Cathy Yen says she's the "classic tale" of a Corporate American working mom who "threw in the towel" to be closer to her kids.
She didn't throw the towel too hard: her new job is owning Great Harvest Bread Co., 736 Lake St., so she'll still have early mornings.
She most recently worked for AON Corp., where she said the entrepreneurial atmosphere ironically led her to think about getting her own enterprise.
Yen bought the bread and coffee franchise from Jeff Gruer, after he moved out of the area.
She hopes to add to-go sandwiches and espresso-based coffee drinks, but will keep most of the operation the same. Customers can expect new lighting and awnings with the next few months.
Yen said she's not worried about the recent addition of Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee, which opened its second Oak Park location on the corner across Lake Street from Great Harvest.
"I think there's room for all of us here," Yen said.
WJ's Pinc featured on Harrison St.
The Frame Warehouse will feature the photography of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL photographer Frank Pinc this month in its gallery space at its 346 Harrison St. location.
The exhibition will be kicked off with an opening night celebration from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 11, and will feature Pinc's non-photojournalism work, including the first picture he ever took.
"He's got some really great images," said Paul Hamer, Frame Warehouse owner.
Approximately 30 pieces will be on display and available for purchase. Hamer takes 20 percent of art sales during the monthly exhibitions he hosts, and 100 percent of frame sales.
Memento Scrapbooking wins national award
Memento Scrapbooking, 1114/1116 Chicago Ave., was one of 10 retailers across the country that won a Scrapbook Retailer Award from Scrapbook Retailer magazine.
The awards were given as part of the Imagination Celebration on Feb. 12 in Atlanta, an event to honor retailers, artists and manufacturers in the scrapbook and craft industries. Proceeds of the event benefited Leeza Gibbons' Leeza Place and her Memory Foundation, according to a Memento statement.
Memento was the only retailer selected for the prize in Illinois, said Chris Crippes, of Scrapbook Retailer.
Retailers were asked to tell the story of their store using a scrapbook. It was the first year the contest was held.
Crippes said the magazine would hold the awards next year, but would likely change the format.
Calling all "Souper" DOOPers
Karl Bader, chef and owner of S3 Kitchen, 814 S. Oak Park Ave., is asking for family soup recipes and traditions that reflect family "legends, interesting vacations and cultural pride," Bader writes in an e-mail statement.
"There is magic to this," Bader writes. "To me, it reflects the same richness, diversity and tradition that makes Oak Park a great place to live."
One of the recipes he collects will be offered each month as soup specials on Fridays and Saturdays. He hopes to gather enough recipes to create a cookbook.