A grand opening celebration was held last month for the Massage Envy spa, which opened in February at the Stony Creek PromenadeTIF District at 111th Street and Cicero in Oak Lawn.
Residents, business people, and community and political leaders were in attendance.
Justin Hudetz, owner of Massage Envy, said he was delighted with the reception the spa has received since they opened on Feb. 23.
Hudetz said that in the few weeks since Massage Envy has opened in Oak Lawn, the facility has drawn more people than the one in LaGrange did for its opening.
“This has been great,” said Hudetz. “Oak Lawn has been very welcoming. I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Hudetz currently has 20 employees at his Oak Lawn location. His goal is to expand as quickly as possible and eventually have 60 employees.
“The people of Oak Lawn work hard,” Hudetz said at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on March 11. “The people of Oak Lawn deserve a massage.”
Massage Envy has a waiting room that includes refreshments and coffee. Various rooms are available for a range of massages and skin care treatments.
Village officials in attendance at the grand opening included Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury, Village Clerk Jane Quinlan and Trustee Terry Vorderer (4th).
“This is very wonderful, it is really exciting,” said Bury. “Anytime we add quality businesses to the area is great. Massages can help relieve stress, so that is great for both men and women.”
Massage Envy adds to the list of businesses that are locating at the Stony Creek Promenade.
The first to enter was Mariano’s, which opened last fall to large crowds. Mariano’s specialty food market is the centerpiece of the development at 111th and Cicero and continues to draw many customers.
Cooper’s Hawk and Winery restaurant committed to the project after learning Mariano’s was on board.
After Mariano’s reported record crowds the first few days after opening, the owners of Cooper’s Hawk said they were eager to open as soon as possible. Cooper’s Hawk is scheduled to open in May.
A Starbucks is also part of the project.
H&M now hiring in Chicago Ridge
Swedish apparel retailer H&M has started hiring associates for its new 20,000-square-foot store under construction at Chicago Ridge Mall in Chicago Ridge.
Applications are being taken online at HM.com.
The company has more than 3,500 stores in countries around the world, including a store in Orland Park.
Shea’s Bakery now open
Dan Shea has high hopes to continue the baking tradition started decades ago when Hans Zettlmeier opened a bakery in Tinley Park.
“We do a little bit of everything,” said Shea, who along with his wife, Cathy, have been running the bakery at 17016 S. Oak Park Ave. in downtown Tinley Park since taking over in August.
Shea, an Oak Lawn native, does his baking at night before the shop opens at 5:30 a.m. Then he heads to his day job as an electrician.
“Cathy is there more than I am,” he said of his wife and partner, who tends to the day-to-day business of running a bakery despite owning another business, as well. She hails from the Clearing neighborhood in Chicago.
Shea said they bought the bakery because it was the right deal at the right time. He said they have made a few changes like new items and some tweaking of old items.
“We brought in a baker with 50 years experience to help with the transition,” he said. “We expanded the menu and now we’re trying to build our cake business.”
Some things he left alone.
“We kept all of the employees from when it was Zettlmeier’s,” he said adding it seems to be paying off.
“A lot of the old customers have been accepting of the changes,” he said. “We have had nothing but positive feedback.”
The couple live in Green Garden Township with three kids, who sometimes lend a hand at the shop.
“It’s a family business,” he said.
Shea’s Bakery is open from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday. The bakery is closed on Monday.
For information, call 708- 444-2253 or visit Shea’s Bakery on Facebook. He is working on a website.
Willie’s Wee-Nee Wagon closes
A second attempt by owner Steve Wright to make a go of Willie’s Wee-Nee Wagon at 16707 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park lasted less than a year.
Wright, of Mokena, who operated a Willie’s Wee-Nee Wagon in the same space several years ago opened a second incarnation of the hot dog stand last April. It closed a few weeks ago and all of its signage has been removed.
Wright could not be reached for comment and workers inside the adjacent Citgo gas station said they didn’t know why it closed.
The Citgo station itself is scheduled to be sold at a foreclosure auction April 15.
Joe Boyle contributed to this report.