This general store is like none you’ve seen before.
Co-owners Debra and Glenn Anton opened the Naperville General Store at 204 S. Washington St. on Sept. 21 with a specific purpose in mind.
“We are opening the type of store we always wanted to shop at when we came downtown Naperville,” Debra says. “We felt there was an opening for a warm, nostalgic store that emphasized the 19th century character of the downtown shopping district, while selling current merchandise that today’s residents could use and love.”
Situated on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Washington Street, the store offers a variety of knickknacks and gifts looking to surprise, including Naperville memorabilia, gourmet foods and household items.
“It’s truly a general store for today,” says Debra, manager of the store. “We order from many family-owned American businesses, and try to select and feature made-in-the-Midwest merchandise.”
Anton has lived in Naperville with husband Glenn since the 1990s. All three of their sons have graduated from School District 203.
“We love the town and the shopping atmosphere, because it attracts both local residents and weekend visitors from out of town,” Anton says.
Remodeling the corner unit that once housed Roseland Draperies, the Naperville General Store emulates the warmth of the mid-’50s, with barn red, blue and old white colors, and some wooden barrels for displaying merchandize.
Every nook and crate offers a surprise to customers strolling through the store.
“We want everyone to find what they’re looking for — be it a game for their children, a woman’s scarf, or a selection of gourmet food for a party — for under $30,” she says. “The vast majority of our items are priced below that point.”
Stop in to ask about Naperville General Store’s fundraising programs for schools and nonprofit organizations.
The Naperville location of The Exercise Coach, run by franchise owner TJ Lux, opened in February at 1504 N. Naper Blvd., suite 144, offering one-on-one and group training for the “average person.”
“It is aimed towards average people and uses bio-reactive technology to produce results in two 20-minute exercises per week,” says founder Brian Cygan, who studied kinesiology and opened his first location in Buffalo Grove in 2000.
Lux met Cygan during his NIU basketball career, later went pro, and upon his return from Europe, reconnected with his mentor and friend.
The decision to become the first franchisee of Cygan’s the Exercise Coach approach was an easy one for Lux, according to a press release. He had experienced the veteran trainer’s fitness expertise firsthand since his early days at NIU.
Lux opened his first Exercise Coach franchise in Schaumburg in 2011.
Hair salon closes
Charles Ifergan, an up-scale salon and spa with four locations in the greater Chicago area, closed its 2531 W. 75th St. shop earlier in September. Its lease ends at the end of the month.
Ifergan, owner and founder of the salon and spas that promise to create trends rather than follow them, is a French hair dresser who came to America as a teenager with an apprenticeship under his belt.
He opened his flagship location 35 years ago on Oak Street in north Chicago, followed by Deerfield and Oakbrook Terrace.
The Naperville location opened five years ago, and closed because of the size of the location and the cost of the lease.
“We were intrigued by Naperville,” Ifergan says. “We had a great experience in Naperville, and are happy we attracted a new group of customers.”
Customers were informed of the sudden closing by email enclosed with special offers on future services at any of the three other locations.
“We wanted to say thank you in a special way,” Ifergan says.
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