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Batavia Boardwalk Shops have your holiday shopping list covered – Chicago Daily Herald

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If you want to buy unique holiday gifts and support small, local businesses, head to the Batavia Boardwalk Shops as soon as possible. The last day to browse these specialty shops is Dec. 19. With that date drawing ever nearer, Jamie Saam, Batavia Boardwalk store manager, is encouraging people to hit up the shops to get their holiday shopping done early.

This tiny village at 114 E. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia houses retail-focus…….

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If you want to buy unique holiday gifts and support small, local businesses, head to the Batavia Boardwalk Shops as soon as possible. The last day to browse these specialty shops is Dec. 19. With that date drawing ever nearer, Jamie Saam, Batavia Boardwalk store manager, is encouraging people to hit up the shops to get their holiday shopping done early.

This tiny village at 114 E. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia houses retail-focused incubator businesses and is open Friday through Sunday from May to December each year.

Volunteers build 12×12 shop spaces for each of the businesses and give budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to test out their brick-and-mortar concept before committing to a full retail space. The Boardwalk shops feature offerings from food to fashion. In 2021, shops include New Moon Vegan, Farmdog Flowers, Bumblebee Cottage Apothecary, CatTalpa Manor, Fox Valley Gallery of Wood, Black Angel Designs, EV Creative, MoJo Handbags Et Cetera, Wanderin’ Barefoot Farm and Pretty Pages.

In addition to browsing these storefronts, shoppers can enjoy all that historic downtown Batavia has to offer. This gorgeous riverfront downtown is filled with shops, restaurants, coffeehouses and taverns to enjoy as well as a multitude of entertainment options, including a comedy club, art studio and gallery home to more than 20 artists. Visitors and locals alike love walking or cycling along the miles of bike paths that intersect with the downtown.

“Downtown Batavia is truly a gem along the Fox River,” said Saam.

At its core, the Batavia Boardwalk Shop program is a partnership between Batavia MainStreet as the host organization and the City of Batavia as the property owner and supporter. Businesses that are selected to participate receive retail space for the duration of the program and an opportunity to become a part of the Batavia community; they also attend monthly meetings with business experts to learn how to manage, grow and market their business successfully and receive support from community organizations like Batavia MainStreet, Batavia Chamber of Commerce and the City of Batavia, and so much more. The program’s success is evident in downtown Batavia. Many of last year’s featured businesses are currently renting space in Batavia or surrounding communities, with more set to sign leases soon.

Batavia Boardwalk Shops is made possible by contributions from generous sponsors such as Gerald Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Ford of North Aurora. Their support helps the startup businesses featured on the Boardwalk grow.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“Much as Gerald once was a much smaller business, our Boardwalk Shops need the partnership of those who have come before them to reach beyond their current market. Gerald helps us do just that,” said Saam. “By supporting this project, Gerald is showing they care about not only the Batavia community, but the small business community too. We …….

Source: https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20211117/batavia-boardwalk-shops-have-your-holiday-shopping-list-covered