New Alpaca Products Store Opens in Princeton – Shaw Local

The Alpaca Shop recently opened in downtown Princeton at 411 S. Main St.

“We have an entire wall full of alpaca socks, as well as hats, scarves, clothes, blankets and rugs,” read a Facebook post from Tiskilwa Farms Alpacas, LLC. Customers can also choose from their selection of yarns to create their own items.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The store can be reached at 815-646-1300.

Tiskilwa Farms Alpacas has about 150 alpacas and offers alpaca sales, breeding, shearing and boarding services, according to its Facebook page.

Closure of a small engine repair shop in Peru

Jimmie’s Motor Rebuilding, 3350 Becker Drive, Peru, closed March 31 after the owner retired.

The small engine repair shop, specializing in automotive, air-cooled and light truck engines, was started by Jimmie DeMattia 80 years ago. Donald E. Klein went to work for him in 1957. He bought DeMattia’s business in 1976 and his son, Don, joined him in the shop. He retired in 1993 and his son has owned the business ever since.

When asked what she would miss, Klein replied “everything”.

“I’ll miss it, but it’s time.” he told the NewsTribune.

He thanked his loyal customers for their work over the years.

Kramer Weapons and Supplies Celebrate 30 Years

Teri and Chris Kramer opened Kramer’s Guns & Supplies, 16927 3200 East St., Spring Valley, when they saw the need for a personal and community sporting goods store.

They are celebrating 30 years since the opening of their Spring Valley store.

“Thirty years later, we had no idea what great experiences and incredible people we would have met,” the Kramers said.

The Kramers said their business also gives them the opportunity to raise money for local organizations, such as veterans organizations, police and fire departments and area sports clubs.

Kramer stocks new and used firearms and also purchases and markets firearms. For more information, call 815-894-2239 or visit

Ottawa Garden Center opens for the season

Garden’s Gate Garden Center and Landscaping, 611 Dayton Road, Ottawa, opens for the season on Monday, April 11.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The garden center sells annuals, perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees, houseplants, gifts, home and garden items, and also offers professional landscaping services. For more information, visit or

Sheridan Garden Center opens for the season

Redbud Creek Farm, 2930 N. 4351st Road, Sheridan, has opened for the season.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The garden center sells annuals, perennials, vegetable and herb plans, ornamental shrubs and trees, garden and nature books, gifts and local honey, according to its Facebook page. For more information, visit or

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