Florist swaps bricks for clicks


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Schereck Designs Florists will shutter its bricks-and-mortar Marion Street mall location next week in favor of an online operation its owners will run in Chicago.

"It just seemed like the right time to make a decision," said Marnee Schereck. Ron Schereck had some heart trouble in the spring?#34;he's much better since a bypass surgery in May?#34;so with their lease expiring at the end of July, the couple looked to simplify.

"When you're in business?#34;vacations, family, you give it all up," said Ron Schereck. That was especially true for them with the last-minute details and late calls that come with doing flowers for weddings. The Scherecks both turned 50 this year.

The florist shop operated in Oak Park the past 18 years, five at its 118 N. Marion St. space. Previously it was part of the Carleton Hotel. The Scherecks still provide flowers for events there, and for the Foxes, the family owners of the Carleton.

With the online move, the Scherecks' operation will become more of an event florist, specializing in weddings, funerals and special orders. That will allow the couple to focus on the part of the business they enjoy best: designing floral arrangements.

Event orders had grown to be a significant portion of their business, making the move natural, Marnee Schereck said.

The couple said they've tried to reach out to the community while operating in Oak Park, having provided flowers for community events, such as the dedication of the new Oak Park Public Library.

They'll miss seeing their customers regularly, and said the past week has been filled with tearful moments with patrons they've known for years.

The shop will close at the end of July. After that, Schereck Designs may be found online at

Vivaldi out, Slaton's in today

The restaurant formerly known as Vivaldi, 144 S. Oak Park Ave., will assume its new identity sooner than originally expected.

When new owners Michael Jenkins and Tim Kuck took over the restaurant earlier this month, Kuck said they would continue to operate with the Vivaldi menu and format for 60 days as part of the purchase agreement.

But today, the restaurateurs were expected to unveil their new format: an upscale steaks-and-chops place to be known as Slaton's Supper Club.

A rush copy of the new menu features steaks, rack of lamb, and seafood entrees accompanied by creative sides such as barley and sweet corn in a tomato broth alongside the pan roasted halibut, or a grilled garlic croustade with the spicy seafood stew.

Salads of fennel and heirloom tomatoes and appetizers of soft shell crabs and duck comfit are also offered.

?#34;Drew Carter

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