Small business is often said to be the backbone of a community, and in 2012 we saw Darien and Woodridge bring in a handful of new businesses.
Of course, with each year we must say goodbye to some local favorites, such as Smashburger this year.
Still, it's great to see longtime local businesses honored for their commitment to the community. Here are some of the business headlines from 2012.
If we missed any business closings or openings in this article, remind us in the comments section—remember, 365 days is a long time!
Also, give a shout-out to your favorite local business by liking its Facebook page! Here's where you can find them:
- Darien Businesses to Like on Facebook
- Woodridge Businesses to Like on Facebook
Chuck's Southern Comfort Cafe Coming to Darien
Card Frenzy Opens in Darien
Massage Envy Opens in Darien
Walmart Expansion Project Moves Forward
Goddard School to Open Darien Location
Lithuanian Restaurant Plans Darien Location
Kumon Learning Center Opens its Doors in Darien
Ross Dress for Less Eyes Chestnut Court Location
New Sushi Restaurant Rolls into Darien
Local Business Woman Begins a New Fairytale (PHOTOS)
Woodridge Native Opens Elements Massage Studio
Two New Restaurants Coming to Woodridge
'Industry Powerhouse' Forms in Woodridge as Palladium Acquires MicroSun
Smashburger Releases Statement on Closing
Woodridge Gap Store Closes
Pamy’s Hot Dogs celebrates 30 years in business
Home Run Inn Celebrates 25 Years in Darien
Six Businesses Honored for 25+ Years in Woodridge
PHOTOS: Pappa's Pizza Honored for 33 Years in Woodridge