Archives for March 2013

Downtown Madness Score Central Update: March 31, 11am

ScoreCentral_LogoIn a little over one day and one hour our Downtown Madness “FINE FOUR” will be trimmed to just two Elgin eateries squaring off in next weekend’s Championship Round. Who will it be? That’s up to you and the voting public.

Let’s take a look now at the voting totals thru Sunday, March 31 at 11am:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza leads Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa by 113

CROSSTOWN

Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog leads Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis by 54

The road to the “FINE FOUR” has been sweet but the journey is far from over. Gather up your easter baskets, put on your Sunday finest and tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues to get hopping to their laptops and mobile devices and rock the vote for your favorite Madness peeps!

Round 4 voting ends Monday, April 1 at Noon. Join the Madness in Elgin at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Eat16_Front_adDon’t forget now thru April 8, voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch cards at any of the 32 participating Downtown Madness eateries and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes”. 8 punches nets you a Downtown Madness mini basketball. 16 punches = a trip to the foul line for your shot at big prizes at the Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation and #TasteNTweet on April 8 at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas (our 2012 Downtown Madness defending champions), 231 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin.

DNA’s #TasteNTweet events (or #TNT as they’ve affectionately become known as) combines the best elements of the social mixer blended with just the right amount of social media engagement into a dynamite evening of tasting, tweeting and talking. Whether you’re a social media newbie or a Tweeting, Yelping and Facebooking fool, if you enjoy socializing with great company over great food join us for #TNT in downtown Elgin on April 8 at 4:30pm followed immediately by the presentation of the Championship Trophy to our 2013 Downtown Madness champion at 6pm.

Our next Downtown Madness Score Central Update will be Sunday, March 31 at 8pm.

Happy Easter all! Now back to the Madness…

Downtown Madness Score Central Update: March 30, 9pm

ScoreCentral_LogoWe’re coming up on halftime in Round 4 of Downtown Madness and our “FINE FOUR” thus far have been doing an EGGS-ellent job of lighting up the voting!

Let’s take a look now at the voting totals thru Saturday, March 30 at 9pm:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza leads Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa by 87

CROSSTOWN

Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog leads Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis by 19

The road to the “FINE FOUR” has been sweet but the journey is far from over. Our voting public is saddled with the responsibility of selecting two of these Elgin eateries to represent Downtown and “Crosstown” Elgin in the Downtown Madness Championship Round of Voting beginning April 6. Either go big or go home people! Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers and even the Easter Bunny himself to rock the vote for your favorite Madness peeps!

Round 4 voting ends Monday, April 1 at Noon. Join the Madness in Elgin at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Eat16_Front_adDon’t forget now thru April 8, voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch cards at any of the 32 participating Downtown Madness eateries and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes”. 8 punches nets you a Downtown Madness mini basketball. 16 punches = a trip to the foul line for your shot at big prizes at the Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation and #TasteNTweet on April 8 at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas (our 2012 Downtown Madness defending champions), 231 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin.

DNA’s #TasteNTweet events (or #TNT as they’ve affectionately become known as) combines the best elements of the social mixer blended with just the right amount of social media engagement into a dynamite evening of tasting, tweeting and talking. Whether you’re a social media newbie or a Tweeting, Yelping and Facebooking fool, if you enjoy socializing with great company over great food join us for #TNT in downtown Elgin on April 8 at 4:30pm followed immediately by the presentation of the Championship Trophy to our 2013 Downtown Madness champion at 6pm.

Our next Downtown Madness Score Central Update will be Sunday, March 31 at 11am.

Happy Easter all! Now back to the Madness…

Downtown Madness Score Central Update: March 30, 10am

ScoreCentral_LogoFirst there was our Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown Field of 32. Then came the Elgin “Eat 16” followed shortly thereafter by the Elgin “Elite ATE”. And then there were four: the “FINE FOUR” in Round 4 of Downtown Madness and in the early goings things are really starting to heat up!

Let’s take a look now at the voting totals thru Saturday, March 30 at 10am:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza leads Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa by 89

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis leads Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog by 3

The road to the “FINE FOUR” has been sweet but the journey is far from over. Our voting public is saddled with the responsibility of selecting two of these Elgin eateries to represent Downtown and “Crosstown” Elgin in the Downtown Madness Championship Round of Voting beginning April 6. Either go big or go home people! Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers and even the Easter Bunny himself to rock the vote for your favorite Madness peeps!

Round 4 voting ends Monday, April 1 at Noon. Join the Madness in Elgin at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Eat16_Front_adDon’t forget now thru April 8, voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch cards at any of the 32 participating Downtown Madness eateries and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes”. 8 punches nets you a Downtown Madness mini basketball. 16 punches = a trip to the foul line for your shot at big prizes at the Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation and #TasteNTweet on April 8 at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas (our 2012 Downtown Madness defending champions), 231 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin.

DNA’s #TasteNTweet events (or #TNT as they’ve affectionately become known as) combines the best elements of the social mixer blended with just the right amount of social media engagement into a dynamite evening of tasting, tweeting and talking. Whether you’re a social media newbie or a Tweeting, Yelping and Facebooking fool, if you enjoy socializing with great company over great food join us for #TNT in downtown Elgin on April 8 at 4:30pm followed immediately by the presentation of the Championship Trophy to our 2013 Downtown Madness champion at 6pm.

Our next Downtown Madness Score Central Update will be Saturday, March 30 at 8pm.

Now back to the Madness…

Downtown Madness Score Central Update: March 29, 5pm

ScoreCentral_LogoFirst there was our Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown Field of 32. Then came the Elgin “Eat 16” followed shortly thereafter by the Elgin “Elite ATE”. And then there were four: the “FINE FOUR” in Round 4 of Downtown Madness and things are just getting cooking!

Let’s take a look now at the voting totals thru Friday, March 29 at 5pm:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza leads Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa by 29

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis leads Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog by 39

Our voting public has the right…no, the privilege…to select which of these fearsome foursome earns the honor to represent Downtown and “Crosstown” Elgin in the Downtown Madness Championship Round of Voting which begins April 6. Not a responsibility to be taken lightly for sure. Either go big or go home people! Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers and even total strangers to shoot the lights out in the Downtown Madness voting booth and pull for your favorite teams all weekend long!

Round 4 voting ends Monday, April 1 at Noon. Join the Madness in Elgin at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Eat16_Front_adDon’t forget now thru April 8, voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch cards at any of the 32 participating Downtown Madness eateries and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes”. 8 punches nets you a Downtown Madness mini basketball. 16 punches = a trip to the foul line for your shot at big prizes at the Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation and #TasteNTweet on April 8 at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas (our 2012 Downtown Madness defending champions), 231 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin.

DNA’s #TasteNTweet events (or #TNT as they’ve affectionately become known as) combines the best elements of the social mixer blended with just the right amount of social media engagement into a dynamite evening of tasting, tweeting and talking. Whether you’re a social media newbie or a Tweeting, Yelping and Facebooking fool, if you enjoy socializing with great company over great food join us for #TNT in downtown Elgin on April 8 at 4:30pm followed immediately by the presentation of the Championship Trophy to our 2013 Downtown Madness champion at 6pm.

Our next Downtown Madness Score Central Update will be Friday, March 29 at 10pm.

Now back to the Madness!

April 1 CBD Streetscape Update: Closure at Symphony Way, Spring Street

streetscape_thumbWork on the next phase of the streetscape program in the downtown central business district continues the week of April 1. This phase of work will include new curb and gutter, sidewalk and pavement on Spring Street between Division Street and Kimball Street and on Dexter Avenue between Douglas Avenue and Center Street. New trees will be planted, along with installation of brick paver crosswalks. Work on this phase of the program is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Week of April 1 Detour MapBeginning Monday, April 1, the intersection of Spring Street and Symphony Way will be closed so that sanitary and storm sewer manholes in the intersection can be replaced with new manholes. Click to view the detour map on the right. Detour routes will be signed. This work is expected to be completed by April 5 and the intersection re-opened.

Reconstruction work will also be taking place on the west side of south Grove Avenue between Fulton Street and Prairie Street. This will include new sidewalk and curb and gutter, along with the installation of the new paver field at the northwest corner of Grove Avenue and Prairie Street.

The electrical subcontractor will be working on south Grove Avenue and Spring Street replacing the old street light luminaires with new, higher efficiency LED luminaires. Parking in these areas will be restricted in the areas where the electrician is working. These restrictions will move as the work proceeds.

Specific questions regarding the construction can be directed to Shelley Costello with TranSystems at 847-871-3185.

For general information on the project, please contact Joe Evers at 847-931-5955 or visit the City’s website at CityofElgin.org.

Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Results

Overtime_PaulsThe OVERTIME Madness clock has struck Midnight and we are pleased to announce the Round 3 deadlock between Paul’s Family Restaurant’s Panini or Sherman Health Cafe’s Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich has been broken!

Last night Paul’s Family Restaurant won our Facebook Photo Like Challenge 232 to 121. This morning all online votes were tabulated, voting e-mails verified and votes from the Facebook Photo Like Challenge were added to the totals and we can now announce our winner! Drumroll please…

DOWNTOWN MADNESS: OVERTIME

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis defeats Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich by 55

Congratulations to both eateries on a tremendous showing in OVERTIME. Paul’s Family Restaurant now advances to our “FINE FOUR” round of Downtown Madness voting, which tips off Friday, March 29 at Noon. Here are the Round 4 match-ups:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza Sausage Pizza vs. Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis vs. Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog

Join the Madness in Elgin at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Score Central Update – March 27, 8:30pm

ScoreCentral_LogoThe shot clock is winding down in our history making Downtown Madness: OVERTIME and if you don’t pull for Paul’s Panini or Sherman Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich before the clock strikes 12 one of these two Madness eateries will soon be history! Voters have really been lighting it up from downtown thru our OVERTIME online voting and in our Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Facebook Photo “Like” Challenge:

Let’s take a look now at the voting totals (from both our online voting form AND from Facebook combined) thru Wednesday, March 27 at 8:30PM:

DOWNTOWN MADNESS: OVERTIME

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis leads Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich by 58

To break the Round 3 stalemate between Paul’s Family Restaurant’s Paninis and Sherman Health Cafe’s Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich, Downtown Madness: OVERTIME is on all day today for a ONE DAY ONLY tiebreaker round of voting thru Midnight tonight! And this time around there are TWO ways to play to make your Madness votes pay!

In addition to our regular online voting form available at www.DowntownElgin.com, you can vote a second time on the DNA Facebook page in the Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Facebook Photo “Like” Challenge.

  1. Simply go to the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL Facebook page at Facebook.com/DowntownElgin and click “Like”.
  2. Then “like” either the Paul’s Family Restaurant photo or the Sherman Health Café photo (samples of both photos are shown below)
  3. Share the photo on your own Facebook wall or pages and encourage your friends to “Like” and share the photo as well.

NOTE: Voters must “like” the original photos on the DNA’s Facebook page. “Likes” of shared posts of the photos or copies of the photos on other users’ walls are not counted.

Call it a “double bonus” or a “one-and-one”. Either way you say it there’s two ways to play it in Downtown Madness: OVERTIME. Hurry! OVERTIME Madness ends tonight at the stroke of Midnight! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

This will be our last Madness OVERTIME Score Central Update of the evening. Winner will be announced tomorrow after all votes have been tabulated and verified.

Now back to the Madness…

Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Score Central Update – March 27, 3:30pm

ScoreCentral_LogoWe’re halfway thru our first ever Downtown Madness: OVERTIME and the voting action has been hotter than a Paul’s Panini and crazier than a Sherman Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich! Madness voters have been lighting it up from downtown thru our OVERTIME online voting and in our Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Facebook Photo “Like” Challenge:

Let’s take a look now at the voting totals (from both our online voting form AND from Facebook combined) thru Wednesday, March 27 at 3:30PM:

DOWNTOWN MADNESS: OVERTIME

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis leads Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich by 22

To break the Round 3 stalemate between Paul’s Family Restaurant’s Paninis and Sherman Health Cafe’s Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich, Downtown Madness: OVERTIME is on all day today for a ONE DAY ONLY tiebreaker round of voting thru Midnight tonight! And this time around there are TWO ways to play to make your Madness votes pay!

In addition to our regular online voting form available at www.DowntownElgin.com, you can vote a second time on the DNA Facebook page in the Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Facebook Photo “Like” Challenge.

  1. Simply go to the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL Facebook page at Facebook.com/DowntownElgin and click “Like”.
  2. Then “like” either the Paul’s Family Restaurant photo or the Sherman Health Café photo (samples of both photos are shown below)
  3. Share the photo on your own Facebook wall or pages and encourage your friends to “Like” and share the photo as well.

NOTE: Voters must “like” the original photos on the DNA’s Facebook page. “Likes” of shared posts of the photos or copies of the photos on other users’ walls are not counted.

Call it a “double bonus” or a “one-and-one”. Either way you say it there’s two ways to play it in Downtown Madness: OVERTIME. Wednesday, March 27 ONLY!

Our next Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Score Central Update will be later this evening after 8pm. Now back to the Madness…

Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Score Central Update: March 27, 12pm

ScoreCentral_LogoWe’re in the early stages of Downtown Madness: OVERTIME and the voting action has been hotly contested both thru our online voting and in our Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Facebook Photo “Like” Challenge:

Let’s take a look at the voting totals (this is just from the online voting form – not from Facebook) thru Wednesday, March 27 at Noon:

DOWNTOWN MADNESS: OVERTIME

Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich leads Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis by 39

To break the Round 3 stalemate between Paul’s Family Restaurant’s Paninis and Sherman Health Cafe’s Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich, Downtown Madness: OVERTIME is on all day today for a ONE DAY ONLY tiebreaker round of voting thru Midnight tonight! And this time around there are TWO ways to play to make your Madness votes pay!

In addition to our regular online voting form available at www.DowntownElgin.com, you can vote a second time on the DNA Facebook page in the Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Facebook Photo “Like” Challenge.

  1. Simply go to the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL Facebook page at Facebook.com/DowntownElgin and click “Like”.
  2. Then “like” either the Paul’s Family Restaurant photo or the Sherman Health Café photo (samples of both photos are shown below)
  3. Share the photo on your own Facebook wall or pages and encourage your friends to “Like” and share the photo as well.

NOTE: Voters must “like” the original photos on the DNA’s Facebook page. “Likes” of shared posts of the photos or copies of the photos on other users’ walls are not counted.

Call it a “double bonus” or a “one-and-one”. Either way you say it there’s two ways to play it in Downtown Madness: OVERTIME. Wednesday, March 27 ONLY!

Our next Downtown Madness: OVERTIME Score Central Update will be this afternoon at 4pm. Now back to the Madness…

 

Shockey Jewelers: Member Spotlight Business – 3/27/13

shockeyAs part of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s brand new “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will highlight one local downtown Elgin member business each week throughout 2013.

We shine this week’s DNA Member Spotlight on:

Shockey Jewelers
18 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
847-742-0113
ShockeyJewelers.com

 

 


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Shockey Jewelers, founded in 1937, is a third generation family-owned business located in historic downtown Elgin, Illinois. Peter Shockey, GIA Graduate Gemologist, is the current owner.

Shockey Jewelers, a pillar of the Elgin business community, takes pride in preserving the traditions that have successfully taken the store from the 1930’s into the new millennium. They remain committed to providing quality merchandise and the highest level of craftsmanship and service at a fair price. A fine jewelry decision can be overwhelming, so they take the time to educate their customers and guide them in making confident purchases. They believe that trust forms the foundation of any positive relationship and that it must be earned through every business transaction.

While they preserve our old-fashioned values and cherish our collection of classic jewelry designs and heirloom estate pieces, they also embrace the future with progressive customized design ideas, trend-setting giftware, and unique one-of-a-kind treasures that Peter Shockey hand selects while traveling the world.

Shockey Jewelers is proudly affiliated with respected jewelry organizations including the Illinois Jewelers Association, Jewelers of America, and The Gemological Institute of America. Shockey Jewelers supports “Truth in Pricing”. Peter Shockey has served on the Illinois Jewelers Association Board of Directors for nine years and is Past President. He has been an active member of Rotary International since 1990. As a family-owned Fox Valley business, Shockey Jewelers supports many local organizations and charities.

Come experience the Shockey Jewelers tradition and see how buying local makes a difference in your downtown!