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Raber enjoys prime location

Amy Raber stands in the new Prairieland Designs showroom in downtown Fairbury.

A Fairbury business specializing in full interior design, space planning, cabinetry and flooring has settled into its new location at the corner of First and Locust streets.

Prairieland Designs moved to its new showroom at the former Edelman Auction site earlier this year. Owner Amy Raber is excited about the prime location on such a legendary intersection in town.

“I am very excited about being able to offer Fairbury and the surrounding area a whole new showroom for interior design needs to help you floor to ceiling in your home,” said Raber.

The business helps customers with remodeling and renovations of existing homes and can help outfit space in a new home. Prairieland Designs grew beyond its former walls and was looking to expand in order to offer full service to clients. The new showroom has space for different flooring styles, cabinet displays and various samples of finishes.

“In addition to that, we have countertop materials,” Raber explained. “We have everything from laminate, granite and three different course lines to select from as well to help fit into everybody’s budget.”

Raber, who has been a licensed designer for over 20 years, moved halfway down the block from her former downtown location. She has fond memories of the auction atmosphere each Saturday at the Edelman corner over the years.

“I can remember myself being here, walking through the auction and looking at the hayrack.”

Following Edelman Auction, The Paws Zone moved into the location before it sat empty and Raber had her eye on it for a while, finally taking a leap of faith and deciding this was her plan for the next 20-25 years.

Raber enjoyed taking pictures during the remodeling process to look back and see where they started compared to how the building looks now. Jason Rieck of Chenoa was the main contractor helping Raber and her husband, Doug, with the building work.

An open house was held last March, giving local residents the chance to see all the business has to offer. More can be found online at, including the story of how the business started. Prairieland Designs is also on Facebook and Instagram.

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