Deborah shares her story below:
“At NORTON’S U.S.A. we sell only products made in the United States! We wanted to do something positive to support the American worker and the American manufacturer so we have spent the last nine years researching American made goods. We have over 425 manufacturers from around the country and we add new companies everyday.
I always wanted to open a retail store. My children tease me that my family didn’t play store with me enough when I was a child. In 2003 I had the very good fortune to play the role of Barbara Ehrenreich in the stage adaptation of her book, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. While researching and rehearsing for the play I realized that most of our manufacturing had gone offshore. I knew that we had lost a lot of manufacturing to China, but I hadn’t realized how much. I learned that most of our consumer goods had left along with the jobs that employed so many Americans. I needed to do something positive so I started researching what goods were still made in America and I kept a list. Then, as I was driving through Barrington, Illinois one day, I realized that my favorite building, an old livery barn, was for sale. As they say… “the rest is history!” It took my brother and I six months to get the building cleaned and fixed up. On June 13th, 2007 I opened the door to Norton’s U.S.A., A Uniquely American General Store. I named the store after my dog Norton because he was so unique and I knew he wouldn’t be with me much longer.”
For more information about Deborah and Norton’s USA, please visit her website and look for her feature in FOLK Magazine Issue 9, Winter 2013. On the Norton’s USA website you can be comfortable in knowing every item purchased has been made in America! You can also connect with Deborah on Facebook and Twitter.
In the Barrington, Illinois area? Norton’s USA is a store not to miss. Stop in and visit Deborah Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-5pm; Thursday from 11am-7pm; and Sunday noon-4pm (November 1st – December 31st).
400 Lageschulte St, Barrington , IL 60010
Enter to Win five of the hand-crafted, stained glass, Silly Star Ornaments pictured above by leaving a comment on this post. Visit the Norton’s USA website and let us know what your favorite Made in America product is that Deborah carries. We encourage you to consider the “made in…” stickers on the items you normally purchase. Is there something you weren’t aware was made in America that you can now purchase from Deborah and be confident in the fact that you are investing in our country’s well being? A winner will be randomly selected on December 15th and contacted via email.
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