Palatine shop features variety of home items 
by Kim Mikus
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Lifelong Palatine resident Vicki Ruetsche recently expanded the family business to the town where she now raises her family.

Ruetsche and her husband, John, opened Harrington Manor gift shop at 16B S. Bothwell. The shop features a variety of custom floral pieces and home accessories, Vicki Ruetsche said.

Wood furniture, scented candles, painted glass and lamps are some of the favorites. Artwork is another draw to the quaint shop. Popular prints by Donny Finley and D. Morgan are included in the selection. Many of the pieces include large, matted and framed work that customers purchase and put above their couch or to hang on a large wall.

The shop will soon also feature reproduction furniture, said Vicki Ruetsche. The Palatine High School graduate and her husband have three children ages 14 to 22. Her husband, who continues to work at Ameritech, is from Chicago and grew up in Hoffman Estates. The couple has lived in Palatine for 23 years.

The local business is an expansion of a similar operation that the couple has owned for the past eight years in Three Lakes, Wis., named Oneida County Livery. For many years, Vicki Ruetsche's parents operated the shop up north.

The Palatine store, which customers describe as distinctive, took its names from John Ruetsche's side of the family. Harrington is John's mother's family name. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be extended hours during the holiday season.

For more information, call (847) 934-6150.

New venture: Todd Natenberg, former newspaper reporter and sales representative, manager and trainer in the telecommunications industry, launched TBN Sales Solutions in Chicago.

The sales training company is working with small to mid-sized businesses to increase commissions for representatives. Natenberg, born and raised in Highland Park and a 1991 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism, is offering expertise to the media as a source for various business articles on sales and other subjects.

TBN Sales Solutions establishes structures and procedures for organizations to teach sales reps to control their own destiny. He will use classroom programs, as well as individual and company consultations on issues time management and goal-setting, prospecting, running a sales appointment, objection handling and networking.

For more information, call (773) 975-0324.

Kim Mikus' column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She can be reached at (847) 427-4567 or at