downtown DeKalb

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College towns often benefit from those who study there, but not many NIU students are visiting DeKalb’s downtown district.  So city officials went to them directly to see how they can change this trend.

Like many cities of its size, DeKalb has a well-defined downtown district that’s home to many businesses and attractions.  Economic Development coordinator Jason Michnick says they’ve also been working to constantly improve it.

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Signs posted in front of the House Cafe greet patrons by boasting "Now With Lighter Doors." That isn't the only change for the longtime coffee shop and performance space. New owner Brian Fausett, a sound engineer, says he also rebuilt the stage, added new artwork, and freshened up a number of menu offerings. The restaurant will also open daily at 6 a.m.