Munster a perfect place to do business

2013-04-24T00:00:00Z Munster a perfect place to do businessBy LuAnn Franklin
April 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

From national retailers and warehouse operators to small shops offering unique products, Munster boasts a blend of businesses. Creating a business-friendly environment and forward-thinking economic development takes teamwork from town officials, boards and commissions; the Chamber of Commerce and other agencies and foundations.

A sampling of businesses shows the diversity of enterprises that call Munster “home”.


For 47 years, Giovanni’s Fine Italian Cuisine at 603 Ridge Road has been a landmark on the culinary scene in Munster, providing guests with the finest freshly-made and made-to-order fine Italian cuisine.

“We give people what they want,” says Mary LoDuca, owner and daughter of Giovanni’s late founder, Procopio LoDuca

Today those traditions established by Procopio continue and include offering guests gluten-free pasta and other gluten-free items menu items such as fish, risotto, eggplant and chicken dishes, Mary says. Giovanni's features expertly prepared veal, pasta, seafood and other Italian delicacies created with the expertise of Chef Chris Pohl.

Everything is prepared fresh daily, based on the availability of ingredients in the market, and the chef also welcomes special requests, Mary says. Giovanni’s also offers ever-changing daily specials for lunch and dinner.

“We always have two fish dishes, two meat dishes, two pastas, dessert specials, and drink and wine specials that include a special martini,” she says.

Information about those specials is available on Giovanni’s web site, Here visitors will also find links to the restaurant’s Facebook page, mobile VIP club and email club.

These links allow Giovanni’s to connect with long-time and new patrons, and help customers save money, Mary says. For example, Facebook friends have a chance to win a large pizza, with one winner each month.

Join Giovanni’s E-Rewards Club and receive a free brushetta appetizer as well as other savings. The Mobile VIP Club provides texts of specials and gives members a chance to win a $25 gift card, Mary says.

Dine in, carry out or let Giovanni’s cater your next event. Restaurant seating is available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy the live musical entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

“We have a banquet room that can seat up to 65 people,” Mary LoDuca says. “Because we open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, customers can book that room for showers, receptions, funeral lunches or other special events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a minimum of 30 people.”


Hartsfield Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Munster, offers a wealth of services and amenities to the residents to allow them to truly experience what we mean when we say “Living Well, Living Wise,” says Ken Orze, director of marketing for Hartsfield Village Senior Living Community.

Sponsored by Community Hospital, Hartsfield Village is a Senior Living Community located at 10000 Columbia Ave. that provides its Independent residents with priority access and reduced pricing for Assisted Living, Memory Support and Nursing Care, if ever needed.

Experts on successful aging have long promoted the critical importance of staying actively involved mentally, physically and socially with others. The Hartsfield Village Wellness program, combined with the scheduled recreational and social activities, provides the opportunity for residents to do just that; stay actively involved.

In these challenging times, the extent of change and unpredictability in our world has many seniors delaying any decisions regarding their own future Senior Living plans and needs, Orze says.

For several years now, reductions in home values and in retirement assets, combined with worldwide uncertainty over political unrest, war, the global economy and natural disasters has resulted in delay and in the reluctance of seniors to make decisions regarding their future living plans.

And yet, it is quite common for seniors that are exploring their options to comment that they are worried and stressed over the cost and responsibility of maintaining their own homes. They also mention that their social opportunities are now limited and they often feel isolated and even lonely.

The good news is that optimism about our future seems to be making a comeback! Many feel that the “worst is over” and that there is good reason to believe that it is time to start exploring options and making plans, says Orze

Residents at Hartsfield Village often comment about enjoying the benefits of physical exercise, cognitive workouts, healthy meal options and educational opportunities, all with our goal of providing residents with the tools they need to age well.

“We continue to revise and promote hospitality programs that focus on service and opportunities to socialize,” Orze says.

Arrange a private tour by calling (219) 934-0750 or toll-free (800) 297-6188.


For over 25 years Jukebox Billiards has been Chicagoland's Premier Full Service Billiard Center. Located at 7910 Calumet Ave., Jukebox Billiards offers billiard equipment, supplies, table sales and pool tables at its service center.

This family-owned and operated business is the one-stop shop for all your billiard equipment needs, offering pool table recovering, moving and rebuilding. The complete service department has friendly and courteous technicians. We install new pockets and rubber cushions, ball return systems, pool table set-ups and tear downs and offer championship and simonis billiard cloth. Do-it-yourselfers will also find everything they need to do create their own one-of-a-kind table.

We extend our sales and services to pool cues, bubbler jukeboxes, ping pong tables, foosball, shuffleboard and other game room equipment. Whether you are at home or in our game room, our goal is to bring enjoyment through subtle recreation.

Jukebox Billiard’s complete pro shop features Belgium ball sets, table covers, brushes, bridge sticks, billiard lamps/lighting, instructional videos, billiard cloth in all colors and rule books.

Jukebox Billiards also has the Calumet area's most elegant billiard room. There are 15 world-class pool tables, all lit with gorgeous billiard lighting, along with a 10' 3-cushion billiard table for your playing enjoyment. Come in and enjoy our Valley table. Jukebox is newly remodeled and the perfect place to gather with friends to play pool in a clean safe environment.

And our Internet Jukebox is HOT!! If your song selection isn't on the selection board you can download it over the Internet.

Open daily from noon to 2 a.m. For more information, call (219) 836-2550 or go online to


For more than 100 years, Peoples Bank has maintained its commitment to the customer, a belief that has allowed this family-owned bank to thrive and continue to service the people and businesses of Northwest Indiana. It’s the same philosophy that drives Peoples now as it did in 1910, when the bank first opened for business.

Headquartered in Munster at 9204 Columbia Ave., Peoples Bank provides a wide range of consumer, business and wealth management products, as well as a tradition of high-quality performance to the residents of Lake and Porter counties. Under the leadership of Chairman & CEO David A. Bochnowski, Peoples operates operating banking centers in Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Merrillville, Munster, St. John, Schererville and Valparaiso.

In 2007, 2008, 2009,2010,2011 and 2012 US Banker magazine listed Peoples among the top 200 community banks in America based upon a key banking industry performance indicator.

To fit today’s busy lifestyles, Peoples Bank offers a variety of ways customers can conduct their banking activities – visit any of the convenient Banking Centers; go to Online Banking services at; bank from the phone using our mobile app, mobile web, mobile text, or pick up the phone to access our automated account information line day or night.

No matter what size your business – small to large –you will find financial solutions to meet your needs at Peoples Bank.

Peoples Bank is deeply committed to the communities we serve and to the businesses that bring jobs, investment, and prosperity to these communities. Our philosophy is to put our customers first at all times – in our service, in the products we develop and offer, and in our attention to your needs.

Whether you are just starting a business, have a small business in the community, or are a well-established firm with a long history, we provide a wide range of options, including checking accounts, savings accounts, business lending, convenience banking services, credit card services and cash management solutions.

The Wealth Management Group at Peoples Bank offers access to investment management, financial consulting and retirement benefit plans tailored to satisfy your financial goals. Enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that comes from working with one of our Wealth Management Specialists to create a personalized financial plan designed to manage your investments, increase assets while reducing risk, and anticipate and reduce your tax burdens.


The father-son team of Dennis and Mike Larson specialize in commercial and residential real estate and have expanded the business to include several divisions that cover a broad range of property development, investments and management.

Diversified Commercial Real Estate & Investments started out in Lansing on Bernice Road, said Dennis Larson, who founded the company 20 years ago. After completing a redevelopment of the Physicians’ Supply property at the corner of Ridge Road and Hohman Avenue in Munster, the Larsons opened Rose Real Estate as part of that development. Today the office is located at 8037 Euclid Ave. in Munster.

“We like Munster. It’s a stable neighborhood, an aggressive town in terms of economic development,” says Dennis Larson. “There’s easy access to the city where I do a lot of business and meetings. It’s also easy to get to the airports. Yet living in Munster means living in a quiet community.”

During the last 20 years, the Larsons as Diversified Commercial have completed real estate and development deals in 40 states, he says, and that access to the airports is vital. The team is licensed in Indiana, Illinois and Florida.

Among those developments are 85 Cracker Barrel restaurants, Cabela’s out lots in Hoffman Estates, the Indianapolis Boulevard redevelopment in Hammond north of the Borman Expressway and the old Service Merchandise building in Griffith.

Munster has been home to a number of projects this company has completed including the Dunkin’ Donuts on Calumet Avenue and the development at Main Street and Calumet Avenue with the CVS store, Horizon Bank and the Munster Animal Hospital.

“We have made presentations to the Town Council and the Zoning Board and have always thought they were looking out for the town’s residents and yet have been fair to us,” Dennis Larson says.

When his oldest son, David, came into the business, he opted to sell residential real estate and Rose Real Estate became a division of Diversified Commercial. David moved on to Florida and is a real estate broker there.

A division of Rose Real Estate Inc. is Rose Property Management, which provides premier management services for greater Northwest Indiana and South Chicagoland, Dennis Larson says. Headed by Pam Wisler, this company offers full-service management, association services and commercial services for property owners. Among the services provided to owners are reports, accounts receivable and collectible, general ledger, accounts payable and work orders.

Mike Larson brings an expertise in commercial and industrial real estate sales and development to the company, his father says. “He’s the future of the company.”

For more information, call (219) 836-4740 or visit or


The Hearing Place, located 1912 45th St. (Eastwood Mall) in Munster, has been proudly serving the area since 1989. According to hearing specialist Vi Magerski, “We have built our customer base through hard work and determination, something which has allowed us to become the company we are today. We take great pride in providing you with top level service and promise complete satisfaction when choosing us for all of your hearing needs.”

The company has developed highly customer service oriented practices “because we believe that focusing on this will achieve the best results for our clients; we want them to succeed through us,” Magerski says. “This ensures that anyone who calls The Hearing Place will be 100% satisfied.”

Vi Magerski BS/BC/HIS is nationally board certified and is dedicated to providing customers with the hearing solutions they need as well as the quality they deserve. She has more than 28 years’ experience in her field of work.

In addition, The Hearing Place is a hearing aid retail store offering sales and repair of hearing aids, as well as hearing problem evaluations.

As a recognized member of The International Hearing Society, the company is dedicated to maximizing the customer’s ability to hear to the fullest possible level.

“From customized fittings to fiber optic ear checks, we are your complete source for hearing,” Magerski says.

“At The Hearing Place, our ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of your life. Our associates and board-certified audiologist work their hardest to deliver helpful, friendly, quality hearing aid service to every client that comes through our doors,” she says. “In addition, we provide a three-year warranty on all repairs and batteries. Your hearing problems will be a thing of the past with one visit to our store.”

Call (219) 922-8710 and schedule a free hearing evaluation.

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