Best Hidden Gem

Tucked away behind The Mill building in Peoria’s Warehouse District, Whiskey City Architectural Salvage reclaims priceless architectural elements prior to building demolition and saves them from the landfill. The shop sports a clean, modern-rustic vibe, with two showrooms featuring antique and upcycled items; bins of doorknobs, switch plates and the like; and samples of salvaged wood—plus a station where customers can mix and match elements to design their own custom tables.

The staff has a keen eye for detail—and is always willing to go out of their way to help customers find what they need. Leave them a wish list, and they’ll even contact you when they come across the particular items of your pursuit. While the business can be labor-intensive, the staff at Whiskey City finds true joy in preserving pieces of Peoria’s history.