Join Lake Forest Book Store in welcoming novelist Georgia Hunter at an author luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, at Deer Path Inn. Admission to the event, which includes lunch and a copy of the Hunter’s 2017 novel, We Were the Lucky Ones, is $40. Set in the spring of 1939, the book chronicles three generations of the Kurc family as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. The story was inspired by the author’s own family history during the Holocaust. Space is limited. Deer Path Inn is located at 255 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest. For reservations, call 847-234- 4420. For more information about the author, visit georgiahunterauthor.com.
“BE” MORE HEALTHY
With every new year comes a wave of resolutions to be healthier and happier than ever before. But thanks to health-focused businesses like Be Market, it’s a little bit easier to follow through on those nutrition goals. Opening last fall in Lake Bluff, Vade Sankar’s Be Market offers natural, nutrition-dense prepared foods, juices, and select craft beer and wine. Sankar says he began doing research about what was required to live a healthier lifestyle after his mother died from cancer. “I developed best practices for good and healthy living,” he says. “I started feeling better. I had a lot more energy. My skin looked better. And I started working with people in the community to help them improve their health.” Check it out for yourself and start the new year right. Be Market is located at 24 E. Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff, 224-436-8330.
A DOG’S LIFE
His name is Ollie, and if you’ve already discovered the new Pet People store in Lake Forest, he needs no further introduction. As the official store dog, he’s been specially trained with an approval from the American Kennel Club that his temperament is “suitable” for his role. “He went through training for a year to become a canine good citizen,” said store manager Kristi Lautenbach, a Lake Bluff resident and Ollie’s owner. “He’s pretty much comfortable in all social situations.” Pet People opened in downtown Lake Forest late last fall, offering food, toys, and other supplies for dogs and cats only. While animals are not sold at this location, there are still opportunities to adopt a pet. “We work with local shelters and animal rescuers to hold special events in our stores,” explains Terry Montigny, the company’s community relations manager. “That way we can help give homeless animals a home.” Pet People is located at 240 E. Deerpath Road in Lake Forest, 224-436-8138, petpeoplestores.com.