An upscale banquet hall, tire shop, tax service and rehabilitation center are among the new businesses which have opened in Lowell this year. Business owners say they like Lowell’s central location, its small-town atmosphere and support from town residents and the Chamber of Commerce with its buy local campaign.
Within one week of its July opening, Signature Banquets had an event booked for every weekend through the year’s end and already has events scheduled next year, John Kouimanis, who co-owns the hall with his family, said.
Located at 1908 E. Commercial Ave., the first-class banquet facility provides an ideal setting for weddings and other important occasions. Signature Banquets can accommodate up to 300 guests, Kouimanis said, or it can be divided into two smaller rooms, seating 100 on one side and 200 on the other. An elegant and spacious 9,000 square feet, Signature Banquets has access to well-manicured outdoor patio areas on the two-acre property, providing the ideal location for a summer cocktail party, he said. Newly installed fountains offer the perfect back drop for special occasion photos.
“Everything is cooked on site and we have full bar service,” Kouimanis said. “We want our service and our food to be exceptional. We are putting all our heart into this facility – making it as functional as possible. Now we are focusing on service and the food speaks for itself. When they walk in, they will be wowed.”
Kouimanis, whose family has owned George’s Family Restaurant in Lowell since 1984, said he has seen the town grow.
“Everybody needed to go north for an event or reception,” he said. “We wanted them to have an option to keep it closer to their homes.”
“We’ve seen it grow and we wanted to give back to the community with this business and make it happen,” he said. “Lowell is a small town that wants to get bigger. We love that everybody knows each other and everyone tries to help each other. Their motto is shop Lowell first.”
Kouimanis likes Lowell’s central location but noted it is also away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
His family is involved with the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and helps the schools with their fundraising events.
With the start of football season, the Lowell Red Devil players will host their Thursday meals at Signature Banquets. The food is being supplied at a minimal cost and in keeping with tradition the team moms will serve the meal.
“It makes the kids feel special,” Kouimanis said. “We are trying to encourage everyone to use the facility.”
For further information on Signature Banquet Hall, call (219) 696-7696 or visit their website http://signaturebanquets.com. They also have a Facebook page.
Jeff Fraze, who co-owns All Tire Services with Joe Soucie, said the south Lake County location was a key factor in their decision to open in Lowell.
Located at 10505 W. 181st Ave., All Tire Services is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m., but offers 24-hour road service throughout Northwest Indiana.
Reflective of its name, the company provides tires for every type of vehicle including vans, trucks, bobcats, forklifts, M loaders and farm equipment. In addition to selling new tires, All Tire Services does brake jobs, oil changes and tire repairs.
The experienced employees have worked together in the tire business for 15 years at GCR in Hammond until it closed down last year. Fraze, who said he enjoys the business, started in 1976 at Firestone Tire.
“Everybody who works here is experienced,” Fraze said.
What sets All Tire Services apart is that the company and its employees treat all their customers as a number one priority and show them respect, Fraze said.
“We help them understand what they don’t understand,” he said.
Fraze, whose company participates regularly in the Lowell Lions Club Car Cruise, has found the community extremely receptive to his business.
All Tire Services, which opened in February, can be reached at (219) 696-7000.
A+ Tax and Accounting Services owner Linda Bourrell said she is blessed to have some really nice new clients in Lowell. The business opened Jan. 3, just in time for tax season, at 182 Deanna Drive.
“I live in Lowell,” Bourrell said. “I like that it reminds me of growing up in Aetna. It’s really laid back. There is not a lot of crime and as far as my clients I have met some of the nicest people.”
A+ Tax and Accounting Services believe that their customers' needs are of the utmost importance, Bourrell said.
“Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs,” Bourrell said. “As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.”
Bourrell, who has more than ten years accounting experience, offers free consultations. She and her staff spend many hours keeping abreast of IRS tax code updates. Bourrell is in the process of becoming a QuickBooks Pro advisor which will enable her to help businesses with implementing and using the accounting software. Bourrell said the help can either be given in her office or on-site at the client’s business.
Open extended hours during tax season, A+ regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A+ offers individual and business tax return preparation, payroll, bookkeeping, accounting, and notary services.
For additional information, call (219) 696-1319 or visit their website http://www.aplustaxandaccountingllc.com.
Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers opened June 7 at 1114 E. Commercial Ave. They offer a wide range of programs and specialized services to help patients restore and maintain their physical strength, performance skills, and levels of function. Well-trained, professional staff members utilize the most progressive treatment options and techniques to ensure the best possible recoveries with convenient hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days a week, Patient Care Advocate Dana Williams said.
Accelerated Physical Therapy Centers treat anything from sports- or work-related injuries to surgical recovery, or illness-related rehabilitation.
Specialty programs include: For Runners Only; Hand and Aquatic Therapy, Concussion, Headache, Pediatric, Spine, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ), Vestibular and Balance and Men’s and Women’s Rehabilitation.
Williams said Accelerated Rehabilitation chose Lowell for two reasons. One was that several employees, who would be working at the facility, live there. The other is that there was a need for a physical rehabilitation center south of U.S. Hwy. 30, Williams said.
“There are not many physical therapy places further south,” Williams said.
For further information,call (219) 690-1048 or visit the company website at http://www.acceleratedrehab.com.