We invite you to come shop with us in DeKalb County. Each season brings a new set of unique finds that will have you coming back again and again. Visit our Business Directory for a complete list of all the shopping DeKalb County has to offer.

Looking for a unique shopping experience? Search “shopping” in our calendar of events to see all the special shopping events from food and wine tastings hosted in our locally owned shops to art walks and more.

Antiques, Collectibles and Specialty Shops

Cracker Jax is a one-of-a-kind shop offering specialty gifts for children and adults.  They feature 15 cases of new and vintage jewelry and clothing, soy candles, bestassortment of antique on display pressed oils, incense, gemstones of every kind, stunning greeting cards, books, antique and shabby chic furniture, art and one-of-a-kind treasures. Cracker Jax is the place to visit when you’re looking for that perfect unique find. Visit their Facebook page to see featured products and more.

Poppy Seed Primitives is your home for all things vintage, primitive and country featuring antiques, custom furnishings, unique gifts.  They carry a limited number of  “A Primitive Place” and “A Simple Life” magazines when the new issues are published. Visit their website and Facebook page to learn more.

Sycamore Antiques is the home to fine art, antiques, and collectibles. Visit their website and Facebook page to see their latest offerings and to learn more.women shopping in a store filled with antiques

Urban Grace is a vintage-inspired home decor shop featuring painted furniture, vintage and re-purposed items, specialty gifts and CeCe Caldwell’s all natural Chalk + Clay Paint. Take advantage of their custom painting service or DIYers can get the CeCe Caldwell paint you need for your next project. Attend one of Urban Grace’s painting technique classes,  seasonal crafting classes, and other events.  Visit their website and Facebook page for more information.

Explore more of DeKalb County’s Specialty Shops

Hidden Gems

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Alexis Kay Designs

DeKalb County has many great hidden gems. Paw Lickin’ Good Treats offers an onsite bakery as well as a full line of pet foods and toys. Add a little bling to your jewelry box with a visit to Becky Beck’s Jewelry, guiding customers to the perfect piece of jewelry since 1992 or D & D Jewelers, who has been a fixture in Sycamore for over 100 years. Both jewelers offer great customer experience and custom jewelry services. Alexis Kay Designs offers custom designed bridal gowns to compliment their wide selection of formal wear showcased in their shop. Ducky’s Formal Wear will have you on the best-dressed list with a dress, tux or suit for your next formal occasion.  When in doubt, Frame it out! MCR Framing offers custom framing to fit your needs. Pick up a Sweet Earth Jewelry & Gifts original jewelry piece or create and customize your own. They also carry Baggallini Handbags and Accessories and other unique gifts.  The Village Commons Bookstore & the NIU Holmes Student Center Bookstore showcase a wide variety of NIU gear perfect for any Huskie fan. Graham Cracker Comics is the place to be if you’re an enthusiast or looking to show off your pop culture obsession. Board game devotees will enjoy the DeKalb Gaming Goat where you can find your favorite edition of a family classic or bring home the cult classic Cards Against Humanity. Create custom apparel, engraved jewelry or decorations at S.O.A.S. Apparel & Design, they specialize in embroidery, screen printing and iron on lettering.


Inboden’s Meat Market


Foodies will enjoy DeKalb County’s specialty food markets. Inboden’s Meat Market is the area’s premier specialty meat butcher, baker, fresh greens, and gourmet retail store.  And there’s always time for a sweet handmade treat from The Confectionary in DeKalb and Sycamore.

Sports Enthusiasts

Sports enthusiasts will also be right at home in DeKalb County. North Central Cyclery offers a wide variety of bikes and gear as well as repair services and instructional classes.  Fargo Skateboarding Shop is your destination for skateboards and gear. It also houses an 8,900 square foot indoor skateboard training facility.