What Businesses Would You Like to See in Downtown Libertyville?

Do you think there is something missing downtown?

With the recent closures of two downtown Libertyville businesses—Wisma and Soccer Plus—we want to know: what would you like to see in those spots?

Soccer Plus announced earlier this month that it would close its Libertyville and Palatine stores. The Libertyville store closed and its merchandise was moved to the Palatine store for a liquidation sale, according to the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

More recently, Wisma closed its doors Jan. 15. A sign on the door read: "Thank you for your patronage. Effective 1/15/13 Libertyville Wisma is closed. Please visit us at our Lake Bluff Wisma Store."

Wisma owner John des Rosiers couldn't be reached for comment.

What would you like to see in these vacant storefronts? What do you think is missing downtown?

Share your thoughts in the comment section!

QT Pie January 20, 2013 at 05:17 AM
I'd love an eclectic coffee, tea, scone, yogurt, new/used books, cards, some live music type shop that is open til at least 11p. A destination *besides* bars. Another cool idea is we always visit in Key West. Called "Better Than Sex," it's wine, coffees, teas, and lavish desserts ONLY, open from 9p-1a. Almost pitch dark, a flashlight is provided to read the entertaining menu. The place does fabulous business! I'd love one here!
Libertyville Mom January 22, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I wondered what happended you your store. I bought a $25 gift certificate and soon after the store was closed! The guy/owner? at the counter never mentioned that the store was closing!
Kathleen January 22, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Libertyville Mom: You very likely purchased the gift card at least two months before we closed. We were originally planning to stay open through Christmas, but found that we were not able to do so. We closed out all merchandise through the month of September. We announced the closing to Patch, on FaceBook, and posted a lot of signs. That said, I will be happy to refund your unused gift certificate if you still have it.
Brian L. January 22, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I have heard others speak of poor service at Lovin Oven, but I haven't received it either. Like Mr. Schlesinger my experiences there have been great. They did a great job on my son's first birthday cake and the woman at the counter was extremely helpful.
JJ January 29, 2013 at 06:47 PM
How anyone can suggest that we need another niche shop is beyond me. Per Kathleen's experience and comments, we all love the idea of a toy store, but when we can find these toys on Amazon at 50 - 75% of the price, we'll buy there - especially the big ticket items that provide decent revenue for the small shops. The problem is not a demographic one: My wife and I are city transplants with 2 young children, and there are tons of residents just like us. A retailer that survives will have to attract walking-distance residents on a regular (weekly) basis. I would love to see a butcher/fresh produce shop in town. As a resident right off Milwaukee, I can walk to get almost anything but fresh groceries. I could see making daily trips into town with my kids when I get home from work to see what we can make for dinner. A focus on locally sourced produce would guarantee a constant variety. All of the new residents on School Street in 2013 would probably keep such a place alive single-handedly. A tea shop might work, but it would have to drive either Starbucks or Caribou out - there's not room for 3. A good one probably would drive one of them out. I think a good deli downtown would also work. NYC Bagel on North Ave in the city is a good example of what a crowd a delicious breakfast sandwich can bring. Even better, put in a deli that serves good coffee....


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