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The Green Oaks-Libertyville-Mundelein-Vernon Hills area is brimming with a myriad of businesses, providing excellent products, services and resources for the everyday needs of residents and local businesspeople.

North Shore Pro Active Health

Wellness awaits you at North Shore Pro Active Health, a chiropractic health center at 112 W. Lake St., Libertyville. NSPAH, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is owned and run by two doctors who are sisters – Dr. Jordan Leasure and Dr. Jade Dellinger.

Dr. Leasure is a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner with a focus on functional medicine and Dr. Dellinger is Webster certified and concentrates on pediatric chiropractic medicine. The team is completed by massage therapists, certified athletic trainers and not only brilliant, but also caring, support staff.

“We are family caring for families. We see a wide variety of conditions from typical headaches and back pain to pre- and postnatal care. We even see children and babies,” Dr. Leasure said. “We feel that the whole person should be addressed. Dysfunction is more than pain so we make recommendations on posture, diet, exercise, supplements and even stress relief.”

“We are able to treat a variety of problems from colic and recurrent ear infections in children, to stress and back problems in adults,” she added. “Our care includes chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy and integrative medicine.”

The sisters also recently launched a premiere physician grade supplement company, Salutogenic Life, which encompasses all they provide. “It means focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause diseases,” she added.

Dr. Jordan Leasure is currently a member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society Board of Directors. The doctors are also actively involved in Chamber and community events, and present health and wellness topics at GLMV educational seminars at area libraries and other locations.

For more information, visit www.drleasure.com or call (847) 362-4476.

Corner Health Foods

Corner Health Foods, a long-time fixture in downtown Mundelein, located at 502 N. Seymour Ave., was founded by Bonnie Abernathy in 1977. Since then, this popular health foods store has been owned by two other committed, dedicated women, including Liliana Espinosa, for the past decade.

“I walked in the door here 15 years ago when I saw a ‘help wanted’ sign in the window. I took the job because I needed to work but also because I wanted to improve my English and the owner at the time, Anne Johnson, gave me a chance,” Espinosa recalled. “Five years later, she offered to sell the store to me, which was something that never appeared in my wildest dreams.

“I was pregnant at the time that she offered me the chance and she told me that if I didn’t want to buy it, she was going to close the store down. So I decided to buy it and got a loan,” she added.

Espinosa has been happily running the store ever since, loving it every day, she said. “It is all about wellness. Your health is your biggest wealth. It gives me great joy to be here.”

Liliana seeks to serve her clientele with great integrity, treat everyone the same and in this way tries to make the community a better place to live. “My customers have become like family to me. I enjoy sharing my passion for health and continuing the legacy of caring for them.”

She also participates in Chamber and community events, including the Spring GLMV Extreme Block Party Family EXPO and Taste.

For more information, visit www.cornerhealthfood.com or call (847) 566-5435.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, a full-service interior home improvement company that specializes in bathroom and kitchen remodeling for homeowners, recently made its entry in to the area via owners Mike and Debbie Aukerman and their son-in-law, Jason Derouin, an experienced remodeling contractor and designer.

They operate from a design center at 1000 Butterfield Rd., Suite 1001, in Vernon Hills. Mike said that they are able to please almost anyone, as, for example, they have access to 120 door styles, and 220 cabinet finishes.

“Our work enhances our customers’ lives by providing them with a home that’s more comfortable and better suited to their functional needs both now and for the future,” Mike noted.

They quickly became busy with many bath and kitchen remodeling projects, and have gained an enviable reputation because they regularly exhibit at area home shows and receive many high-quality leads from those appearances.

Their high-quality work has earned an A rating from the Better Business Bureau and they even had one local inspector tell a homeowner that they were in good hands with DreamMaker.

DreamMaker is a GLMV Chamber Gold member, and participates in Chamber and community events, including the Spring GLMV Extreme Block Party Family EXPO and Taste and the GLMV Chamber Golf Outing.

For more information, visit www.DreamMakerNEChicagoland.com or call (847) 327-0203.

Fiorelli Graphics & Printing

Fiorelli Graphics & Printing, a top local graphic design, digital printing and web design firm, located at 312 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville, owned and run by Paul Fiorelli, is a one top shop for all your printing needs.

Fiorelli opened his graphic design studio in 1983, next door to Heritage Press Inc., a small print shop serving the area for many years. Fiorelli’s graphic design projects allowed him to work with both large printing plants and small independent print shops.

As his local customers grew and the demand for quality graphics and short run printing increased, Fiorelli eventually had the opportunity to purchase Heritage Press. He then expanded his business to include printed materials alongside his professional graphic services.

“Most of our clients are local and our focus has always been to make sure we provide exceptional customer service. We answer our phone within two rings or you can walk in and speak with someone about graphics, print or both.

“We are all ‘people persons’ and while we embrace technology, we haven’t forgotten the human aspect of a good business relationship,” Fiorelli added.

“From custom logos, marketing brochures, postcards, newsletters, website design, point-of-purchase designs or trade show displays, our professional graphic design staff creates your business vision,” he said. “We understand the graphic and print process and how to get your message out, and we are able to make sure that the final product is perfect.”

Fiorelli, a long-time Chamber member, can be seen all around the local business community.

For more information, visit www.fiorelligraphics.com or call (847) 362-9699.

Gail’s Brownies

Gail’s Brownies has created amazing, gourmet brownies and gift treats for the local area since 2004. At that time, Gail was a stay-at-home mom who had always been baking incredible brownies for family members and friends since she was a child. A friend of hers started on the road to entrepreneurship when she opened a rib restaurant in Wheeling and asked if Gail would supply her new restaurant with brownies. Of course, she agreed.

Today Gail markets eight varieties of brownies, three different gourmet cookies and even a gluten-free treat, and trans fat-free. All of Gail’s products are original recipes, made in a fully certified kitchen. She also often experiments with new concoctions including a s’more-style cookie topped with salted caramel.

Her products are shipped all over the country and sometimes worldwide, oftentimes as employee and customer gifts from large firms. Locally, they may be found at special events throughout the area.

“We use the finest ingredients and place our finished products in pretty containers for a high quality product,” she said. “The gifts are also available online via her website.

“Working on Gail’s Brownies combines my favorite things. I have always had a passion for both art and baking and now I am able to combine them,” Gail said. “Today my husband Jack runs the company and I concentrate on new product development. We are members of the GLMV Chamber, which has helped build the business, and we have gained both mentors and customers from the Chamber.”

For more information, visit www.gailsbrownies.com or call (847) 682-3939.

Michael Delott Photography

Michael Delott, a leading Lake County photographer for over 20 years, is dedicated to exceptional photography of events, weddings and Mitzvahs as well as doing commercial, corporate, real estate and product photography, along with portraiture and head shots, created in his home/studio in Libertyville.

“I find all photography fun so I don’t limit myself to just one type of work. I photograph everything, but I gravitate toward “shooting” people instead of landscapes. In fact, I photographed a Supreme Court Justice, as well as the entire group of female members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the U.S. Capitol steps,” he noted.

Delott became attached to a camera at an early age, pursuing the formal study of the art of photography at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Lyon, France. Delott’s photography pulsates with life, and offers both traditional and cutting-edge visual essays to the viewer, which include images that capture celebrations, as well as things that exist in the natural world.

“I always consider the goals and the best interest of my clients, and I aim to provide a work product as efficiently and creatively as possible,” he added.

For more information, visit www.delottphoto.com, call (847) 945-2787 or email delottphoto@gmail.com.

Petranek’s Pharmacy

Petraneks Pharmacy, a local fixture in downtown Libertyville, has remained in the same location except for two years after a devastating fire, since 1872. But during the early years, those living in the area knew it as Lovell’s Pharmacy, founded by Frank Lovell. The structure at 426 N. Milwaukee Ave. for many years housed the pharmacy on the first floor and the local phone company just upstairs. After the structure burned in 1954, it was re-constructed on the same site.

Today Petranek’s is owned by Beau Diab who works hard to compete against the industry giants by compounding unique pharmaceuticals for people and pets who need them.

“Some local residents do patronize small independent pharmacies specifically because they want to see them persevere. But we don’t have a drive-through, so we aren’t as convenient as most of our competitors. That is why we had to outsmart them,” Diab said.

“We began by making pet medicines and then we expanded to making hypo-allergenic medicines, hormone replacements, gluten-free capsules, kosher capsules and much more. Some of what we mix takes between 45 minutes and an hour and a half to make,” he said. “And the formula and the math have to be done exactly right in order for our customers to have the right quality of life.

“We do many special prescriptions for pediatricians, OB/GYN physicians and lactating mothers. I even developed a remedy when my own daughter was suffering from diaper rash! Versions of that paste are also good for athlete’s foot and other problems,” Diab said.

“I am constantly reading up about formulations we have forgotten from earlier days and reapplying them with some tweaks,” he said. “My goal is to keep the small, independent pharmacies going until it is time for me to pass them on to the next generation.”

For more information, visit www.petranekspharmacy.com or call (847) 362-2005.

Snarf Foods

Snarf Foods makes and markets the types of delicious snack foods that one can imagine “snarfing” down while watching TV or at a party. It is the creation and brainchild of Shelley Lazarus who has been making the goodies and selling them part-time since 2001. She recently decided to dedicate full-time to the business, giving up the safety net of her day job.

“My father-in-law, Bob Pritchard, had an aunt who made an incredible ‘nuts and bolts’ snack mix during the holidays and he joked that I had to marry his son, David, to get the recipe,” Lazarus recalled. “We had been tinkering with the idea of opening a snack food business for years and ventured into it in 1997. But a few years later, Bob passed away.”

However, Shelley continued to produce snacks in a rented commercial kitchen, deliver them to both local and national/international customers and experiment with new concoctions like pretzel rods covered with caramel and both gluten-free and peanut-free items.

She also makes several versions of the “nuts and bolts” mix, wedding and shower favors like tiny caramel hearts that are drizzled with chocolate, Killer Karamel Pizzas (featuring caramel, a praline mix and both white and dark chocolate), Killer Karamel Apples (dipped in caramel, as well as chocolate and/or praline mix), Karamel shamrocks, Karamel truffles and much more.

Snarf Foods goodies can be purchased online, and at several area locations. A portion of all profits go to organizations that support the hungry.

For more information, visit www.snarffoods.com or call (847) 543-0508.