When people first visit Shine, a home/garden décor and gift boutique at 6730 Broadcast Parkway in Loves Park, their initial reaction is often pleasant surprise at the wide variety of colorful, high quality products neatly displayed and selected to inspire.
“Customers tell us all the time how carefree and refreshing it is to be in our store,” says Minda Woith, co-owner with business partner Elizabeth Burkholder.
Shine features colorful, beautifully patterned Polish pottery in a wide assortment of sizes and prices. These are safe to use in the oven, freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
Other items include jewelry, kitchen accessories, soy candles, greeting cards and unique home and garden décor. Natural crystals and stones, incense, singing bowls, chimes, organic and eco-friendly soaps, bath bombs and salts aid in cleansing on a deeper level, providing customers with an opportunity to replace the mounting frustrations of daily living with a calm state of being.
Among new items on display are Japanese Miyuki Tila bracelets that are handcrafted from glass tiles from Japan. No two are alike.
“We shop all over and it’s a long, drawn-out process as we look, find, evaluate and consider what to buy, always with our customers in mind,” says Woith. “We truly aim to have items for sale that are fun, functional, lovely and interesting, and that ultimately make people’s lives more enjoyable.”
Woith enjoys the challenges, rewards and opportunities that come with being a small business owner in the stateline area. She appreciates those who support small businesses in our region and endeavors to do the same.
The co-owners are focused on buying natural and American-made products as often as possible and they carry items made by local and regional artists.
“We really do strive to provide a positive and inspiring shopping experience by bringing in items our customers will love for themselves, as well as their family and friends,” she says.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. ❚