Lake Barrington village board members are raving about the newest business in town.
All American Reclaim, which had a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house earlier this month at Northwest Highway and Pepper Road, received the kudos from Lake Barrington's elected officials as part of a business spotlight portion of a recent village board session.
"For me, what's exciting about your being here tonight is you seem to encompass the perfect partner for us, someone who's a person of the community and enjoys interacting with the community and vice versa," Trustee Andrew Burke told Andy Michaelis, who co-owns All American with his wife, Eileen.
All American, billed as one of the Midwest's largest suppliers of reclaimed wood, is expected to be a regional draw. All American operates in the renovated former Pasquesi Home and Garden building, more than doubling its space from its previous Crystal Lake location.
In particular, the company salvages wood and other items from old barns and other structures, then preserves the materials and sells them to homeowners and contractors. Responding to a query from Trustee John Schaller, Michaelis said barns in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana are among the wood sources.
Trustee Randall Rigby, who attended the ribbon-cutting festivities that included the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, said he can see the appeal of All American Reclaim.
"It's such an impressive place to go see," Rigby said. "If you like to hang around old barns, you've got to go hang around at Andy's place. It's going to be a jewel for Lake Barrington."
All American's indoor space went from 11,000 square feet in Crystal Lake to 23,000 square feet in Lake Barrington, with 3½ more acres available for the business outside. Pasquesi Home and Garden closed in January 2018.
Lake Barrington Village President Kevin Richardson said he enjoys the entrepreneurial spirit that All American Reclaim has brought to the town. He added that the village values businesses.
"Know that the welcome mat is always out here," Richardson said.