JB Winterberry Bids Farewell !

Farewell from JB,

It is with much sadness that we post our goodbyes. After 8 wonderful years, we have decided it is time to close our doors. Our dream had become a reality and then the economy changed that reality. Our love for the shop and Wheaton has carried us a long way. It has been a pleasure to meet each and every one of you. We never thought a small retail venture could have introduced us to so many extraordinary people.

After our shop has closed, we only hope that it' s memory lives on in the history of downtown Wheaton. We have accomplished so much and our hearts are heavy with this decision. However, small shops like ours need customers year long and in this economy only Christmas shoppers can't carry the load for the entire year. From the bottom of our hearts we thank those of you who have tried to support us and the downtown. We will not forget the love you have shown.

As many of you have gotten to know our wonderful group of employees - The JB Girls- they wish to say farewell also. Who would have thought that a group of 20 women could have bonded so deeply because of the love of one great idea...JB Winterberry.

Our "Farewell Sale" begins Monday, June 19th at 9am. All merchandise will be discounted 50% until our inventory is gone. Please stop in to say goodbye, reminisce and purchase a piece of JB Winterberry before it becomes a piece of history.

Thanks to all our terrific customers for 8 years of memories.

Julie, Barb & The JB Girls

2nd Annual JB Winterberry Tent Sale
Friday & Saturday, June 25 & 26
(Sorry no pre-sales. Cash or check only)
Barb's House
OS 336 Park St., Winfield, IL
(one block west of Winfield Rd. between Washington & Beecher)
We're doing it again! A good old-fashioned tent sale with four tents filled with antiques. Enjoy the treasures of a few of our antique dealing friends also. More tents, more antiques and more fun. We have been digging antiques out from our storage shed and workshop. This is a sale not to be missed. Bring your friends and a big car!

Special Summer Event at JB Winterberry! Don't miss it!

JB Winterberry Presents a wonderful " Girls Night Out"!

This Special Event takes place Thursday June 17th 2010

You've asked for an evening of seminars and we have it for you, but this time
Gavin Coyle has agreed to join us for a private one hour concert as well.
Gavin will be available after the concert to sign your Cd's

It will be a wonderful evening full of appetizers, spirits, entertainment and 2 seminars...
Julie will be speaking about "Hot decorating trends of 2010"
Barbs seminar will be "Summer inspiration, dusting off the old" Both are wonderful ideas we can use to add warmth to our homes.

The seminar will be held right here at JB Winterberry.
For more details or to reserve your seat,
Call us today. Tickets are going fast!

Hurry only 25 tickets left for this exclusive evening.

A wonderful evening of fun with your JB family! We hope you will join us!
Please note the special time 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

JB Winterberry's official Cupcake winner !

Our customers brought in cupcakes and recipes to share. There were many to choose from but based on overall taste, taste of the frosting, taste of the cake, decoration and presentation, the judging panel decided upon...

Marge Flashing's Sunflower cupcakes as the WINNER!
Congratulations to Marge who won a JB Winterberry gift certificate! Thank you to all who participated. Your entries were delicious and it was difficult to choose a winner!
So much YUM to go around!

Here is Marge's winning recipe. Let us know how your batch turns out!

Chocolate Sunflower Cupcakes

3 C. Flour

2 C. Sugar

½ C. Cocoa

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp Salt

Combine above ingredients in a bowl. Add:

¾ C. Vegetable or Canola Oil

2 Tbs. Vinegar

1 Tbs. Vanilla

2 C. Cold Water

Whisk until smooth

Put cupcake liners in cupcake pans. Fill each ¾ full with batter. Bake fat 350 for 16 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. You can use this batter in a 9x13 or two 9” rounds.

Posie Cream

1 C. shortening

¼ C. Butter, softened

3 C. Confectioner sugar

1 ½ tsp Vanilla

1/8 tsp Salt

Yellow food coloring

Red food coloring ( optional)

Mini chocolate morsels for decoration

yet another look at the frosting technique!

Cream together shortening and butter. Beat in sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy. Add yellow food coloring to get the desired color. May add a drop of red food coloring if desired for a deeper color

To decorate, put a dab of icing in the center of each cupcake. Use a frosting tube with aleaf tip. Leave a space in the middle for the mini chips. Pipe seven leaves around the cupcake, then seven more, overlapping the first circles of leaves, carefully fill the center with the mini chips

Finally, Photos from the Gardens!

Yes, we have returned from The Chicago Botanic Gardens Antique & Garden Fair. Our first big show and it was beautiful. The venue of course was exceptional and the thousands of visitors were very complimentary. A few items will be returning to the shop but many went home with buyers from the show. We were very happy to be a part of such an exciting event. Quite possibly our presence will be shown next year at this great show. It's great to get back into the shop. Our motivation from this show will transfer to the store. Look for some wonderful new ideas and displays.

Visit us at The Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques & Garden Fair April 16-18

Big News!
We are premiering at the annual
Antique & Garden Fair in Glencoe, IL.
It is a beautiful show with more than 100
American and European exhibitors showcasing

garden antiques, furnishings and botanical art.
Barb and Julie will be there every day.
Stop by and say "Hi". We would love to see you!
Hours: Fri-Sun 10am-5pm
More info and tickets can be purchased at


New Views from the front shop!

We have returned to our roots but are brimming with blooms and Springtime beauty!

20% Off Storewide Sale

Join our Resolution to Get Lean in 2010!
Making way for new merchandise!
20% Off
Two Weeks Only
Feb. 1-13
Been eyeing a piece of furniture? 20% Off
Need to restock your candles? 20% Off
New lamps for your living room? 20% Off
Hurry in for the best selections!

Love is in the Air !

With Valentines day just around the corner we have several vignettes to entice and delight you. Glittery hearts, metal fortune cookies, Vintage Valentines, Cranberry glass luncheon plates, beautiful crystal and old cut glass for your Valentine table and so much more.

We hope you will stop in the shop to see what's new!

Forget the chocolate! JB Winterberry is "eye candy" galore!

We are still offering 50% savings on Christmas items as well as Winter boughs... As Mary Ellen always says "JB florals are the best around!"
This Wednesday January,13th 2010 be sure to stop in for some Tea and Cookies!
Sure to warm you as you shop for your Valentine gifts and home decor!

Happy New Year!

Barb, Julie and the "JB Girls" wish you all a Happy New Year !
This new year will bring some changes for us all!
We will be changing our regular business hours:
Monday - Saturday 10:00am until 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday.
Thank you for shopping with us this past year and we hope you will continue to visit us in 2010!

Merry Christmas to ALL!

Julie, Barb and the "JB Girls" wish you ALL... a very Merry Christmas!

Thank you for keeping us in mind for your last minute gift needs.

We hope you will visit us
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am 'til 5 pm,
to find the final touches you may need to warm up your holiday home.

Just a reminder, we will be closed Christmas Eve so that we are able to gather with those we love. We hope you will have a restful holiday with family and friends too!

votivo candles make the perfect hostess gift and JB Winterberry Gift Certificates are always a favorite!
We will reopen Saturday, December 26th at 9am and hope we will see you then!

Wheatons own Diane Jaderholm Designs

FOR AN EXTENDED TIME....JB Winteberry proudly presents our friend

If you have seen her designs you will be thrilled to see her "boutique" here at JB for the holidays. If you have NEVER seen what this talented jewelry designer has created, now is the time to stop in!

Dede uses her love of vintage buttons as the starting point for her creations. She has developed quite a following and we are pleased to have her in the shop.
Stop by to see her new necklace designs, big and bold, colorful and unique. She is also showcasing rings set in silver as well as beautiful earrings at terrific price points!

Give a unique gift to that special someone and treat yourself to something beautiful as well!

Diane is scheduled to be in the shop
Thursday December 17 through...THIS JUST IN...

JB Winterberry Christmas Open House and silhouettes

This week will be busy at JB Winterberry as we prepare for several upcoming events.

Barb has been adding antique and vintage items almost daily and Julie has been replenishing the lovely displays with more and more "New" items as they arrive. Stop in and see for yourselves!

(We can't keep our new large wooden lanterns on the shelf. As soon as Mary Ellen adds her special touch with candles, greens and topped with a burlap bow, they fly out the door!)

This Saturday we will be participating in the Downtown Wheaton Open House.
We will be serving refreshments, playing Winterberry Bingo Ball and conducting a raffle as well.
We hope to see you!

Also, we will be hosting Terry Bramble once again this year.

He will be at the shop to create one of a kind silhouettes of yourself or a loved one!
There are still midday spaces available. Each sitting is 30 minutes and for the highest quality silhouette, he prefers children to be age 3 years and older.
If you would like to stop by to see his work, he will be in the shop Monday and Tuesday December 7th and 8th. If you would like to make an appointment for a sitting, please call soon. Spaces are filling quickly.

Christmas in the Wintery Woods of the Secret Garden

A frosted Christmas tree adorned with wintry ornaments. This room is so homey. Be sure to find the little ear muff ornaments. A reminder of colder days to come!
Mary Lake Thompson soaps and lotions coupled with Tag appetizer plates. Wonderful for entertaining or gift giving this holiday.

Cloches encase some pretty orchid vases. We added snow to give it the perfect winter touch. Pretty alone or in a grouping like you see above.
Cute snowman figures will be just the right touch to add to your red and white Christmas theme.

These darling little figures from Lori Mitchell are available in the Secret Garden.
This year we have Santa, Mrs Claus and these cute little Gingerbread people!
Collect them all or pick up one for a sweet little hostess gift.

Upcoming Events at JB Winterberry and Downtown Wheaton

Calendar of Upcoming Events Winter 2009

November 26th
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving from JB
November 27th
Friday: Kick off the Christmas season and celebrate in Downtown Wheaton with the lighting of the tree and the Dickens of a Christmas Parade (6pm)
Open 10 am til 9 pm
December 5th
Many downtown business will hold their Christmas Open Houses together and celebrate the holiday in style! Please join us and make it a day in Wheaton. 9am-5pm
December 7th and 8th
Monday and Tuesday:
Silhouette artist Terry Bramble returns to JB Winterberry.
Please call the shop for a sitting appointment: Children and Adults
These make wonderful Christmas gifts! 630-653-9667
Monday and Tuesday: Daytime spaces still available

Christmas Time at JB Winterberry

It's that time again!
The long awaited Holiday Premier!
Those of you who regularly shop with us know that this IS the most anticipated time of the year at JB.
The JB pixies have been working overtime to bring you some extra special holiday touches.

Thursday November 12th at 10:00 Am our doors will fling open and you will be able to see the beauty of Christmas for yourself. Only as JB Winterberry does it!

After five days of preparation, this year will not disappoint.

Enjoy the Gathering Room in the sparkle splendor of an icy Old Fashioned Christmas.

Stroll through the Secret Garden as it lays before you a winter walk in the woods, just outside the garden gates! It is beauty to behold!

The front shop is adorned with fun and funk! Something bright and bold for your Christmas decor! This year Barb has added many extra vintage touches. She has spent months searching for old fashioned Christmas pieces and this year is the best ever. Be sure to find our wonderful ornaments, both new and vintage, for your ornament exchange.

We hope you will come and join us beginning Thursday November 12th at 10 am. We will have extended hours until 8pm Thursday, for you late afternoon and evening shoppers!
Don't forget to ask about our new Danielson Design Studio signs!

As Terry, one of the JB girls coined ... it is like
walking through a "JB Winterwonderland"!
Come enjoy the scents, sounds and warmth of the Holiday Season
( we don't want to ruin the surprise... so we will post more photos in the next several days!)
Hope we will see you then! For even MORE fun... bring a friend and take in lunch in one of the wonderful downtown restaurants!

An Exciting New Product available at JB Winterberry!

Exciting news!

We have become an exclusive dealer of the new "Studio" line from Danielson Designs.
Danielson signs can be found in our Main Street shop. For years, Danielson has been our top sign line, but now you can PERSONALIZE your own. Create the perfect holiday gift for that special someone such as a teacher, friend, family,wedding gift or just make a memory.

You can customize one of Danielson's designs or create your own, all online through JB Winterberry's Studio line web site. By clicking the link to the right you will enter a wonderfully fun and creative site.
Great reasons to order a sign:
* Create & ship within 2 days
* Made in the USA
* Personalized with your own creativity
* Choose to have it gift wrapped
* Shipped to anyone within the US
* Great Danielson quality!
Let us know what you think! Send the link to your friends and they can have fun creating too!

OH...one last thing, Danielson will be adding hundreds of templates in the weeks to come. Click on the link often, or save the link to your "favorites" and be the first to create one of their latest designs!
3rd Annual

Witches Night Out 2009

Wanda Dietrich - 2nd place in our "Best Witch" Costume Contest

Tim Zane - Winner! "Best Witch/Warlock" Costume Contest
Julie Zane - 3rd Place Winner

Our great supporters of Witches Night. We have some "witchen" customers! The witch in purple - Deangela Whitlock won 4th place in the costume contest.

Barb & Julie did it again with another successful JB Winterberry event. See you next year!
eAt, DrInK & bE wIcKeD!

Join us for an evening of wicken' fun! Drinks, appetizers and shopping! Bring your "coven" and don't forget that you must be dressed as a witch to enter the hallowed halls of JB Winterberry.

"Best Witch" costume contest begins promptly at 7pm.

"Boo Light Specials" will be available all night long.

It's a spooktacular Girl's Night Out but warlocks are surely welcome. Enter at Main St. and look for the witches to greet you with their bubbling cauldron. Practice your cackle and dust off your broom. Tonight you ride!