Between running her eco-friendly business, Lotions and Potions, training for triathlons, teaching group fitness classes at the XSport on Elston Ave, organizing the Rockwell Crossing Artwalk and raising two little ones, human whirlwind Victoria Sloan, took a few minutes of her busy day to answer our Five Questions. Victoria’s activities and entrepreneurial endeavors are all boosted by her passion for a healthy lifestyle and clean environment and is committed to, “preserving our planet and all its beauty by helping people increase their quality of life through health and fitness in a eco-friendly, sustainable, all-natural way.”
1. How long have you lived in Lincoln Square? What drew you to the neighborhood?
I have lived in Lincoln Square since 2001. My lease in Little Italy was almost up and a friend that lived here and said it was a charming, quaint area of the city. So I decided to check it out. I saw Rockwell Crossing, had lunch at what was then the Tea House on Lincoln and fell in love. I’ve been here ever since.
2. As a small business owner, do you find that the area offers a positive atmosphere for your entrepreneurial efforts?
Yes and no. With so many small businesses, there are plenty of opportunities to have my products carried within the shops. For the most part, small businesses love to stick together & promote each other and that is usually the case here in the Square. However, I have been turned away from some businesses because they already carry mass produced, mainstream products you can find anywhere – including Target. I do wish that some businesses would be a bit more open to trying a local business.
3. Are you involved with any of the many community organizations? Which ones and why?
[I am] the creator and organizer for the Rockwell Crossing Artwalk, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with GRO. The Greater Rockwell Organization is committed to engage in activities that will promote civic pride and community welfare. They definitely provide those things while I was planning the Artwalk for the past six years.
4. With so many fantastic cultural attractions in the neighborhood, what is your favorite fest or event and why?
I really enjoy the Apple Fest. Having two young children, it is it is well-suited for the family-friendly neighborhood of Lincoln Square. There were some cute kiddie activities including a little hay maze for them. There are great apples from a local orchards as well as baked goods, jams, apple syrup, etc. It also features great businesses from all over Lincoln Square. LOVELY!
5. Which can’t-miss shops or restaurants would you recommend for visitors or newbies?
For food, I would recommend The Daily. They have the best black bean burger in the city, hands down. Essence of India is another great place for amazing, authentic Indian food. They have a good variety of vegetarian options and their naan is to die for!