Since 2015, Lit. On Fire Books has been serving Peoria’s West Main District with its own unique brand of community-based curation and experience. Proudly woman- and LGBTQ-owned, the shop offers new and used books for in-store pickup, online orders shipped directly to your home, and audiobooks for listening on the go, as well as hosting open mics, author spotlights and other events. “Online events throughout the pandemic kept us grounded, while in-store shopping has taken many different shapes,” notes owner Jessica Stephenson of the past year. Through it all, her passion for books and love for her community have remained genuine and contagious.