Nooks & Crannies, Holiday Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area. The Collector’s Bench 218 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 708-7675 thecollectorsbench.com “All things sports and 1,000 percent authentic,” is how…
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Holiday Shopping: 5 Can’t-Miss Shopping Destinations

Sure, you can do all of your shopping online or at the mall. But you’re missing out. For a truly memorable gift-giving season, head out to some of these inspiring downtown districts. We promise you’ll find unique gifts and a fun experience along the way.






FoxFire Restaurant: Geneva Steakhouse Keeps Things Fresh

For 13 years, this steakhouse has provided a casual setting where guests can enjoy contemporary American fare. Discover how this restaurant has remained successful over the years.






Special Holiday Traditions in Geneva

Each year, roughly 20,000 people flock to Geneva for the annual Christmas Walk and House Tour. Find out what makes this holiday tradition such a special homecoming for our region.






How to Tell if You’re Purchasing Quality Furniture

You probably know what clothing you like best, but do you recognize the trends, styles and construction that make well-built furniture stand apart from the competition? We’ll show you a few secrets from the experts.






Better to Give Than Receive: Serving Others at the Holidays

Volunteering time or money is an excellent way to look beyond yourself and help others in need. Meet some folks in our region who’ve found meaningful ways of serving their neighbors, and learn how you can join them.






Nooks & Crannies, Fall Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.






Events @ a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season in our many arts venues






When We Bought Homes from a Catalog

Many American homes were “ordered by mail, sent by rail” in the early 20th century. The concept was simple: flip through a catalog, pick out a house, mail in money. Within weeks, your brand-new home would arrive by train – ready for assembly.






Jean Gaines: Loving Local Business Like a Mother

Few people can say they have their own holiday, but this civic leader enjoys special recognition every Nov. 12. The president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce has spent four decades nurturing her favorite town into a thriving community.