In the survey sponsored by the Fairbury Planning Commission, several respondents worked outside of Fairbury, and therefore, indicated that they shopped outside of Fairbury.
The Specialty Shops of Fairbury would like to accommodate these folks and several of the shops will be open until 7pm on Monday, August 3rd to encourage SHOPPING LOCAL. The Spotted Owl, Heart’s Desire, Lost Arts, Serendipity, Meyer’s Gifts and Services, & Kilgus Farmstead,) are extending their hours one Monday (generally the first Monday) each month.
Brittany Kuntz, owner of The Spotted Owl, had this idea after hosting a “Girl’s Night Out” a couple months ago. “Ladies liked the idea that they were able to shop later hours. They felt that they could come after work and didn’t have to worry about rushing.” Brittany said.
As Brittany says, staying open later will allow residents to shop later in many, more of the Fairbury shops. Of course, Once ‘n Again and Fairbury Furniture are normally open until 7pm, and Dave’s Supermarket is open until 9pm.
As we have discussed in previous articles, shopping local benefits our economy in a huge way. Because some of our residents spend most of their day working outside of town, it is sometimes difficult to shop locally for certain items. The Specialty Shops are aware of this and want to encourage the “locals” to come out and enjoy “Shop Late Mondays!”
Normally, the Shop Late event will be held the first Monday of each month. It will kick off with the August 3rd inauguration. Since Labor Day is the first Monday in September, the following Monday, September 14th will be the second Shop Late Monday event. That event will top off the Specialty Shop’s Fall Open House weekend of Sept. 11th & Sept 12th.
“Because Lost in Time is open every Monday for supper time, Shop Late Mondays will work well for us at Lost Arts, too. We are excited to offer extended hours once a month so folks who are out of town during the day can shop locally for their fabrics and yarns, and other sewing, crocheting, and quilting supplies,” says Sally Goembel, owner of Lost Arts.
Other restaurants that support the local efforts to bring visitors to the area that are open on Mondays are McDonald’s Family Restaurant, Dairy Queen, and Third Street Deli.
Future “Shop Late Monday” dates include October 5th, November 2nd, and December 7.th
Please call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics for our community.