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Handcrafted Community + Full of Character = Kara Kesselring

MEET KARA KESSELRING. SHE’S #FULLOFCHARACTER. Photo by Joel Gonzalez of WeOurStory Who is Kara? I was born and raised in Southeast Iowa on a family farm.  I started performing when I was little and graduated with a music degree from the University of Iowa.  I immediately moved to Chicago and started freelance gigging.  My husband and I lived in Wickermore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Dr. Berenice Lopez of Smile Fixation

Name: Dr. Berenice Lopez Hometown: Chicago, IL Current Residence: Chicago, IL All About Berenice: For most people, dentistry doesn’t sound very interesting. For me, dentistry is a childhood dream I have been chasing for years. I have been a lifelong resident of Chicago. After earning my Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois in Chicago, I entered themore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Angela Tomassetti of Fit Club

Name: Angela Tomassetti Hometown: Richton Park, IL Current Residence: Berwyn, IL All About Angela: When residents ask if I’m originally from Berwyn, I get a kick out of seeing their reactions when I explain I grew up just a bit further south. How far? Just south of 211th and Harlem—South! After graduating with degrees in dance and finance, I bounced aroundmore »

Handcrafted Community + Full of Character = Brendan O’Connor, Big Guys Sausage Stand.

MEET BRENDAN O’CONNOR. HE’S #FULLOFCHARACTER. Photo by Joel Gonzalez of WeOurStory Who is Brendan? Brendan O’Connor is the enamored husband of Kelly Diaz and lucky dad of three charming girls. We live happily in North Berwyn, only a few blocks from my childhood home and a little more than a stone’s throw from my restaurant, Big Guys Sausage Stand, andmore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Alexandria Srbinovski of V Bar

Meet Alexandria Srbinovski of V Bar (2717 S Ridgeland Ave), est. 2015 Hometown: Berwyn, IL Current Residence: Berwyn, IL All About Alexandria: I grew up in Berwyn and am very close to my parents and 2 younger sisters. I speak Macedonian fluently. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Marketing. In my free time I love to cook, gomore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Dave Terrazino of Youth Crossroads, Inc.

Meet Dave Terrazino of Youth Crossroads, Inc. (3401 Gunderson Avenue, 2E), est. 1974 Hometown: Brookfield, IL Current Residence: Brookfield, IL All About Dave: I was born in Chicago and grew up in Riverside. I graduated from R-B high School, then U of I Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor’s in Psychology/Child Development before earning a Master’s Of Science Degree in Human Servicesmore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Kate FitzGerald of FitzGerald’s Nightclub & Sidebar

Meet Kate FitzGerald of FitzGerald’s Nightclub & Sidebar (6615 W Roosevelt Rd), est. 1980 Hometown: Oak Park, IL Current Residence: Oak Park, IL All About Kate: I grew up around the midwest, moved to Oak Park at age 8, majored in English in college and then got my Master’s in Medieval Lit from Marquette. I bounced around jobs mostly having tomore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Gail Lovero of Gone Travl’n Inc.

Meet Gail Lovero of Gone Travl’n Inc (6536 W Cermak Rd), est 2008 Hometown: Stickney, IL Residence: Berwyn, IL All About Gail: I’m Gail, hailing from Stickney, Illinois. Growing up, I attended local public schools, then college in Texas with overseas studies in Europe for Fashion. It seemed as if I had traveled everywhere but nothing was quite like home; after allmore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Quinessa “Q” Solomon of Always on Q

Meet Quinessa “Q” Solomon, Cabi Rep and Local Fashionista behind Always on Q Hometown: Chicago, IL Current Residence: Berwyn, IL All About Q: I was born Quinessa T. Solomon, but once you know me, you’ll just call me “Q.” I’m a mother of two—a 10-year-old daughter, Kaydence and an 8-month-old son, Kadé.  My lifetime partner and my children’s father, Kris, andmore »

Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: John Adolf of Adolf Berwyn Funeral Home

Meet John Adolf of Adolf Berwyn Funeral Home (2921 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn), est. 1959 Hometown: Clarendon Hills, IL Current residence: Burr Ridge, IL All About John: The eldest of seven children, I grew up with five sisters and one brother. We grew up in a 3 bedroom ranch style home and my parents eventually added a second floor additionmore »