Community Weekend 2015

October 10 - 11, 2015

The Central Street Business Association, in partnership with the Central Street Neighbors Association, is proud to sponsor this years’s Fall Community Weekend on Central Street on October 10th and 11th 2015. This shopping and fundraising event takes place during store hours – mostly 10am-5pm.

Participate in this great local event whereby the Central Street businesses will put a portion of your purchase toward the deserving Evanston non-for-profit organizations of your choice. Do your regular shopping and benefit your community at the same time!

Participating organizations include:

Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need meet their full potential and become men and women by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Center for Independent Futures
Center for Independent Futures is a not-for –profit organization dedicated to helping Individuals with disabilities live full and more independent lives. We create sustainable solutions through community living option, personal networks,
and lifelong planning and education, tailored to support individuals and families as well as schools and agencies.

Curt’s Café
Our philosophy is to “dine with purpose”: enjoy great food and help our community at the same time. We hope to make Curt’s a vibrant gathering spot, and a positive force for good, here in Evanston. We offer something besides delicious food and a comfortable space: we’re also serving up good portions of hope and opportunity. Curt’s Café is a non-profit organization that provides training, in food service and life skills, for at-risk youth in Evanston. Students at Curt’s learn valuable, employable skills; they’re tutored in subjects ranging from computer literacy to job readiness to food history; and they are mentored by food service professionals and other caring adults. Our students receive a stipend while they’re learning and we’ll provide job placement assistance when they complete their training.

The Cradle Evanston Nursery
The Cradle has a long history in adoption services. The Cradle was founded in 1923 by Florence Dahl Walrath. Mrs. Walrath was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1877. Shortly after her graduation from North Division High School, Florence married William Bradley Walrath, an attorney. They lived in Evanston and had four children. In 1914, Florence began her work in adoption through a personal encounter when her sister lost a child at birth. Mrs. Walrath put her wits, as well as her sympathies, to work and found a child whose mother was compelled by circumstances to place her baby with an adoptive family. Because of her success in this endeavor, other childless couples she knew asked her for her help, and a few years later, she founded The Cradle.

Evanston Arts Center

The Evanston Art Center is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences by offering extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach.

Connections for the Homeless
We provide housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. Connections for the Homeless is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families that are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Through a wide spectrum of services, we meet people where they are in the spectrum of homelessness. The ultimate goal for every person we serve is to help them reach the highest level of self-sufficiency possible.

Evanston Public Library Friends
Evanston Public Library Friends is an independent, community-based organization dedicated to strengthening Evanston Public Library’s innovation, leadership and neighborhood outreach.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a few museums in the nation that focuses exclusively on the history, culture, and arts of the American Indian and First Nation peoples of the United States and Canada.

Woman’s Club of Evanston Dreams Delivered
The Woman’s Club of Evanston believes that every girl in Evanston, regardless of her means, should be able to attend her senior prom. In that spirit, we created Dreams Delivered. Each spring our historic clubhouse is transformed into a very special prom boutique. New and nearly new formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories are provided free of charge to any Evanston Township High School girl. Over the past 8 years, Dreams Delivered has outfitted more than 500 ETHS students, and in 2014 we estimate that close to 30% of the girls attending prom wore a Dreams gown.

Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. is a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community.
It is our goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunity to participate fully, freely, and responsibly in the life of the community.

More details about participating businesses will be posted soon!

Retail Therapy Fall 2015

September 24 - 24, 2015

Central Street presents it’s semi-annual “RETAIL THERAPY NIGHT”, a tradition for over a decade. This Fall’s event takes place Thursday September 24th from 6-9 pm and will offer special discounts, raffles, refreshments and giveaways from participating businesses. The participating businesses are all located just east and west of Green Bay Road on Central Street (1800-2100 blocks of Central Street).

Retail Therapy is a Ladies Night Out Shopping event that takes place each Fall and Spring and is a thank you to the loyal customers who shop Central Street, Evanston. The retailers and businesses on Central Street have instituted a SHOP SMALL STORES Campaign that has been very successful and has brought an awareness of shopping local and investing in one’s own community.

Participating businesses include:

Allegro Dance Boutique–2114 Central Street
George Ritzlin Antique Map & Prints–1937 Central Street
Gracie’s–1939 Central Street
Happy Husky Bakery–2601 Prairie Ave.–Event specials and Dog Massage Therapist in store–appts. encouraged, call 847-425-1100
Proceeds to benefit The Evanston Animal Shelter Association
Lois & Company–2014 Central Street
Notice–2112 Central Street
Perennials–1808 Central Street–and remember Perennials is now on the East Side of the Tracks….
Spice House–1941 Central Street–offering 15% off discount and a selection of delicious snacks
Stella Boutique–2116 Central Street–trunk show of Kim Manchester hand crafted jewelry
Walsh Natural Health–2116 1/2 Central Street

Businesses will be offering a variety of discounts, raffles, special giveaways and trunk shows….