2019 Gold Star Award Recipients
The Gold Star Award Program is part of the Economic Development Commission’s business retention efforts. The award was created to: (1) Recognize significant accomplishments by Mundelein businesses; (2) Publicize and promote those accomplishments by publicly recognizing the businesses; (3) Create pride in the local business community; and (4) Encourage other businesses to follow the good examples set by the award winners.Congratulations to the 2019 honorees!
Shear Paradise - 400 North Seymour Avenue
Opened in 2004, Shear Paradise has maintained a strong presence in downtown Mundelein. This business offers a full-service dog grooming experience in a clean, friendly, cage-less environment. Owner Claudia Kawalec, ensures that all of their clients’ pets are treated as if they were her own and Claudia’s passion is working with animals and giving them to best care possible. Being a cage-free environment allows dogs the opportunity to move around and socialize with other dogs which helps promote a fun grooming experience! The Economic Development Commission has selected Claudia and Shear Paradise as a Gold Star Award Winner for their role in organizing the annual Community Days Pet Parade. Thanks to their help, the Pet Parade has become one of the most fun and most well attended events at Community Days. We applaud Shear Paradise for their community-minded spirit and for their love of animals!
The Office Clubhouse – 914 North Lake Street
Mac Goodwin opened the Office Clubhouse in 2018 after undertaking a significant remodeling project at the property. Their business provides co-working space in an exceptionally designed space, outfitted with high-speed internet, coffee bar, private conference rooms, and more. The Office Clubhouse has been selected as one of the Economic Development Commission’s Gold Star Winners for their substantial investment in remodeling the property and their continued involvement in the community. In total, the owners invested over $100,000 transforming the outdated building into an immaculate space for those seeking a more flexible office solution. Additionally, the Office Clubhouse has provided extensive support to their neighbors at the Loch Lomond Property Owners Association. The EDC applauds The Office Clubhouse’s vision. An increase in self-employment, as well as advancements in technology, is changing how people work. This is evident in every neighborhood cafe: laptop screens, conference calls while drinking coffee and crowded tables. Freelancers, independent consultants, financial experts, telecommuters, and other people working from home are looking for new and affordable places to work, connect with customers or get away from the distractions. Congratulations to Mundelein’s The Office Clubhouse for addressing this need.
Tina G’s Café – 10 East Park Street
Restaurateurs and longtime Mundelein residents, Tina and Phil Gilardi, have an extensive and impressive history of serving delicious food to their customers throughout Lake County. In 2016, they opened Tina G’s—an Italian-American restaurant in Downtown Mundelein. Tina G’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with menu selections that are “outside the box” and more upscale than typical burgers and pizza fare. The restaurant was an early recipient of the Village’s BIG Grant Program which assisted in the substantial remodeling which was needed to transform their two units at the corner of Park Street and Lake Street into a truly amazing dinning environment. The Economic Development Commission has selected Tina G’s as one of this year’s Gold Star Award winners due to their generous and committed support of Mundelein school programs of all varieties. They are also recognized for their investment in helping to re-develop Mundelein’s Downtown. According to Tina, "Imagine hosting a party every night at our house. That's what it's like for us. I can meet all of your expectations. That's one of the things I've always prided myself on is that we can make that happen. We like to try and accommodate everyone we can. It's the whole reason we got into this. We want to make sure to go the extra mile."