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Rate my plate: Jerk Hut in Campustown

Despite the pandemic, businesses are opening up in Peoria, including Jerk Hut in Campustown. While students aren’t advised to sit down and dine at restaurants just yet due to the university’s restrictions, they can order through DoorDash from the Caribbean-style spot. The menu includes curry,…

New national chain feels local

The Original Pancake House provides specialty pancakes with hometown service. Located at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, it has been open for roughly three months. The Original Pancake House is a national chain but every location has slight differences in their menu. At the Peoria…

The authority behind Darling Authority

Though Natalie Konopka is still a student, she wanted to launch her business right away. The idea of Darling Authority (DA) came about during a road trip, when Konopka’s friend mentioned someone else she knew that had started a boutique. Konopka’s goal is to offer…

Peoria’s local meat-ery

A local company has been providing Peoria with meats for over 60 years. Alwan and Sons has been open since 1957 and the family business is still going strong today. Michelle Alwan, human resource manager, explained that the store’s origin began when her father immigrated…

Studios styled to you

The atmosphere inside Styles Studios Fitness is sleek yet comfortable. The main floorspace is all glass and mirrors, with dark hardwood floors protected from the neat rows of exercise equipment by thin black mats. A tour around the building, located at 4100 W. Willow Knolls…

A boutique on the plus side

Curvology: the study of plus-sized women’s attire. “I felt defeated and unwanted and unloved and unnecessary,” said creator and owner of Curvology, Beth Fischer. This is what Fischer experienced after walking into boutiques and seeing no representation for plus- sized women. After about six months…

A pleasant time at Pleasant Hill

Though the nooks and crannies of the Pleasant Hill Antique Mall are packed with fascinating objects, owners Bob and Betty Johnson both agree that the most interesting thing in the place is a Johnson Log Cabin Coffee Bin from 1912. “They had a great name,…

An imaginative escape in Peoria

When you walk into Escapetown Peoria, you get a strange feeling of hospitality mixed with confusion. The owners, Michael and Kyli Whittle, invite customers with open arms and take them to one of three escape rooms. The one-hour challenge will leave them in a race…

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