Local Goods Chicago offers a taste of the handcrafted arts scene on the far Northwest side of the city in quiet, family-friendly Edgebrook. Owner Laura Guenther has developed a loyal following in her first year in business and has plans to open a second store.
Strong sales of tobacco, snacks and other perishables drove a 14 percent jump in Dollar General Corp.’s third quarter profit and surpassed expectations. Shares of the discount store soared 6.1 percent, or $3.44, to close at $59.81.
Chicago’s gourmet food trucks have made some progress in the past year with the licensing of 20 new trucks that cook food on-board. But food truck operators say it’s still too difficult to operate in the city.
The economy grew 3.6 percent during the third quarter and jobless claims fell below 300,000 last week, surpassing expectations in both cases. However, the surprisingly positive economic news didn’t translate to the stock market, which inched downward.
As 2013 winds down, year-end tax planning takes center stage for financial planners, tax advisors and taxpayers. For some, the Affordable Care Act has a new set of tax consequences to consider before the ball drops on New Years Eve.
Online sales surged 21 percent to a record on Cyber Monday as shoppers favored the convenience of online promotions over brick-and-mortar door-busters. Mobile online shopping was a huge driver of the trend, with sales rising 55 percent from a year ago.
Stocks continued to fall Wednesday and bond yields moved higher amid growing uncertainty about Federal Reserve policy ahead of a key meeting in two weeks and Friday’s November nonfarm employment report.
In 2005, Justin Hall and Molly Schemper decided to take a chance on each other. Eight months into their relationship, they pooled their resources and started FIG Catering, a local company with an emphasis on creating personalized menus featuring seasonal, organic foods. Eight years later, the company, and the couple, are going strong.
Scooter's Frozen Custard has served frozen custard to the Lakeview community and beyond for more than ten years, but what does it actually take to keep an ice cream shop afloat in a city that some deem a frozen dessert wasteland? A good business plan and an even better product, says owner Denny Moore.