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Hens in Heels

Do you have an adventurous spirit? Experience our rural charm and hospitality in Henry County’s local homegrown specialty stores. The Hens in Heels Trail is a self-guided shopping trail worth sharing with your girlfriends, mother, and daughters. Holiday Open Houses held throughout Friday through Sunday (hours vary each community and store) and each local shopkeeper will have something special to taste, touch or experience for you when you visit!

Hens in Heels Shopping Trail, November 17 – 20, 2016

Jingle and Mingle  in Geneseo

Thursday, November 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, November 18, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 20, Noon to 4 p.m.

Shop the downtown historic shopping & art district, this holiday season. Geneseo, IL is known for being a city of the arts, so come prepared to find unique gifts amidst its tree-lined streets. Locally owned shops — MabelDesigns on the Boulevard, Smith Studio and Gallery, Village Florist Gifts & Antiques, Geneseo Art League, and Wirthy Treasures — are a sampling of the many of the shops to visit.

While in town sample some of delicious food and drinks. State Street Café serves up homemade soups, fresh baked bread, and daily specials. Raelyn’s Pub & Eatery offers a variety of menu options to choose from. The Cellar, one of Illinois’ oldest supper clubs, offers steak and more in the evenings. Or check out the local brewery scene and visit Geneseo Brewing Company or Lion Stone Brewing for an evening nightcap!


Friday, November 18,  8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to  4 p.m. and Sunday, November 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drive over to Atkinson’s Old Mill Gardens, located only 10 minutes from Geneseo just off Route 6. The staff at Old Mill Gardens will help you find the perfect something for the special people in your life with their unique home décor and gifts. While there, grab something to eat at Lisa’s Place with their home-baked bread and rolls, home-cooked soups, and entrees plus their famous specialty, “The Nest” – ask about it! Breakfast is served all day on Saturdays.


Friday, November 18, 8:30 to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 20, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mimi’s Treasures is a home-spun retail store, complete with wooden floors and a tin ceiling. Gift ideas you may find during the spring open house include primitive home decor, gifts, garden accessories, and statues. Visit the Purple Onion right next door to Mimi’s a quick bite to eat! As you turn the corner, at U.S. Hwy 6 and Illinois Highway 78, choose from Paxton’s Corner Coop (a cute little shop where you can treat yourself to a cupcake and ice cream cone) or Mick’s Place and ZBest West (dinner and cocktails in a renovated urban-rural flair)!


You’ll love browsing through Heartfelt Gifts. They offer a unique selection of women’s accessories jewelry, and shawls, plus spring home décor — fresh from the merchandise markets, baby gift items, and gourmet foods are available.

While in town, be sure to stop by Good’s one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest. It’s the centerpiece of Kewanee’s downtown. Good’s offers more than 50 brands of furniture. Shop the Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts, upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more!

You can also grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar, or enjoy an inviting atmosphere at Cerno’s Bar and Grill, where they serve up impressive food and a spectacular Belgian mahogany bar. Stationhouse Restaurant is another great choice, offering a railroad-themed atmosphere and seasonal comfort food. P. L. Damron’s view the menu board as you walk in offering daily specials, soups, salads, and entrees. Save room for the pie!


Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, December 2 Saturday, December 3 , 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Hathaway’s features farm decor to an eclectic, unconventional mix of merchandise with an old-fashioned twist. The store is also known for their Christmas decor, available all-year round!  Galva eateries to consider are Uncle Nolan’s Diner, Mary’s Family Dining with delicious simplicity for lunch or dinner, and Sherry’s Café with friendly prices and faces.

Bishop Hill

Julmarknad: Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December, 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Expect enchantment behind every door as you visit Bishop Hill. Potters, broom makers, rug hookers and weavers, quilters and more await your arrival in this 19th century Utopia on the Prairie. Visit the 1853 Colony Store offering candies and Swedish gifts. Walk next door a visit Sweet Annie Primitives featuring a variety of primitive antiques and garden ware. Stop and peruse through Prairie Arts Center featuring hand made brooms by Frank and an open air studio creating artwork on the potter’s wheel. Visit Frau Blucker for unique vintage and primitive  home decor and Village Smithy for quilting needs and peruse her collection of antiques. The center also features rug, broom, weaving and spinning artisans. Hantverk Galleri offers exquisite handmade  and hand painted pottery by Lou Hanson Pottery and yummy handmade chocolate by The Bishop Hill Chocolate Co. Can it get any better than this?

Take a break at any of Bishop Hill’s famous eateries! While in town, make sure you stop at Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery for freshly baked pastries and delicious, made-from-scratch meals, P.L. Johnson’s for Swedish-themed sandwiches in a unique old hardware store atmosphere, and The Filling Station for homemade daily specials that make you feel like you’re at a friend’s for dinner.

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