Gamers can rejoice with The Gaming Goat’s opening Saturday at 4003 Plainfield Naperville Road, just south of 95th Street.
Young franchise owners Nicole Ariola, of Naperville, and fiancé Francisco Gomez are thrilled to build a business around their passion, from family board games to Indie games to all-out fantasy.
“Magic: The Gathering is probably the most known game right now,” says Ariola of a card game created by Richard Garfield in 1993. It also has a reputation for being addictive.
Other big names are Yugioh and League of Legends or the up-and-coming Weiss Schwarz, a Japanese collectible card game.
The Gaming Goat will host weekly tournaments of Magic: The Gathering games called Friday Night Magic, played throughout the U.S., starting at 6:30 p.m., Ariola says. Beginners and advanced players are all welcome.
The night will include board game demos, selling or buying trading cards, or asking for guidance in buying a gift. “We are constantly getting new games,” Ariola says.
Ariola has been involved with anime and gaming conventions for more than 11 years.
“I got into gaming because of the community feel,” Ariola says. “I’d go to conventions and hang out with friends with same interests.”
“Having The Gaming Goat is like recreating that feel in a store format.”
That’s exactly why Ariola and Gomez picked the Naperville location.
“We knew we wanted to stay in Naperville,” Ariola says. “It’s family oriented, and we really like the other stores around us.”
Ariola, a senior at Aurora University studying biology, still finds time to pursue her other passion as an animal caregiver at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. Gomez has been running his own business for years, Ariola says, incredibly focused at just 22 years old.
Back in business
After a few years away, and by popular demand, Jean Paul Fekete re-opened his Custom Fur Design business at Karisma Boutique, 232 S. Washington St., where he offers consultations.
“I no longer do retail. I’ve focused my business on re-designing, re-styling and repairing existing furs,” says Fekete, who has more than three decades experience in the fur and leather industry.
Fekete, who grew up in France and later came to the U.S. to play soccer professionally, went back to school to become a furrier.
His speciality is changing the size and length of existing fur. “Some need to make it bigger, some need it smaller, some longer, some shorter, it depends,” he says. “We look at samples and then choose a design.”
Nothing seems impossible to him.
With winter temperatures dipping, business is booming for Custom Fur Design.
“People realize they have a piece in their closet that may be several hundreds or more dollars worth,” Fekete adds. “And they can make something unique with it, something modern.”
Wendy’s at 1293 Rickert Drive, Naperville, recently received a face-lift, inside and out. The makeover is part of an overall re-branding effort of hundreds of Wendy locations in North America.
“This restaurant has bold curb appeal and features a compelling, innovative interior and exterior design,” said John Zielinski, divisional vice president of Wendy’s International. “It’s very different from what our customers in Naperville are used to, but we think they’ll really like the fresh look and feel of the new Wendy’s.”
Large windows fill a revamped dining area with natural light. A Wi-Fi bar, digital menu, fireplace and Coca-Cola self-serve soda machine round off a technologically innovative fast-food dining experience — a revamped menu, too.
“We think our customers will be surprised and excited about their new Wendy’s,” Zielinski said in a press release.
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