The Quad-City Younkers stores in NorthPark and SouthPark malls have launched in-store “Close to Home” shops that showcase the work of artisans, entrepreneurs and makers of specialty products from Iowa and Illinois.

Yonkers is part the Bon-Ton Stores Inc. family of department stores.

Local makers, artisans and entrepreneurs with established businesses who are interested in having their products sold in the “Close to Home” shops are invited to submit their products on line. Product submissions are being accepted through Friday at

Interested applicants must live in one of Bon-Ton’s 25 states to apply for this opportunity, called the "Close to Home" Online Sourcing Fair.

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The Younkers shops are part of a nationwide expansion of the program, which launched in the fall with more than 100 different small businesses featured in 45 in-store shops in eight states.

Bon-Ton plans to open 100 more “Close to Home” shops by mid-year.

-- Thomas Geyer

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