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Wine shop proposes opening in Sugar Grove

by Cheryl Borrowdale
SUGAR GROVE—A new wine shop may be coming to Sugar Grove, following the Sugar Grove Village Board’s 5-0 approval of a special use permit, a liquor license and several zoning variances for 34 Terry Drive.

Wine in the Grove, a business proposed by Sugar Grove residents Gayle Deja-Schultz and Carl Schultz, would sell wine and other specialty food items, offer wine and beer service in the store and on its patio, and host wine tastings and other events. Deja-Schultz said the patio would likely have six tables with umbrellas for shade.

The board hammered out the variances and permits with Deja-Schultz for nearly an hour, issuing a liquor license and discussing requirements for parking, patio size, fencing and landscaping.

The shop, which will be located in the same building as Rocky’s Dojo and Gym, will have a 20-foot patio that faces the entrance ramp to Route 56, equipped with an ADA-accessible ramp. In order to accommodate the ramp and maximize patio space, the board granted Deja-Schultz a setback variance that allows the shop to have a three-foot setback from the property line instead of the standard five-foot setback. They also specified the types of landscaping and fencing board members thought were necessary to make the high-visibility area attractive.

Parking was the largest concern for some members of the board, who noted that the 48-person capacity of Wine in the Grove called for an additional 19-20 parking spots in the attached lot according to zoning regulations, but that Deja-Schultz was requesting to have zero additional parking spaces.

“The common sense of it is, there really is enough parking there,” Deja-Schultz said. “I think the parking on that building is more than adequate.”

Although the nearby Old Second Bank agreed to allow Wine in the Grove to use 10 spaces when necessary, Deja-Schultz said that paying for the liability insurance for those spaces was a “deal breaker.”

“I would love to bankroll a $100,000 business, but it’s getting to the point where a small business owner (can’t make it),” Deja-Schultz said.

Ron Troutman, owner of the building, said that he thought the additional spaces were unnecessary because in nearly 30 years, he has never seen the parking lot full.

“I’ve got other people wanting that unit there. I’ve got an astrologer, two psychics. I’d rather have the wine shop. You know, Jesus comes back and he likes wine, he turned water into wine,” Troutman told the board. “I’ve been retired for 12 years, and I’m there every day, and parking has never been a problem.”

Trustee Thomas Renk said that he was reluctant to grant a zero parking space variance because the board’s responsibility is to protect all involved, including the property owner.

“I don’t want to handicap you in terms of what you would be able to bring in with future businesses,” Renk told Troutman.

“We’re also trying to protect the tenants and anyone else who would move into that vacant storefront,” Village President Sean Michels said.

Trustee Mari Johnson proposed writing a contingency plan into the parking variance that would allow the village to require Deja-Schultz to expand parking capacity or enter into the agreement with Old Second Bank at anytime, if the village determines that additional parking is needed.

Board members voted 5-0 to approve the parking variance with the contingency plan.

Master Ron Troutman inducted into Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame


Photo: Master Ron Troutman (right) received the Ken Knudson Memorial Award and was inducted into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo

HOMEWOOD, Ill.—Master Ron Troutman received the Ken Knudson Memorial Award and was inducted into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame at a ceremony and dinner held at the Balagio Restaurant in Homewood, Ill. on Feb. 18.

This award is given to the martial artist who exhibits the highest standard of martial arts dedication and service to the martial arts community and who have made a profound impact on the sports of martial arts.

Master Ron, who was honored by receiving these prestigious awards, was accompanied by his wife of 53 years, Revann, son Master Rocky, daughter Darla and other family members, plus black belts from Rocky’s Dojo & Gym in Sugar Grove. The ceremony also included top martial artists from throughout the state.

Master Rocky was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2009—the only father and son to do so.

Ron Troutman, JuDan or 10th Degree black belt, was introduced to Isshin-Ryu Karate in 1960 by Jim Chapman, known as the “Fighting Sensei.” Later Troutman studied under Jesse Gallegos, who was a student of Chapman. Chapman studied under Don Nagle.

In 1974 Troutman, with his son Rocky, then a 14-year-old black belt, founded Champion Karate Studio in Aurora.

In 1984, the Troutman’s expanded by designing and building Rocky’s Dojo & Gym, Inc. in Sugar Grove. The complex is a unique design that features 5-foot octagon windows and a 6,400 square foot multi-level including a dojo, complete weight room, boxing ring with bags, showers and lockers with all the amenities.

In 1988, Master Troutman more than doubled the size of the complex to 15,200 square feet. Known as the Octagon Center, it includes 11 businesses and four living quarters. The multi-million dollar complex is a showplace for Isshin-Ryu Karate, kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts, weight training, kettlebell, Zumba, etc.

Master Troutman has promoted over 100 students to black belt since 1974, and has held over 125 open Karate tournaments. In 2009, he was promoted to 10th degree black belt by the I.C.O.B.B. (International Council of Black Belts), which he now heads up along with Master Jane Gallegos. He was also promoted to 10th degree black belt by the United Black Belt Council of Phoenix, Ariz.—a group of his fellow karate-kas from Illinois who moved to Arizona many years ago.

Master Troutman, at age 71, still teaches at least three days per week at the dojo and loves the camaraderie with the students. He has also been devoted to the mental and spiritual aspects of the martial arts and positive thinking.