PeoriaMagazines.com - Greater Peoria's resource for business, community, lifestyle and art https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ en Behind the Scenes: December 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/12/01/behind-scenes-december-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: December 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/Photo%20Nov%2017%2C%205%2025%2008%20PM.jpg" width="851" height="592" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/24/2021 - 08:53</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Jonathan Wright, editor in chief, with Claire, a fifth-grader at Metamora Grade School, November 17, 2021</em></p> <p class="dropcap">Giving back to the community has been a key pillar of Peoria Magazines since its inception. This was the second year in which I participated in “Be Anything,” a wonderful program of the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, where children ages four to 14 can explore a wide variety of careers through hands-on experiences. In advance of our “Be a Magazine Editor” session, I was excited to learn more about Claire. “She is an avid reader,” her mother wrote to me, “and is excited to learn about being an editor and the editing process.”</p> <p>We had a fun conversation as I talked to Claire about all of the work an editor does to tell the stories of a community while ensuring that we always meet our strict monthly deadlines. Each magazine is like a puzzle, I told her, and it is up to the editor to make sure all of the pieces fit together. </p> <p>This issue is bittersweet for me, as it is the final issue of <em>Peoria Magazine</em> in its current form. WTVP has acquired the company and plans to publish a reconstituted magazine with a renewed focus on business in Spring 2022. I am pleased that our community events—including 40 Leaders Under Forty, Local Legends, Community Impact and Women of Influence—will continue in the good hands of our local public media station.</p> <p>During my 16 years with Peoria Magazines, I have been privileged to meet so many amazing people in our community—including artists, educators, business owners, government officials, nonprofit leaders, community activists and many others. I am grateful for each and every individual who has read or written for our publications, shared their photography, suggested story ideas, supported us with advertising or sponsorships, and offered their feedback. I want to thank our terrific staff—Chip, Amy and Mae—and all of my past coworkers and interns for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I am very proud of the work we have done.</p> <p>It has been a tremendous honor to tell the stories of our community over the past 16 years. I have been humbled by the lives we have positively impacted through our publications, programs and events. As I move toward a new path in life, I look forward to finding new ways to contribute to the success and growth of our community. <em>—Jonathan Wright, Editor In Chief</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-146758" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1638613844"></mark> <div> <h3><a href="/comment/146758#comment-146758" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Jonathan Wright </a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thank you Jonathan ...your greatness and goodness shines throughout our community. Your creative talents , and vision has taken Peoria to a new a vibrant day....Grateful...</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=146758&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="9vyZ8XK1j2wr81ZBLY4fesaAbSXT8MfjiDO0wnapgZc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <p>Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Joan Root Ericksen </span> on Sat, 12/04/2021 - 04:30</p> <a href="/comment/146758#comment-146758" hreflang="en">Permalink</a> </footer> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16938&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="x2IjQVLId8jXHfsbOUw_mAoWR6cTLeCS6N1fUvn4RPo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16938/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 14:53:34 +0000 amanwaring 16938 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/12/01/behind-scenes-december-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: December 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/dec <span>Peoria Magazine: December 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/24/2021 - 08:21</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16936/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 14:21:32 +0000 amanwaring 16936 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Kris Kringle Market in the Heights https://www.peoriamagazines.com/calendar/event/2021-12-03/kris-kringle-market-heights <span>Kris Kringle Market in the Heights</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2021-12-03T12:00:00Z">December 3, 2021</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/28/2021 - 09:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-location field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Location</div> <div class="field--item">Tower Park, 4901 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria Heights, IL </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Host Organization</div> <div class="field--item">Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-webpage field--type-link field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Webpage</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.peoriaheightschamber.com/">https://www.peoriaheightschamber.com/</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Join us on December 3rd for the Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce&#039;s first Kris Kringle Market in the Heights to be held in Tower Park from 3-7 pm. This beautiful venue is an open-air market featuring a variety of vendors and entertainment.</p> </div> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16929/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 14:49:14 +0000 Anonymous 16929 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Behind the Scenes: November 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/11/24/behind-scenes-november-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: November 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/copy%20Photo%20Sep%2028%2C%201%2011%2038%20PM.jpg" width="851" height="517" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/26/2021 - 12:29</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Kelli Drake of DRAKEphoto takes Katie Yocum Musisi's portrait in her studio, September 28, 2021</em></p> <p class="dropcap">The COVID-19 pandemic has brought sweeping and dramatic changes to our lives, and this year’s class of 40 Leaders Under Forty is no exception. Emily Shields of OSF HealthCare found her work turned upside-down, “[from] the initial shutdown of services and immense planning and deployment of digital services… to the surge last fall, vaccinations, the Delta variant and everything in between.” It also afforded her new opportunities, which “provided tremendous learning experience as a leader.” </p> <p>“I dove headfirst into reimagining our Easterseals events in a virtual space and launching an emergency campaign to fund a telehealth platform,” recalls Katie Yocum Musisi, who worked from home while juggling parenting duties. “On many occasions, I was the mom presenting in a video meeting with a toddler on her lap making funny faces on screen.” </p> <p>Many believe the expanded use of video software has made them more productive. “I was able to find more innovative ways to complete tasks in a much more effective manner,” suggests Shalandra Burch. Others, like Eric Larson, got intentionally creative in how they connected with their team, including “handwritten letters… [and] thoughtful check-ins with texts or calls.” </p> <p>The pandemic helped many of us create a better work/life balance. “[It] helped me shift my mentality to family-first instead of job-first,” explains Michelle Nielsen Ott. But it has also brought great sadness and tragedy. “I almost lost everything—I had to pivot and adapt my business strategy. I lost family and I got sick as well,” explains Christell Frausto. “The silver lining is … I take better care of my health.”</p> <p>Rachel Berchtold and her husband used the early weeks of the pandemic to develop a mobile app for their business. Today they continue to face significant challenges, but they have chosen to focus on “the many blessings afforded to us.” The abrupt lifestyle change afforded others the time to develop new hobbies. “I picked up carpentry during 2020,” notes Bethany Thimote, who shows off her work on Instagram @peoriaprojectgirl.</p> <p>Finally, the pandemic has opened our eyes to many of the issues our society has neglected, adds Chanel Hargrave-Murry. “Understanding the effects of the food deserts in our poverty-stricken zip codes. How we’ve allowed so much to slip through the cracks when it comes to the small steps of education... We have a lot of work to do.” And moving forward, there’s no doubt this class of young leaders will be the ones to do the work. —<em>Jonathan Wright, Editor In Chief</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16870&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="b-C09VBtJ0-nt-9QGymnsRP8J8__h4tnnouvuMi4qZM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16870/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:29:19 +0000 amanwaring 16870 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/11/24/behind-scenes-november-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: November 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/nov <span>Peoria Magazine: November 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/26/2021 - 12:11</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16868/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:11:28 +0000 amanwaring 16868 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Behind the Scenes: October 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/09/30/behind-scenes-october-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: October 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/JCN27885.jpg" width="851" height="567" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/27/2021 - 09:19</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Todd and Cyndi Hohulin of 2 Chez Restaurant on their iconic 1970 Honda Cub, August 31, 2021. Photo by Jeffery Noble</em></p> <p class="dropcap">If you’re like me, you spend a fair amount of time at restaurants. If you spend enough time to become a regular, the staff often knows a thing or two about you. But how much do we know about them? When most of us are off work and ready to unwind, they’re back in the kitchen working hard, catering to <em>our</em> needs with food, drink, hospitality and ambiance—and often on evenings, holidays and weekends. </p> <p>Whether or not you’ve worked in the restaurant industry, any fan of Anthony Bourdain knows that amazing stories come out of those kitchens—not to mention the interesting people who inhabit them. And this issue’s interview with Todd and Cyndi Hohulin of 2 Chez is no exception. While you get to read our final (edited) conversation, so much of this material ends up on the proverbial “cutting room floor,” never to be seen again—the eternal quandary of a print publication.</p> <p>So in this issue, you’ll read about how Todd and Cyndi first met and the alternate names they initially considered in place of 2 Chez. But you won’t read about the couple’s cozy Airbnb cottage near Lake Michigan, or their iconic 1970 Honda Cub. You’ll learn about Todd’s family history in fruit and vegetable gardening, but you won’t hear the heartwarming story of his adopted sister—one of three sisters from Vietnam who were adopted by three different families in Goodfield so they could stay in school together. </p> <p>You’ll get an overview of their initial reaction when COVID first hit, but you won’t get all the nitty-gritty details—like their ill-fated attempt to tap into the SBA’s rapidly depleted Restaurant Revitalization Fund. At some point, I had to ask: <em>“Did you get COVID?”</em> The answer was no (although some of their staff did) which is pretty amazing considering all the people they interacted with over the last year and a half. </p> <p>“We did what we could to keep probabilities on our side,” Todd affirms. “Cyndi is a cancer survivor… and as a chef, if I lose my taste and smell, this business is nothing. I might as well be a piano player and have my fingers cut off!” What I love most about my job is getting to know good people and hearing their stories. Todd and Cyndi Hohulin are good people, and I highly recommend a night at 2 Chez in your future! —<em>Jonathan Wright, Editor In Chief</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16841&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="LlVoAFzt5VlFhxzhMnDmT-ght8gEa4B641VYFjFTR5E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16841/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:19:21 +0000 amanwaring 16841 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/09/30/behind-scenes-october-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: October 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/oct <span>Peoria Magazine: October 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/27/2021 - 09:11</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16839/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 14:11:03 +0000 amanwaring 16839 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Behind the Scenes: September 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/09/01/behind-scenes-september-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: September 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/Bears_Bites_20210719_05.jpg" width="851" height="567" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/26/2021 - 11:28</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Founder Samm Hutchison with Bear at Bear’s Bites World Headquarters, located at Keller Station in north Peoria. Photo by Evan Temchin</em></p> <p class="dropcap">If 2020 was ever “a year like no other,” 2021 has rendered that notion obsolete. With the emergence of the Delta variant, a cloud of uncertainty again hovers over us as we make our weary way into autumn. Normalcy remains out of reach; yet we keep on going. </p> <p>For the third year, Peoria Magazines has partnered with the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University to recognize and celebrate our region’s entrepreneurs, innovators, startups, businesses and the people who support them. The Turner Center is an amazing resource for the business community—and they have proved their worth throughout the pandemic. To date, their team has helped 362 companies with more than 2,700 hours of COVID-19 relief assistance, including navigating federal and state grant programs, unemployment for gig workers, and general financial assistance. As a result, its clients have reported more than $7.8 million in grant funding. </p> <p>Despite the prolonged pandemic, Turner Center director Jim Foley remains optimistic about the local business climate. “The interest in business startups is higher than we have ever seen across many industries,” he notes, also citing a number of significant initiatives, such as Distillery Labs, that are beginning to come together.</p> <p>Enhancing the e-commerce strategies of local businesses has been one focus for Turner Center staff. “Consumers don't want to go back to pre-Covid days and now expect all businesses to be fully digital. We can help make that happen at no cost,” Foley explains. “We are also finding many businesses not executing on the basics—such as having a website or not claiming their business on Google… So we are helping in those areas as well.”</p> <p>In addition to the <a href="/pm/2021/sep/small-business-big-impact">ten small businesses featured in this issue</a>, Foley mentions other success stories from the past year: “businesses with the courage to start or expand during Covid, such as Dac’s Smokehouse opening in East Peoria, or so many brand-new restaurants including The Fry Spot and wRap City… as well as existing businesses that learned how to adapt, such as M. Craig Counseling and the Book Nook.” Profiles of these success stories can be found at <em><a href="https://www.bradley.edu/turnercenter">bradley.edu/turnercenter</a></em>. <strong> </strong><em>—Jonathan Wright, Editor In Chief</em><br />  </p> <p> </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16808&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="LWtSwWqrdAYY3na5DLIqNqCiMNa8FZETDUjki58gNs0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16808/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 26 Aug 2021 16:28:37 +0000 amanwaring 16808 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/09/01/behind-scenes-september-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: September 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/sep <span>Peoria Magazine: September 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/26/2021 - 11:08</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16806/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 26 Aug 2021 16:08:25 +0000 amanwaring 16806 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com John Morris: 40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/08/09/john-morris-40-leaders-alumnus-year <span>John Morris: 40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/40%20Leaders%20Alumni%202021%20FB%20Cover.jpg" width="851" height="445" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/webadmin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">WebAdmin</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/09/2021 - 16:21</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="dropcap">As president and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, John Morris leads the museum’s professional staff and 4,000+ member community with a common purpose to inspire confidence, create a culture of lifelong learning, and unleash the full talent of every individual.</p> <p>His affable personality, charismatic leadership, and prodigious development skills have transformed the museum—and his hometown of Peoria—in remarkable ways. Under John’s leadership, the museum has vastly expanded its community partnerships, more than doubled its Visionary Society membership of major donors, surpassed its one millionth visitor experience, hosted the state's first comprehensive bicentennial museum exhibition, and more than quadrupled student visits through the Every Student Initiative.</p> <p>In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peoria Riverfront Museum ended its last fiscal year in the black with its strongest finish since its 2012 opening. During this extraordinarily challenging time, the museum launched the first-ever Virtual Peoria Riverfront Museum, initiated multiple new programs and partnerships, renovated all five of its exhibition spaces, upgraded the Dome Planetarium, and brought the international debut of “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator” to Peoria.</p> <p>John’s leadership in the community dates back to high school, when he was student body president at Richwoods and worked with former Peoria Mayor Jim Maloof to establish the “Mayor’s Younger Buddies” program. He served as an intern in Congress and at the White House, and went on to obtain multiple degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, before returning to make his mark on central Illinois.</p> <p>John was twice elected an at-large member of the Peoria City Council, served as mayor pro tem, and was director of development at Lakeview Museum and WTVP, transforming both organizations through his remarkable fundraising abilities. Immediately prior to his current role at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, he served for ten years as founding director of the Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka College.</p> <p>As Peoria’s biggest cheerleader, John’s love for community is second to none. His enthusiasm is contagious—and makes people want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. He was among the sophomore class of 40 Leaders Under Forty in 1995, and Peoria Magazines is pleased to honor him as the 2021 40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year!</p> <p>On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, Peoria Magazines will acknowledge John Morris and his many accomplishments at a virtual celebration streaming on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/peoriamagazines">Facebook Live</a> at 4:00pm CDT. Mark your calendars and join us to celebrate this remarkable community leader, friend, husband, father and colleague! <strong>PS</strong></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16805&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="pJYIn2Y9jI5HqzP-5xtca_3mXEEfXCeygycRiCfTAj8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16805/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Mon, 09 Aug 2021 21:21:31 +0000 WebAdmin 16805 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/08/09/john-morris-40-leaders-alumnus-year#comments