Local Favorites

Bob & Michelle Gammelgaard 51

I live in a northwest suburb of Chicago:  Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Anyone who knows me knows I adore these businesses and people.  I’m happy to support them in any way I can!

  • Best.  Gym.  Ever.  Located in downtown Arlington Heights, Commuter Fitness is where I go to do my cardio and strength training.  The owner, John Anderson, is welcoming, friendly and inspiring!  I hear his Bootcamp classes are fantastic.
  • Jeff and Marla Sarris.  Where to begin?
      1. They designed the layout of this amazing website.  Check out all the “awesomeness” Spyr Media can do!
      2. They shoot people.  Some of my favorite wedding photographs were from their cameras.
      3. They are an incredible resource for learning about eating Primal.
  • Paulette DeFillipo.  She is an amazingly talented massage therapist.  A true healer.
  • Willow Yoga.  Take a class with Becci.  She makes you feel comfortable, encourages challenging yourself, but doesn’t mind if you bust out laughing in the process.
  • great blog with reviews, inside information, and other general musings that usually involve the Arlington Heights area, check out Harvard Avenue.


Where I shop:

  • Tuscan Market.  Amy Philpott is not only a great friend, she also runs a fantastically fun establishment right in downtown AH.  Find excellent wine and craft beer, to either sip at the bar or take home for later.  Tuscan Market also hosts a killer book club, free monthly wine-tastings, and fresh seafood to order every week.
  • Gumrai Thai.  Our favorite sushi take-out.  Excellent thai dishes as well.
  • Mitsuwa.  A Japanese marketplace where I can find kabocha and great sashimi.
  • Mariano’s.  Great grocery store with lots of organic and local produce options.
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods
  • Fruitful Yield.  Excellent place to find items that might otherwise be too expensive, like chia seeds, raw cacao, and nutritional yeast.