Thumbs up to Downers Grove Fire Department member Joel Mains for his work with the Pink Heals Tour. Pink Heals started in 2007 as a group of current and retired firefighter-paramedics who wanted to help people battling cancer – with a focus on women. Seven years later, Mains is the Chicago chapter founder and helped coordinate a national tour that features Pink fire trucks and decked-out volunteers traveling across America to fundraise educate others and visit women who are going through a tough time.
Thumbs up to Paul Pustelnik and his family for their budding business selling Kintsugi pottery, a Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold. What started as a family activity has blossomed into a profitable online business, as the Pustelniks sell about 10 bowls a week, worldwide, to the ring of $30 or $40 each, depending on the difficulty of the mending. Hats off to the Downers Grove family; not only have you found you discovered an enriching family activity, but you have also turned it into a profitable business.