LAKE FOREST — Visitors to downtown Lake Forest will have a new place to relax this summer when Market Square adds an arcade on its north side to complement the one on the south.
L3 Capital, the owners of the shopping area, will add community space by June 1 with entrances between Forest Bootery and Sweet Pete’s and another off Bank Lane near the post office, according to company principal Michael Schreiber.
“We’re turning a very ugly service alley into an updated community space,” Schreiber said. “There will be community events and our events. There will be places for people to sit and gather.”
Schreiber said the north arcade will be similar to the one already existing on the south side of the square with entrances between the current home of Lake Forest Book Store and Williams Sonoma as well as off Bank Lane.
The addition is part of a larger project that includes a completely renovated Forest Bootery and back entrances to some of the shops on the north end of the square, according to Schreiber. Forest Bootery is in temporary space at 675 Forest Avenue during the renovation.
“Forest Bootery was in need of a facelift,” Schreiber said. “They will have a completely remodeled store that is updated and wide open.”
Cara Garrison, one of the owners of Forest Bootery along with her sister, Cristina Garrison, said she is looking forward to the changes.
“The idea has been on the books for 10 years,” Cara Garrison, who has been involved with her business since 1976, said. “The landlord has been great to us in making this happen.”
Einstein Bros. Bagels and Forest Bootery have already committed to both front entrances and one off the arcade, according to Schreiber. He said he is talking to other merchants about adding an entrance.
“There will be tables and chairs,” Schreiber said. “People will be able to leave Einstein’s from the back.”
A glance at the Bank Lane entrance shows a construction zone. Shoppers can see a wood barrier between Forest Bootery and Sweet Pete’s, which Schreiber said will come down and become the entrance once the project is complete.
Merchants will be able to continue to use the area as a service entrance during non business hours, according to Schreiber.
Other changes going on at Market Square include the opening of the Daily Grind in the south arcade within 45 to 60 days, according to Schreiber.
Schreiber also said Starbucks is expected to start construction on its new shop at 672 North Western Ave. in three to four weeks with a summer opening planned. The coffee shop is relocating from its current Bank Lane location.
The book store will leave Market Square to move four doors south at 662 North Western Ave., according to a previous Daily North Shore story.
Alixandra’s Collections will depart at the end of February, according to Murray Chesno, one of the owners of the 10-store chain with shops in the Chicago area and Arizona. He said no other stores are closing and is looking for another North Shore location.
Schreiber said he is negotiating with potential tenants for both storefronts but has no signed leases yet.