STELLAR GIFT GIVING GUIDE

It’s the holiday season – yay!! During a pandemic… yay. It’s hard to muster excitement when you might not be seeing the family and friends you’re used to during this time. But maybe you’re really motivated to hunt down the perfect gift for those loved ones you miss! This year even more than usual, we think it’s important to shop local and shop small. Support the businesses you want to still see when the world opens up again! We’ve compiled a little list of local shops we love to support.

FIRST THINGS FIRST… FOOD!

BISTRO WASABI

4590 W Algonquin Rd, Lake in the Hills

www.thebistrowasabi.com

You don’t even have to be a sushi fan to love it here (although they ARE the freshest in town!). Lynne isn’t a sushi person, but she loves their chicken teriyaki and her husband always gets the New York Steak. Purchase gift cards to treat yourself or your friends and family!

EL COCHINO

4580 W Algonquin Rd, Lake in the Hills

www.elcochinotacos.com

An American taco, tempura, and tequila bar, El Cochino is a new spin on the traditional Mexican Taqueria. Kristin always gets a Sake Cucumber margarita and avocado tempura to start before making the really hard decisions of what kind of tacos to get?!?

UNCLE BUB’S BBQ

132 South Cass Ave, Westmont

www.unclebubs.com

We can’t decide what we love more – the family that runs this joint or the delicious BBQ! Get a gift card for a friend and receive one free for yourself or order ahead for a stress-free holiday meal. We highly recommend the Fried Mac & Cheese!

BISTRO WASABI

1578 W Algonquin Rd, Hoffman Estates

www.bistrowasabihoffman.com

A night with Sushi Sean Kang is one you won’t forget! Bistro Wasabi serves inspired sushi, perfectly broiled steaks, and contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. Molly loves their crab cakes and Kamakazi Maki… well, really anything sushi!

MILK HOUSE ICE CREAM

230 Reinking Rd, Pingree Grove

www.milkhouseicecream.com

Milk House Ice Cream is all about having the freshest, locally made ice cream in the area, made with natural & local ingredients. Holiday Dessert ordering is now open! Piecakens, Ice Cream Cakes & Pies, Naughty List & Nice List 4 packs, Mini-Ice Cream Sandwich Buckets… *drool*

FORK IT GRAZING

256 N Oak St, Unit B, Crystal Lake

www.forkitfoods.com

A favorite around the Stellar office and a go-to for any gathering – you can’t go wrong with anything you order from this Crystal Lake business! If you’re like Lindsay, you never met a cheese you didn’t like.

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ARTEMISIA

101 S Third St, Geneva

www.artemisiastyle.com

A go-to store for all things beautiful… gorgeous, unique jewelry, clothing and home interior pieces and excellent customer service. Or, as Molly says, “The perfect place to find a gift for my mother-in-law that I know she will love!”

BEAUTILITY

Shop Online

www.livebeautility.com

The recoup Beautiscoop is the perfect stocking stuffer for moms and teens! Lindsay hates wasting any of her expensive shampoo and always keeps one in the shower!

THE HALF FULL NEST VINTAGE MARKET

205 W Main St, West Dundee

www.thehalffullnest.com

This gorgeously designed shop offers a carefully curated, vintage style collection of all things lovely for your nest and beyond. Lindsay and Sin met the owner while mentoring their son in the DCHS Incubator program – entrepreneurship runs in the family!

THE OLIVE TAP

68 N Williams St, Crystal Lake

www.olivetapcl.com

Love dipping sauces and marinades? The Olive Tap offers high-quality, freshly pressed 100% extra virgin olive oils, flavored oils and balsamic vinegars made by award winnings artisans and small batch producers worldwide. This makes a perfect treat for a holiday at home!

AROUND THE CORNER CANDY

101 S 1st St, West Dundee

www.aroundthecornercandy.com

Often a destination on our Stellar walks, you can’t go wrong stuffing your stockings with goodies from Around the Corner Candy. They have all the classics and some fun novelty items as well. Don’t pass up the chocolate covered pretzel trees – they are the BEST!

ATLANTIC COAST MERCHANTS

Shop Online

www.atlanticcoastmerchants.com

Atlantic Coast Merchants brings the beauty and essence of the ocean to your home by offering a collection of ocean, beach, sun, surf and sand inspired products. Lindsay loves all things ocean/beach so this site is a go-to shopping stop every time!

GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THE MUSIC LOVER IN YOUR LIFE!

AUSTIN’S VIOLIN SHOP

316 Wheeler Rd, Sugar Grove

www.austinsviolinshop.com

For everything string, consider Austin’s Violin Shop. Starting out? Austin’s Violin Shop. Lessons? Austin’s Violin Shop. Time for an upgrade? Austin’s Violin Shop. Repair? Austin’s Violin Shop. We’re telling you – everything violin, viola, and bass. Family owned and local!

CENTER STAGE DANCE ACADEMY

10631 Wolf Dr, Huntley

www.danceatcsda.com

Get your wigglers & gigglers moving at CSDA. Offering professional dance instruction for ALL ages. Not only have Sin, Lindsay and Molly’s daughters danced there, Sin teaches adult classes too (Lindsay & Molly were students!).

EVENFLOW

302 W State St, Geneva

www.evenflowmusic.com

Bands, Dueling Pianos, Karaoke, LIVE MUSIC, oh my!! EvenFlow Music & Spirits is a bar, restaurant, and live music venue located in downtown Geneva! It is the perfect place to safely host a small gathering of friends and family or plan a huge bash when this stupid pandemic is over!

DON’T FORGET TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

ROCKIT STUDIO

473 W Wise Rd, Schaumburg

www.myrockitstudio.com

Elyse can do it all and do it all beautifully, but she specializes in balayage, vivid fashion colors and extensions. Not only does she suit her clients’ personal tastes, but she keeps their hair healthy and looking fantastic. Just ask Sin, she’s been going to Elyse for 10 years!

ROSECRANS & ASSOCIATES

1457 Merchant Dr, Algonquin

www.rosecransassoc.com

The holidays are rough. Maybe you’re spending TOO much time with your immediate family all cooped up and y’all need a little help working through things. Or perhaps you’re learning more about your children’s behavior as they struggle with online learning. Rosecrans & Associates is a wonderful resource right in our community.

DARE TO END ANXIETY

Coaching Available

www.daretoendanxiety.com

Plain and simple, this year has been a dumpster fire. For female entrepreneurs, it means there’s even more on our shoulders than normal. Perhaps your plans for the year went up in smoke. We’re here to tell you, it’s okay to ask for help!

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR HOME DURING THE PANDEMIC!

RMG SECURITY SOLUTIONS

IL License # 127.001378

www.rmgsecuritysolutions.com

Do you need security for your home because of all the kick ass gifts you got?! RMG Security Solutions, Inc. presents the most advanced security and home management solution in the industry, for both residential and commercial! Past neighbors of Lindsay, this family owned and operated business is down to earth and will help you find the right solution!

PLAN AHEAD FOR NEXT YEAR’S CHRISTMAS

 

MOONEY LYONS FINANCIAL ADVISORS

1 Executive Court, Suite 5, South Barrington

www.mooneylyons.com

This year is nothing like anyone expected. Money might be tighter than normal or maybe you have some extra because you’ve been staying home all year! If you haven’t thought about what next year may bring or you want to think even further down the road, reach out to Mooney Lyons. Their goal-driven financial planning helps you get where YOU want to be.


MEET HARRY SEMERJIAN

If you need something cleaned, call Harry. Seriously! Even if it’s not his mess, he’ll offer to fix it for you. As Stellar’s SEO expert, Harry's insight into a client's business is a valuable tool reaching more than just online audiences, but customers in the real world too! Harry has owned a handful of businesses since the ripe old age of 13 ranging from manufacturing to real estate to business services. A true Renaissance man, Harry can speak with someone for less than 30 minutes and have a complete business strategy worked out in his head leading them to definite success. A father of two teenage boys, Harry knows a thing or two about dealing with people on the brink of insanity. He fits in well at Stellar.


MEET BODHI

Named after Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break, Bodhi joined the Stellar team in May 2017 and we don’t know how we got through the prior 6 years without an office dog! Adopted from Animal House Shelter, Bodhi is a Pitbull/American Bulldog mix that his human Lindsay cannot believe someone gave up. Bully breeds definitely get a bad rap because there is nothing sweeter than this 65-pound “lap dog” climbing into someone’s chair as we gather around the conference table. With as much charisma as his namesake, Bodhi greets visitors to the office with a toy in his mouth ready to play. He hasn’t quite developed any marketing skills just yet, but he can spot a duck or another dog out the window like nobody’s business.


MEET KRISTIN KILIAN

Anything that gets thrown Kristin’s way is handled with ease… at least as far as we know. Coming from the retail industry, Kristin is no stranger to a fast paced, ever-changing environment and has no problem adapting to the chaos that comes with managing Stellar’s high profile clients. With years of experience managing all aspects of communications for Fortune 500 companies, Kristin is able to schmooze clients, conquer any task, and ensure everything is running smoothly… even when it’s not! A Hallmark movie fan, Kristin loves spending time with her firefighter husband and rambunctious toddler.


MEET SYLVIA CARRANO

Lover of tacos, dogs, and all things Justin Timberlake, Sylvia brings an honest perspective to not only projects, but office chit-chat as well! When onboarding new clients, tons of experience making people happy in the service industry and her marketing degree from DePaul allows Sylvia to jump right in and hit the ground running. In her role as Account Manager, Sylvia truly gets to know a client – understanding all the ins and outs that make them stand out from their competitors. Sylvia’s skillset is continually expanding and ranges from social media to email marketing to web design and more. She loves to travel and has been around the world and has visited 45 of our nation's 50 great states!


MEET LYNNE HARKIN

Using a space heater at her desk year-round, Lynne is no stranger to turning it up. With a background in retail and corporate sales, Lynne brings practical knowledge to help Stellar clients determine their path to success. As our content writer extraordinaire, Lynne helps brands find their voice and reaches a whole new world of customers. You may hear her getting flustered from time to time, but it’s always short-lived. Her get ‘er done, take charge attitude works in her capacity at Stellar and as the busy mom of 3 busy boys.


MEET CHRISTINA WOJTOWICZ

As a lover of spicy treats, Christina is a no-nonsense, get the job done kind of a girl. Any task thrown her way is done quicker than you can say Siracha! As our resident Web Developer, troubleshooting issues is her specialty… just like at home as the mother of two young sons! Christina’s ad agency background and experience developing websites adds another layer of insight to our client’s marketing efforts. You’ll often see her hiking and biking with her family (with a stop off at their favorite Dairy Queen for a treat!).


MEET MOLLY FIVELSON

Known around the office as Molly Pee Pee Pants, our resident Graphic Designer has more than just a small bladder. Her experience designing logos, developing brands, and creating amazing materials for Stellar clients brings a fresh perspective and artistic flair.  Molly’s easy-going attitude makes her the perfect candidate to work with constant changes and multiple ongoing projects. When she’s not out saving lives along the side of the road, she lives as a baseball widow and chauffeurs her kids to all their activities.


MEET SIN VAN V

Known for her rainbow hair, Sin is never one to settle for just one style. She pushes the Stellar team to think outside the box and consider things they would have never done before. Her Bachelor’s in Graphic Arts & Illustration from the American Academy of Art is just the tip of what she’s learned. With real-world experience in business management, marketing and promotions, event planning, and vendor coordination, Sin’s experience gives Stellar an Edge over the competition (see what we did there?). Despite her edgy moniker, Sin is a kid at heart riding her scooter, dragging the Stellar team on crazy outings, and smothering her adult son and daughter with embarrassing hugs and kisses.


MEET LINDSAY COATS

Known as the Dream Crusher, Lindsay’s level head keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine. When everyone else is trying to get in human-sized balloons and doing mid-day yoga, Lindsay is crunching numbers in a spreadsheet – literally one of her favorite things to do. With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Lindsay has the know-how to help Stellar clients make the right decisions to reach their goals. She loves problem-solving and making things work. She has a soft spot for kids and animals… she’s been known to grab babies from strangers and roll on the ground with any dog that will snuggle her.