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Dentist opens Sterling practice

STERLING – Dentist Shailee Patel has bought the practice formerly owned by William Wegner and named it A Brush With Dentistry.

Patel, 31, bought the practice at 2308 E. Lincolnway, Suite D, about 3 months ago. She opened for business July 17. She is accepting new patients.

The 1999 Sterling High School graduate was practicing in Freeport.

She plans to offer a toothbrush trade-in starting about Oct. 15. For one month, she will offer a free toothbrush to those who come in and provide their old toothbrush, their name and email address for a newsletter she plans to start, she said.

“There’s a tendency to use a toothbrush until it’s not a toothbrush any more,” she said.

She also plans to update the practice with digital X-rays next year, she said.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every other Wednesday.

Call 815-625-0797 for more information.

Downtown bakery closes

STERLING – Sugar Mama’s How Sweet It Is! bakery, 410 Locust St., closed effective Sept. 22, a sign on the door says.

“Thank you for your patronage & the memories,” it read.

The shop will continue to honor contracts for weddings, birthdays and for desserts, a message on its answering machine said.

“We’ve enjoyed being here but it’s time to move on,” the phone message said.

Owner Jeanne Koeppen did not return calls seeking comment.

Phone retailer opens on north end of Dixon

DIXON – One Stop Wireless takes the time to teach its customers how to use their new services, the new store’s manager said.

The store, at 1331 N. Galena Ave., sells Verizon and DirectTV products as well as Internet and home phone services, manager Michael Baker said.

It’s owned by Frank Vivas of Rockford.

“We can pretty much cut deals where [the official Verizon store] can’t,” Baker said.

A grand opening is being planned, complete with a live band, food and maybe a jumping castle, he said.

Call 815-732-2900 for more information.

Fulton ice cream shops close

FULTON – One Fulton ice cream shop has closed and another is planning to close soon.

Corner Treasures and Treats co-owner Anne Davis said Tuesday that she and her husband, John Davis, plan to close their shop, which has been open 3 years, because of a lack of business in a slow economy.

The Davises own the building at 1016 Fourth St., which they plan to sell.

They have not set a closing date for the gift and ice cream shop; it depends on the sale of their inventory, she said.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cousin’s Subs and Freezer’s Ice Cream, 1510 10th Ave., which opened in 2000, has been closed since Monday, according to the Clinton Herald. Its owners also cite a lack of business, the report said.

Have a business tip? Let us know. Email SVM reporters Bridget Flynn, or Emily Coleman,, or call 800-798-4085, ext. 521 or 526.

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