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April

Lunch with Bunny
April 12 | 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Frankfort Park District | 140 Oak
Tickets required. 815.469.8400
Frankfortparks.org

Egg Hunt
April 12| 1 p.m.
Commissioners Park, 80th & Sauk Trail
Sponsored by Frankfort Park District

Super Dog Egg Hunt
April 12| 2:30 p.m.
Frankfort Bark Park @ Commissioners Park
Sponsored by Chew on This Dog Barkery
and Frankfort Park District

Girls Night Out: Spring Fling
April 16| 6-9 p.m.
Check in outside the Trolley Barn
Full details on Facebook
available here after 4.1.14

Tea with Louisa May Alcott
April 27| 12:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Pickwick Society Tearoom
Tickets, $40. Call 815-806-8140.

Country Market
April 27| 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Breidert Green parking lot
Every Sunday through October

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Featured Business

Witchy-Girls Night Out

Frankfort General Store
119 Kansas St.
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Pushing through the antique wood frame screen door and stepping onto the well-worn original plank flooring of the , you can't help but think of old-time Frankfort, the village with 1890s charm, as the town slogan read for years.

While the store has changed hands over the decades, the building at 119 Kansas St. really hasn't changed purposes in the past 100-plus years. Current owners Carol and Jack Wilger, however, have only owned the store for five years. Neither she nor Jack had experience in small-business ownership or retail sales when Jack saw an ad in a local paper advertising the sale of the Frankfort General Store in April 2009, Wilger said.

After calling the real estate agent, the Wilgers saw the property, put in an offer and closed the deal 10 days later. They've spent the past two and a half years making the store their own, figuring out what sells and what doesn't, and who buys what. Yet Carol said it's been a great experience.

The Wilgers felt they had a sure sign that they were meant to open the shop right from the beginning. Jack has always been a Green Acres television series fan, and when the Wilgers had to set up a limited liability company for the business, they incorporated Green Acres into the name. Then, when going through boxes in the storeroom after taking possession of the store, Jack found an autographed postcard from Eva Gabor in the dusty old box. It was like it was meant to be, Wilger said, beaming.

The Frankfort General Store carries a mix of gourmet, gift and collectible items, many made by area residents. They also like to carry products whose sales benefit charitable organizations, like Finley Grace candles and fragrances. This Galena-based company offers botanical scented products, and a portion of the profit benefits the owner's granddaughter's charity.

Nostalgic candy is another big seller, Wilger said.

"We owe our success to the children of Frankfort," she said. "They found us first and went home and told their mothers, who started coming in."

For more information or to see the Candy of the Week deal, visit the General Store’s Facebook page.
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Girls Night Out
Spring Fling in Paris
April 16 | 6-9 p.m.

Come out of hibernation and come on down…town April 16 from 6-9 p.m. for our first Girls Night Out of the season. We’ll have an April-in-Paris theme with a focus on all things spring, from fashion to flowers. Check in on the patio south of the Trolley Barn (or inside the TB in case of inclement weather). Participants include:

Chew on This
Briosa Boutique
Maddie Maks
The Nail Shop
Lil’ Surprises
Smokey Barque
Cottage Creations
Glory Bee
General Store
Pickwick Society
Fringe Boutique
White Street Café
This & That Gifts
Eclectic Attic
The Paper Spot
Running Excels
The Family Hearth

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