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The Blade – Recent Meeting of Specialty Shops

The Specialty Shop group recently met again to discuss ways to visually increase foot traffic to the Fairbury area. Many area businesses and restaurants were willing to display the “Fairbury” brochure so that if out-of-town folks are visiting they can easily see the many attractions and specialty shops we have here.

Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops group, said, “Several area financial institutions are in agreement to display these brochures in professional-looking holders in their branch offices throughout the state.

“Subway has agreed to place them in the area stores. Wilson Zhao, owner of Fairbury’s China Kitchen, now is part owner of another huge restaurant in Niles, Illinois serving thousands per week. Wilson’s restaurant, ICHIBAN Buffet, has approximately 70 tables and is agreeable to displaying the brochures on each of their tables.

“We have Pontiac information displayed in Fairbury. Some Fairbury businesses, Once ‘n Again, American Family Insurance, Bank of Pontiac, and Radio Shack, are displaying the Fairbury brochures in their Pontiac offices. The Office of Tourism said that Pontiac is the second largest tourist destination in downstate Illinois, second only to Springfield. It could potentially greatly benefit Fairbury to have its information in Pontiac to show the tourist that there are some neat attractions here as well.”

The State of Illinois has given permission to put the “Fairbury Brochure” in Illinois Tourist Information Welcome Centers throughout the State.   These centers are ideal places for tourists to pick up information.

Thadd Walter of Taylor Business Services, Inc. (TBSI) of Fairbury, said, “A business associate of ours saw a Fairbury brochure in the Jacksonville Welcome Center. He lives near Springfield, but he found it in Jacksonville.”

“We want to get these brochures all over the state, into the hands of people who may come to visit and enjoy our attractions, shops, and restaurants. If anyone has a connection who might be interested in helping spread the word, we have plenty of brochures!” Bobbi said. “Just give me a call at (815) 692-4500.”