BATAVIA – The first season of Downtown Batavia’s Boardwalk Shops opened June 13, alongside the Batavia Farmers’ Market.

According to a news release from Batavia MainStreet, the Boardwalk Shops are designed to attract small business, create more retail shopping and bring people into downtown Batavia.

The tiny, house-styled shops are at 114 E. Wilson St., across from Bocaditos, Oak & Swine, Wilson Street Tavern and Six + Cypress. They will host eight new businesses for the season.

2020 Boardwalk Shop Businesses

The Unboring Granola – natural butter-baked granola and other goodies

Desmond Brown Design – handmade pillows, gifts and seasonal decor

Dash Ten Works – wood signs, boxes, custom designs, furniture, gifts and more

Larson Pet Shack– wholesome pet supplies and treats

The Other Half – locally made leather goods, menswear and other gifts

Haylie B’s Bakery – freshly baked cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods

Light & Pine Collective – handmade candles, scents, home décor and other curated artisan items

The Sweet Life Confectionary – Candy and confections

“The Unboring Granola is proud to be a part of the Batavia Boardwalk Shops,” said shop owner Max Mong in the news release. “We look forward to sharing our story and our granola with this amazing community.”

The Batavia Boardwalk Shops season will run through Oct. 31, with all shops open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

In collaboration with Batavia Boardwalk Shops host organization Batavia MainStreet, extended hours will happen monthly till 8 p.m. during the Second Fridays in Downtown Batavia promotions.

Individual shops may offer additional open hours, or host pick-up services at other times than indicated.

“It is very exciting to see this collaboration with the city of Batavia, Batavia MainStreet and many community volunteers and businesses filled with new businesses moving in and getting ready to open in downtown Batavia,” said Bob Hansen, Batavia Boardwalk Shops project manager and owner of Funway Ultimate Entertainment, in the release.

Due to adjustments made for COVID-19 regulations in Illinois, the Batavia Boardwalk Shops encourage everyone to wear a mask, and stay home if feeling sick. In order to maintain social distance, one shopper will be in each store at a time (until regulations change).

Many of the shops will have online and pre-order options, both from their Facebook pages and websites.

For more information on the Batavia Boardwalk Shops and Batavia MainStreet, visit downtownbatavia.com and follow both on Facebook and Instagram.

The Batavia Boardwalk Shops project has launched eight stores.
The Batavia Boardwalk Shops project has launched eight stores.