New merchants seek Hinsdale patrons

Arrivals include purveyors of running gear, ice cream, tires and Korean tea and bites

Hinsdale has welcomed several newcomers to its business community in the last several months. Learn about the most recent shops and service providers to call the village home.

Peak Lifestyle

Hinsdale resident Tiffany Cruickshank was excited to finally be able to open her running equipment store Peak Lifestyle in her hometown after being an established presence in Downers Grove, La Grange, Burr Ridge and Breckenridge, Colo.

"Being in Hinsdale is so fun," Cruickshank said of opening her 45 S. Washington St. shop last November. "We were just waiting for the perfect space to open up."

While her other outposts are named Peak Running, she felt a tweak was needed here "just to kind of make it open and comforting to everyone."

The store carries apparel and footwear for men and women to meet all one's athleisure and running needs. And shoe purchases come with a full fitting to ensure proper sizing.

"We not only measure the whole foot length, we take the arch length into consideration, too, and assess their gait and what activities they do," Cruickshank said. "We've got something for everyone."

Every Day's A Sundae

Local ice cream fans can rejoice that Every Day's A Sundae has begun scooping out frozen delights at 14 W. Hinsdale Ave. Co-owner Robert Whalen said the store, which opened in March, brings to Hinsdale the tasty formula that has attracted fans to its Downers Grove flagship for more than 30 years.

"Hinsdale was the town we identified. A lot of comparable suburbs had an ice cream shop, but this one didn't," Whalen said.

The Sherman-sourced ice cream will be familiar to southwest Michigan visitors, and the Wells Street Popcorn is also a favorite. And with the unseasonably warm weather this week, Whalen hopes Hinsdaleans will get a hankering for the cool treats right in their downtown.

"We hope this becomes another destination where people can bring their families," he said.

Palgong Tea

The logo of Palgong Tea, 5811 S. Madison St., is the stylized number "80."


Franchise owner Premal Patel explained.

"That's the ideal temperature in Celsius to brew the tea," he said.

Oh, and Palgong also is Korean for "80."

And it's synonymous with boba and other tea varieties in Korea, where the franchise has more than 400 stores. Patel's Hinsdale site, which he opened in late February, is only the third in the U.S.

"We do four different teas in the morning, and tapioca we do every day throughout the day," he said.

Customers may be surprised that another house specialty is Korean corn dogs.

"We can do a beef filling, we can do a cheese filling or half and half," Patel remarked. "We also have ramen and Fruity Pebbles corn dogs, too."

Lane Veterinary

Pet owners have a new caregiver in town after Lane Veterinary began operations this week at 101 Chestnut St.

Owner and veterinarian Sarah Baker said Hinsdale's hospitable environment drew her to the location.

"I am most excited to a provide fear-free, individualized and relationship-focused experience to the pets and parents we are lucky enough to see, delivering low-stress care in a calming environment designed to promote relaxation for pets and humans alike," Baker said.

Lane provides the full suite of services, from dental care and spaying/neutering to laser therapy and surgery.

Baker is eager to introduce to herself and her practice to the community.

"We cannot wait to meet everyone," she said.

Hinsdale Discount Tires & Automotive

Hinsdale Discount Tires & Automotive opened its shop at 5837 S. Madison St. three months ago.

Manager Sam Sharabatte said the business held its grand opening in February and is offering a number of specials to celebrate the occasion. The business is an authorized dealer of Cooper Tires, and the garage performs oil changes, alignment and suspension work and more.

"We do tinted windows and custom mufflers, too," Sharabatte said.

Sharabatte said Hinsdale is a diverse town, and the shop aims to serve the spectrum of makes and models that residents drive.

"We can work with luxury cars and regular cars," he said.

The site, which previously was a gas and service station, is well-suited to the business, Sharabatte said.

"After two months in business, I think it's a great location," he said.

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean