Pictured from left to right: Commissioner Libby Moeller, Mayor Mike Schutzbach, Commissioner Larry Micenheimer, JoAnn Dittamore, owner of Country Peddlers, Commissioner Hank Stephens, and Commissioner Merv Gillenwater
The City of Effingham Awards Country Peddlers Business Appreciation Award
The City of Effingham has named Country Peddlers as a recipient of the City of Effingham’s Business Appreciation Award.
Country Peddlers opened its doors 20 years ago by local businesswoman, JoAnn Dittamore. The business started next to what is now the John Boos Outlet Store. Two years ago, they outgrew that location and have moved to a larger building next to Drave’s Archery. With this move they were able to accept more vendors, bring the total to 25 vendors plus items sold by Country Peddlers. Country Peddlers initially started selling more craft items and over the years it has evolved to include more antiques and most recently four clothing boutiques. Joann plans to begin selling items online through social media soon.
Labor Day weekend last year marked a new venture for Country Peddlers with the addition of a flea market weekend. Joann invites craft and antique vendors from all over the region to the event, attracting many out of town visitors. A second flea market weekend was held over Memorial Day this year and another is planned for this coming Labor Day weekend. The flea market has grown quickly, and new vendors and visitors continue to fill the space.
Community involvement is important to Country Peddlers. They work closely with Catholic Charities and regularly donate to benefits, churches, and a variety of other organizations.
We appreciate the positive impact Country Peddlers has on the Effingham Community and we would like to congratulate them on receiving this award.