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Getting down to busyness in Dixon

October 6, 2018

DIXON – Several changes have come to the downtown, ranging from new businesses starting up to existing ones making a move or expanding.

One of those changes: Longtime Dixon Floral Co. has a new owner and a new location at 112 S. Peoria Ave., next to Mama Cimino’s.

Shelly Long, who had owned the the flower shop at 116 E. First St. since 2016, when former owner Jean Miller retired, is handing the reins to Mama Cimino’s owners Jim and Melissa Gallentine.

“It’s exciting, and I’m honored that we are continuing the Dixon Floral name,” Melissa said.

The shop had a soft opening Tuesday.

Revive Boutique, also at 116 E. First St., is expanding into the former Dixon Floral space.

That corner building in Suite 110 is also home to the new Rustic Roots DIY space, where weekly workshops on making decorative signs are held. It’s also a venue for private parties.

Last month, Waterfront Gifts & Antiques moved across the street, from 212 W. First St. to an expanded store at 207 W. First, former site of the Super Dollar Store.

Waterfront rents space to a variety of dealers offering antiques, collectibles, upcycled and repurposed furniture, jewelry and other goods.

Moving into Waterfront’s former location is Shabulous Vintage Treasures and More, which also rents space to vendors who will sell antiques, repurposed furniture, boutique items and “weird stuff.”

Owners Josh and Jen Shaw plan to open from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday for Ladies Night Out, and Oct. 13 for good; find it on Facebook for rental information.

Wings and More has moved from 609 Depot Ave. to the former Touch of Thai building at 221 W. First St. and started up operations last month. Touch of Thai moved across the street to 214 W. First St. last summer and renamed the restaurant Somkit.

J Boutique also recently opened in the former Dixon Main Street office at 115 S. Hennepin as the first business in the merged Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street’s business incubator.

Deals & Steels has moved into the former Dilbeck’s Canvas Shop at 2123 W. Third St., and sells collectibles, antiques, tools and equipment.

Two new businesses also are coming to the city’s north end, Hydrate Salon and Spa at 716 N. Galena Ave., which already is open, and My Play Village, under construction at 1347 N. Galena Ave., next to Pam’s Hallmark Shop.

My Play Village, which could open as early as the end of the month, will be an indoor play and party venue for children.

– SVM reporter Gavin Jensen contributed to the article.

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