Warm temps are leading to an increased amount of foot traffic on Main Street in Streator.
Or is it the introduction of the latest venture in the city’s downtown district?
Streator residents flocked in droves to the opening of More on Main inside Main Street Market at 317 E. Main St.
Owner Jen McMullen and her staff rarely stopped working and a line had already formed outside the door prior to opening at 6:30 a.m.
“For our first day, it’s a lot of traffic,” McMullen said as she was busy preparing another drink.
The staff was kept busy with an endless amount of traffic. McMullen said the community had been so supportive over the past six months prior to opening that she expected opening day would be busy.
“People have been patient, though,” she added.
Lynette Giacinto sipped drinks with family and friends while watching the line continuously shrink then grow again.
She suggested the downtown coffee place had been on the public’s wish list for awhile.
“It’s been a void,” she said.
Renata Ferrantino agreed and said there were few places in town where a group of people could gather for a cup of coffee in a social setting.
The group expected to return again soon.
“Tomorrow, probably,” Chuck Giacinto said with a laugh.
The guests also were drifting to the other stores inside the building, such as the custom T-shirt shop, Sew Personal 4 U. Owner Julie Mounce said she saw a steady stream of guests throughout the day with many of them stopping at the coffee shop and visiting the other stores within.
“That was the whole joy of getting in with this group of women,” Mounce said.
She was particularly fond of the building’s interior shaped to fit the new businesses.
The building also houses Three Wishes, a home and gift store, as well as Jill Zavada, functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner.
Three Wishes co-owners Jodie Baker, Carrie Schmitz and Kim Tutoky said they’ve had the idea of a home and gift store for a number of years and knew they found the right location after meeting McMullen and her husband, Adam.
McMullen said she knew the building would be too large for just her coffee shop and hoped to rent the space to others looking to follow their dreams with their own business.
It’s one day in, but so far the future looks good.
“Everybody worked really well together,” McMullen said. “We’re all taking a leap at the same time.”