The public spaces and guest-rooms of the Margarita European Inn, 1566 Oak Ave., have been redesigned.                     Photo by Karen Kring

A spate of ribbon-cuttings in the last few weeks appears to indicate that Evanston’s economy is growing. On May 1, Perennials celebrated its 25th birthday with a grand reopening at its new location, 1808 Central St. The shop sells cards, candles and other gifts and offers free gift-wrapping.

The same day, civic and business leaders cut the ribbon at Sips on Sherman, formerly WineStyles, at 1741 Sherman Ave.  Owners Dean and Maggie Noonan celebrated six years in business and the new name. Wine, craft beer and spirits are offered in this neighborhood wine shop. There are free wine tastings between 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

A week later, on May 8, owners of the Margarita European Inn, 1566 Oak Ave., unveiled the re-design of the public spaces and its 46 antique-filled guest rooms. The inn features a grand parlor, an English library and a roof deckIn mid-April, Second Time Around, the upscale consignment shop at 900 Church St., celebrated its first ribbon-cutting on April 17. Since opening their flagship shop in 1973 outside Boston, Mass., the budget-friendly fashion empire has grown to include 44 stores in some of the country’s hippest shopping districts.

“The Chamber is excited for the unexpected assortments of gently used designer clothing,” said Elaine Kemna-Irish, executive director of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.