Friday, December 18, 2015

A Cup of Joe

Getting a cup of Joe can seem so simple. But it's not. There are so many places to get coffee. You can enjoy it at home, pick it up at a drive through, from a gas station, or at a local shop. How you enjoy your coffee says so much about you and the lifestyle you choose. I was talking to some "out of towners" today and they made the comment that life just slows down here. And to be honest it does. 

I waited in line at the bank with only one person in front of me for ten minutes. But this didn't upset me and like most locals it didn't upset the man behind me either. Why? Because the older woman in front of me wanted to ask about the tellers' family and update her on her living arrangements. You see there is something so wonderful about this. In Dixon you are somebody. No matter your age, race, career choice or economic status. You have a name and you are an important part of the Dixon community. 

Now back to coffee. I go to several places but today I wanted to share one of my favorites, Baker Street. This shop has character. It's not your normal smiley small town joint, it's a little more, we have great stuff and you can work on your computer with your head phones type of place. I love Margie, the owner. I can ask her if my outfit is too matchy, matchy and I know she'll tell me the truth. She also will give me some of the best concocted specialty coffee drinks I've ever had. I enjoy my cup of joe best in Dixon where I can be called by name and my new sweater be noticed for being, well, new.


Just a view of this quaint shop.

And just in time for the holidays, tins of fudge in gorgeous wrapping!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas With Friends

It's almost Christmas! The time is ticking away. There is only one more Friday left to shop downtown, remember stores will be open until 8 p.m. But more importantly it's time to get your Christmas with friends in. My choice for round one was going to Orom. Chef Mark makes some of the most exquisite food I have ever tasted! We got to enjoy mussels and shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. Then for our entrees we passed around a filet mignon, sword fish and rainbow trout. The sword fish was incredible but unique he used almost a marinara sauce. I'm sure there's a much fancier word to the thing he did but either way it was AMAZING! Where will you and your friends be going this time of year?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wrapping Up the Year and Eager for 2016

It's been a great and crazy year here at Dixon Main Street. We had a lot of great events! The previous executive director Giana was recruited to another fabulous job halfway through the year. Luckily she did not leave us to fend for ourselves. She was a brilliant and well organized director that set us up for success.

The events that the new team has done include West End Fest, Ultimate Tailgate, Second Saturdays, Lunch & Learn, Fourth Grade Tours & The Christmas Walk. Each event was unique and successful.

Now as we close the end of this year we go on to the next. Here is a list of the upcoming events.

Wish us luck as we begin to plan the details for 2016. Results are soon to come of the Levitt Amp Grant. We will find out January 5th if we are chosen to receive $25,000 to help fund our music series on the river front during the City Market.