When it comes to living in a suburban town, we all love to utilize our local businesses right?! Well I have a few that we absolutely love as a family in Downers Grove and want to share them with you!


First I have Gina Hines, owner of Alder Grove Counseling. They believe you are the expert when it comes to your life and your family. Their job is to offer support and strategies during tough times. Children deserve to be treated with patience and respect. At the same time, parents should be allowed to make mistakes, take breaks, and ask for help. Medication isn’t right for everybody.  Sometimes it’s a necessity; other times it’s a last resort. If you are considering medication, they can offer psychiatrist referral options. Everyone who walks through their door deserves to be treated as a person rather than a problem or diagnosis. With the warm, bright, inviting atmosphere and the friendly team, you are sure to find you are in the right place to be listened to and guided along the way. There is nothing more important than the mental health of our family and friends.

Next we have Zach Frazier, owner and orthodontist at Zach Frazier Orthodontics in Downers Grove. Dr. Zach provides high-quality, conservative treatment that’s tailored to your unique situation. Since he’s the only doctor, you’ll have his full attention and see him at every visit to ensure a timely and consistently great result. Every step of your smile transformation is customized to your needs, and the open communication and modern office will ensure you are comfortable along the way. My youngest daughter is a patient of his and she loves going there, we can attest to his attention to detail and his honesty in treatment plans and his practice!

Who loves the dentist??? My family does! All due to Dr Elizabeth Spence at Smile Downers Grove. The office is clean, bright and inviting and the staff is amazing, every single one there. Your comfort, care, and dental health are their priority. From the moment you enter the office you will see that patient comfort and quality care are their primary goals. Downers Grove dentist Dr. Elizabeth Spence strives to use the most advanced technology and proven techniques to provide reliable dental care in a warm, modern, and comfortable environment. She finds joy in providing comprehensive dental care directed at improving patient’s overall health and well-being. You will not be disappointed here!

Looking for a new church? I am not even sure if you would consider Community Christian Church Downers Grove your typical “church”. Every week we find ourselves inspired and renewed after listening to Ted Conaris and his team. The kids love StuCo, which is a student community that allows the kids to get together and learn, worship and have fun together. It is a warm, inviting environment for everyone. We meet each week on Sundays at 4:30pm at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church across the street from Downers Grove North High School. Come meet some new people in the community and say hi!

And last but certainly not least, Amy Brown with Evelyn Jane. I can not get enough of every little bit she has in her boutique. Located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove {right across the street from our studio}, Evelyn Jane Boutique specializes in artisan-made jewelry and gifts. Their handmade pieces coexist with a carefully curated selection of merchandise from all over the globe. They feature women’s accessories and home décor with an eye for design, trend and quality. From vintage inspired to modern chic, they have something for everyone. Be sure to check her out next time you are around there!

There you have 5 of my favorite small businesses in downtown Downers Grove, if you see them around town be sure to say HI! Those are by far not all of them… but this is a great start for you to check out with your family.