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Elmhurst Says Good-bye to Bakery, Hello to Book Store, Welcome Home to Magic Shop

Business 2013: It's not just all about Dominick's, you know.

The closing of all Chicago-area Dominick's stores has dominated the news lately (we still don't know what's going into the Elmhurst Dominick's), but some lesser-known comings and goings in Elmhurst deserve attention, too. 

Tuesday, Dec. 31, is the last day to purchase baked goods at Gur Bakery at 162 N. York Road. In a Facebook note to customers on Dec. 23, owner and pastry chef Rubina Hafeez said: 

"We want to thank you for your past business and tell you how much we have enjoyed having you as a valued customer and a member of our community. Please don't hesitate to call us at the store if you have any questions or concerns. We also hope you'll stay in touch with us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gursweets) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/GurSweets) for news and announcements regarding our next chapter."

We look forward to Rubina's next chapter.

Pier 1 Imports has opened a brand new store at the Shops at Oak Brook Place, 2155 W. 22nd St., but the Elmhurst store, at Route 83 and St. Charles Road, will soon be closing. 

While those tax dollars will no longer remain in Elmhurst (and that corner is beginning to look quite desolate these days since Dominick's has left) Oak Brook shouldn't be too much of a trek for Elmhurst residents who love the store's eclectic, colorful selections from all over the world.

Bob James is back! The big corner shop at First and Addison was the home of Bob's Magic Shop in Elmhurst for many years. Bob decided to forego the overhead of the store back in 2010 and focus more on private parties. Silvia Miano took over the spot in fall 2011, opening Topiary Floral Designs, a European floral and gift shop

Sadly, Topiary went out of business this year, but fortunately for Elmhurst, it didn't take long for James  to re-claim the property. And he does have a "corner" on the market, so to speak. There are very few magic shops—especially that size—in the Chicago area. You'll find something for everyone at Bob's Magic Shop, even for the professional magician, and Bob will keep on entertaining the little ones with his private shows.

Here's a little gem that just opened on the south end of town: A Book Above children's book store is a comfy little enclave at 136 W. Vallette, right next door to Elijah's coffee shop.

Carolyn Carrillo opened the shop because she was having a hard time finding good books for her own children. From A Book Above's Facebook page

"I dreamed of a wonderful solution! A children's bookstore, one that has an inviting little reading nook filled with large pillows to lay on, and maybe a 'park bench' to sit at. The wall behind will have a great mural, with trees, blue sky, and fluffy clouds. The books on the shelves are filled with stories of heroes and legends, from today and long ago. Mysteries, stories and novels of all kinds. … All the books in THIS children's store help to light dreams. Dreams of baseball stars, and basketball stars, ballet dancers and artists. Writers, dreamers and inventors of all sorts of things. Architects, astronauts, scientists, and doctors. Each child has a dream, a talent, a passion that is all their own."

So, grab the kids, stop by Elijah's and grab a coffee or hot chocolate, and come and visit Carillo's dream come true. 

Also newly open in 2013 are Fulla Bologna on South York, Sweet Pea Doll Studio on West Third, Splatters Create and Party on North Addison, and The Snuggery on South York.

What other business news have you seen or heard of in town? Let us know in the comments.

Gerry Ryan December 31, 2013 at 04:09 PM
There is a couple new Yoga places one across from Francesca Amici and the other is down by Oberweiss ice cream. Also the Amy's Hallmark opened by Portillo's . Goalies Goodies open this year next to Pints. I heard from someone that Rouse closed (next to Dulles). Kitchen Etc. open this year. Corner of St Charles and 83. Quoba Mexican Grill closed this year too.
Jim Boston December 31, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Great news on the Book Store in Elmhurst. I think a great addition to Elmhurst would be an Asian restaurant with a proper bar at the old Standard Restaurant location.
Linda DeYoung December 31, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Just noticed Jamba Juice closed...
Gerry Ryan December 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Jamba Juice closed this passed summer. They moved out of town too much competition..
Vincent Russell January 01, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Spring Inn...is still open! 11am - 2am
Joe O'Malley January 01, 2014 at 10:19 AM
What, Mariano's opening was no big deal? Would like to see TO DATE sales tax revenues that were pointed to Elmhurst City coffers since the opening. Probably since nothing has been announced or rumored, the Dominick's deal is DOA. Walmart down the street will compete hard to prevent any significant long term price competition for commodity groceries in that location.
Robin A. Doerr January 01, 2014 at 12:15 PM
As long as Elmhurst residents do not patronize local stores, they have no choice but to close. Also as long as fad businesses continue to open 6 at a time with the exact same product ( bakery, donuts, yogurt and yoga shops) market share is too divided to allow any business to flourish.
Jim Court January 01, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Robin, You are absolutely right.
Gerry Ryan January 01, 2014 at 08:09 PM
I forgot another place opened across from Panera (next to the Hamburger Heaven).. Mathnasium...
Gerry Ryan January 05, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Heard that Elmhurst Public House closed at the end of December. Yet another business closes in Elmhurst...
ahmado January 22, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Charkie Pizza closed. Snuggrey is open there.NU crepes I don't know bad location good food.
D. M. January 23, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Nu Crepes is down the pedestrian alley between Citibank and the old Plass building. Off the beaten path but well worth the extra half a block walk from York Rd.
Joy January 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Just when I discovered Qdoba they closed. made me sad. We had too many specialty bakeries in a small space so only the strong survived. We need an old fashioned bakery in town like Busy Bee or Kirshbaums. I love Marianos but I miss a b place that has everything like bread, cookies, pastries, cakes. I will miss the toy store the most. I see a sign that says its reopening as a candy/toy store.

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