaoke machine and makeover stations invite party participants to live out their imagination.
“We offer a ton of different parties,” says Taylor as she opens floor-to-ceiling closets stocked with butterfly wings, rock star diva sparkles, princess outfits, spa robes and other glitzy costumes.
“The only things mom has to bring is the food, like pizza and cupcakes,” Taylor says.
The boutique-side of the shop is held in subdued yet elegant colors with racks of fun casual wear. A wide selection of scarves, jewelry and hats complete the classy yet affordable outfit choices, all discounted for party participants.
Glam & Glitz also partners with Neo Bella Salon next door for specials, and is also looking to open a second store in the near future. Workshops for teenage girls to learn about makeup application are also under development.
The venue is also open for adult parties.
“We just recently hosted a bunko party,” Taylor chuckles.
All things breaded
Armorico Breaded Steak set up Nov. 30 at 5019 Ace Lane, suite 131, off Route 59 at the southern tip of Naperville.
As the title suggests, Armorico specializes in breaded steaks, but also offers an extensive fast-food menu with an Italian kick.
“We have pizzas, and we make our own sauces also. Of course, we do meatballs,” explains store manager Maciano Khorasani. Other favorites are Italian beef, and pepper and egg sandwiches; a selection of pastas and burgers are also found on the menu.
“The sandwiches are all warm,” says Khorasani of their fare.
The kids menu includes hot dogs, pizzas and nuggets.
A 9-inch breaded steak sandwich is $8.49; a 6-inch sandwich is $5.49. Armorico also does take out, delivery and catering.
Walker’s Charhouse 8 W. Gartner Road, recently was purchased by Bryan Werschulz, of Naperville. He started his career at the restaurant five years ago.
Within that time, Werschulz moved up the career ladder from server to bartender to assistant manager, and now owner of the Naperville dining tradition since 1995.
He is teaming up with long-time friend and culinary arts graduate Robert Gramit.
“Chef Ryan has completely invigorated our menu, upgrading to all black angus beef, crafting new pork, chicken and seafood features, plus creating monthly special entrees and appetizers,” according to a press release.
Walker’s Charhouse was featured on “Chicago’s Best” TV show as one of the best steakhouse restaurants in the Chicago area.
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