New businesses bloom in June


Evanston has a bouquet of a new businesses opening over the next few days to tempt the palate and satisfy other shopping desires.

Boltwood, the new restaurant in the former LuLu's spot at 804 Davis St., opens Thursday. Eater Chicago describes it as a no-frills look designed to put the focus on chef Brian Huston's food.

Check out more Boltwood pictures on their Instagram feed.

Smylie Bros. Restaurant and Brewery got its occupancy permit from the Evanston Fire Department today and is planning to open a week from Thursday, on June 19, in what used to be the state unemployment office at 1615 Oak Ave.

The building has undergone an extensive remodeling process — including adding a second story balcony area at the front — and the website has some mouthwatering images of the ribs, pizza and salads they'll be serving up … not to mention the craft beer brewed on site.

Smokehouse wings pictured on Smylie's Facebook page.

If you prefer to do the cooking yourself, Homestead Meats is opening at 1305 Chicago Avenue next Tuesday.

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The awning went up today at Bookends & Beginnings, the new book shop and boutique taking over the former Bookman's Alley space on Sherman Avenue.

The shop gets a visit from the mayor for a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon and is planning a grand opening celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Next week the ribbon-cutting action moves to Chicago Avenue.

Decor items at Dragonfly.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, will be wielding the scissors for ribbon cuttings at two boutiques across the street from each other at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19.

Dragonfly owner Amy Boone describes her shop at 1309 Chicago Ave. as a creative boutique featuring women's fashion, jewelry and accessories as well as eclectic home decor and gift items.

Jewelry at Stumble & Relish.

Owners Jaimie Leonardi and Paulette Leffler at Stumble & Relish, 1310A Chicago Ave., focus on hand-crafted jewelry, greeting cards and works by local artists.

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