The Little Traveler in downtown Geneva is celebrating 100 years in industry, and stays a vacation spot buying groceries position for other people on the lookout for presents, wines, clothes or afternoon lunch or Sunday brunch.
“The Little Traveler supplies some way for generations of households to bond, particularly throughout those instances when individuals are on the lookout for some way to connect to one every other,” proprietor Mike Simon mentioned.
The Little Traveler, at 404 S. 3rd St., is understood for distinctive pieces on the market and its body of workers individuals, a few of whom have labored for the Simon circle of relatives for many years.
Kate and Edmund Raftery bought the Victorian house in Geneva over a century in the past the place the shop is now situated. Kate Raftery had an international traveler, Lucy Calhoun, who would ship her bizarre pieces whilst on her travels, in line with the Little Traveler’s historical past.
Kate Raftery would show her treasures at the grand piano in the lounge and invite buddies over for afternoon tea. The Geneva lady was once then impressed to open a Geneva reward store, in line with the shop historical past.
She recorded her first sale at the ledger e book of the store on Sept. 22, 1922.
The Little Traveler continues to have a task within the lives of generations who come to enjoy the 36-room Victorian house that gives an array of products, together with gourmand meals, wine, jewellery and reveals within the Truthful Industry and Christmas rooms. Visitors come for lunch or goodies and Sunday brunch within the Atrium Cafe as neatly.
“We steadily have grandmothers, moms, daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters are available to enjoy the buying groceries,” Simon mentioned.
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns lately marked the a centesimal anniversary of the shop on The Little Traveler’s entrance porch with a proclamation and offered a key to town to Simon and individuals of the Raftery circle of relatives, descendants of the shop’s founder.
The Little Traveler created a internet retailer throughout the early phases of the pandemic in 2020 till it will safely reopen, mentioned Simon. Unswerving consumers had been overjoyed with the shop’s curbside pickup in the ones days, he mentioned.
Mike Simon’s father, Sol Simon, bought the shop in 1971.
Sol Simon had a dry items retailer on West State Side road in downtown Geneva. He additionally opened The Merra-Lee stores on South 3rd Side road after which closed the dry items retailer.
Simon gained a decision that The Little Traveler was once on the market. His father was once intrigued by means of the speculation of shopping for the shop, Mike Simon mentioned.
“My dad grew up in Geneva and mentioned he may by no means have enough money to move in The Little Traveler. My father was once a hit with The Merra-Lee stores and was once satisfied along with his existence however he mentioned there was once one thing about The Little Traveler that intrigued him,” Simon mentioned.
“He mentioned that he appeared on the retailer as a stupendous race horse and if I may educate it to run every other race he would really feel excellent. He took it as a private venture to restore The Little Traveler,” Simon mentioned.
The Little Traveler is providing particular occasions throughout the yr in honor of its a centesimal anniversary. As well as, Geneva companies have introduced particular promotions in honor of The Little Traveler’s a centesimal birthday.
The Wozniak circle of relatives of Algonquin attended Saturday’s ice cream social held at the entrance garden of the shop in honor of the a centesimal anniversary. They took place to win first position within the retailer’s early life Jingle Contest.
“I assumed it could be amusing to jot down a jingle for the shop’s a centesimal anniversary. We come ceaselessly as a circle of relatives to The Little Traveler,” Andrea Wozniak mentioned.
Debbie and Steve Burrichter of Batavia have frequented The Little Traveler for the previous 30 years.
“The Little Traveler has glorious presents for my spouse,” Steve Burrichter mentioned.
Linda Girardi is a contract reporter for The Beacon-News.