Thanks to Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for finding new ways to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic!

While the majority of its 500 restaurants are open and offering drive-through service, some of its dine-in-only restaurants have shifted operations to support their local communities until they can once again prepare their chicken finger meals.

One of the innovative ways Cane’s Crewmembers have been giving back is by sewing three-ply cloth masks. On May 19, 1,000 of these masks were donated to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL.

Teams of Cain’s employees are being paid to produce the masks, many of whom had never sewn before this initiative began. The teams work in block-schedule shifts in adherence with the company’s social distancing procedures.

“Our team is extremely proud to have the opportunity to step up and support our community in such a unique and meaningful way,” said Leader of Restaurants Olivia Fazzola. “Healthcare workers are putting their Community first, and we are honored to show our appreciation to them with these donations.”

“We are excited to have been chosen as the recipient of these handmade masks. This thoughtful donation will help us stay safe and healthy as we care for all those who come to us during this unprecedented time,” said Octavia Bonds, Community Relations Coordinator, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

Raising Cane’s is also supporting local healthcare workers with its nationwide neck-gaiter campaign. Local Chicago area restaurants continue to sell their limited-edition supply, and 100% of the net proceeds made from these sales will be donated to Loyola Medical.

Through their partnerships with Loyola Athletics, Chicago Wolves and Oak Lawn Community High School, Raising Cane’s has been able to provide 1,248 meals across the Chicago area to healthcare workers, including Christ Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Healthcare workers at OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Hospital receive face masks made by the employees at Raising Cane's

Our local Culver’s is taking part in a company-wide promotion to benefit local food banks. From May 19–24, a dollar from every Concrete Mixer sold will be donated to the Evergreen Park Village Pantry. This initiative is a wonderful way to support our local food bank and the many residents who use it during the pandemic. Culver’s, located at 9515 S. Kedzie Ave., is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE: In-studio classes are currently canceled, but we hope you’ll join us for virtual classes via Zoom!

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Info On Virtual Classes: 
How do I register?
Use this Student Access Link to register for classes. You will only be able to see the link to view the broadcast if you are logged into your Tula account, but you won’t see the broadcast link from your TULA app.

How do I access the live class?
Once you register, you will see a link to View Broadcast (right below where you normally see Deregister). You will need to download the Zoom app on your phone or open the website on your computer and create a free account in order to view the live classes using the broadcast link.

Will you be able to see me?
You are able to control whether we can see you or not with the video feature within Zoom. If we can see you, so can everyone else in the class.

Will I be able to communicate with the you? We ask that you please keep your microphone muted throughout class. But if you have a question or need something, just unmute yourself to communicate with your teacher. You can also type questions into the chat feature of Zoom. Because instructors are not super close to the recording device, the best way to get her attention will be to unmute yourself and ask your question. If you type something, she may not see it until much later.

What do I need for class?
If you have a mat, great! Otherwise, a comfy space within your home will do. If you have any props at home, have them handy (ring, ball, yoga block); but we’ll offer cues without the assistance of any props as well.

 

 

*$20 subtotal (before taxes and fees).

Can’t combine with other offers or rewards. Can’t be used with Group Ordering. Only at participating locations through 5/17/20

Cool Clouds Vapor Shop

 

Cool Clouds is a retailer of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids, also known as vapor products. The business, located at 3837 W. 95th St., assists adult smokers in their transition away from combustible tobacco products. 

The store is owned by Evergreen Park residents Bridget Carey and Reid Nuttall. Both are former smokers who enjoy helping other adults find a less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes. Their approach starts with educating customers about the range of smoke-free products available, then finding a good fit.

“We walk our customers through the process, asking questions about their smoking habits and how much they smoke, as well as finding their level of comfort with this technology,” said Nuttall. “Then we work with their budget, lifestyle and goals to find a device, nicotine level and flavor that will be satisfying and make the task of quitting smoking less daunting.”

About Vapor Products

According to the Cool Clouds website, vapor products are electronic devices with three components: a battery power source, a heating element, and e-liquid. E-liquid is applied to the heating element directly or passively with the use of a tank and with the power of the battery, the liquid is heated to the point that it becomes vapor. 

Vapor products include electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, mods, pens, cigalikes and vapes. The one unifying characteristic is that these devices do not burn, so they do not expose users to harmful smoke or tar. 

E-liquids usually contain a mix of these four ingredients:

  • PG (Propylene Glycol) is used as a base and a stabilizing agent.
  • VG (Vegetable Glycerin) assists in producing a thick cloud of vapor.
  • Natural or artificial flavors that impart a sweet or tobacco-like taste.
  • Nicotine can be included at various levels, allowing customers to decrease nicotine over time if they choose. E-liquids are also available without nicotine.

The Evergreen Park shop opened in 2014 and is their original location. They also have a second store in Tinley Park. 

Cool Clouds also offers a range of CBD (cannabis) products, as well as glass and accessories for customers who use cannabis.

To learn more about Cool Clouds, visit them online at https://www.coolcloudsvapor.com/.

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Biros Real Estate

 

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce is delighted to introduce its new “Meet a Member” spotlight with our first featured business, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Biros Real Estate. This real estate company is a longtime Chamber member and a strong supporter of the business community in Evergreen Park. 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Biros Real Estate is a full service company with 40 brokers providing residential and commercial real estate services.  The company Biros Real Estate was founded in 1982 by Bill Biros and became an affiliate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in 2014. During this time their focus has always been community centric, serving residents and business owners where the brokers work and live. These areas include Evergreen Park and adjacent communities including the Beverly area, Mount Greenwood and Oak Lawn.

The real estate company is ranked #1 by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in our market areas.  And, we are a top three company within the entire U.S. Midwest Region of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Relationships & Referrals are Their Key to Success

The future success of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is based on maintaining their reputation of honesty and professionalism when representing clientele, according to broker Laura Freeman, who also is the president of the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. Another critical point, Freeman said, is remaining focused on the communities where the brokers work and live. In fact, the company’s motto is “Serving Our Community!”

The best compliment the company can receive is a referral from past clients to their family and friends. “Trusting us to help the people that mean the most to them makes for a successful relationship,” Freeman said. “We truly appreciate these referrals from community members. Please keep them coming!”