On a recent trip, I customized the settings on a beloved old camera in an effort to create a set of images that might tell a unique side of the unfolding story. I don't often subscribe to a certain style, but it's good to remember that style is an inherent part of any photo, and the degree or direction it's pushed will change its mood or even meaning.

Photographing Trey Gonzalez and the new men's store

On this small business Saturday, I thought it only fitting to share my recent photos and impression of the new local store created by Trey Gonzalez and Kip Helverson. While photographing Trey I learned first hand his pride and knowledge regarding just about every corner and product within the store. We discussed the Candles from one of the oldest (if not the oldest) candlemakers still in business (in France), Smith's Mens's Store private label signature navy blazers and fixtures sourced locally as well as from the basement of the original mens store location — the Lake Forest Book Store. Trey has clearly worked tirelessly to bring his vision to life and the new store looks amazing!

Above: Trey Gonzales, French Candles (top right), Truefitt & Hill products (lower right)

Above: Store interior as seen from just inside the front door

Above: Brands featured include Southern Tide, Barbour, Vineyard Vines and many more.

Interview with Caroline Harness

How long have you been a caterer and purveyor of meat and fish?

I started working in the food industry in 8th grade when my dad opened his store in Lake Bluff. Starting off I didn’t know the difference between parsley and cilantro, but I learned as I went and slowly started taking on more responsibilities.

Where did the inspiration to create your shop come from?

Our store in Lake Forest rooted from my dad’s former shop in Lake Bluff. Opening this store gave me the opportunity to carry on the reputation he’s built over the past 40+ years.

Do you sell a favorite or recommended product you personally like?

I’m proud of everything that goes into our counter. We grind our own beef. We carry Duroc pork and cure and smoke our own bacon. Our seafood comes in 6 days a week so it’s always fresh. Our brats and sausages and all of our prepared items are made in house from scratch. How could I pick just one?