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Business notebook: Landscaping operation plans to consolidate

Meat shop to expand; furniture, salon stores open

STERLING – Alan Skoog, in the landscape business for 50 years, has decided to scale back.

Skoog Landscape and Design’s Sterling location at 2612 W. LeFevre Road will close once a buyer is found for the property, and at that time operations will move to his original shop at 330 Calvert Ave. in Chadwick, where Skoog first opened in 1969.

“My wife thinks it’s time to scale back,” the 77-year-old said.

The business, which celebrated 50 years on Feb. 13, which also is Skoog’s birthday, sells a wide variety of trees, plants and landscape design necessities.

Surplus equipment is being sold in preparation for the move.

Call 815-684-5161 for more information.

Butcher Shop expands

To meet an increased customer demand, The Butcher Shop, 3309 W. U.S. Route 30 in Rock Falls, opened a second location Thursday at 2501 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, next to the Subway restaurant.

The Butcher Shop sells locally raised meat, pies, fruit salads and other items. Custom cuts are available.

“There’s more traffic potential in Sterling than there is clear out in the country where we are [in Rock Falls],” Pfundstein said. “Location, location, location.”

The Rock Falls location is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Find The Butcher Shop LLC on Facebook, go to or call 815-632-3931 for more information. 

New furniture, appliance stores

Two new furniture stores have come to the Sauk Valley: Sterling Furniture, 3606 E. Lincolnway, and its sister store, Rugs & Furniture, 1379 N. Galena Ave. in Dixon.

Each sells recliners, couches, chairs, rugs, beds, mirrors, vanities and kitchen appliances.

Both locations are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Call the Sterling store at 815-535-6250, the Dixon store at 815-441-3337 for find each on Facebook for more information.

New wholesale beauty store open 

State Beauty Supply, a wholesale salon and beauty item chain, is open to licensed cosmetologists, nail technicians, massage therapists, and estheticians only at 2402 E. Lincolnway in Sterling.

According to its website, the chain has more than 250 stores in 17 states, as far south as Louisiana and west as Montana. It carries State-brand products, as well as Redken and Matrix.

The building formerly housed The Auto Store; it closed in 2013.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Find State Beauty Supply on Facebook, or call 815-716-8261 for more information.

Have a business tip? Let us know. Email SVM reporter Cody Cutter at, or call 815-625-3600, ext. 5552.

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