DeEtta’s Bakery owners, Morgan and Kevin Tyschper, are taking the plunge and opening their first commercial space at 428 W. Fifth Ave., Naperville. Although, there is nothing commercial about this bakery.
“We are an old-fashioned bakery; scones, chocolate chip cookies, butter cookies, muffins, breads and cakes. Even hamburger buns,” says Kevin about re-creating an old-time bakery with focus on quality and an extra touch of that grandmother-kind-of love. The chocolate chip cookies are sprinkled with sea salt, and the scones are neither triangles nor dry, but moist drop scones in various flavors.
Although the bakery offers no seating, they do offer an exclusive blend of organic fair trade coffee by Sparrow Coffee, and a selection of artsy cards to go with the last-minute birthday cake pickup.
Morgan, originally a pediatric dietitian but an avid baker since her childhood, does all the specialty cake designs: from elaborate wedding to birthday cakes. Another DeEtta’s Bakery touch is a private room to go over designs and do some tastings.
The couple started DeEtta’s about four years ago, named after Morgan’s mom who first instilled the love for baking in her daughter.
“We started baking for friends, and it blossomed; we needed to get into a commercial space,” says Morgan, who has always loved to cook and bake with Kevin even when they were dating. “It got to a point where we had to decide, do we expand or do we stop.”
Parking and ease of accessibility for customers as well as a large enough space for their walk-in freezer and ovens were a must.
“We started in Naperville and wanted to stay in Naperville,” Kevin says.
With Naperville North High School across the street, and with bundles of businesses in the vicinity, as well as Mill Street and Ogden Avenue just steps away, the Tyschpers were sold on the location.
“It’s also close to where we live,” says Morgan, which is an added advantage when also juggling three young children.
“This is our passion,” Morgan says. “We can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
This week La Sorella Di Francesca, an Italian rustic casual dining restaurant, is celebrating 20 years in Naperville at their downtown location, 18 W. Jefferson Ave. Throw-back prices and other specialties are on tap as thanks to their loyal Naperville customers.
“We have seen children grow up and bring their children to the restaurant,” says Lisa Mango, general manager at the Naperville location and beverage director for the entire Francesca company. “Some of our staff members are lifers, including chef de cuisine Margaro Ochoa.”
La Sorella Di Francesca, meaning the sister of Francesca, is part of the original restaurant Mia Francesca opened by Chef Scott Harris and partners Michael Noone and Terry Alexander in 1992 on North Clark Street in Chicago. It has morphed into 20 Chicago-area locations and also spread to California, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
An extensive wine list complements menu favorites such as Pollo Arosto Alla Romano, a half roast chicken with lemon sauce, pasta, antipasti, pizza, and a variety of seafood dishes.
To mimic the Italian dining experience encouraging interaction with fellow diners, tables are placed unusually close to each other, Mango explains.
After all, their motto is: “the lively art of dining.”
With Walmart opening on 75th Street in Naperville, so will their family hair salon SmartStyle, a walk-in salon “designed to serve the busy, value-conscious shopper.”
The no-appointment salon is part of the Regis Corp., a beauty industry leader, and has more than 2,500 locations in the United States and Canada.
The family salon not only offers haircuts for children, men and women, but also color treatments, perms and more. Some of the professional hair-care products sold through SmartStyle include Designline, Paul Mitchell, Redken and Biolage.
To kick off their grand opening, SmartStyle will offer special pricing for a limited time.
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