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26 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger life & arts

Mokena’s Front Street plans highlight multi-chamber event

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

A night of networking

brought the south suburban

business community together

to share ideas, business

plans and a few laughs at

Little Joe’s in Frankfort.

On Jan. 11, members of

four local Chamber of Commerces

— Frankfort, Mokena,

New Lenox and Tinley

Park — met in Frankfort

for a Business After Hours

hosted by Spa Remedy and

Little Joe’s, the latter of

which was where the event

took place. The gathering

gave business owners

and employees a chance to

brainstorm ideas with colleagues

while enjoying a casual

night full of food, fun

and music.

“Getting all of the Chambers

together in one place

makes it easy for everyone

to come together and network

and see what else is

out there,” explained Frankfort

Chamber of Commerce

Board Member and incoming

Treasurer Gretchen

Dust. “It’s great to connect

with so many people from

the area since we do have

members who come from

other communities that are

part of the Frankfort Chamber

as well.”

Members of the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce had

a lot to celebrate at the event

as earlier that day they welcomed

a new business to the


“Today was exciting. We

had the grand opening and

ribbon cutting for Accelerate

Indoor Speedway,” said

Mokena Chamber of Commerce

Director April Jackson.

“Half of the proceeds

from any go-kart race that

you purchased and participated

in during the opening

went towards benefitting the

Special Olympics, so it was

a big fundraiser, too.”

Revitalizing Front Street

and drawing more businesses

to Downtown Mokena is

one of the priorities for the

Mokena Chamber, a goal

that echoes Tinley Park’s

Downtown makeover.

Tinley Park Chamber

of Commerce Executive

Director Jackie Bobbitt

explained that her organization

is focused on representing

the Village’s new

tagline, “Life Amplified,” at

each and every business.

“We’re trying to incorporate

live music into all of our

businesses, all of our events

and all of our logos,” Bobbitt

said. “We’re working

on getting all of our downtown

businesses involved

and making that theme a

real draw for Downtown


Along with sharing similar

goals and visions for

their communities, the

south suburban chambers

also share several businesses,

including one of the

event’s hosts, Little Joe’s,

which has locations in Tinley

Park, New Lenox and


“It’s great to have a business

that is really ingrained

in the culture of our communities

come out and

host this event,” said New

Lenox Chamber of Commerce

CEO Emily Johnson.

“Little Joe’s is a really

gracious and welcoming

host and partnering with

Spa Remedy makes it especially

nice as we can add

something extra special to

the event.”

Spa Remedy also provided

chair massages to guests

during the Business After

Hours on top of co-hosting

the Multi-Chamber gettogether.

Food, drinks, entertainment

and socializing

added to the communityfocused


“Our communities are so

close knit, as we all share so

many wonderful businesses

and our memberships overlap

so much,” Johnson said. “All

Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer (second from left) and his wife, Laurie, chat with Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland (right) and

his wife, Stacy, at the Multi-Chamber After Hours Thursday, Jan. 11. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Vicki Lyons from Home Helpers in New Lenox gets a massage from Maggie Kuckie of Spa Remedy Frankfort.

of our chambers focus on

different things and getting

together gives everybody a

little bit of a different perspective

and an opportunity

to engage with their peers.”

She added: “When we’re

able to come together to do

a multi-chamber event like

this, it’s such a benefit to

the business community at


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