Peoria Magazine: April 2020

by Jonathan Wright

Peoria Magazine checks in with 14 local retailers from a wide range of industries.

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Retail Is Changing With the Times

by Anaise Berry, Cullinan Properties, Ltd.

From medical facilities to entertainment centers, the retail sector is adapting to meet consumer demands.

Shopping Local Is Good for You

by Chris Setti, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

By spending local whenever we can, our small choices can collectively make a difference.

Empowering Peoria's Makers

by Mae Gilliland Wright
Photography by Jeffery Noble

A new initiative highlights all things crafted by the region’s artisan and maker community.

David Quinn, Holmes Shoes

Holmes Shoes offers athletic and fashion footwear, safety shoes and boots, as well as footwear for healthcare professionals.

Deb Opyd, Relics

Relics offers an assortment of unique and whimsical accessories, décor and gifts, with a focus on items unique to Peoria.

Libby Koszuta, A Perfect Pear Boutique

A Perfect Pear Boutique has been bringing the most fashionable labels and designers to Peoria Heights since 2006. 

Jon Walker, Urban Artifacts

Urban Artifacts specializes in 20th century antiques and vintage goods from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Julie Morissette, Gisela’s Haus, All Things Home

Located in downtown Havana, Gisela’s Haus opened its doors in the fall of 2019. 

Mary Beth Nebel, I Know You Like a Book

I Know You Like A Book is an independent bookstore in Peoria Heights features new and used books and related gift items.

Andre Ware, IN and OUT Craft Market

Located at Northwoods Mall, IN and OUT Craft Market is an “everyday makers sale” featuring art, crafts and unique gifts.

Keli Wagner, Thr3ads Boutique

Thr3ads is a women’s clothing store in Morton—a family project that came to life through the hard work and passion of three sisters.

Jenny Roskelley, The Hang-Up Boutique

Jenny Roskelley opened The Hang-Up Boutique in 2018 to bring “a little retail therapy” to downtown Havana.

Jade Wagenbach, Belle Mie

Belle Mie is Peoria's exclusive contemporary clothing store for those with a passion for fashion.

Bob Gordon, Acme Comics & Books

Acme is the Peoria area's leading comic book store, serving the region since 1991.

by Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water

Providing safe, reliable water and wastewater service isn’t just our responsibility. It’s our calling.

by Mick Hall, Bard Optical

The attraction of “convenience” is the silent killer of our local retail economy.

A new type of insurance has popped up in central Illinois—the first of its kind in the entire country. 

With the economy grinding to a halt amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that business leaders navigate the crisis carefully and deliberately.

by Michael Davis and Adam Haight, IWIRC Corp.

They’ll huff and puff… but they don’t get to blow your business down. 


The Big Table: A Debriefing

by Audrey Kamm, CEO Council

A community-wide collaboration encourages you to join the conversation, get involved and take action.

The New Social Club

This summer, the garage where IDOT mechanics once worked on vehicles will come to life again as an indoor marketplace. 

by David Zimmerman, Tazewell County Board

Despite its inherent challenges, our retail environment remains strong.

by Gelasia Croom

Get to know three women who are leading conservation in the Prairie State…

Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its 1920 inception. 

by Betsy A. Wirth, Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo

Practical tips to help divorced and unmarried parents through a daunting process

Smart home ecosystems provide convenience... but potential danger as well.

Spring is a season of fresh starts... Why not bring some of that freshness into your home?


On Selling Art

by Alex Carmona

An acclaimed printmaker offers some tips on how to successfully sell your artwork.

Black Dog Metal Arts' first-ever Pooch Pour will offer customized plaques for Peoria’s pet lovers.

OLLI at Bradley University teamed up with two local artists to create a custom piece of artwork for the Peoria Public Library.