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Local Business

Downtown DeKalb shops ready to shuffle

DeKALB — Shoppers can expect some changes coming to downtown DeKalb in early June.

Antiques Vintage Collectables & Gifts, presently located inside DeKalb Florist & Greenhouse, 2131 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, will move to the space currently occupied by Ducky's Formal Wear, 134 E. Lincoln Highway, on June 1.

That same day, Ducky's will move to 250 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, where Chilton's Sporting Goods used to be. Chilton's moved next door about two weeks ago to the the former No Strings Attached spot at 248 E. Lincoln Highway.

"Right now, it's overwhelming," said Diane Hosey, owner of Ducky's. "There are a lot of things on our plate right now."

Ducky's current location was temporary. A sprinkler main burst in January at their former spot at the corner of Lincoln Highway and First Street and forced them to move.

Their present 2,000-square-foot location is too small, Hosey said. The business has its merchandise, including its tuxedo stock, housed in three different locations. The new facility, about 8,000 square feet, will be large enough to store all the merchandise in one place.

Meanwhile, Leslie Snyder, owner of Antiques Vintage Collectables & Gifts, is getting ready for her move.

"I feel like I'm a rabbit," she said. "I'm constantly running someplace. You just want to get started."

Snyder's antique shop contains items from 11 dealers from Illinois, including DeKalb, Sycamore and Malta. Business has grown since Snyder first opened in 2011, so much so that they had to take out a couple of walls at DeKalb Florist to fit all their items.

Some items such as display furniture are located in a 10-by-20-foot storage facility as Snyder prepares for the move. She originally planned to move out in March, but when the sprinkler main burst at Ducky's old location, Snyder had to wait.

Snyder now plans to move out of DeKalb Florist on May 29. She will get the keys to the new store May 31. Antiques Vintage Collectables & Gifts will open June 3 and will hold a grand opening June 11.

Snyder wanted her shop to be in downtown DeKalb to be closer to other gift and vintage shops.

"I feel that foot traffic was the most important thing," Snyder said.

Chilton's Sporting Goods did not return calls for comment.

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