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Business notebook for Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

Cook’s ready to close up shop

OREGON – The Cook’s Collection, a staple at Conover Square, soon will close. After 33 years at the same location, owner and operator Sandra Boehle has decided to retire.

As the name would imply, the store has a variety of kitchen items, as well as Yankee candles, greeting cards, coffees and teas.

Boehle said that business has been good; closing the business was just a personal decision.

“It was just time to retire and enjoy family,” she said. “This is a 7-days-a-week routine.”

All of the store’s inventory has been marked down. There is no firm closing date; it depends on how fast the merchandise sells, Boehle said. Some fixtures also are for sale.

Boehle said said she’ll miss all the friends she has made through the store over the years.

The Cook’s Collection is in Suite 102 at Conover Square, 201 N. Third St. The phone number is 815-732-2926.

Fulton business to mark anniversary

FULTON – Fulton Meat Market will celebrate its 30th anniversary next week.

Owner Tom Maus said the store will mark the occasion with special activities at the market during regular business hours Wednesday through Nov. 16. There will be free sandwiches, drawings for prizes and other giveaways.

Fulton Meat Market, 211 11th Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during its anniversary week. For more information, call 815-589-3213.

Dixon man starts food delivery service

DIXON – Hungry for food from an eatery that doesn’t deliver? Jason Kutz, 36, says he thought it would be neat if everyone delivered and so he has started a business in an attempt to make it happen.

Dixon Food Taxi is based out of the lifelong Dixon resident’s home. Whether you want fast food or something more upscale, all you have to do is give Kutz a call at 815-440-3997. He or one of his helpers will go out and pick up what you’ve ordered and bring it to your door for a $5 flat fee. Dixon Food Taxi customers either pay for the food with a card when ordering, or they reimburse Kutz and associates when they bring the food. Although Kutz prefers cash, he accepts credit cards through a Square Register system on his Android phone.

For now, hours are 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Kutz hopes to expand the hours as business picks up. He also says he’d like to eventually add Sterling and Rock Falls to his service area.

“It’s taken off kind of slow, but now it’s growing, mainly by word of mouth,” Kutz said.

Dixon Food Taxi has a Facebook page. A website,, is a work in progress; when it is finished, customers will be able to get service from the site.

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