Downtown Wheaton to welcome juice bar, home decor retailer, electric bike dealer

A “coming soon” sign takes on a whole new meaning in the midst of a pandemic.

In downtown Wheaton, those signs are appearing on what had been vacant storefronts, teasing the arrival of new businesses that have overcome unique challenges to open their doors.

“We have a lot of people who are interested because our downtown’s hopping right now,” Elle Withall said.

The executive director of the Downtown Wheaton Association has led recruitment of new retailers and restaurants opening in the coming days and months. Here’s a look at some of those developments.

Extract Juicery

Where: The juice bar will debut in a former coffeehouse space at 114 N. Main St. Five & Hoek Coffee Co. moved to the back of the brick building.

Menu: Extract has a selection of green juices and smoothies, a convenient way to drink your vegetables, especially if you don’t have a pricey juicer in your kitchen.

“There’s at least a pound and a half of vegetables in each juice, and to sit down and eat that would be extremely difficult to do,” owner Kevin Walker said.

He recommends the “Quench Me,” a refreshing mix of pineapple, cucumber, celery, kale and mint, and the vibrant

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Best Fireplace Decor Ideas



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Ditch the Mantle

Floor to ceiling tile, and no distracting mantle, makes this fireplace by @bykristinalynne a showstopping stunner. If tile isn’t an option, try painting your fireplace wall all black for a similar high impact look. To balance out the modern choices, add warm elements like the vintage cabinet and stacked firewood.



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Over-Grouted Stone

Home builder @oakstonehomesiowa says this beautiful stone fireplace was their most asked-about project last year. This particular stone is a custom mix created with three types of manufactured stones and white over-grout.

Over-grouting is a technique that involves a heavy grout line that is even with, or actually extends beyond, the stone face, instead of the more traditional recessed grout line. This technique gives the stone a gorgeously soft, old-world finish.



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Go Faux

Lamenting that you don’t have a fireplace to decorate? Go faux! @thecozyfarmhouse created this faux fireplace with an antique mantle mounted to the wall. Wood slices glued to plywood gives the illusion of stacked wood inside. A simple mirror

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Pro Tips for Shopping Facebook Marketplace for Furniture

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It’s a gold mine of finds, provided you know how to navigate it.


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Facebook Marketplace is a gold mine of finds, provided you know how to navigate it. Luckily, avid user Aly McBride of the Main Line Find has a few tips.

Search the smart way

Marketplace functions on an algorithm, so the more you key in related terms, the more results for those terms will show in your feed. If you’re after a mid-century-style chair, for example, McBride suggests starting with “mid-century chair,” then trying a series of “chair” followed by specific designers. If it’s more an overall aesthetic you’re seeking — Bohemian, Hollywood Regency — pair that term with a variety of furniture types.

Curate your feed

Though you have the option to be notified when a new listing matches a term, McBride finds the results limiting. Instead, she commits to regular check-ins, sometimes several a day. Tailoring results as they come in makes this more

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The Estate of Julia Reed, Beloved Writer and Home Decor Shop Purveyor, Is Going Up for Auction

When great private collections come to auction, even those closest to the owner tend to discover unseen treasures stashed away for decades. However, for the estate of late journalist and author Julia Reed, to be offered online in Neal Auction’s Important Winter Estates Auction February 5–7, that general truism likely won’t bear out. “Julia didn’t just like to collect things and let them gather dust. She used them all in service to her incredible hospitality and generosity,” Keith Meacham, Reed’s dear friend and a fellow Mississippi native, tells AD PRO. Consistent with her munificence, all proceeds from the sale will benefit the Julia Evans Reed Charitable Trust, which partners with nonprofits to support those in need of housing, education, food, and more.

In 2018 the Southern duo founded Reed Smythe & Company, an online boutique featuring artisanal home goods largely inspired by Reed’s personal trove. “No one could lay a table like Julia Reed and put on it food that she had cooked and flowers that she had arranged. I don’t think she ever catered a thing in her life,” recalls Meacham. “For all of those who knew and loved her, everything in the auction has such sentimentality

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Favorite chairs and sofas often are a reflection of one’s personality

Few things are more sacred than your designated seat in the living room. It seems every time my family gathers, we go to our unofficial (but also very official) assigned seats in our shared living spaces.



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This oversized piece is made to optimize family time with plenty of room to snuggle with loved ones and also plenty of room to spread out if someone is feeling a bit moody.

My favorite perch features an easy swivel to allow for full-room surveillance and a firm cushion for ultimate support that allows me a nice bounce to launch after catching my 4-year-old inevitably getting into mischief on one of my spins around the room.

My husband, on the other hand, prefers a well-broken-in sofa you can sink into for a long nap or for the viewing of a long game (sometimes he achieves both at the same time).

Our son tends to be drawn to the ottoman, of all places, and has transformed it into the trampoline of his dreams (which, for the record, I do not officially recommend).

The more I got to thinking about this, the more I realized our chairs are much more than

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Target is having a big sale on baby products including Graco car seats, strollers, swings, high chairs & play yards, Fisher-Price swings, bouncers and bassinets, VTech baby monitors, Dr. Brown’s bottles and more!

There is also an offer for a $20 gift card when you spend $100 on baby essentials with same day pick-up and delivery!

See all the baby product deals at Target.com HERE!

You’ll also find some very cute Valentine’s decor and crafts this week starting at only $3. See the Valentine’s Day products at Target.com HERE!

Target Sales This Week

Target has a number of new sales this week as of Jan. 31, 2021 at Target.com. These sales are available online and may or may not be valid and in stock in stores.

* Target is having a huge clearance sale with up to 70% off clothing and shoes for adults and kids, toys, home, beauty and more! See all the clearance on sale at Target.com HERE.

* Valentine’s Day Decor starting at $5, Valentine Crafts starting at $3 and exchange cards and favors starting at $2.50

* PowerXL 5qt

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Style at Home: Add panache with pillows

 A new year is upon us, and that means fabulous new fabrics we handpicked at market are finally arriving. With new textiles comes fresh bedding, upholstery and so many exciting pillows that I feel like a kid in a candy store. I am always switching out my throw pillows in my living spaces and adding so many to my bedroom I am surprised my husband can still make his way under the sheets each night. To this day, when we order pillows, we keep in mind Mary Carol Garrity’s three rules of pillow panache. Take it away, Mary Carol! — Katie Laughridge

They may be featherweights, but as decorating tools, accent pillows pack a powerful punch and can instantly give a room loads of panache. Time and again I’ve seen the right pillows take a nothing room and make it fresh and fabulous.

You can do the same in your home by trying these three simple steps. I like to reinvent my living room on a regular basis. I don’t get a roomful of new furnishings or paint the walls a new color. I simply switch out the accent pillows.

This little switcharoo, performed during the changing of the seasons,

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Take a Tour of Biden’s Transformed Oval Office, and Learn More About Its Symbolic Decor

Take a Tour of Biden’s Transformed Oval Office, and Learn More About Its Symbolic Decor


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Whether it’s calming neutrals or more colorful, people are choosing what makes them feel happy for home decor

By Dorothy de Souza Guedes, correspondent

Have a favorite color for home decor? Don’t worry if it’s trending for 2021: chances are it’s on somebody’s Color of the Year List.

The manufacturers’ colors of 2021 are all over the place, from the surprise of Pantone’s shocking lemony yellow Illuminating and cool Ultimate Gray combination to Valspar’s feminine Dusty Lavender, one of 12 colors on its “fresh and familiar” 2021 palette.

Area interior designers say any color goes, so choose what makes you feel good in your home. People desire a space that reflects their personality, particularly now that they’re spending more time at home. Some people thrive on color while others want the calming neutrals of a sanctuary space, said Mark Roberts, interior designer with Larry Roberts Interiors in Cedar Rapids.

Jan Finlayson, interior designer and owner of Luxe Interiors in Iowa City, said her clients go with colors they like.

“I think everybody wants to feel like they’re up-to-date. Trends are just that: trends. Sometimes they last 30 seconds, sometimes 30 years,” she said.

People see color differently, and it affects the way they feel. “You’ve got to use what makes you feel good,” said Finlayson.

Lori Wiles agrees.

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Cane is here to stay



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Cane furniture always reminds me of beach resorts, granny’s backyard and carefree boho style.

The lightweight eco-friendly material adds a subtle element of nature to a room and a laid back vibe to your patio.

Made from the outer bark of the rattan plant, cane might appear flimsy but it is actually extremely durable.

Because it’s low-maintenance and weather resistant, it’s easy to understand why it’s such a popular choice for both outdoor and indoor furniture.

The flexibility of the material allows it to be worked in various designs, from large ornate pieces like headboards and cabinets units to smaller items like planters and side tables.

With the decor spotlight firmly on cane right now, you can find it in one form or the other at most interior decor stores, but the best places to search for original retro designs are second-hand stores.

You’re more likely to get them at a much better price as well.

Whether you invest in an entire patio suite or a casual chair, you can’t go wrong with adding just one cane item to your home.

Here are a few ways

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