JOLIET, IL — Antoine Matthews and his father Antoine Matthews Sr. opened their Nu Sole athletic apparel and sneaker store at 1009 West Jefferson Street in August, and this Saturday marks the locally owned store’s biggest event —the grand opening gala will feature catering from the Tacanijo Food Truck, food from Jerk Flavors restaurant and a special appearance from R&B superstar Jacquees.
Jacquees has 5.2 million fans on Instagram. The American singer and songwriter from Decatur, Georgia signed with Cash Money Records and one of his most popular singles came out in 2018, “B.E.D.”
Jacquees is expected to arrive at Nu Sole around 4 p.m. and he will stay about an hour.
Saturdaty’s grand opening gala goes all day. It begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Nu Sole will also be raffling off some of its clothing merchandise as well as a pair of expensive sneakers.
Antoine Matthews Jr. told Joliet Patch that he hopes “the whole city of Joliet comes out.”
“We want to be building a closer connection with the community,” he said.
One of the Nu Sole store managers, Leticia Casillas of Joliet, said that “we’ve got a lot of our fall stuff in. We’ve just got a lot of new brands and we’re still getting new stuff in every day.”
The phone number for Nu Sole is 815-726-9329. Established in 2021, the Nu Sole slogan is “Your closet away from home.”
It’s located in the same business plaza on Jefferson Street as where the Louis’ Family Restaurant used to be.
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