Free works for them: Sterling mall abuzz with many new business ventures

Bushel Basket Candle Company will be opening a toy store at this location in the mall.
Jackie Payne, owner of Bushel Basket Candle Company, works at her counter Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. The store has been a stalwart at the mall and will remain unchanged, but Payne and family will be opening a separate toy store.
Janet and June Boutique will be opening at a spot right next to the new Bushel Basket toy store.
Flipside Coffee of Rock Falls will be opening a cafe in a spot that used to be home to Diamond Daves.
Several businesses have taken the new mall owners deal for free or reduced rate rent to help grow their business.
The thrill of the hunting through bins for bargains is what keep people coming back to Schnappin Deals.
Kathleen Schultz

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.