Luxe Cabinetry Design recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Naperville showroom at 115 E. Ogden Ave. It shares the space with Great Western Flooring, just east of Washington Street.
Tommy Okapal, owner and president of Luxe Cabinetry Design, and Christopher Jenkins, his business partner, vice president and senior designer, decided it was time to open their own custom-design cabinetry business in November 2012 after years of working together.
Partnering with Great Western Flooring, which has been serving Naperville for many years, seemed like a natural symbiosis. “We wanted to offer a location where our clients could combine selections for multiple products in one spot,” Okapal explains.
Premium quality materials and designs often inspired by nature but also a strong philosophy of client servicing rank high with the two designers.
“After putting in our years and analyzing how different cabinetry companies function, we both had a mutual feeling to offer a more personal and respectable service for our clients,” Jenkins explains. It’s not about “sell, sell, sell. We have meetings and say ‘nurture, nurture, nurture,’” Jenkins says.
“Custom does not mean more expensive,” Jenkins adds. “Often it is easier to achieve a budget with complete custom (designs) because there are so many choices that exist to meet any preferences a client may have in mind.”
Okapal is a member of the larger Keller family, which has been a part of Naperville since the early 1800s. He could not envision his business opening anywhere but here.
“Simply put, Naperville is an absolutely wonderful Chicago suburb based on the location, existing businesses, community involvement and support, and families that live in the area,” Okapal says.
Jenkins quickly, and happily, adopted Naperville as his new hometown. “People in the Naperville community are wonderful,” he says.
Luxe Cabinetry Design welcomes talented designers to show their work. They also are considering a second showroom.
Mass Mutual opened a Naperville office, led by Napervillian Robert Leonardo, on Dec. 2 at 1555 Naperville/Wheaton Road.
Leonardo, managing director of the The Hoopis Financial Group, a general agency of Mass Mutual, will offer customized financial consultation, planning and investments for individuals, families and businesses in the area.
“We are a one-stop shop — from basic to the most complex,” says Leonardo, who has more than 10 years experience in the industry. From 401K to annuities, Leonardo and his advisers help clients set up their investment plan. “We also offer licensed advisers for special-needs planning,” Leonardo says.
“Our approach is based on the clients’ needs,” Leonardo adds. “Some know exactly what they need; others may need guidance.”
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., founded in 1851 in Springfield, Mass., is a Fortune 500 company and services more than 13 million clients worldwide.
Best known as Mass Mutual the company does not have shareholders. Instead, policyholders and members share its ownership, according to its website.
Several closings off Diehl
A string of closings early this winter have limited the dining options of the business community along Diehl Road in Warrenville and Naperville.
Atlanta Bread Company, 28251 Diehl Road, and Jamba Juice, 28341 Diehl Road, followed Go Roma’s suit closing earlier in November. Neither were available for comment.
Atlanta Bread Co., a deli and bakery chain founded in 1993, experienced an early surge, but since about 2004 had to close about half its stores, struggling with competitors such as Panera Bread. Illinois only has one remaining Atlanta Bread Co. store in Champaign.
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