New business group organizes open house


The Central Evanston Business Association, a new group dedicated to business development in the heart of Evanston, will host an open house at members’ shops and businesses from 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24.

There'll also be a Candlelight Cake Cutting Reception from 5 to 6 p.m. at C&W Market & Ice Cream Shop, 1901 Church St.

CEBA’s boundaries are Simpson Street, Ridge Avenue and Green Bay Road, Church Street and McCormick Boulevard.

CEBA founding members include Bosell Imports, C&W Market & Ice Cream Parlor, Cutting Edge Hair Gallery, Ebony Barber Shop, Fatty’s Burgers, Hecky’s Barbecue, Roberts Architecture & Construction, Robinson Design, Strange Lofts, and Youth Organizations Umbrella.

Open house organizers say the Thanksgiving week event gives the business owners a chance to thank their customers and share good news about positive momentum in the neighborhood.

Formerly known as The Church Dodge Merchants’ Association, CEBA promotes business development in the area through support for existing businesses, coordinated outreach and infrastructure improvements through partnerships with the City of Evanston.

Gigi Gilles, owner of Ebony Barber Shop, says: “It’s about coming together and making things happen.” Dave Roberts, owner of Roberts Architects & Construction, says, “Through CEBA, my voice is heard in the City. CEBA is helping to improve our community and develop business opportunities.”

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