Ceremony, open houses to kick off holiday season

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Photos by TOM SCOTT It is easy to recapture the magic of Christmases past when there is a perfect setting for it. Downtown Rockford—with its signature Currier and Ives beauty, friendly atmosphere and twinkling lights and red ribbons—is ready for another holiday season. There are plenty of activities planned for a kinder, more personal way […]

Park plans expand to bring Rockford a dog festival

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by BETH ALTENA Happy Hounds in downtown may become an annual dog-centered festival if dog park planners are able to pull it off. Organizer Tom VanderSloot described his vision during an evening planning session held at the Rockford Public Schools Administration Building Thursday, June 30. VanderSloot would like to see a Relay for Life-type event […]

Rockford’s Annual Holiday Open Houses–Downtown Rockford, November 17 & 18, 5–9 p.m.

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There will be giveaways and more at Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, double your savings at Double Take, customized gift boxes at Old World Olive Press, free gifts and door prizes at Sage & Roses and 20 percent off one item and refreshments at Jade. The Candle Shop of Rockford is offering 20 percent off one […]

Advanced Aquariums open in new Main Street location

Heather and John Richardson and son Kevin, 19, stand in their new, nautical/maritime-themed business location at 11 N. Main Street in downtown Rockford.

See the most unique front desk of any business in Rockford at Advanced Aquariums, 11 N. Main Street, but even the hand made ships bow can’t steal the show from the real stars, more than 50 different kinds of fresh and saltwater fish in dozens of tanks. John and Heather Richardson are helped in the […]

Women enjoy two special days in downtown Rockford

StayCation offers reasons not to leave town The HEART of Rockford Business Association invites women to grab their girlfriends and head to Rockford for the ultimate StayCation on Friday, April 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thirty downtown Rockford businesses will be offering free samples, […]