From porch to downtown
PROPHETSTOWN – Karla Wetzell will have some more space in her Deer Grove home. That’s because she moved Grama’s Healing Porch to downtown Prophetstown at 314 Washington St. and reopened it Wednesday.
The self-described holistic metaphysical store offers a variety of natural healing products, such as Himalayan salt lamps, incense, essential oils, dream catchers, lotions, stones, herbs and teas.
It also has classes for Reiki – a Japanese stress-reduction technique that involves the laying on of hands to promote healing and relaxation. Wetzell also plans to add medium reading sessions by Elias Patras.
Wetzell’s family spent the past couple of months getting the store in order. Her daughter-in-law, Mallory Wetzell, makes small furniture that also will be sold there.
She’ll try to recruit as many local, like-minded artisans as possible and to provide a place to sell their product.
“We’ll have people make knick-knacks and pattywacks and things like that,” she said. “I’m going to try to use all local people, and pull in people who can make stuff.”
Wetzell and her sister, Kenne Hampton, started the Healing Porch 4 years ago in Sterling. They split a year later when Wetzell opened up in Deer Grove and Hampton kept the Sterling store, which now is part of Gramma’s Crossroads in Rock Falls.
Grama’s Healing Porch is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
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... And just two stores down
PROPHETSTOWN – Envy Boutique, 310 Washington St., will move from Chelsie VanDyke’s house to downtown.
VanDyke has sold jewelry out of her home online since 2006, and expanded to include other “fashionable and fun” offerings, such as shoes, scarves, socks, jewelry, tops, sweaters, hand bags and other women’s accessories in recent years.
Renovation of the store is underway, and she plans to open in mid-March. It will have fitting rooms and will be a pickup spot for online orders.
Planned hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Majeski expands operations
STERLING – Majeski Motors opened a quick lube last week at 1901 E. Fourth St., two blocks east of its used car dealership.
Majeski has added two new jobs with the opening as well.
“The main reason we opened that was to better service our inventory, and to better serve our customers and make it more convenient for our customers in the Sterling-Rock Falls area, and the public in general,” Majeski said. “Our Sterling and Rock Falls residents won’t have as far to drive.”
The building, which has two bays, was the Oil Spot for nearly 20 years, with its familiar large Pennzoil can sign out front, and was a gas and service station for decades before that. Most recently, it was Cook’s Quick Lube and Auto Repair.
Majeski Quick Lube will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
It’s the latest expansion for a dealership that has been among the top 75 volume producing preowned dealers in Illinois, out of 2,500. Majeski has sold more than 4,000 cars in the past 3 years, and it’s produced more than $500,000 in tax revenue for the city of Sterling, Majeski said.
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Dixon upholsterer retires
DIXON – Cherrith Wiseman has retired and closed Upholstery Fabric Outlet on Jan. 1 after 39 years in business.
Wiseman, 80, still owns the building at 609 W. Third St., but looks forward to spending more time with her 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
“I needed a little business to support the family, and that’s what I enjoyed doing,” Wiseman said. “We had a good business. Most people knew me and knew where I was at.”
She is selling her equipment, which includes a pair of sewing machines, staple guns, button machine and a spring bender; as well as remaining stock.
Call 815-288-6083 for more information.
Dairy Mart reopens Monday
STERLING – Equipment installation issues have delayed the reopening of Dairy Mart Plus, 312 16th Ave., to Monday.
The restaurant and ice cream window had been closed since Dec. 20 for winter break, and planned to reopen Feb. 3.
Call 815-626-1737 for more information.