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By Drew Carter

Fashions Anew celebrates 20th
Fashions Anew, the women's clothing consignment shop at 183 S. Oak Park Ave., celebrated 20 years in business on Dec. 11 with a special sale and refreshments for customers.

The shop's co-owner, Julie Zukauskas, said more than just the fashions have changed in the past two decades.
Customers now are more savvy, Zukauskas said, more familiar with prices and designer labels, something she attributes to the rise of outlet malls and eBay, the online auction site.

"We try to strike a balance," Zukauskas said, giving customers a hands-on shopping experience at prices one-third of those at outlet malls.

She said she and fellow owner Zita Marciulionis have never had a shortage of women bringing clothes in to be sold, and the recent downturn in the economy has introduced a new crowd of shoppers to the store. Because of its cleanliness and quality of clothes, Fashions Anew changes perceptions of resale shops for women who come in, Zukauskas said.

Chicago/Harlem gets in holiday shopping spirit
Businesses on the western end of Chicago Avenue will ring in the holidays while hoping to bring in customers with some special attractions Dec. 18.

Businesses from Forest Avenue west to Harlem Avenue will commission Nadeau's Ice Sculptures of Forest Park to create icy designs along the corridor, while carolers will stroll along crooning holiday songs.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio will give free Victorian Christmas tours of the home and the 12-foot tree adorning the playroom from 9 to 11 a.m.

Memento Scrapbooking will offer a free holiday "make and take," where customers can create their own seasonal mementos.

Alioto's will offer 30 percent off all 2004 Heirloom Waterford ornaments, and hold a Hibel trunk show featuring 200 lithographs. Fast Frame will offer 10 percent off frames for the lithographs.

Alioto's will offer frame freebies and other in-store specials, too.

Petersen's Restaurant, Ice Cream Parlour & Sweet Shoppe will host its annual Santa Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. Children's breakfasts are $3.95, while adults order off the regular menu. The breakfasts continue the mornings of  Dec. 11, 23 and 24.

Santa's Teddy Bear Tea Party will be Dec. 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teddy Bears and their charges and their charges can enjoy specialty teas, children's and adult finger sandwiches and desserts. Children receive a souvenir miniature teaspoon, and there will be a drawing for a Gund teddy bear.

Reservations are required for both Petersen's events. Call 386-6130.

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