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Business notebook

New jobs coming to the area?

DIXON – Mayor Jim Burke still is optimistic about bringing in a potential new industry to the community. He told Sauk Valley Media at the beginning of January that it was his No. 1 goal this new year.

He has been in talks with a company but will say only that a deal that could bring several jobs to the area still is in the works.

“I’m hoping to hear more this month,” Burke said.

New hair salon in Dixon

DIXON – Nicole Goodeill has opened Coley May’s at 721 N. Brinton Ave. in the same building as Simply Fabulous Hair Designs.

Goodeill, 24, offers haircuts, coloring, hairstyles and body waxing.

Hours are by appointment; call 815-994-3404.

Vendors needed for new crafters store

STERLING – War Paint tattoos, 1814 N. Locust St., has closed, and a new store offering handcrafted gifts will replace it.

Annette Briseno of Sterling has leased the building. The 41-year-old is not sure when Towne & Country will open. She will rent space to vendors who will sell knitted hats, soy candles, fabricated plates, goat’s milk soap, homemade laundry detergent, hair bows, tutus and the like, Briseno said.

Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Those interested in becoming vendors can call her at 815-716-0146.

New owner for Dollar Green building?

DIXON – The Dollar Green, 118 N. Peoria Ave., which closed its doors at the beginning of this year, is no longer listed for sale.

Owner Max Abdullah listed the business itself for sale with Xtreme Realty in Rock Falls, then sold his merchandise and removed the listing, Xtreme said. He does not own the building.

No more information was available.

Little Owl Shoppe is closed

PROPHETSTOWN – Little Owl Shoppe has flown the coop.

The store at 350 Washington St. that opened July 1, 2011, closed in early January, said Larry DeNeve, acting executive director of Prophetstown Main Street.

Owners Dennis and Margaret Cook bought a home in Branson, Mo., where they will spend their summers, DeNeve said. They decided to close the shop because they will not be able to tend to it year round, he said.

They did not return calls seeking comment.

Angel Treasures moving

OREGON – Angel Treasures, the nonprofit Serenity Hospice and Home thrift store at 404 W. Washington St., will move to Mount Morris on April 1.

The new spot will be at 4045 W. state Route 64, next to Dollar General, said Lynn Knodle, executive director of Serenity.

The shop needed more parking space than downtown Oregon could provide, Knodle said.

The store also will start picking up donations, free of charge, in the counties Serenity serves: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Winnebago, Whiteside and Stephenson.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Hours may be expanded after the move, she said.

Call 815-732-4422 to reach the shop. Go to for more information on its services.

House of Pain to reopen soon

STERLING – House of Pain has closed temporarily while building repairs are being done, owner Mikey Rascon said, adding that he hopes the tattoo shop at 10 E. Fourth St. will re-open sometime this week.

The leaking roof has been repaired, the ceiling tiles must be replaced and the flooring might also need to be repaired or replaced, he said.

Rascon is trying to set up appointments for later in the month. He can be reached at 815-716-1754.

Twin City Cafe cuts weekend hours

STERLING – Twin City Cafe is no longer open 24 hours a day on weekends.

The downtown cafe at 23 Third St. will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week, manager Racan Cid said. It also had been open from 6 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday, he said.

Business is “very slow,” and more parking is needed, he said.

It’s Showtime

DIXON – Owner John Parsons is planning a grand opening sometime next week for It’s Showtime, 114 S. Peoria Ave.

The business will offer printing services, including printing T-shirts, will sell new and used jewelry, and will provide recording, management, booking, sound and lighting services for entertainment performances.

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

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