As so often happens with this blog, one post leads to another.  When I wrote the item on the Rainbow Inn, I received a wonderful set of emails from a reader who was able to add an entire segment of the Inn’s history all by himself.  It turns out that he was able to fill the gap from the mid 1960s to early 1970.

In addition, he also mentioned other businesses that were based in that building near the same time.  The information was too good and too detailed to pass up and let it languish in my files.  So, compliments of Dennis Peters, here are just a few more tidbits…

Neff’s TV, owned by Norman Neff, was on the extreme left corner of the building looking from Roselle Road.  According to Dennis, “Before Irene’s [Kitchen] time in the early 60’s, you used to walk up the 4 or 5 concrete steps at the extreme left of the building on the Roselle Road side.  It was a small area and there was a counter where you would order and pick up food.  Later that was closed off and Neff’s TV was in that part about the time Irene and John Shedore took over and opened Irene’s Kitchen.   I was very young at the time, about 6 in 1962-63, but I remember that fairly clearly.”

Dennis also mentioned that “at the right side of the building there was Red’s Barber Shop…  Next to Red’s was Ted’s Plumbing run by the Ted Buzzinski family and Rice Heating, previously Rice Heating and Plumbing, run by Phil Rice.”  Red’s Barber Shop later became Pete’s Barber Shop when Pete, who worked for Red, bought him out.  (Does anyone remember Pete’s last name?)

He continued in another email:  “In the mid 1960s, Ken Loos had the Marathon station on 58 (Golf Road) at Highland Blvd.  He and my dad were once going to buy the Pure Oil station across from the Rainbow Inn on 72 (Higgins Road) at Roselle…”

Also recalled was “Uncle Vern’s,” a bar in the small strip mall near the Village in the Park apartments off of Golf Road.  He remembered that Betty Atkins  who worked at Irene’s Kitchen also worked at Uncle Vern’s.

As you can tell, Dennis could recall any number of businesses near the location of the Rainbow Inn in the triangle that makes up Golf, Higgins and Roselle Roads.  Do you remember other businesses that have come and gone near that spot?

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Thomas Whittle, Jr. Says:

    I lived in Hoffman Estates from ’57-’63 (ages 3-8). My mother would take me to get my hair cut at O’Brien’s Barber Shop which at that time was exactly where “Red’s Barber Shop” is described to be located (above), in the same section of the building at the Rainbow Inn. My memories of it being O’Brien’s would have been roughly between ’61-’63.

    Kiddy corner from the Rainbow was the Shell station and behind that was Hoffman Plaza. Behind Hoffman Plaza was the large water tank with “Hoffman Estates” in black letters on it. Hoffman Plaza had a Jewel food store at the east end and a Ben Franklin 5 & 10 at the west end which wrapped around the west and north end of the building. In between those two stores was Snyder Drugs, a liquor store and a medical practice. I don’t recall the name of the clinic but I was treated there at least twice by a Dr. DeRamos.

    South on Roselle Rd. from the intersection was a new business at the time, a Dog ‘N Suds drive-in. That summer of ’63 when my friends and I were old enough to ride our bikes that far from home, and had a dime in our pockets, we could get a soft-serve “dip cone” there. They had great root beer and hot dogs. They probably had good burgers and fries too but that would have been too pricey for us. It was nice because there was a new public swimming pool close by and we rode bikes from the pool to the Dog ‘N Suds after swimming. Does anyone remember exactly where the pool was located? I seem to remember it was close to Bode Rd. not far from Roselle Rd.

  2. Thomas Whittle, Jr. Says:

    At the northwest corner of Schaumburg & Roselle Rds. was a little mom and pop store called “Rick’s Grocery Mart” or “Rick’s Food Mart.” It may have been an old farm house converted to a store. It had a white gravel parking lot and you had to walk up some steps to the doorway. In summer it had just a wooden screen door on a spring and a cooler inside that displayed a variety of glass bottles of pop inside.

    West of Rick’s on the same side of Schaumburg Rd. there was a tavern on the hill hidden by the trees. It was kind of dark and mysterious.

    Across Roselle Rd. from Rick’s and a little north there was a small bicycle dealer where my new Schwinn came from in 1962 or so.

    I went to school with a boy named Ricky Crispino whose father operated Crispino’s bakery in Roselle. Before the Jewel at Hoffman Plaza and before she had a driver’s license, my mother had groceries delivered from Messino’s Grocery in Roselle. Mr. Messino himself would deliver them to the house in a cardboard box and I used to play in them after they were emptied.

    Not all of the business activity in early Hoffman Estates took place in storefront businesses. My mother said we used to have all manner of salespeople come to the door. I remember one was actually the Fuller Brush man. I have in the family photo archive a very nice black and white portrait of my sister and myself taken by a child photographer who would go door-to-door according to my mother. He posed us sitting on a coffee table and had big lights and a portable background or “sweep” he brought with and set up behind us for the photos. Your home was his studio.

    We were also visited regularly by a dairy deliveryman who drove a classic Divco milk truck which was so common for that use. It had a big “Bowman” logo on the side and we had a metal milk box on the front stoop with a “Ludwig Dairy” logo on it. The delivery man would leave a pre-printed list of their products in the box for your next order. It had check boxes on it so customers could let him know what you wanted him to leave in the milk box. Before I learned to read, I figured out which one was for chocolate milk and I’d sneak in there and check the box for it! And of course during summer all us kids would go running inside to beg mom for money when we heard the bells on the Good Humor Ice Cream approaching.

    Another curious vendor I recall was a man who pushed a two-wheeled cart up and down the streets of the neighborhood. It had a singular bell that he rang and his business was sharpening knives and scissors. The cart had a large, heavy round stone that spun, operated by a foot pedal. It sounds like the kind of thing you would only see in 1900 in Chicago or NYC but I clearly remember seeing this very early on in Hoffman Estates–maybe in ’57 or ’58. Does anyone remember this man?

    • jrozek Says:

      The small mom and pop store that you are referring to on the NW corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road was the RIC delicatessen. That building was the Schaumburg Centre Public School for District 54. It still exists on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property.

      The tavern that was in the wooded area was known for many years as Herman-In-The-Woods and, later, the Topside Inn.

  3. Dennis R. Peters Says:

    Does anyone know where Ted Buzzinski of Teds Plumbing and each of his kids ended up? Especialy Cindy? I grew up a few doors down on Carthage Lane in parcel “B” . Please email or call me at 573-434-4163. I now live in Linn Creek Mo. At Lake of the Ozarks

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