McCombie Chooses Koeller Forreston Hardware for Second Business Highlight

House Minority Leader Tony McCombie spent time honoring a local business this month through her new program launched earlier this year to help promote the great business community in northwest Illinois.

This month, Leader McCombie visited Koeller Forreston Hardware as her second local business highlight of the year, and presented them with a special certificate of recognition. The store came to life on August 21, 2015 when it was purchased by Gary and Jane Koeller, who are long time Forreston residents. Gary Koeller, who moved to Forreston in 1967, is a plumber and handy-man, which makes the store a perfect fit. The family run store is a staple in the community offering essential supplies and wisdom for any home projects, but it goes far beyond just that.

The store serves the community while also supporting other local businesses through their “County Corner” that highlights other local entrepreneurs: from handmade soap to butchered meats. The store also contains local history from its past days as the old post office and bank. Portions of the building remain intact from that time–including the colorful ceiling in the main area.

“Everyone needs to have a local hardware store in their rotation and the selection of goods paired with the expertise and friendliness of staff make this a staple spot in Forreston,” said McCombie. “This store goes above and beyond to not only be a great business but be an essential part of the community here.”

Highlighting local businesses is an ongoing effort for Leader McCombie to continue to connect with business owners throughout the district–and bring great resources to constituents. McCombie encourages constituents to help suggest local businesses that deserve recognition by using the nomination form below:

The 89th District includes all of Carroll and Jo Daviess counties, as well as parts of Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, and DeKalb counties. With questions, constituents can contact Leader McCombie’s Office at (815) 291-8989.