Fairbury is such a great community, and there are lots of stories to share. Here are a couple for this week:
Recently, the Fairbury Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Business After-Hours at McWhorter Bedding, one of the newest businesses in Fairbury. In case you are not aware, McWhorter bedding manufactures luxury mattresses in the former gymnastics building at 712 W Walnut St, here in Fairbury. This is a family-owned business, owned by Fairbury residents, Corey & Kim McWhorter. Not only do they manufacture residential mattresses, they also are one of the few mattress manufacturers offering custom-made mattresses for boats, trucks, cabins, and RV’s.
One of the specialty shop owners, Diane Pawlowski, owner of Antiques and Uniques, along with many other business people from the area attended this After-Hours event and had the privilege of witnessing the partial assembly of a boat mattress.
The very next day, a couple came into her store looking for fountain pens. “As we conversed, I discovered their real reason for visiting Fairbury was to pick up their boat mattress from McWhorter bedding! It’s fantastic when one business draws someone to town and the visitors are willing to check out some of the other businesses, too,” says Diane.
Another neat story happened at The Spotted Owl. Brittany Kuntz, owner, reported that a couple from Urbana stopped by her shop. “I was their last stop of the day, and they told me how they loved that everywhere they went people were so friendly and encouraged them to check out the other stores in town,” says Brittany.
She continues, “They had never been here before and plan on coming back and telling their friends. They said the marketing and the unity was amazing.” What a great story and wonderful feedback for our small town and how the businesses work together.
Finally, Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire, had a couple from out of town stop by her store. As they were checking out, they said, “We came to get our car serviced at the Ford dealership here in town, and we enjoyed lunch at Lost in Time.” They said they tell K & S that they come to Fairbury to go to Lost in Time, and they tell Lost in Time that they come to Fairbury to have their car serviced here.
“We have some great stories,” says Bobbi. “Pretty much weekly, if not daily, we hear what a great community we have. We are indeed blessed.”
As always, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics about our community, please stop by Heart’s Desire, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.