Geneva shops offer tax break at right time

Published: 4/19/2008 12:13 AM

Do you have a tax refund check burning a hole in your pocket?

Or maybe the tax return you filed Tuesday depressed you so much you need a little shopping therapy?

About 75 merchants in Geneva's downtown area along and off State Street are looking for you to visit them today and Sunday.

If you do, they'll pick up the sales tax on your purchases.

That's right: Get a "snowy grass" vase at Cocoon over on Third Street, Skechers shoes at Giesche's, or a Joseph Abboud suit at Erday's and the store owner will give you a discount equivalent to the sales tax.

"Everybody is pretty geared up for it," said Carolyn Dellutri, downtown development coordinator for the city.

The unofficial theme, she said, is "You paid your income taxes on Tuesday, we'll pay your sales taxes this weekend."

Participating stores are flying a Tax-Free Zone banner.

The owners of Cocoon and Cradles and All developed the idea, Dellutri said.

Geneva shoppers' tax-free weekend

The following merchants are participating in the promotion today and Sunday. Store hours vary.

About Home, Amy James, Anastazia, Assembly Line Toys, Bears Gone Wild on Third, Betty's Garden Party, Boutique 15, Candy, Candy, Candy, Carlson's Fine Rugs, Cashmere, Cocoon, Country Naturals, Country Store of Geneva, Cradles & All, D. Grunwald Fine Jewelers, Denim Loft, Dreamwear Shoppe, East Room, Erday's Clothiers, Flora & Fauna, Forget Me Not Creations, Galena Cellars Winery, Gallery 28, Geische Shoes, Good Cents Children, Graham's 318, Graham's Chocolate & Ice Cream, Halsa Aromatherapy Shop, Irish Sisters, It's a Girl Thing, Karen's Corner, Kernal Fabyan's Popcorn Shop, La Toccata d' Italia, Les Tissus Colbert, Little Traveler, Margaret Matson Jewelers, Meadow Sweet Creations, Meeting Place, Merra-Lee Shop, Michelangelo's Deli, Mister Kitschy, Museum Store, Northwoods at Home, Nuts about Nuts, Odalisque Beauty Apothecary, Olive Mill, Paper Merchant, Park Place Interiors, Past Basket, Persimmon Tree, Rain Home, Sandra Webster, Scentimental Gardens, Serenity Jewelry, She-She, Shop 38 Shoes, Spice House, State Street Jewelers, Strawflower Shop, Structures and Trains by Fred, Tender Footsie Shoes, Terra Cottage, The Gift Box, Veiled in Elegance, Verve on Third, We're Making Faces, Windmill City Quilts, Windy City Dolls, Wool & Co and Zinnia's