Category Archives: Economics

Another skinny example

The subdivided retail unit next to the Round Lake Beach Kohl’s is STILL vacant. (We’ve been coming up with examples of other, successful businesses and activities which could make use of the space, but no takers so far. As shown in our original post about … Continue reading

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Vacant is as Vacant does

Decided to check for signs of life at the vacant retail unit next to Sally Beauty Supplies while getting some greeting cards at Ann’s Hallmark (same building as the Kohl’s). No sign of life. In fact, the “Unit For Lease” window … Continue reading

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Webinar: “Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities”

Webinar: “Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities” Date: Monday, July 27th Time: 1PM CST Cost: FREE (Advanced online registration required) America Walks’ second series of “Walking College” webinars launches July 27th. Designed for the Walking College Fellowship program, and open … Continue reading

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Our Former Applebee’s

[This post was started before the recent announcement about the re-purposing of the former RLB Applebee’s building. If this reads like it starts out in one direction, then changes course and heads another way, well… that’s exactly what happened.] Well, it’s … Continue reading

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Repairing the “Fabric” of our Lives

Sorry, could’t help but borrow the line from the old Cotton marketing campaign. We’re going to take a very quick look at “Repair” and “Recycle” from the “R”s of Sustainability. (Reduce / Re-use / Recycle / Repair / Repurpose / Rehome) as they … Continue reading

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Why “Reimagine” Round Lake Beach?

Why is it “Reimagine” Round Lake Beach? Many reasons, most of which we’ve covered in this blog, and on our Facebook page, over the last year… but here’s one more. From Leigh Gallagher, author of “The End of the Suburbs: … Continue reading

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Sunday Small-Business Blues

So this is the first “nice” weekend of spring (after that extra-nasty winter), and we were out and about today like good American consumers, spending money here, and planning to spend money later there. (That IS what we’re supposed to do, isn’t it? … Continue reading

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About those jobs…

While we’re waiting for the economy to “rebound” (ain’t gonna happen, but that’s another post), it is important to really understand that a lot of the well-paying, benefits-providing jobs that existed before the recession just aren’t coming back. More and more of the “middle … Continue reading

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“Rental Bubble” on the way?

Perhaps coincidentally, this article in the New York Times was published the day before the Daily Herald’s article about Round Lake Beach village leadership being concerned by the relative lack of sales of single-family homes to actual homeowners, and more-so to investors: “Wall Street’s … Continue reading

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“Showrooming” and the Local Economy

“Showrooming” is the practice of customers going into a retailer to investigate a product, whether for fit, complexity, size, operation, etc. They often rely on the expertise and knowledge of an employee or the business owner to find out more … Continue reading

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