Recently, at a group meeting, one of the shop owners pointed out the importance of keeping our town looking nice. Maintaining the park, picking up trash along the street, and keeping the flowers and green areas fresh and weed-free, all help make our town a great place. People take notice of the small things.
“As we see new people in our stores, we hear many comments that Fairbury is a friendly place. Folks hear about Fairbury from their friends, stop by after seeing signs and bill boards along Route 24, or see the “Come to Fairbury” brochure that has been sprinkled all over Central Illinois,” say Bobbi McKeon of Heart’s Desire. “Often we are told that we are a friendly town.”
Some folks come especially for some of the events. One coming up this Friday/Saturday, Sept 16th and 17th is the Specialty Shops’ Fall Open Houses. Be sure to stop by Cascade Gardens, Heart’s Desire, Kilgus Farmstead, Lost in Time/Lost Arts, Meyer’s Gifts, Once ‘n Again, Seredipity Cards and Gifts, Country Cupboard, Nature’s Design & Floral Gallery, and Fairbury Furniture! Each shop is unique and brings its specialty to our town.
“Once we get people to come to our town, they can truly experience the many attractions we have here,” says Sally Goembel, owner of Lost in Time. “Our servers are trained to talk to folks who are new and let them know about what our town has to offer.”
“We are fortunate to have farms like Kilgus Farmstead and Cascade Gardens, North Park and the trail, Fugate Woods, plus the wide variety of specialty shops for tourists who stop by to visit,” Sally says.
Traveling down Route 24 and throughout the County, tourists can experience many different attractions. “Our Specialty Shop group believes that coordinating efforts with other area communities will help everyone. Multiple small towns make for a large “whole.” says Bobbi McKeon. “If folks come to visit Fairbury, they also may want to stop by Forrest, Chatsworth and Chenoa and other small area communities. And… vice versa… when folks come to visit the other towns, hopefully, they will also stop in Fairbury. The more we coordinate our efforts and collaborate in referring folks to one another, the better for all of us. We are all unique in our own way.”
Call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or stop by Heart’s Desire if you hear any comments from new folks visiting our great town.