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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…

A little slice of Mexico

Panaderia Ortiz Bakery offers a slice of traditional Mexican cuisine with a menu that includes more than just baked goods. The family-run bakery offers a variety of dishes that can satisfy the cravings of any indecisive customer.            The bakery’s menu spans far beyond popular Mexican…

A fresh new T-shirt company

Two men with a passion for establishing a different type of T-shirt company is helping those in need as well as those in style. Unique Tees is owned and operated by A. H. Elijah and Adam Little. “We both came together in June of this…

AoFI creates sanctuary for music lovers

The Academy of Fretted Instruments (AoFI) is in Northwoods Mall, is tucked away in the corner by Sears’. The front and side of the long space are more window than wall, allowing any passerby a leisurely look at piles of instrument cases and sheet music,…

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