WOMEN IN BUSINESS

CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
MARCH 2021

Saol Academy of Irish Dance
When she’s not working as a Engineering Systems Manager, Kara focuses all her energy into her business. Kara opened Saol Academy of Irish Dance in January 2016. Since then, she has seen her business grow into what it is today! Saol Academy of Irish Dance’s mission is to provide Irish dance classes that are fun and dynamic, but also teach discipline and pride in the art form. Irish dance offers an opportunity for an exciting and creative outlet that boosts a student’s confidence and translates into their lives outside of the dance studio.  The name of the school, Saol (pronounced “sail”) is the Irish word for “Life”, which speaks to how Saol Academy believes in inspiring lives through Irish dance.  Every student is encouraged to work hard and achieve their goals whether it is to keep fit, enjoy Irish dance as a hobby, perform or compete at the highest levels, and most importantly - have fun!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Saol has had to move into a larger space to accommodate social distancing regulations and ensure the dancers can practice in-person, safely. You can now find Saol Academy of Irish Dance at 6650 N Northwest Hwy. Chicago, IL 60631

https://www.saolacademy.com/

WineStyles Norwood Park
WineStyles moved to Norwood Park in April 2019 (having been in Park Ridge for 11 years) by Emily Wilderman who is the owner and operator.  A hybrid experience of boutique retail for wine, craft beer, chocolates and gifts it also operates as a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Room.  We offer a variety of small plates including Cheese & Charcuterie boards and flatbreads. WineStyles also hosts numerous education classes, tastings and other wine & beer events throughout the year as well as hosting private events.  At this time, WineStyles is slowing introducing in-person tastings at limited availability, as well as virtual tastings!  Details can be found at www.winestyles.com/norwoodpark or our Facebook page (WineStyles Norwood Park).
Located at 6182 N Northwest Hwy. Chicago, IL 60631


Anemone Chicago
Jessica Petty Smith is the owner and lead designer of Anemone which was created in 2011. Before entering the event business, Jessica completed an MA in Art History and also teacheS art history courses for the City Colleges of Chicago. Anemone is a full-service floral event design studio. Their business focus is customized and intimate, serving events of all sizes. Anemone is committed to bringing on the pretty and is head over heels for the opportunity to be a part of your celebrations.
For more information, please visit https://www.anemonechicago.com/
Located at 5483 N Northwest Hwy. Chicago, IL 60630

 
StateFarm: Lori Shaw
Lori has been a proud member of the Norwood Park Chamber since 2015 and currently resides on the Board of Directors and has since 2018. Representing StateFarm Insurance since 1991- this year marks her 30th anniversary! In 2012 she was a Women of Excellence recipient and is a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as well as the Board Chair of TUCC Child Care. We’re so lucky to have Lori as a member of our community and we are grateful for her dedication to serving the local community. For more information on her services, please visit https://www.lorishawinsurance.com/
Located at 7117 W Higgins Ave. Chicago, IL 60656
 
Gigi’s Dolls and Sherry’s Teddy Bears
Gigi and Sherry’s business has been serving doll and teddy bear collectors since 1981. Their shop features a wide array of antique, collectible, and modern dolls, and a huge selection of teddy bears. Gigi and Sherry are a mother   & daughter team and are more than happy to help; whether it’s a trip down memory lane or a fun treasure hunt, they’re there to assist! We participate in many Doll & Teddy Bears Shows across the country & have hosted the NADDA Doll Show in Chicago. We are members of UFDC & NADDA. Check them out at https://www.gigisdolls.com/!
Located at 6029 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631


Lopp Mathias 
Megan, founding partner of Lopp Mathias Law is a recent member of the Norwood Park Chamber. Her business represents the greater Chicagoland area, as well as companies with a presence around the country. She is a fierce advocate and defender of rights of entrepreneurs, women and BIPOC. Megan advocates for the rights of her clients with the understanding that the legal system is not designed to reach a fair rest unless one has a formidable advocate. The core values at Lopp Mathias Law are integrity, humanity, hustle, authenticity, quality and tenacity. For more information on her business, please visit: https://www.loppmathiaslaw.com/
Located at 1030 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
                        4245 N Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60641


Edward Fox Photography & Video
In 1902, Edward Fox traveled from over-seas with a few dollars in his pocket and a dream to build a new life in America. His passion was photography, and he turned his passion into a successful business. Kim has been a part of Edward Fox for 30 years, serving as Vice-President for 7 years now! When she’s not taking care of the business, she serves as the President of The Norwood Park Chamber and is an active member of PTO.

Located at 6133A N Northwest Hwy. Chicago, IL 60631
https://edwardfox.com/
 

For Women's History Month, we'd like to put a special spotlight on a few of our LOCAL Women-Owned Businesses!

In order from top to bottom
-Saol Academy of Irish Dance
-Anemone Chicago
-Lopp Mathias Law
-Edward Fox Photography & Video
-StateFarm: Lori Shaw
-WineStyles Norwood Park
-Gigi's Dolls & Sherry's Teddy Bears