People can rent Lamborghinis, Ferraris and monster trucks at new Crown Point luxury car rental business – The Times of Northwest Indiana

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Drip Drop Exotics in Crown Point will let people rent supercars. 
Drip Drop Exotics in Crown Point will let people rent supercars. 
A new exotic and luxury car rental business in Crown Point will let customers rent Lamborghini, Porsches, Ferraris and monster trucks.
Drip Drop Exotics, which has locations in Bolingbrook and downtown Chicago, plans to open at 1128 Arrowhead Court in Crown Point. 
“We are planning on opening an exotic and luxury car rental store in Crown Point,” owner Moe Ilhmud said. “We will be located in the industrial park on Arrowhead Court. Our business will serve the region’s rental needs for all kinds of occasions. We specialize in high-end cars such as Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, McLaren, Porsche, Maybach and much more. We will offer daily rentals as well as weekly, monthly and annual memberships.”
A grand opening with a car show is planned for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 28. People with all types of cars are invited to come out. There will be food trucks and dessert trucks. About 1,500 car enthusiasts came out with 700 cars for the Bolingbrook opening.
The festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new business. It gives people the chance to drive a supercar, try one out for a few days before buying or to drive a similar supercar while theirs is in the shop.
“We get a lot of people who want to take them to prom, weddings, corporate events or a night out,” he said. “It’s a pretty big market.”
The existing locations draw customers from as far away as Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
“We’re expanding to a third location closer to where our customers are, whether that’s Fort Wayne, Dyer or Valparaiso,” he said. “Not a lot of companies offer this service.”
The business makes driving a sleek, ultra-luxury sports car like a Lamborghini more accessible for people. 
“Dreams come true for a lot of people,” he said. “They get to see what it looks like to drive these cars for a day or two, see how it feels.”
Drip Drop Exotics is looking to expand into sales in Crown Point and Bolingbrook. It’s in the process of applying to operate used high-end supercar dealerships in both Indiana and Illinois.
“That will also make it easier for rentals by adding to our purchasing power,” he said. “It’s a complicated application process. You need a bigger building and bigger staff to have a dealership.”
Drip Drop Exotics will employ about six to eight people initially. It took over a former mechanic’s shop, which has been extensively renovated.
It will also offer a chauffeur service by the hour, whisking people around in high-end luxury cars to anywhere in Northwest Indiana or greater Chicagoland. It’s a minimum of three hours. 
The Crown Point location will have 20 supercars available on hand and access to more than 60, which can be brought in from the other locations. It will offer weekly rental rates where people can drive them on weekdays for a lower rate.
“What’s most popular depends on the season,” he said. “In summer, people like the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and Porches. In winter, people turn more to Rolls-Royce SUVs.”
The Crown Point location will let people rent ATVs, snowmobiles and 6-by-6 monster trucks.
“We take a Gladiator truck, cut the vehicle in half and add an axle so it has six axles,” he said. “It’s bigger and stretched out. It definitely beats a 4-by-4 for offroading and clearances.”
Drip Drop Exotics will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. People will be able to make inquiries about reservations online or over the phone. They will have to provide insurance to cover the full value of the vehicle — unlike “Seinfeld,” they won’t be able to decline the insurance option.
“If you want to experience something unique, it’s something different,” he said. “We give people a different kind of fun and an opportunity to drive supercars without breaking the bank.”
For more information, visit, call 630-754-7280 or find the business on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok.
Chicken Paradise and Cinco De Mayo will soon open in the food court of the Southlake Mall at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street in Hobart.
The fast food restaurants are chains that operate in other mall food courts.
“It’s a local operator,” said Kristyn Filetti, Southlake Mall Marketing & Business Development Manager. “They have other locations in our other centers as well. The same operator will be opening two spots.”
Cinco De Mayo specializes in Mexican food while Chicken Paradise has chicken sandwiches, fried chicken and wings.
They should open in the next two months, she said.
“We have a lot of new tenants, a lot of action coming to the center,” Filetti said. “We’re excited about our leasing activity.”
Morkes Chocolates, a chocolate shop with more than a century of history in Chicagoland, will soon open in Cedar Lake.
Founded in Chicago in 1920, the vintage sweet shop has sold candy since 1920. It has locations in Palatine and Huntley, specializing in sophisticated, fine chocolates.
Kris VanderPloeg, who had worked at the Paltantine location, plans to open a Morkes in Cedar Lake in August on West 133rd Avenue in front of Strack & Van Til. It’s been a longtime dream.
“It’s historic,” she said. “William Morkes, who worked at Nabisco, opened the first one in 1920 at 26th and Trumball in Chicago. It was a chocolate shop with sodas, ice cream and doughnuts. That was the original. His son Bill Morkes opened in Palantine in 1967. It was the same thing, very old school with wicker baskets with different hard candies, different chocolates, caramel apples and everything. We’ve served chocolates to generations.”
The Cedar Lake sweet shop will be located in a historic 2,400-square-foot building that belonged to Dr. Robert King.
“He was the first medical practitioner in Cedar Lake. It was a medical doctor’s office where he’s making house calls and things like that,” she said. “He’s been called the father of Cedar Lake. We realized that when we bought the building. There was a plaque to Robert King and we knew his son. We were floored when we found out.”
The space is decorated with black-and-white photos procured from the Museum at Lassen’s Resort to play up the historical vibe.
She drove by the building and knew it was where she wanted to open the chocolate shop she always dreamed of.
“It was like a wedding dress,” she said. “You just know it’s the one.” 
Morkes Chocolates offers many candies chocolates, caramels, caramel apples, toffees, fudge, Mint Creams, Original Silks, truffles, peanut butter cups, chocolate bars, double stuffed cookies, chocolate graham crackers, Peppermint Barque, Morchunkies, Coconut Haystacks and Sponge Candy. It will have a line of sugar-free chocolates for diabetics. Velvety French Cream is the signature item. 
It also has Pecan Puppets, which are like turtles with caramel, pecans and chocolate but thicker. The store will have eight different candy dispensers with jelly beans, malted milk balls, Swedish fish and other sweets.
The Cedar Lake candy shop will carry Dairy Belle ice cream. It will seat 12 to 15 people and have a party room with another 20 seats and closed-circuit television cameras that will let parents and grandparents watch the kids from another room if they prefer.
Morkes will furnish candy, ice cream and pizza for the parties. The kids can play and make their own chocolates.
“We’ll have a lot of kids’ birthday parties,” she said. “They’ll get to do chocolate-making, dipping things in chocolate and taking home whatever they make. I want to make it easy for moms who have to do so much. I’m a mom myself. It’s a one-stop shop for moms for birthdays and other parties.”
She expects it will be a destination since people would drive as far as an hour away to visit the Palatine location. The Cedar Lake Morkes will not carry the doughnuts but will otherwise be very similar.
“I want to create a place where people are going to be motivated to try every single different piece of chocolate,” she said. “I want to create a place where people are going to be very comfortable to go back to, a place where the owner is nice and independent.”
Morkes Chocolates will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit, find the business on Facebook or call 219-390-7161.
Surf’s Up recently opened in the Southlake Mall in Hobart.
The restaurant specializes in seafood, fish, shrimp and fried lobster. It also has salads, wings, tacos, desserts and fountain drinks. 
“It just opened,” said Kristyn Filetti, Southlake Mall Marketing & Business Development Manager. “There’s a lot of action going on in our food court.”
The menu includes crab legs, lobster, perch, catfish, tilapia and whiting. Most of the seafood can either be ordered fried or grilled.
Sandwich options include salmon burgers, shrimp po’boys and The Bomb Sandwich, which stuffs a lobster tail and shrimp in a toasted garlic brioche bun, topping them with lettuce, pickle, tomatoes and house-made surf sauce. Sides include potatoes, corn on the cob, collard greens, cheese grits, shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes.
The restaurant is located on the second floor of the mall at 2109 Southlake Mall.
For more information, call 708-516-4924.
Pandora Jewelry will soon open a location in the center court at the Southlake Mall in Hobart.
The Danish jeweler sells customizable charm bracelets, designer rings, earrings and necklaces. It sells jewelry at more than 6,700 retailers in more than 100 counties on six continents.
“Bridal & Co. had Pandora and Albert’s Diamond Jewelers did too when it was here,” said Kristyn Filetti, Southlake Mall Marketing & Business Development Manager. “But this is actually their first location here and their first location in our portfolio. They specialized in the personalized bracelets you can add onto with charms.”
The company was founded by Danish goldsmith Per Enevoldsen in 1982 and debuted its signature charm bracelets in 2000. It became the world’s third-largest jewelry company in sales volume in 2011, trailing only Cartier and Tiffany & Co. The company employs more than 26,000 people worldwide, including at its manufacturing site in Thailand.
Though worldwide in scope, Pandora’s business is concentrated mainly in Europe and the United States.
Pandora Jewelry plans to open in an 882-square-foot space on the first floor on the superregional Southlake Mall near the other jewelry stores that flank the center court in the new few months.
“It should be open by the end of summer, in August or September,” she said.
The Duneland Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Junkluggers of Greater NW Indiana, which opened last year at 157 W. 1050 N. in Chesterton.
The business specializes in eco-friendly junk removal. It’s a nationwide franchise that a University of Connecticut student founded while drinking boxed wine and listening to a friend play guitar while studying abroad in Australia. A friend mentioned he made $100 for lugging away a neighbor’s fridge and CEO Josh Cohen realized he could do that.
It offers residential and commercial junk removal, curbside pickup, e-waste recycling, senior downsizing, estate cleanouts, appliance removal, construction site cleanouts and furniture removal. It will clean out attics, basements, garages and storage units.
For more information, call 219-248-2094 or visit
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Drip Drop Exotics in Crown Point will let people rent supercars. 
Drip Drop Exotics in Crown Point will let people rent supercars. 
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