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Comics, gaming store opens

DIXON – A comic book and board games store opened June 7 at 118 N. Peoria Ave., at the former Dollar Green location across the street from Dixon High School.

The New Game In Town is owned by Bear Wolf, 45, who also owns a similar store in DeKalb. He said he will sell comic books and board games and hold game nights.

Wolf said the board games he sells mostly are strategy games or role-playing games, or, as he put it, “anything you can’t find at Walmart.”

Wednesday will be a board game night, and he is planning other game nights and events, too, Wolf said.

The business is open Wednesday through Friday after 3 p.m. and Saturday noon to 6 p.m.

Call 815-677-9509 for more information.

New restaurant serves up comfort food

MORRISON – A restaurant that will serve homestyle food is opening in Morrison.

Nana’s Cafe will replace Mary’s Restaurant. Owner Paula Munther hopes to open June 20.

Munther, 50, and her husband, Michael Munther, 51, bought the building at 619 E. Lincolnway on Thursday. They live in rural Morrison.

Nana’s will serve that staple of the Sauk Valley: chicken George. Other comfort foods such as fried fish and meatloaf also will be available, as will homemade casseroles, soups, chicken salad, egg salad, wraps, biscuits and gravy, french fries and mashed potatoes.

Omelettes will be served with a choice of five cheeses. The cafe, named after the term of affection her eight grandchildren use for her, also will serve homemade cakes and pies.

It will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in the warm months and from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the winter.

Call 815-772-8886 for more information.

Sterling cafe closes

STERLING – Twin City Cafe, 23 E. Third St., has been closed since at least June 6.

The restaurant, which used to be open daily, has a “for rent” sign in a window. Four calls to the number on the sign were not returned.

Another sign reads, “Closed. Please call again.”

The downtown cafe cut its weekend hours in February citing “very slow” business and a need for more parking.

The building is owned by Ubaldo-Zaca Cid, Santa O. Cid, and Maria Cid, according to the Whiteside County Assessor’s office.

Annabella’s to move with Extreme Image

MORRISON – Extreme Image Salon won’t be by itself after its move.

When the beauty salon moves June 15 from rural Morrison to downtown, Annabella’s, a nail salon, is joining them in the new location at 207 W. Main St.

The nail salon will not be moving far; it is now at 207 E. Main St.

Annabella’s has been in Morrison for 3 years and was in Fulton for 6 years before that, owner Anna Ryder tells me.

“We are having a lot more room than I’m at now,” Ryder said.

Ryder offers pedicures, manicures, foot massages, paraffin waxes, and acrylic nails. She also offers shellac manicures and pedicures, which involve curing a lacquer on the nails with UV light so as not to harm them.

Ryder, 48, is from Mount Prospect, but now lives in Morrison.

For more information, call 309-235-7462 or find Annabella’s on Facebook.

Resale shop opens in Morrison

MORRISON – It’s a Johnny’s Resale re-do.

John Gibson, owner of Johnny’s Resale in Prophetstown, has opened Johny’s Resale and Olde Shite Antiquities at 202 Genesee St.

Gibson, 36, of Prophetstown, likely will buy, sell or trade other items besides antiques, he said.

The new store is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The store has no phone, but customers can reach Gibson through a Facebook page for the Prophetstown store.

Sixth anniversary for rental business

DIXON – Premier Rental Purchase, 1395 N. Galena Ave., will celebrate its sxith anniversary with an open house from noon to 4 p.m. June 22. 

Call 815-284-7300 for more information.

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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