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Saks’ Chicago flagship to devote two floors to new in-store men’s format, The Fifth Man

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Saks Fifth Avenue in January 2014 will unveil its renovated men’s store in its Chicago flagship on Michigan Avenue. The renovation will encompass a total redesign of floors six and seven, creating an open environment that will be easily accessed by a new express elevator that will take passengers directly to the men’s floors.

Saks is calling its new in-store men shop The Fifth Man, short for “The Saks Fifth Avenue Man.” Designed by Saks Fifth Avenue in collaboration with luxury retail designers Jeffery Hutchison & Associates, the renovated space will be home to commissioned, revolving art installations, high-end amenities and more. Nine large floor-to ceiling-vitrines are strategically placed on both floors, spotlighting collection highlights. Both floors are softened with residential-style touches including mixed-oak plank flooring from the Netherlands, mid-century modern architectural touches, and an eclectic collection of classic and contemporary furniture.

The sixth floor will feature a classic and clubby environment with a warm, rich material pallet of brass and bronze metals, cerused oak and handmade wall coverings inspired by men’s suiting fabrics. The offerings will include an ever-evolving assortment of luxury brands, the latest prototype shop for the exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection, and a customized area for made-to-measure suiting. Other highlights include an expansive new shoe shop that extends through an open ceiling linking floors six and seven.

The seventh floor will be a contemporary environment inspired by the great modern architecture pioneers of Chicago such as Mies Van der Rohe and Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with materials and details that allude to industrial media. Raw and blackened steel, gray cerused oak and wall coverings feel inspired by the machine age.

The space on seven will include designer sportswear and a revamped denim offering. It will also feature a new restaurant and bar, called Sophie’s, which will boast expansive views of the Magnificent Mile. The new restaurant was inspired by American fashion designer Sophie Gimbel, the iconic arbiter of style at Saks for nearly 40 years. Award-winning architect Andre Kikoski was selected to create the sleek, contemporary design that will define the Sophie’s aesthetic.

“Saks is thrilled to offer our customers exciting new lifestyle shopping experiences all under one roof,” says Tom Ott, senior VP and GMM for men’s, home and gifts at Saks Fifth Avenue. “The greatly expanded men’s shoe salon, the deeper focus on designer and denim and the open shopping environment are sure to make Chicago’s Fifth Man a unique shopping destination.”

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Englewood Construction completes Wild-West styled restaurant project

BY Marianne Wilson

Chicago — Englewood Construction’s restaurant group has completed Williston Brewing Co., an upscale restaurant and lounge in booming Williston, N.D.

“Williston Brewing Co. provides a much-needed dining and entertainment option for oil field workers and their families,” said William Di Santo, president of Lemont, Ill.-based Englewood Construction. “We’ve been fortunate to take part in the area’s commercial construction boom sparked by North Dakota’s oil rush.”

In addition to serving as the general contractor, Englewood Construction also assisted in the value-added design of the $5.2 million interior build-out to create a modern Western-themed dining destination. The 12,000-sq.-ft. space is attached to the 92-room El Rancho Hotel and features wood floors, stone fireplaces and exposed brick. The owners’ big game trophies mounted on the walls and cow-hide leather chairs enhance the western decor.

Owned by Williston Holding Co. and designed by Minneapolis-based Studio M. Architects, the restaurant seats approximately 335 people in a variety of unique spaces. A huge bar with 40 beers on tap in the center of the restaurant features an artistic counter made from a giant redwood tree and 24 televisions including three with 90-inch screens.

A 21-and-over section houses a stage, mechanical bull and gaming tables. The restaurant’s Buffalo Room provides an intimate setting with leather chairs and sofas, and showcases a glass-enclosed wall with a 3,000-bottle upscale wine selection.

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Rose Paving Co. CEO honored at the Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards

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Bridgeview, Ill. — Alan Rose, CEO and majority owner of Rose Paving Co., a leader in national parking lot management, has been honored at the 2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards (EEAs), sponsored by The Daily Herald Business Ledger, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Twenty business owners in total were recognized at a ceremony on Sept. 11 hosted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger. The EEAs were presented for the 14th consecutive year, and approximately 160 people were in attendance at the event.

“After 40 years as an entrepreneur, I have learned valuable lessons; perhaps the greatest of all, to hire people smarter than me. I trust my employees to do as good or a better job than I could do myself,” stated Alan Rose, CEO.

The EEAs recognized outstanding entrepreneurship in suburban Chicago. Honorees demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance, and business creativity. In order to qualify, the nominee’s company or organization must be based in, have been founded in, or have a significant presence in the suburban Chicago area. The seven categories for awards were early stage, growth, innovation, outstanding service to entrepreneurs, young entrepreneur (under age 40), regional spirit, and lifetime achievement.

Rose Paving Company provides complete parking lot management solutions to commercial and industrial properties nationwide.

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