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Business notebook

ROCK FALLS – A consignment shop carrying plus-sized women’s clothing will open Thursday at 303 First Ave.

Plus Size Boutique will be a judgment-free zone, owner Judy Randall said.

“We want it to be a place where women can come and feel better when they leave,” she said. “We want it to be upbeat, inspirational.”

The boutique will offer lower-cost items to fit mature women, Randall said

“We just decided this was a great economic time to do this. A lot of us who are retired are a little fluffier. It’s an economic way to recycle our clothes and get new ones.”

She also will offer accessories, shoes, purses and jewelry. Those interested in consigning clothes are asked to bring them freshly laundered and on hangers.

Randall, 62, of Rock Falls, is a semi-retired nurse and a 1968 Rock Falls High School grad.

Plus Size Boutique will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Email for more information; a phone number is coming.

Amboy Thrift Store is moving

AMBOY – The Amboy Thrift Store will move to 59 S. East Ave. as soon as the new location is cleaned, owner Deanne Hoy said.

The building at 110 E. Main St. was sold; she closed there on Sept. 1, Hoy said.

Hours will stay the same: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Outback Country Store expands

STERLING – Outback Country Store got too big for its britches, so it’s expanding.

The craft and antique store inside Headhunters hair salon, 3009 E. Lincolnway, has expanded to its own room with its own door, so customers don’t have to enter through the salon, said Peggy Squires, 52, who owns both businesses.

The store is filled with “treasures that I find,” she said, including lots of country and primitive finds.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 815-626-2330 for more information.

Sears has new owner, more light, more tools

STERLING – The new owner of the Sears store has expanded the tool section, and opted for brighter surroundings.

Darrick Bickford, 34, and his wife, Erin Bickford, 35, bought the store at 3606 E. Lincolnway on Aug. 26, and put in more lights to make it brighter. Don’t worry, eco-conscious shoppers, they’re energy-efficient, he said.

The Bickfords also own the Sears store in Clinton, Iowa. Erin is a Sterling High School grad.

They bought the store from the Sears Holdings Corp.; previous owner Steve Detig sold it to the corporation, Bickford said.

He can get all items on shipped for free and can deliver items to Sauk Valley shoppers within 2 to 3 days, he said, adding he puts particular importance on customer service.

Hours remain the same: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 815-625-5500 or find the store on Facebook for more information.

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

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