New shops open as local stores close

A handful of known local business- es have ceased operation recently. Though for some, new establishments and concepts are on the horizon for 2016 and beyond.
Kankakee’s former Kmart location on East Court Street and small Bourbonnais businesses including The Bold Boutique, Sprinkles and Confetti, and Pink Frog Boutique have bid customers goodbye. In coming months, construction of the “old Kmart” property will begin, the Daily Journal reported.
By early 2017, Ricky Rockets Fuel Center will open its doors in the space, owner Rick Heidner told the Daily Journal, along with Steak N Egger restaurant and other eateries.
The 24-hour, 1950s- inspired Steak N Egger will neighbor the fuel center. It is family owned with more than 50 years in business and six current locations.
According to the Daily Journal, Ricky Rockets will employ about 20 full- and part-time workers, but with other restaurants nearly 30 or 40 job openings could be available.
While some new businesses are in bloom, others have shut their doors for the last time this month, including The Bold Boutique. The local retailer sold cruelty-free cosmetics, health and fitness products, jewelry, accessories and bath and body products.
In the days before closing, The Bold Boutique team informed VIP members via e-mail with “heavy hearts” of the store’s closing and going out of business sale.
“It’s always been incredibly hard for small businesses to compete with the big box stores, and now it is increasingly harder to compete with on- line stores with so many offering free shipping,” said Bold owner, Jennifer Lovell.
The Bold Boutique will soon make a new home online. Currently, the website is “undergoing a major facelift,” but is set to relaunch in March, Lovell said.
For Lovell, her clientele and employees will be missed. “My employees were like family to me,” she said.
Olivet junior Breanna Fowler worked at Bold for a year and a half. “Being an environmental science major, it felt good to be a part of something that promoted the well-being of ourselves and our planet,” she said.
“Will we ever reopen? No plans as of now, but ‘never say never’ right?” Lovell said.
The little shop of all things sweet on Main Street, Sprinkles and Confetti closed its doors on the same day as Bold.
Sprinkles and Confetti specialized in cupcakes, cakes, candy, bouquets and balloon arrangements.
Pink Frog Boutique closed down late last year but also plans to open an online storefront. The retailer had a three year run merchandising jewelry, handbags, accessories and handmade décor, tutus and bows.
The owners assured customers via Facebook that they will still participate in Kankakee Farmers’ Market as well as fulfill custom orders.

Jada Fisher

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