August 2018

What's Happening At The Chamber

The Board of Directors is excited to introduce you to your new Executive Director, Marianne Melcher. She’s a resident of New Lenox who has been running special events for Catholic Charites, Diocese of Joliet.

She already attended several meetings of the Fall Fest Committee and attended our Golf Outing on Monday. She says that she is impressed by the enthusiasm and spirit of teamwork she witnessed in those few meetings she attended, and looks forward to meeting everyone!

The Board would like to thank all of those who submitted applications. We had many very qualified applicants from which to choose.

Marianne will be out meeting you at our events. Please take the time to introduce yourself to her and welcome her to the Chamber.

In addition to welcoming and acclimating Marianne, Chamber staff are busy getting ready for the 50th Anniversary Fall Festival, which will be over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-3.
If you haven’t turned in your Fall Fest Parade application yet, there is still some time. Take advantage of this membership benefit and get in front of thousands of people who line the streets of historic Frankfort.

Click here for an application.

Business Spotlights

Wausau Homes Mokena

19612 S. LaGrange Road
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 475-7654
Wausau Homes Mokena - Frankfort Chamber Business Spotlight August 2018

As you may or may not know from personal experience, building a new home can be a scary and anxiety-ridden venture, due to the lack of a solid building process, blown budgets, and overall unmet expectations, just to name a few things.

I know from personal experience, having been in the trades for over 15 years, that taking on a massive project such as building your dream home, can be a daunting task. This is why we decided to partner with Wausau Homes because we felt this partnership was the best opportunity in providing a superior way to build for us and our clients.

By partnering with Wausau Homes, we are able to provide a unique and distinct personal solution to the home building process before the contract is ever signed. By sticking our brand promise of Your Way, Firm Price, and On Time, we are able to throw aside the anxiety and provide a fun and exciting experience for each one of our clients. No more guessing, no more wondering about what’s going to happen and no more negative stress. We walk with you every step of the way to deliver a superior product – your dream home – the way you want, at a solid price, and of course on time.

Just talk to one of over 250,000 customers that Wausau Homes has built for and they’ll tell you the same thing. Wausau Homes has been doing this for over 50 years, and our reputation is second to none. With over 120 current floor plans, all able to be customized, the possibilities are endless. It’s so exciting to be a part of “redefining the building experience” and we would love a chance to talk with you about building your dream home!

Micah and Cesia Morgan, Wausau Homes Mokena, 19612 S. LaGrange Rd., Mokena, IL 60448, 708-475-7654.

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La Vie Vintage

4 W. Nebraksa
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 534-5542
La Vie Vintage - Frankfort Chamber Business Spotlight August 2018

Have you been to La Vie Vintage in the heart of downtown Frankfort recently?  Natalie Doyle, the shop owner, has made an exciting addition to her store and community.
La Vie Vintage has transformed one of the four shop’s rooms into a unique, one-of-a-kind Young Living Essential Oil retail showroom and education center.  Natalie has partnered with Michele Fisher, trained integrative health coach through Duke Integrative Medicine. 

Together, Natalie and Michele provide service and education around chemical-free living and product usage.  They host monthly, informative classes on essential oils, in addition to hosting events where they make items with essential oil users.  

La Vie Vintage continues to carry unique vintage items, as well as bringing some very special, personal and home lines to the community.  Many patrons visit La Vie Vintage for its extensive line of Maison Berger, formerly Lampe Berger, direct from Paris. This company has 120 years of history where it began purifying the air of hospital rooms at the beginning of the 20th century. It has grown and has many fragrances and lamps available to those looking for a beautiful way to scent their homes.

La Vie Vintage also carries Chando home diffusers from Shanghai. These diffusers are exquisite,hand-carved porcelain flowers that diffuse delicate fragrances into your home without alcohol, formaldehyde, benzene or other substances harmful to the human body. A new addition to La Vie Vintage has been the Wolf jewelry box from Brighton, England. These were featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things and are stunning jewelry boxes of quilted leather and patented lusterloc technology to keep items tarnish free. They are stunning and a great way to keep your jewelry safe and secure in style. 

Embracing old world knowledge and admiration of quality and purity, La Vie Vintage brings this to the community—simple and natural in a beautiful environment.  Stop in La Vie Vintage located at 21 S. White Street, Suite A, for a memorable shopping experience.

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The Cancer Support Center

19645 S. LaGrange Rd
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 478-3529
The Cancer Support Center - Frankfort Chamber Business Spotlight August 2018

Dust off your hat and brush off your boots, this is going to be one party you don’t want to miss! The 25th Annual Hometown Hoedown will be the last!

The grand finale of this annual fundraising event will be Thursday, Sept. 13 at CD&ME. Tickets are $25 per person ($30 at the door) and include a delicious dinner, music by Bernie Glim & The Country Roads Band, line dancing instruction, raffles, silent auction, fireworks and more!

The event usually draws 500-600 people and raises more than $45,0000, which is donated to The Cancer Support Center and Camp Quality.

“This year, we would love to see 1,000 people and try to break all records as this will be the 25th and final Hoedown,” said Organizer Kathy Kahlhammer.
Tickets can be purchased at or at CD&ME, The Cancer Support Center in Mokena, Dr. Peter Kahlhammer’s office in Frankfort or by contacting Kathy at or 815-341-1238.

The Hoedown started in August of 1994, with the generosity of the Late Chef Klaus of Klaus’s Steak and Seafood. There was a group of local Frankfort residents that were on the board for The American Cancer Society. Klaus asked if we would like to use his tent for a fundraiser on a Thursday night as he would be using it on the weekend for his October fest. The first Hoedown was such a success that we decided to continue and make it an annual event.

Year two, we moved to downtown Frankfort, at Chef Klaus’s Bier Stube Restaurant. We roped off Kansas Street and danced the night away. In conjunction with The American Cancer Society, we added Camp Quality as a second donor.
Kathy helped out with the first two and ended up accepting the role of the Chairperson for number 3, and chaired until the 20th Hoedown.

Jenn Adams, Kathy’s co-chair, took over at Hoedown 21 and has continued to chair this event. Each year the event has grown. Then in 2011, fire destroyed The Bier Stube just two weeks before Hoedown. Kathy contacted Dean Vaundry and Chuck Jabaay, to see if we could relocate to CD&ME, and it’s been there ever since.

In 2007, Kahlhammer made the Cancer Support Center in Mokena a benefactor as well as Camp Quality.

So, if you like to dance, eat, bid on auction items, buy raffles and see fireworks, get your tickets today!
Hope to see y’all there!

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