Proprietors: Chris Lain and Jube Manderico.
We are not originally from Carroll County. We most recently lived in Chicago, Illinois. We rented a Cabin at the Nest at Palisades for New Years Eve 2013. We found Carroll County because we wanted a getaway that was close enough for a long weekend, but far enough to be a getaway. We hiked the Palisades, walked a long Main Street in Savanna, and drove the beautiful country roads of Carroll County. We were here for four days and fell in love with the area.
Back in Chicago, we searched for real-estate online and returned to Savanna the next weekend to look at homes. We made an offer that Monday and closed the sale of our new weekend home on February 1st. We came to Savanna on the weekends for awhile and decided to move here full time in June of 2013.
We love Carroll County because it doesn’t look like another place in Illinois. The rolling hills and the bluffs are so beautiful. The historic downtown areas are so quaint and full of history. However, the people of Carroll County are what we love most. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help their neighbor here.
This is our first retail store. We’d always wanted to open our own business and had extensive retail experience. After moving to Savanna, we saw an opportunity to open a store on Main Street. We wanted to do something to foster creativity and help build the economy in Savanna and Carroll County. Our solution was to open a store that carried items made by local artist and artisans. Savanna Marketplace opened on October 5th of 2013 with 34 vendors. In just 3 months, we have grown to include over 80 vendors. Most of whom are local to Carroll County.
We carry a wide assortment of locally crafted items, such as art, photography, ceramics, knits, jewelry, wood working, home decor, pet items, clothing, and much much more. We have a large selection of all natural health and beauty products, including a full line of Savanna Marketplace branded products such as hemp soaps, bath salts, all natural lotions, soy candles, and a full line of aroma therapy candles. All of which are produced right here in Savanna.
We carry an array of “Savanna Illinois” t-shirts and hoodies. They are manufactured in the United States and all our printing is done in Mount Carroll, Illinois. We feature Old Savanna post cards and books chronicling the history of Carroll County. We also have a full coffee and espresso bar, serving Round House Coffee that is roasted in Galena (as local as we could get) and branded exclusively for Savanna Marketplace.
We host many classes and events. We offer gluten-free baked goods every other weekend. We stock lots of candy and other sweets that are all locally made. We also offer Design services as well.
Our store was built in 1906 and still features the original tin ceiling. The soda fountain was added in the 1920’s and remains here today. We have turned it into a coffee and espresso bar. Spring, summer, and fall, you can enjoy a cup of our gourmet coffee in our courtyard or on the deck overlooking the Mississippi River. We are definitely unique. We have something for everyone and try to appeal to a broad market of both local residents and tourists passing through Savanna.