Carlson True Value

Dave Harms, Manager

Carlson True Value is a hardware store in Downtown Wheaton that offers many products and services you typically find at a hardware store but also has a wonderful giftware section in the front where you will find treasures for yourself or as a gift for others.

Why did you start or get into this business. Carlson's has been a paint store since 1915. The store has been a hardware store in the same location since 1928.

What will customers ALWAYS find when entering your business? Customers will always find knowledgeable people who know what we have, and can help solve your problems. We also service lawn mowers and snow blowers, and we repair lamps.

Who knew?! - What is your best kept secret product or service that you offer to customers? If we don't have what you need, you can order online at truevalue.com and it will be shipped free to our store on the next Tuesday.

What is something you want customers to remember about your business? This is a locally owned business with a long record of good service to our customers.

Downtown Wheaton
Midwest Cyclery

Doug, Owner/Manager

Midwest Cyclery offers bicycle sales and service in beautiful Downtown Wheaton. Located on Front Street, they are just off the Prairie Path!

Why did you start or get into this business. I had graduated college and was working for the owner who decided to retire. I felt I could take the existing business and make it better. It is an interesting business from the challenges of repairs to the ever changing business environment.

What will customers ALWAYS find when entering your business? Customers will always find thousands of parts and accessories for bicycles, hundreds of bicycles in stock and sales people who are ready to help.

Who knew?! - What is your best kept secret product or service that you offer to customers? We provide a free bike pump outside for customers to use. Did you know that you should put air in your bike tires every week. As you ride, air naturally escapes and the higher the pressure on the tire, the faster the air will escape.  

Also, bike helmets only have a shelf life of 7 years! Check the date on the inside of your helmet and if yours is expired, come in and check out our options! If there is no date, it’s probably time for a new helmet. 

What is something you want customers to remember about your business? You will always find quality repairs and service of bicycles at Midwest Cyclery.

Downtown Wheaton
Larc Jewelers Wheaton

Cary Zaras, Manager

Larc Jewelers Wheaton offers beautiful high quality gem stones, complete custom designs and is a full service jeweler including watch repair.

Why did you start or get into this business. This is our second location which we opened to give the folks in Wheaton the same high quality we have been giving our customers in Glen Ellyn since 1972.

What will customers ALWAYS find when entering your business? Customers will always find someone who cares at Larc Jewelers.

Who knew?! - What is your best kept secret product or service that you offer to customers? Larc Jewelers offers watch battery replacement while you wait! We also have an on sight jeweler for repairs.

What is something you want customers to remember about your business? You will always find friendly/knowledgeable people, who are willing to teach you, in regards to your jewelry purchases and repairs.

Downtown Wheaton
Ivy

Owner Dick O’Gorman

Ivy is an award-winning, fine dining restaurant that takes a unique approach in the creation of our seasonal menus and our carefully curated wine list. In addition, we have the best patio in town, enjoy creating unique events throughout the year, and thrive on giving back and being an integral component in the community. 

Why did you start or get into this business. I grew up in Wheaton and saw that the building was vacant, I asked Carol if she could fix it. She was up for the challenge. I had sold some other restaurants and was looking to open another. Wheaton is the perfect location, parking garage, private rooms and a great patio.

What will customers ALWAYS find when entering your business? In addition to a genuine smile, we really pride ourselves on the decor and staging of the restaurant. There isn't a holiday or season that gets overlooked. We do this throughout the entryway, the main dining room and our two private event spaces--the chef's room and the board room. People who look at our private spaces and main dining room, whether that's for a baby or bridal shower, a wedding rehearsal dinner or small reception or even for a celebration of life/memorial service, always comment on how lovely it all looks. Those decor elements really help their events and special occasions because it is less they have to think about, leaves a lasting impression, and makes for some beautiful elements in photos.

Who knew?! - What is your best kept secret product or service that you offer to customers? There are three actually. First, our carefully curated wine list. Last year, my General Manager, Jason Sandquist, went before the liquor commission and had an addendum added to the liquor law/license to allow guests to be able to purchase unopened bottles of wine. A lot of the wine we have on our list cannot be purchased at a liquor store. This addendum gives you the opportunity to purchase wine unopened from us to enjoy at home at a later time/date. It's great for those who are wanting to either start or add to a wine collection/cellar. Our Sunday breakfast buffet is another one because it is truly is the most affordable and delicious breakfast around. It has a lot to do with the fact that we offer a carvery, a mimosa bar and create your own omelet and waffles stations. It's affordable and the entire family can enjoy it. Lastly, my best product or service that we offer to our customers is our staff. I have the best team in town - staff members who are devoted, loyal and truly passionate about the community and the guests of Ivy.   

What is something you want customers to remember about your business? We wouldn't be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year without them. I have the world's greatest customers and it's one of the reasons why I love to spend so much time at Ivy.

DiningDowntown Wheaton