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Business Notebook: Longtime pet doc plans to take a rest

MORRISON – Longtime area vet Dr. Robert H. Hahn has retired.

The soft-spoken Morrison Veterinary Clinic doc, who has been the go-to guy for large animals and pets for 40 years, plans to travel and enjoy taking it easy.

Dr. Catherine Smith, who has been with the clinic at 14993 Lyndon Road and U.S. Route 30 for 2 years, also has left. The remaining partners, Drs. Cal Vandermyde and Ryan Zinke, have hired two new colleagues, Drs. Sara Blair and Serena Lawfer. 

All can be reached at 815-772-4047.

Wedding Whims closing

DIXON – Wedding Whims owner Stacy Blackbourn is looking forward to a break after 14 years in business.

Despite a busy summer, the business at 113 S. Hennepin Ave., which offers tuxedos, invitations, bouquets, centerpieces and other wedding items, is scheduled to close Oct. 31.

Blackbourn, who opened the downtown location in 2005, has posted a sign in her window that says the business will “close with a smile and no regrets.”

She said she is looking forward to spending more time with her family.

Want to buy a business?

MORRISON – TJ’s Maintenance and Repair has closed, and its recently built, energy-efficient building at 700 W.Lincolnway is up for sale.

So, too, is the inventory for the plumbing/heating/air conditioning business, and two vans.

Owners Terry and Jackie Schroth are retiring, and plan to hit the road with their motor home and motorcycle.

Call them at 815-772-2100 for all the details.

Fast food alternative

DIXON — Lee Hamilton doesn’t like the idea of fast food.

Hamilton, 47, of Dixon, has opened his own seasonal burger and sandwich stand in front of the Super 8 Motel, 1800 S. Galena Ave. It’s called F.A.B.S., which stands for Fat Ass Burgers & Sandwiches.

A chef for about 20 years, he said he prepares fresh meat bought at Dixon Foods and makes homemade fries.

“The best compliment I received was from a little kid who said my fries were better than McDonald’s,” Hamilton said with a laugh.

Most of his business has come from truckers off nearby Interstate 88, he said.

He plans to stay open until December.

His location could change next season, when he plans to open as early as March.

F.A.B.S is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Taking a break

Restaurants Bangkok Gardens in Dixon and Eggs in Paradise in Sterling will be closing temporarily.

Bangkok Gardens, 504 S. Galena Ave., is closed today and Sunday and reopens Monday.

Eggs, 3506 E. Lincolnway, is serving up its last meals on Saturday; it will be closed for its annual summer vacation Sunday through Aug. 18, and reopen bright and early Aug. 19.

Dixon’s own expanding

DIXON — Donaldson Co. Inc. is opening a new manufacturing plant in Skarbimierz, Poland, to serve filtration needs of its European and Russian customers, it said in a news release.

Donaldson also has a plant at 815 Progress Drive, just off state Route 26.

The company, which makes filtration systems, employs 12,500 worldwide.

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