Bull & Bear Cigar Lounge re-opened March 1 at 22 E. Chicago Ave. under new ownership and a new look.
New owners Thananaum Chariya, Matthew Rasche, Donald Porus and Juan Leon have all been friends and longtime customers at Bull & Bear Cigar Lounge. So when previous owner Hal Elmore wanted to sell the location established in 2005, they took up the call.
“We couldn’t let it go and decided to buy it,” says Leon, a police officer in Naperville, who says he’s been very busy ever since.
Although the lounge is in a strip mall, customers are immediately transported into what resembles an English country club when the enter. Expect lots of smoke, leather and wood. The ladies are welcome, of course, too.
“It’s like a social club. Members get to know each other,” Leon says.
Cigars, humidors, accessories, a cozy venue and like-minded people to smoke with are what defines this shop.
Leon says they have been overwhelmed by the reception of the revamped cigar lounge.
“Some pick up a coffee next door and stop in for their lunch break, or come in after work,” he says.
Some patrons even make a specific stop while on business here to get their “fix.”
Bull & Bear also sells gift cards and happily guides newcomers through the world of cigars, from premium brands such as Ashton to flavored LUJ cigars. Gift cards worth $10 or $20 are available for purchase, and make great presents for husbands and boyfriends, Leon says.
The renovations of the 17,000-square-foot location included installing hardwood floors, some comfortable leather sofas and hanging five flat-screen TVs for watching popular sporting events. It was completed in just a few weeks.
“Many of the loyal customers helped by donating their skills and time during renovations,” Leon says. “It was amazing.”
Bull & Bear also will be hosting Kristoff Cigars by local vendor Glen Case in October. Details of upcoming events can be found at bullandbearnaperville.com.
Ann Taylor Loft re-opens
Ann Taylor Loft, 55 S. Main St., re-opened Sept. 20 with a brighter and warmer look, ready to offer the latest in women’s work and casual clothing.
Closed for just a little more than two weeks, the renovated location opened ahead of schedule earlier in September — just in time for Fall Girls Weekend in Naperville.
“It was great timing,” says Karrell Bell, store manager of the downtown location. “We had so many customers stroll through. More than expected.”
The new fall collection for women of all ages is out. Bell describes it as “all kinds of pants and lots of bright colors.”
Ann Taylor Loft is hiring part-time associates.
Design studio celebrates year move
Interior Planning & Design, a local studio specializing in commercial and residential work with a green touch, moved their design studio to 1783 S. Washington St., suite 100, more than a year ago.
“This is such a convenient location with walking-distance amenities for employes,” says Joan Kaufman, founder of Interior Planning & Design. “It’s important to feel comfortable at work.”
The shop Kaufman began more than 20 years ago has received numerous awards. It also offers a certified Feng Shui practitioner, implementing sustainable design ideas.
“We specialize in remodeling and reconfiguring spaces,” says Kaufman, who says they often remodel spaces while they are still occupied. “My forte is project coordination and orchestration.”
Take a virtual tour of this local design studio’s work at www.interiorplanning.com or visit their most recently finished project: The Springbrook Animal hospital on Route 59. It uses natural lighting and self-sustainable materials to create a warm and soothing environment for the animals, pet owners and employees.
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