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OPENING THIS SATURDAY | Boardwalk Shops In Batavia Will Host a Soft Opening


The first season of Downtown Batavia’s Boardwalk Shops is set to host a soft opening beginning 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 alongside another successful morning at the Batavia Farmers’ Market.

The Boardwalk Shops are designed to attract small business, create more retail shopping, and bring people into Downtown Batavia to enjoy this unique destination, and the rest of the downtown community.

The tiny house-styled shops, located at 114 East Wilson Street across from Bocaditos, Oak & Swine, Wilson Street Tavern and Six + Cypress, will host eight new businesses for the 2020 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, high-quality 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. “We look forward to sharing our story and our granola with this amazing community!”

Batavia Boardwalk Shops season will run from Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, October 31 with all shops open on Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. In collaboration with Batavia Boardwalk Shop 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 Shop Project Manager and Owner of Funway Ultimate Entertainment.

Due to adjustments made for Covid-19 regulations in Illinois, the Batavia Boardwalk Shops encourage everyone to wear a mask, stay home if feeling sick, and in order to maintain social distance, one shopper in each store at a time (until regulations change.) Many of the shops will have online and pre-order options as well both from their Facebook pages and websites.

Take some time to get to know the 2020 Batavia Boardwalk Shop Businesses and in the words of the Boardwalk Shop’s resident baker Haylie Bollweg of Haylie B’s Bakery - “Bake the world a better place.”

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


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