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The outside of CrackerJax is decorated with Halloween decor. Lauren Woods, the owner of the store, has been in DeKalb for 39 years. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

Lauren Woods, DeKalb staple for 39 years

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | October 31, 2023

DeKALB – As you open the door, a gentle bell rings and a variety of scents fill the air. As your eyes adjust, you see trinkets and treasures filling the walls and halls as you struggle to take it all in, remnants of bygone eras.  These are the thoughts...

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Small Business Saturday: Shop small

By Maddie Barrett | November 20, 2018

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DeKalb stores and groups prepare for holidays

By Sarah Contreras | November 28, 2012

Join DeKalb as it gets into the Christmas spirit. Students and DeKalb residents don’t have too look far to take part in Christmas activities. Many local businesses and landmarks have filled their calendars with winter fun and festivities. Thursday:...

Thrifting in DeKalb is a fun weekend activity for all

By Hayley Devitt | October 24, 2012

Having style and necessary home items while on a budget is vital to college students. Fortunately, DeKalb is home to an exciting number of thrift stores which have many advantages. Thrifting is a fun activity for the weekend due to its exploratory nature....

Local shops to participate in event at Na-Da Farm flea market

By Katie Finlon | October 15, 2012

Vintage goods, music, fun on the farm and a bite to eat—who could ask for anything more? Na-Da Farm will be hosting its October event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 2423 S. Woodlawn Road in Esmond, Ill., roughly 20 minutes...

Some local businesses specialize in antiques

By Juliana Leprich | April 25, 2012

Those looking to add something different to their home or try out a new type of shopping have the opportunity through local businesses and vendors. Antique shops, like Sycamore Antiques, 320 W. State St., in Sycamore, carry a variety of antique items,...

Cracker Jax is a vintage and antique clothing and gift store located at 118 N. 3rd St. in downtown DeKalb.

Several DeKalb businesses have old-time character

By Olivia Willoughby | March 27, 2012

Downtown DeKalb is home to several businesses that carry an old-time feel. The DeKalb Confectionary, 149 N. Second Street, brings residents and students on what Co-owner Todd Hendrey calls a trip back to childhood. “We try to be an old-fashioned candy...

Downtown DeKalb merchants participate in ‘Girls Night Out’

By Olivia Willoughby | September 28, 2011

Several downtown businesses in DeKalb will host a "Girls Night Out" event from 5 to 8 p.m tonight to benefit the American Heart Association."It seems like a great way to show what I believe is a worthy cause," said Debbie Witmer,co-owner of O'Leary's...

Genevieve Schatz, lead singer of Company of Theives, sings the
lyrics to one of their songs on Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre,
135 N. Second Street, during this year’s Middlewest Fest.

More than music booms during Middlewest Fest

By Dave Gong | September 12, 2011

Middlewest Fest 2011 provided more than music and entertainment in downtown DeKalb for local business owners. Several businesses took advantage of the weekend’s festivities to promote sales to festival-goers and customers wandering the downtown area....