Wauconda ~ Best of the Best Readers’ Choice 2013

Wauconda was named the Best of the Best in 2013 Daily Herald Readers’ Choice Awards!  Best City to Live In, Best Community Festival, Best Downtown Atmosphere and Best Park District!



Wauconda Best of the Best Readers Choice 2013

“Best of the Best: City to Live, Community Festival, Downtown Atmosphere and Park District                           in our 2013 Daily Herald Readers Choice Awards!”



Congratulations to all the people who live, work and play in Wauconda, with whom this award would not have been possible.


Way to go Wauconda!!!

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 01/28/13

It’s going to be a busy week in Wauconda.  Lots of fun activities, so make sure to write these down and tell all your friends.  Wauconda is where you need to be this week!!

Ready, set GO!

1)  WEDNESDAY – January 30th, due to popular demand Beyond the Garden is bringing back “Soap Making” class.  I attended the first class, I have to tell you it was a blast!  Make a girls-night-out out of it, $20 per person.  Class starts at 6:30pm.

2)  WEDNESDAY – January 30th, is our usual offering of Open Mic held at Middleton’s on Main.  Fun starts at 9pm.

3)  THURSDAY – January 31st, the event that starts off the weekend in Wauconda, Beer Tasting at Bliss Wine, with menu accompaniment from Bulldogs Grill.


Beer Tasting at Bliss Wine

Beer Tasting at Bliss Wine

4)  SATURDAY – February 2ndGLX Great Lakes SnoCross Racing at Deacon’s Bar and Grill at The Golf Farm.  All Access Pass – $10.00 – 12 & Under – Free.  All Military & Students are Half Price!!  Event starts at 3pm.

5)  SATURDAY – February 2ndArtist Reception at Bliss Wine & Gifts.  Enjoy some lovely wines as you view some amazing art, including specialty glass creations, contemporary paintings, creative lifestyle artwork and more! Get your Valentine’s Day shopping with a special tasting by Anderson’s Candy Shop. 6-9pm.

6)  SUNDAY – February 3rdGLX Great Lakes SnoCross Racing!! Catch the excitement of Snowmobile Racing at Deacon’s Bar and Grill at The Golf Farm.  All Access Pass – $10.00 – 12 & Under – Free.  All Military & Students are Half Price!!  Event starts at noon.

So there you have it ~ lots of fun things to do in Wauconda this week.  Do you have any other Events that we’ve missed?  Add them in the comments below or add them in our Calendar of Events.

Enjoy the week Wauconda!



*  We encourage you to contact each Event venue in case of change or cancellation from original postings.  

DreamScapes Whimsical Has Class & More

DreamScapes Whimsical Has Class & More

Wauconda Has Class

Remember when I wrote about 13 Reasons to Love Wauconda and had mentioned how Wauconda has class? DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio was one of those unique places I was talking about. Located in the beautiful downtown Wauconda, DreamScapes offers a variety of classes from young to younger.

Meet Andrea

Andrea Perez Kaplan, DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique Studio

Meet Andrea of DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio

Owner, Andrea is a natural artist at heart. A very creative entrepreneur, Andrea earned her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy. Her lifelong dream of having her own shop is balanced by also working at Alexian Brothers as an Expressive Arts Therapist where she helps both children and adults use creative arts as form of therapy. Expressive therapy is said to help people heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression. Not only is it commendable that Andrea has such passion, but how she’s also able to maintain and run a store and raise her family as well is very admirable. When I had this interview with Andrea, she was on her way to take her son to basketball practice. She’s a busy mom! Andrea is married and has two children named Serenity and Zakai. Talk about being creative, it didn’t stop even with naming her children!

Art & Painting Classes

Art Classes at DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio

Art Classes at DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio

DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique and Studio offers themed classes like Mom & Me, Girls Scouts Get Togethers, Drop in Crafts, Make Your Own Jewelry and Seasonal Art Camps in Spring, Summer and Winter.  You can find some of the wonderful projects at Honey Hill Coffee Shops after the Camp Sessions.

Girls Scouts Gathering at DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio

Girls Scouts Gathering at DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio

Birthday Parties

Celebrate Birthdays, DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique Studio

Celebrate Birthday Parties at DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio

Having a birthday party?  Come out and celebrate at DreamScapes!  They will custom-design a party to bring out the creative genius out of your celebrant.  Endless party packages to choose from!  Look at how happy these girls are!  Who wouldn’t want to have a party here?

Girls Night Out

For a fun night-out of creativity with the ladies, DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio offers an escape to unleash your creativity for a few hours.  A professional art instructor will work with you and your friends as you paint any masterpieces of your choice.  Class fee is $35 and includes supplies, use of tools and canvas.

Art & Yoga Classes

Need to get your wiggles out?  DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio also offers Art & Yoga classes in four week increments.  Does this sound intriguing?  Please be sure to check their website to see upcoming class schedules.


In summary, DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio as the name implies, is not just a retail store, they are a full activity center for people of all ages.  People can come in, pick out beads and make jewelry all for one flat rate.  People can paint on canvas, picture frames, ceramic things or any other medium.  People can set play dates, have custom-planned group events, celebrate birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, have ladies night out, attend art & yoga classes….the possibilities are endless at DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio.

DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio


Dreamscapes is located at 119 S. Main Street, Wauconda IL 60084 ~ (224) 795.7437.


Mon. & Fri. 10:30 am to 6pm

Tues. & Sat. 10:30 am to 5pm

Wed. 12pm – 5pm

Thurs. 12pm – 6pm

Sunday by appointment only.

Check out DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio website and engage with them on Facebook.  They’re waiting to create with you!


DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio

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DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio 42.259519, -88.140873 DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio ~ is a unique hand crafted gift shop with an Arts & Craft Studio located on Main Street in Downtown Wauconda. Features hand-crafted gifts, jewelry, rocks & crystals, Bottle Cap Jewelry, and custom orders.
Wine Tasting and Pure Bliss in Wauconda

Wine Tasting and Pure Bliss in Wauconda

Bliss Wine and Gifts is a wine shop located in the beautiful town of Wauconda. It’s where many of the locals hang out, but is often visited by people both near and far. I have brought colleagues there from as far as the United Kingdom, and from their words, “I wish I could live here!”  And who wouldn’t want to?  Wauconda is a great place to live!


Meet Scott & Maria Weisbruch


Bliss Wine is owned and operated by Maria & Scott Weisbruch. They opened for business in 2009. Main Street Wauconda has never been the same ever since. Maria knew in her heart that having a place like this in Wauconda would be a great complement for the people and businesses in Wauconda ~ and boy was she right! Her future thinking helped drive what you see happening in this quaint little, now happening town, of Wauconda! What an inspiration she is to anyone thinking about pursuing their dreams. Her advice….”Jump in with two feet and see what happens!”

Scott Weisbruch, Maria Weisbruch, Bliss Wine and Gifts, Holiday Walk on Main 2012, Wauconda,

Scott and Maria Weisbruch as Suzie Snowflake and Jack Frost | Holiday Walk on Main 2012

Free Wine Tasting Daily

You know that “Cheers” theme song, “♪♫ ♪ where everybody knows your name ♪♫ ♪”….well, this is what Bliss Wine and Gifts reminds me of. You walk in this very inviting wine shop and there in the middle of the room is a granite countertop where you’re able to taste a few sips of wine. Oh did I forget to mention that it’s free? Bliss Wine offers free wine tasting daily. And if you like what you’ve tasted, and trust me you will, wine is available for purchase at half-a-glass or full. Of course.  Did this picture make you thirsty?

Bliss Wine Tasting, Clean Slate German Riesling

Bliss Wine Tasting ~ Clean Slate German Riesling


Live Band Entertainment

And when you saunter over to the left towards the front of the wine shop, is where a stage can be set up for local musical artists to entertain you with their songs, bongos, guitar, harp or harmonica. The performance usually starts at 6pm every Friday. Just a few of the entertainers that I have had a chance to see are 3Lincolns, Josh Skaja and Kevin Purcell. Check Bliss Wine and Gifts on Facebook to see their entertainment schedule or you can also check our Calendar of Events to keep up to date with local happenings!


Vineyard Room

Towards the back of the wine shop is what they call their “Vineyard Room“. You can enjoy some quiet time back there and oh yeah, just in case you’re wondering it’s called “Vineyard Room” because the back wall is painted with a vineyard mural by the Wauconda HighSchool Art department. You can see a photo of it below.  The “Vineyard Room” is also available for use for Private parties.

Bliss Wine and Gifts, Wauconda High School Art Department, Mural Painting, Vineyard Room

Vineyard Room | Mural Painting by Wauconda High School Art Department

Appetizers and Specialty Dinners


Throughout the wine shop are bistro tables where you can enjoy some mini appetizers from cheese and crackers, olive tempanade, Italian sampler, artichoke dip, Greek plate. And for a bigger appetite, specialty dinners are also served nightly by Bulldogs Grill or From Scratch Cafe.


Beer Tasting


Before entering the “Vineyard Room”, you will find the “beer tasting” bar, which you’re able to indulge in every Thursdays from 5:30pm to 8pm. And what’s a beer without the tasty accompaniment of mini-burgers from Bulldogs Grill?!


Wine, Classes and Wine of the Month Club


And for the pièce de résistance, since it is after all called Bliss Wine and Gifts, along one side of the wall are wine racks with assorted variety of wines. The wines are reasonably priced from about $8 and up. If you ever want to learn about the different variety of wines, how to swirl and sip, Bliss Wine offers wine tasting classes, as well as cooking classes and art classes.  Want to learn more about wine and food pairings?  Join their Wine Club of the Month.


Gift Items


For the “Gifts” part, you will also find some one of a kind gift items throughout the store, like cards, books, wine charms, wine glasses, cheese plates, serving platters, dips, sauces, rubs, the list goes on…

Bliss Wine & Gifts

Bliss Wine is located at 201 S. Main Street, Wauconda, IL, (847) 526.7133.

Hours are:  Tuesday thru Friday 11am to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm, and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

Make sure to visit their store, or their website and engage with them on their Facebook Page.

Bliss Wine and Gifts

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Bliss Wine and Gifts 42.259393, -88.140598 Bliss Wine and Gifts ~ is located in beautiful downtown Wauconda, Illinois. It offers the best in quality wines at reasonable prices along with a variety of microbrews, \"must have\" gifts and delicious appetizer selections.  Also offers specialty dinners and live entertainment.

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 01/14/2013

Happening in Wauconda

What’s Happening in Wauconda

The week continues with more things to do in Wauconda.  Mark your calendars and tell all your friends!

1)  Monday starts off at Bliss Wine and Gifts with a Cabernet Monet art class.  $35 class fee, includes all art supplies, instructions and your first glass of wine.  Class starts at 6pm.

2)  January 16, 2013 – Wednesday starting at 6:30pm, Beyond the Garden is having a class on make your own vanilla extract & room freshener.  I hope you signed up for this class as it sounds like a fun time.  Robin is a great instructor.

3)  After the class, make sure to stop by Middleton’s on Main for another night of Open Mic.  So if you think you have talent, sign up and sing!  Wauconda would love to hear you.  Show starts at 9pm.

4)  Every Thursday, is Beer Tasting Night at Bliss Wine and Gifts.  January 17th, Starting at 5:30pm, you get to taste several brews and pair it up with a meal from Bulldog’s Grill, which they will deliver for your drinking and dining pleasure at Bliss Wine!  That is collaboration at its finest!

5)  One of my favorite happenings in Wauconda is the Indoor “Green” Farmer’s Market at the Energee Center.  On Saturday, January 19th, from 8am to noon, you can purchase things like hydroponic veggies, herbs, breads, flowers, cheese, etc.  The Indoor Farmer’s Market is the 3rd Saturday of every month, so mark your calendars!

6)  And, from 7pm to 8pm is the “Paranormal” Actat the Energee Center.  Joe Diamond will be performing things like fortune telling, ancient surgery & spells, an old time seance is recreated & a spirit message is delivered to one lucky audience member.  And that’s just a small portion of this hour long show through the unknown!


So there you have it.  Go alone, grab your friends and have a fun time out on Wauconda this week.  Will you be there?

Aspire Boutique ~ Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Aspire Boutique ~ Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

You know that feeling you get as a little kid when you walk in a candy store?  Fast forward to now, that’s the same exact feeling I get when I walk in to Aspire Boutique. Aspire Boutique is everything girly.  The shop looks nice, it smells nice, it feels nice. Overall, isn’t that one-third of what every girls are made of?  {wink}….

Aspire Boutique

Aspire Boutique ~ sells irresistible fashion, dance & cheer wear, jewelry, custom invitations, party favors, party planning and gifts at affordable prices. Also specializes in home decorating, custom painted furniture and does in-home consultations.

Meet Amy & Sara

Aspire Boutique opened shop in Wauconda in 2011, by girlfriends Amy and Sara.  When asked what the inspiration is behind Aspire Boutique?

We love vintage inspired dresses, unusual and girly gifts and jewelry. We spend a lot of time searching for unique, beautiful products and only buy products that we love! Plus we included dance wear since our daughters dance several nights a week at the Academy of Ballet in Wauconda and love it!

Aspire Boutique Amy and Sara

Aspire Boutique Sara and Amy

Dance & Cheer Wear

Shop Aspire Boutique for your dance and cheer wear including shoes, tights, leotards, dance bags, tutus and bows.  They carry all colors and if they don’t, they can special order them for you.

Aspire Boutique Dance Wear

Aspire Boutique Dance Wear

Since Aspire Boutique likes to carry different, non-brand items, the store is never the same place twice.  You’ll find the Aspire girls always decorating and redecorating, which leads to one of the unique things Aspire Boutique offers –

Home Decorating, Custom Painted Furniture, In-Home Consultation

Sara loves to refurbish furniture with the help of her dad.  If you look around the store, a lot of their shelves are old doors that have been painted and repurposed as display showcase pieces.  See what I mean?!

Aspire Boutique Repurposed Door

From Door to Display Showcase

If you share the same love for unique, custom painted furnishings, and need some assistance with home decorating, Aspire Boutique also offers in-home consultation.

Do you have a special event coming up?

Custom Invitation, Party Favors, Party Planning

Aspire Boutique also offers party planning and you can get all your party supplies there including custom-made invitations, from baby announcements, to birthday parties, to special engagements and weddings.  Make sure to visit them and they will be happy to work with you and help you decide what best fits your occasion.  Do you have a party and in need of some planning?  Contact Aspire Boutique as they can help with party planning too!

Aspire Boutique Invitations

Aspire Boutique Carry Invitations for All Occasion

And of course, what’s a girly girl without the BLING?!

Jewelry & Fashion Accessories

The Aspire girls search near and far to bring the latest trends in everything girl wear.  Looking for a special gift item? Aspire Boutique carries the latest trends in jewelry and other fashion accessories.  And let me forewarn you, if you find something you like at Aspire, buy it before it’s gone!

Aspire Boutique Bling, Jewelries and More

Aspire Boutique Has Jewelry Galore and a Whole Lot More!


Winter Hours are:  Tues/Wed: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Fri: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit their store and tell them NWSuburbsChicago.com sent you.  And if you visit them during the month of January, you can save 10% OFF one item, if you tell them “BeYOUtiful” during check-out!

To see some of their items in their store, check out their Aspire Boutique website or engage with them on their FB Page and become their Fan of the Week!


Aspire Boutique

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Aspire Boutique 42.259932, -88.140583 Aspire Boutique ~ sells irresistible fashion, dance wear, jewelry, invitations and gifts at affordable prices.
Aspire Boutique is located at 118 S. Main Street, Wauconda,  IL.  60084, (847) 865-5142.