As I think about the places that were part of my life growing up in southern Oak Park, I recall two businesses that I frequented.

I always enjoyed accompanying my mom to Fair Share to grocery shop on Mondays when I was off school. For many years, it was our primary place for our weekly groceries, and also for special occasions. It was great getting to know the staff at the check-out lanes. They had a good selection of products that served us well.

Another business where I got great service was Harrison Jewelers. I went there from time to time to have work done on my watch, including basic routine battery replacement. The people who worked there were great and ran a wonderful business. I enjoyed getting to know them, connecting with them in a personal way each time I went there.

Indeed, I am grateful for what these businesses offered, and the memories will last in my mind for a long time to come.

Paul Rubio, Oak Park

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