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Comfortable in a new home

Blu Door Decor continues downtown business trend of sharing locations

Blu Door Decor owner Jana Nowak (left) and MCR Framing owner Caroline Canon talk Wednesday about putting both businesses under one roof.
Blu Door Decor owner Jana Nowak (left) and MCR Framing owner Caroline Canon talk Wednesday about putting both businesses under one roof.

DeKALB – Jana Nowak, owner of Blu Door Decor, an antique and furniture shop in downtown DeKalb, said the transition from her old location at 209 E. Lincoln Highway to the MCR Framing shop one block over worked out perfectly.

The store reopened May 4 despite Nowak having some time left on her lease.

“Really, I could have left at any time,” Nowak said. “It’s a smaller space, but it’s working fine and I couldn’t be happier.”

Carolyn Canon, owner of MCR Framing, said she reached out to Nowak about moving into her space after being inspired by Poppy Seed Primitives antique store moving into Urban Grace Interiors’ building.

“I knew I didn’t need all of this space,” Canon said. “We have to reconfigure things a bit, but it’s OK. We’re making progress and I’m excited.”

My Favorite Things home decor shop, now known as Perchance250, also relocated to an existing business over the past several months. It now operates in the lower level of Ducky’s Formal Wear, 250 E. Lincoln Highway.

Nowak’s former building was acquired by developer John Pappas last year to allow construction of a four-story, $6 million apartment and commercial-use building on Second Street and Lincoln Highway.

The renovations to the properties at 203, 209, 223 and 229 E. Lincoln Highway required Blu Door Decor to close its doors a couple of times because of the lack of sidewalk accessibility.

Initially slated for total demolition, the 209 E. Lincoln Highway building will now experience a partial teardown so it can sustain the weight of the additional floors.

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