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Business Notebook: Marceile's calling it quits

DIXON – Marceile's Consignment and Resale, 101 S. Peoria Ave., will be closed by the end of July.

Business owner Marceile Pritchard, 64, said the store has not been profitable.

Much of her merchandise was sold by consignment, meaning she split the profits with people submitting items for sale, and she could not compete with the lower prices of other thrift stores, such as the Leydig Center in Dixon or Goodwill in Sterling, Pritchard said.

Two other businesses on that downtown block also are no more.

Wermers Decorating Center, 313 W. First St., will close as soon as it sells the rest of its merchandise, and Fern's Cafe, 314 W. First St., shut its doors last weekend.

Pritchard did not own the building, but said it will likely be put up for rent by Northridge Properties.

New biz playing it cool

DIXON – Brandon Reuter and Dustin Drew opened a new heating, air conditioning and ventilation business for the Sauk Valley area last month.

Accurate Heating & Cooling, 1420 S. College Ave., installs air conditioning and furnace units, revamps older units, and services existing units, among other jobs.

Reuter, 26, and Drew, 28, grew up in Dixon and have worked for a number of contractors. They have about 12 years of experience between them.

Search "Accurate Heating & Cooling" on Facebook, or call 815-677-2663 for more information.

Where's Waldo?

DIXON – Shoppers still can keep a lookout for Waldo of the "Where's Waldo" children's books at downtown businesses until the end of July.

A passport lists all of the businesses taking part; participants get their passports stamped or signed at each business when they spot Waldo. The first 100 people who get 10 or more stamps or signatures can bring passports to Books on First, 202 W. First St., to receive stickers, book coupons, and other prizes. Plenty of prizes still are available.

Shoppers who collect stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will be entered into a July 31 drawing for a six-volume set of Waldo books.

Call Books on First, 815-285-2665, to find out where to get a passport or for more information.

Waldo publisher Candlewick Press is teamed with the bookstore to encourage shoppers to patronize local businesses.

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