Two businesses set for winter openings in downtown Homewood

From left, Terrence Simmons
and Iesha Bass-Simmons show
Homewood trustees samples
of art created by patrons of 
Paintertaining, a party and art
service they hope to open 
in downtown Homewood early
in February.
(Photo by Quinn
Crump/The Chronicle)

Two downtown Homewood spots currently used for seasonal pop-up shops are poised to host permanent businesses.

One new business got the green light Tuesday, Dec. 23, when the Homewood Board of Trustees approved a special use permit for Jonathan Kane Salon and Spa to operate at 18065 Harwood Avenue. The salon and spa will occupy the part of the building opposite Suzie's Hallmark.

Owner Larry Kane currently operates the business in Flossmoor. He told the Homewood Plan Commssion that the move to Homewood would allow him to expand his client base while retaining current customers.

During a plan commission hearing Wednesday, Dec. 10, commissioners asked Kane whether he was concerned about moving into an area that already includes 19 salon-type establishments.

Jonathan Kane Salon and Spa
is expected to move into the 
south side of 18065 Harwood
Ave. next to Suzie's Hallmark
sometime in February.
by Eric Crump/The Chronicle)

The proliferation of similar personal service businesses is the reason the village now requires a special use permit in B1 and B2 zones, according to Village Manager Jim Marino.

Kane explained that his business appeals to a different clientele than most other salons in the area.

Kane said Tuesday that he expects construction work on the shop to begin in January, and the new location could be open about six or seven weeks later.

Another prospective downtown business cleared a licensing hurdle at the Nov. 25 trustees meeting.

Iesha Bass-Simmons, owner of Paintertaining, asked the village to dust off an unused classification of liquor license, and the trustees agreed.

Village Finance Director Dennis Bubenik said the class 12, bring-your-own-bottle designation was created about 12 years ago but has not been used.

Bass-Simmons told the board her business involves painting parties. Artists are hired to help participants create a work of art, but although the sessions involve step-by-step instruction, they are meant more as entertainment than education.

The liquor license will be used for adult parties, allowing participants to bring bottles of wine to the session, Bass-Simmons said.

Paintertaining will be at 2049 Ridge Road. Bass-Simmons said as soon as the seasonal pop-up vendors are gone, work can begin on preparing the storefront for her business. She said remodeling the restrooms to be ADA compliant is the main hurdle left to clear.

She hopes the business can open early in February.

Jonathan Kane Salon & Spa

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