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Local bookstore turns heads and pages

With winter weather around the corner, there’s no better way to fight the cold than curling up in a warm blanket in front of the fireplace (or space heater). While some people prefer to spend this time watching cheesy Hallmark movies, relaxing with a good…

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…

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