Bedside Manor gets Star Status
For more than 30 years, Meg and Michael Carroll and their Bedside Manor atelier have been helping Chicago and North Shore residents sleep more fashionably. With locations in Lake Forest, Winnetka, and Chicago, long-time customers don’t need to be told how special it is. But earlier this year, Bedside Manor received well-deserved props on a national level when it earned a place on Home Accents Today’s annual 50 Retail Stars list. This year’s list was compiled and refined by research analysts and Thomas Lester, business editor of the premier national trade publication. “Home Accents Today’s 2018 Retail Stars list showcases some of the best independent home décor and home furnishings retailers in the country,” he says. “They are rising above the challenges of an ever-changing retail environment and are raising the bar for their innovations in marketing and merchandising strategies, customer service, and community contributions. This annual honor recognizes their skills, hard work, and dedication, and should serve as a reminder to us all to support local businesses.” Meg opened the first Bedside Manor store in Long Grove in 1985 with her former business partner and college roommate. Over the following three decades, it evolved into the premier source for fine elegant bedding and other luxuries for the home. Meg and Michael’s daughter recently joined the team to expand Bedside Manor’s e-commerce business. Congrats to them all. Bedside Manor’s Lake Forest location is at 92 E. Westminster Avenue, 847-295-8370, shopbedside.com.
When Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Market Square was unveiled in 1916, it made history as America’s first planned shopping center and solidified Lake Forest’s reputation as a city of iconic architecture (another example of which appears later in this “200th issue” anniversary edition). This summer, Market Square received a makeover with help from the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation and a new addition that further enhances the experience—a European-style courtyard. “It’s about bringing it back to its original luster,” explains Christiane Fischer, senior asset manager for Mid-America Asset Management, which manages Market Square, adding that the new pedestrian courtyard that was created behind the north side of the square will be a more “intimate environment, where you can get away from the hustle and bustle.” The new area— with brick and stone pavers, plantings, and seating to encourage visitors to linger and relax—will have an entrance next to Forest Bootery, as well as another entrance off Bank Lane near the post office. Once complete later this month, the courtyard will complement the existing south terrace near the new Starbucks. While Market Square already hosts many events, including holiday events around Halloween and Christmas, and a summer music series, the new courtyard will lend itself to even more. “There are so many opportunities for events we can explore now because of this new space,” Fischer says. The family friendly grand opening on August 1, which coincides with Lake Forest Day, will provide the community an opportunity to check out the new courtyard. It will also include live music, free gelato, a children’s craft table, and plenty more entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit shopmarketsquare.com.
Lake Bluff Golf Club
Continuing the icon theme of this 200th issue of Forest & Bluff is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lake Bluff Golf Club. Founded in 1968, the course is one of only a few public facilities that offer a private club-caliber course. Anniversary festivities are planned for Friday, August 10—starting with a 1 p.m. shotgun start golf event, followed by an evening reception, dinner, and a luxury raffle. “We look forward to celebrating with residents and businesses, golfers, and nongolfers, from Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, and surrounding communities in support of this beautiful community space,” says Colette Asmussen, a representative of the Lake Bluff Community Golf Association. “This will be a big event with several opportunities for businesses to show their support and gain exposure through sponsorships and raffle donations.” Money raised will help keep the public course open through the end of 2019. With the historic club’s fate in jeopardy, the Lake Bluff Park District board voted to keep it open if $265,000 in donations and pledges could be raised by October 31. “The community needs to have a show of support that they want to keep it open,” Asmussen adds. “Having the course open until 2019 would allow the park district, board, and community to put together a five-year sustainability plan to execute for 2020 and beyond—keeping this 50-year-old treasure and community space available to enjoy.” For more information about Lake Bluff Golf Club and its 50th anniversary event, visit lakebluffgolfclub.com.
Howard Van Doren Shaw’s own home, now known as the Ragdale artists’ retreat, is another Lake Forest icon that continues to evolve and give back to the community. On Saturday, July 14, Ragdale in Schools is hosting a fundraising event that will give the public a special opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the recently restored, exquisitely landscaped Mayflower Ravine. The experience will be enhanced by encounters with strolling musicians and artists along the winding paths, followed by a garden reception. In 1912, landscape architect (and Van Doren Shaw contemporary) Jens Jensen designed paths and bridges in the Mayflower Ravine as part of his landscape plan for the Rumsey Estate. Over the past century, excessive storm water scoured the streambed down five feet and destabilized the slopes. Restoration of 800 feet of the ravine occurred between 2012 and 2015, and included raising, redirecting, and naturalizing the streambed back to its 1912 appearance—stabilizing the side slopes and replanting with native species. The project also included the addition of paths, log bridges, and a council ring, consistent with Jensen’s original plan. The July 14 event will be held at the Mayflower Ravine and Gardens at the Deromedi residence, 900 E. Illinois Road, in Lake Forest. Tickets are $45 with advance purchase and $60 at the door, and include the self-guided ravine tour, appetizers, wine, beer, and soft drinks. All proceeds benefit the Ragdale in Schools program and its free “Arts and Nature” workshops offered to students from Chicago to Waukegan. Families are welcome, but the tour is not suitable for children under 12 years old. For more information, visit ragdale.org or call 847-234-1063.
It Takes a Village
From bricks to brassieres to beer, Lake Bluffers have created and produced a variety of iconic products over more than 150 years. The Lake Bluff History Museum’s newest exhibit, Made in Lake Bluff, celebrates the talent and ingenuity of Lake Bluff residents and businesses past and present with a sampling of products with local origins. Mrs. C.D. (Caroline) Newell was one such local resident, who lived on North Avenue around the turn of the 20th century, and who made her mark as one of a handful of successful female designers of “breast-supporting” garments (aka the brassiere). As an early patentee and producer of brassieres, Newell sold her product in Chicago and from her home in Lake Bluff. The brassiere business gave opportunities to women in ownership, administration, design, and manufacturing that were not readily available in other fields. To this end, Newell serves as an icon who helped pave the way for female entrepreneurship. Other items on display at the museum range from bricks made in a local brickyard and heating elements for toasters to books by local authors, documentaries, local media publications, orbs, cookies, spirits, and more recently, beer. Some items were created to fill a need. Other items made in Lake Bluff marked advancements in engineering, learning, science, or technology; while still others have a social, cultural, literary, or entertainment purpose. The Lake Bluff History Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is located at 127 E. Scranton Avenue, 847-482-1571, lakebluffhistory.org.