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Sterling, Rock Falls and the surrounding Sauk Valley Area offer shops for everyone’s needs and desires. Downtown areas offer a selection of stores ranging from hardware and furniture to computers, office supplies, home-baked doggie treats, fresh baked pastries, women’s apparel, accessories and more! Books, movies, flowers, antiques and food are all available within walking distance of any parking spot. Most businesses are locally owned and operated, offering superb customer service to all.


Several large retailers are available throughout the region to fulfill any shopper’s need. Walmart Supercenter, Kmart, Kohl’s, Menards, and Farm and Fleet are just a few in the area. Many of these large retailers are just minutes away from the Northland Mall in Sterling. This mall offers the best shopping in the area, serving as a regional shopping destination. There are more than 20 specialty stores and services as well as large department stores like JC Penney and Bergner’s, sporting good stores, candle shops, and even a pet supply store, all located within Northland Mall.

For the shopper looking for the freshest and homemade offerings there are two local farmers’ markets in the Sauk Valley area that offer local vendors a place to showcase and sell their goods. The Rock Falls Farmers’ Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from June till October offering great locally grown produce and products.

Twin City Produce

The other farmers’ market takes place in Sterling year-round. The Twin City Farmers’ Market is located indoors and offers locally grown meats and eggs as well as homegrown produced herbs, honey, jams, jellies, sauces, baked goods, homemade blankets, home décor and much more. This one-of-a-kind market exists to produce a source of freshly grown produce and locally raised meats while educating the community on the advantages and benefits of local agriculture. The market also helps foster an economic environment that contributes to the financial success of the local business entities that provide the community with their locally grown, raised or crafted products.

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