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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,…

The Healthy Hive is all the buzz

A Peoria businesswoman knows all about expanding her work through social media, and she’s hoping it’ll help change the way people look at nutrition. Amanda Deavila is the founder of The Healthy Hive in Peoria. It’s currently a mobile business, specializing in nutrition-packed shakes and…

The power of Kuk Sool Won

Kuk Sool is a form of Korean martial arts that combines over 3,600 different techniques, 4,000 years of Korean history and “the psychological edge of calm and self-assured attitude.” Located on Big Hollow Road, Kuk Sool Won of Peoria is one of over 900 member…

The place for bikes and hikes

Warm weather is on the way, and so is the time to take advantage of the great outdoors. Bushwacker, a privately owned generalist outdoor specialty shop, might have what you need to get out there.  Rich Pestien has owned the business for 43 years. He…

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