We LOVE Farm and Fleet! It's been here forever and never changes, which is a wonderful thing in a world where every business seems to be trying to outdo the next. They carry so many things- farm equipment, horse items, dog items, clothes, tools, shoes/boots, candy/nuts, cards, gardening items, etc. I can always find Carter's pajamas here for the best price around! They carry men's coveralls and have an awesome selection to choose from. If you go there around Christmas, you can find the nicest toys for a fraction of the price that you'd pay at other *chain* stores- even the cheap ones. They are conveniently located on the west side of Rt. 50 in Bourbonnais. The only drawback is their bathrooms- they could REALLY use some remodeling!
If you are looking for an outfit for a special occasion, then you'd better go to Donna's! Donna is so friendly and is a beautiful person. Her store is immaculate and the staff is so helpful. Donna's carries designer and boutique brands for infants, children and women. You know, the children's brands you find on eBay and wonder where you can get them locally- Flapdoodles, Mis-tee-v-us, Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, etc. They also offer children's shoes and other hard-to-find items such as bonnets, communion dresses, baptismal outfits, etc. As for adults, Donna's has lots of designer brands in both shoes and clothes. She is the exclusive outlet for a local designer who is starting to make waves in the designer business. They are located on Rt. 50 across from K's Merchandise. It's a PINK building- you can't miss it!
Ben's Barber Shop is our favorite place to bring our boys to get their hair cut. They can be difficult to find if you don't know where they are. They are located BEHIND the Bourbonnais Dairy Queen and their parking is very convenient- right outside the door. If you are looking for a fancy frou-frou cut, then look elsewhere, because Ben's just gives you good old-fashioned service. His cuts always come out excellent! I really don't like to go to *beauty shops* for my sons because they seem to always cut unevely. Ben's is definitely no frills which is fine with me. Our boys need their cut so often that I don't want to pay extra for a prime location, fancy decor, etc. You get in and get out in no time. We've only had to wait a few times and it wasn't for very long. The prices are about the same as other shops in the area- from $10 to $12 depending on the age.
Olivet offers an excellent Christian education with lots of different majors. I personally majored in Social Work/Psychology and found it to be more challenging than the previous school I attended. My husband obtained his undergraduate degree there and went on to get his Master's Degree in Professional Counseling. Most of the Master's programs are designed to work with a regular 40 hr. work week schedule. The teachers are kind and knowledgeable as well. Since it is a Christian institution, I really like the fact that students are required to go to chapel weekly. It seems like a pain at the time, but in the long run, you find that it keeps you connected to God, especially when your life gets hectic.
Gayle Magnuson always has the best auctions. She acquires the nicest estates and her auctions are always well-attended. I really enjoy her spring/fall special auctions that she has at Small Memorial Park. There is always a HUGE selection and lots of treasures. Everything is well-organized and clean for the most part.
Dr. Settecase is a wonderful man. Busy, but nice and thorough. Dr. Canonie is skilled but super rude. He chewed me out one time b/c I was 10 mins. late due to my son's teacher not having his work ready to go. Of ALL the times I wait to get in and he has the nerve to yell at me????? The office staff is super- they couldn't be nicer, especially for the amount of work they have. Lori, the physician assistant, is nice, but comes off as a know-it-all to me. She once lectured me about potty-training when my son was barely 1 1/2. Plus, she knew that I have another child who was trained by 2. She just tends to give advice that isn't asked for... The only drawback is that Dr. Settecase is in on Tuesday and Thursday and you can't see him at his Olympia Fields office on the other days.
2nds to Go really needs some updating. The store is dingy and dirty looking. The prices are quite high for a thrift shop, too. Plus, the items consigned aren't even that nice. The nicer resale shops in town get the good stuff first and then I think the consigners go here with their rejected stuff. They carry all kinds of items- shoes, clothes, purses, kitchen items, linens, etc. I only stop by if I'm in the neighborhood, I never make it a go-to. They are located in Meadowview Shopping Center and the parking is easy. The proceeds do go to Provena services, though, so they are able to do some good.
Provena Home Health Care offers an excellent selection of equipment for a smaller store. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We have used them a few times for different walkers and stockings. They are very accomodating and service-oriented. Ordering an item is quick and easy, too! The prices are a little high, but, then so are most health care items. Convenient location in Bourbonnais on Bethel Drive east of Rt. 45 (one of the new strip malls). The parking is excellent- right outside of the door, which makes it easy for the handicapped.
Sequels is absolutely wonderful! Their selection is second-to-none and Michelle (the owner) is the nicest person ever. She treats her customers and consigners like GOLD! She has been known to send flowers for no reason. What an asset to this community.