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Good Earth Market will Get a New Life as Edelweiss Market

Owners plan to re-open with a new theme, a new design and a reduced floor plan.

The owners of Good Earth Market, which has been closed for about a year, are planning to open a new store at the same location, with a new name and a new design.

Edelweiss Market will share the building at the corner of York and Vallette streets with another business, according documents submitted to the city of Elmhurst. Store owner Regan Cronin is asking for a new liquor license to sell packaged wine and beer, as well as serve alcohol on the premises. The license granted to Good Earth in 2009 has expired.

"The existing building will be divided into two spaces, allowing an additional tenant to occupy its south side," according to the liquor license request signed by Cronin. "Much like its predecessor, Edelweiss Market will be selling fine wines and ales, bakery goods, gourmet deli meats and cheeses, fresh cut meats from the butcher, specialty grocery items and prepared foods, but all with the influences of a European Market."

According to a floor plan attached to the request, the second tenant is listed as a Children's Center. Calls and emails for more details on this business were not immediately returned.

The former seating area at the main entrance of Good Earth will display wines in "custom-built wood shelving," and the seating area for patrons will be moved to the east side of the market.

"We will be furnishing a small bar in this space, as well," the letter states. The "Bier Garten" will be situated in the greenhouse, where the proprietors will continue to sell plants.

"This will give patrons the ability to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful greenhouse space," Cronin wrote.

The full City Council on Monday, March 5, is expected to refer the request to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee.

When the request for a liquor license for Good Earth Market came before the committee in 2009, aldermen recommended the city approve the request. At that time, Police Chief Steve Neubauer said establishments such as this do not generate significant enforcement problems.

While Cronin did not indicate a date for the store opening, the letter states they "look forward to opening as soon as possible."

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Vincent Russell March 03, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Oh My God!!!!! What kind of idiot wants to open a bar/liquor store next to a "children's center." That sounds real safe. Please don't do us any favors, Ms. Cronin. A few points about this business and building: 1. How the building got past the zoning board is beyond reason. It could very well be the ugliest building in all of Elmhurst. 2. This new building, that sits ON TOP of York Road, forced the city to implement new traffic laws/patterns, such as no turn on red from Vallette to York. This is a terrible inconvenience for people who live and work in the area. 3. Frankly, I'd rather have another bank than this idea. Simply put: 1. We don't need any more bars in Elmhurst and... 2. We don't need any more liquor stores in Elmhurst. Mr. Mayor, please consider this liquor license request and turn it down.
DM March 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I'd like to see them do something like Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square Chicago, on a smaller scale.
Debbie Salerno March 03, 2012 at 01:22 PM
There must be a good explanation in how or why a bar/liquor store could go next to a children's center? I found Good Earth too small and random to make a trip back there.I wonder about a store even smaller? I think if your splitting the space up you might think of two stores that can create revenue and exposure to each other.
Renee Mundell March 03, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I like the idea but do find it a bit strange that the other tenant be a children's center. However, I am hoping the new Good Earth Market may offer grass fed meat cuts and organic produce within. Fine wine and fine cheese and bakery items all sound good to me as well as the plants and flowers in the greenhouse. There are no real "gourmet" stores in Elmhurst that I am aware of. If the offering is good it may save me from running to Whole Foods.
Maria D'Alexander March 03, 2012 at 04:33 PM
So disappointing to hear. The greenhouse would have been a great setting for serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. I would patronize the new business if it were a good restaurant ( which we need on the south side of Elmhurst) but not another deli.
Ken March 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I hope they have better success this time around.
Chibuster March 03, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Why not a Barbecue Place with carry-out 'pulled pork'. Children like it, it's healthy as a complete balanced meal with veggies. Stop-in and take a dinner home when you pick up your kids or feed the children there. Keep the Child Center with the GreenHouse it could be a learning place for young horticulturists. Speaking of 'pulled pork' what city councilperson permitted 'a serving liquor license' on this corner with day-care ? Great 'awareness'. At the least with the Barbecue place, a driver may not get a DUI for over- consumption, Unless Illinois changes the law to "DWB", 'driving with Barbecue sauce, piggy on your face, driving while ''BBQ-porked'' or carrying an open container of 'pulled pork' with or with-out underage passengers in your vehicle. Maybe a 'saucalizer test' for drivers....a new revenue source ? Safety First, ChiBuster
Bob B March 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
If this mayor actually allows this Children Center to be opened, and the liquor license to be issued, I will have lost ALL respect for these Elmhurst officials. Don't tell me Cronin ain't pulling the mayor's arm on this one. How stupid.
Elm Forest March 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Another really stupid idea. Ms. Cronin must be rolling in dough as she isn't lacking in really poor ideas for this property. Who in the world designed the extremely impractical building and built it in the poorest spot on the lot? Rhetorical. Besides making problems for the traffic, it's an eyesore. The curb appeal is non-existent. You may as well have build a tall fence around the property. Retail will not work at this location (at least not the retail you're pushing) with this building and it's configuration on the lot. You have already proven that people are not interested in stopping here to shop retail. Why do you think you can incite the same people to spend their money on very similar products? We are pretty sure you're going to have a higher price than somewhere else. It's not going to work unless you are willing to price everything at nearly wholesale. Of course you will loose money but what the hey, you seem to understand how to loose on this corner anyway. Do you understand this Ms. Cronin? Business offices are the only thing that might show a profit. The better idea would be to tear it down and start over with proven results for a business plan on a lot like this in an area where most people don't shop or want to stop. You have to give them a reason to stop, a very good one. A deli, some beer and wine isn't going to hack it. No one from the street even notices there is anything there and then they are past your place down the road off to Jewel.
Joe O'Malley March 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
No worries....six to seven months it will be out of business. Location is abysmal. The configuration of the building and parking prohibit easy access in or out. Any relation to the local IL politician with the same name?
Joe O'Malley March 11, 2012 at 04:43 AM
We already have Gene's Sausage Shop....it's called City Hall. However I think it's called Pete's Sausage Shop.
Loretta March 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
As someone who lives in the area I would welcome an establishment serving food that I could get into without having to push through throngs of tweens & teens. Granted, I'm talking about a step up in the "food" chain rather than hot dogs at one place, and whatever microwaved delicacies they offer at the other. I don't believe a wine bar would attract the same clientele as a sports bar and there are none in the immediate area. Afternoon tea would also be a plus - I do miss The Spice Merchant. However, a children's center, whatever that is, doesn't seem to be a complimentary business unless they feel parents will pick up their dinner and children in one fell swoop.
ROP May 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Got to be honest - I'm fairly appalled at how rude most of you are being towards the business owner. Also, the use "children's center" is vague at best -- and "bar"- clearly we're not talking about a $2 Pabst dump-dive bar - we're talking about a high end grocer with small self-contained eatery. I'd hardly call an area where you can have a sandwich and a $7 micro beer a "bar". As for poor building design - ergonmically...fine, perhaps it could have been laid out better - but clearly it was built at great cost and is hardly an "eye-sore". I think I'd rather look at that building out my front window than a larger percentage of Elmhurst resident's own homes. I am proud of my town because we are a thriving hip community with good schools - and I feel the very best thing we have going for us are the establishment of new businesses like Good Earth. It was a real bummer to hear they were having problems. Jewel? please.... talk about a dump and "eye-sore". Good Earth, Pints, Charlie's, Bleeding Hearts Bakery... etc - embrace these places, support them, and be happy they call Elmhurst home. These are the establishments that lure people like myself to town -young, high income earning, high tax paying, law abiding, college educated. Let's continue to be compared to Hinsdale, Western Springs, Glen Ellyn, La Grange - rather than allowing ignorance to cause us to blend into our neighboring communities.
Deke May 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Oh my goodness, yes, we certainly do not want to be ignorant like those folks in our "neighboring communities."
ROP May 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Nice jab Dave. Maybe I came across a bit on the arrogant side. But, I never insinuated the residents of the neighboring communities were ignorant. I did, however, take a cheap shot at their towns. There are many wonderful people in Bensenville, Villa Park, etc... But come on.... I was only pointing out what differentiates Elmhurst from them. It may be a cheap shot at the towns - but not any way aimed at their residents. Last time I checked I didn't see Villa Park or Melrose Park on the Money's "Best Places To Live" list.

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