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Andersonville Pioneer and Landmark Store Owner Jan Baxter Dies at 77

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Photo: Andersonville Chamber

It is hard to think of the Andersonville strip as a struggling neighborhood. But back in 1987, the area may had more vacant storefronts than ever in its history.

Longtime Andersonville resident, Janet M. “Jan” Baxter, did not let that discourage her though. That year she decided to leave her successful wholesale business and start a groundbreaking store called The Landmark Of Andersonville. The cooperative store gave many small retailers an outlet to share and sell their goods. In turn, those small Landmark businesses grew and eventually moved into their own storefronts along the strip.

Sadly, Jan passed away last Friday, February 10. After being diagnosed with lung cancer back in June of 2016. Jan was the mother of Jennifer and John(Jill) Baxter and grandmother of Kelly and McKenzie Baxter.

After running The Landmark for 32 years, she retired back in October, 2014. Her love of independent, small businesses built the community’s “keep it local” movement. Jan’s legend will remain strong in Andersonville for some time.

Jan believed that it’s not enough to just own and operate a business. Rather,  it is the responsibility of everyone in the community to invest in and participate in growth and development for the good of all residents. Jan also served many years on the board of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

landmark“Jan was the heart of the Andersonville business district’s cooperative spirit,” said the Andersonville Chamber in a release. “She understood that the business owners were stronger together, and she viewed new retailers as assets, not competition. She loved talking to customers, and if she didn’t have what they wanted, she would recommend other stores in Andersonville that did.”

There is no denying that Jan was an inspirational force in making the Andersonville neighborhood the vibrant, successful area it has become.

The Chamber added, “She was, hands down, the number-one business on the street willing to stuff event flyers in customers’ bags, pass out neighborhood guides, volunteer to help produce and run events, and serve on committees. She was endlessly generous, but she was also smart; she knew that being engaged was just good business.”

According to Jan’s obituary, there will be a Memorial visitation, Sat. Feb.18 from 1 p.m. until time of mass at 2 p.m. at St. Ita Church, 5500 N. Broadway. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Women for Women International, womenforwomen.org or the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, 5153.Clark St. (info@andersonville.org) in Jan’s name would be appreciated. Funeral info: John E. Maloney Funeral Home (773)764-1617.

 


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  • thom

    Yes, Jan was a retail institution for many, many years creating what today is Andersonville.
    She was the Matriarch of Shopkeepers, the face of our neighborhood and her energy will be missed!

  • stephanie

    I remember her well, and would always have a lovely smile and chat at checkout time. She would always give my toddler daughter at the time a candy cane stick from those fun containers. RIP you will be remembered for your kindness and sweet personality. Condolences to her family.