It was 25 years ago that David King and associates — that would mainly be Debbie King, his sister — set out to lease commercial space in Oak Park and Forest Park. Since then, their blue and white DK signs have adorned the windows of storefronts and commercial spaces across these villages, equally signaling dashed hopes and fresh opportunities for a couple of generations of entrepreneurs in our burgs.

King helped lead the resurgence of Madison Street in Forest Park 20 years ago, he has kept faith with the more dramatic ups and downs of the retail economy in Downtown Oak Park, he has worked every other local commercial strip and expanded his firm’s footprint to Elmhurst and other suburbs. Always he has worked behind the scenes while being something of a showman out front.

Happy anniversary to David and to Debbie. May all our storefronts be leased.

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