A Peoria native, Steve Spain owns The Costume Trunk on Main Street, where he has provided the area’s finest theatrical, masquerade and specialty costumes for more than three decades. An ISU graduate with a sociology degree and a theater minor, he was a projectionist and manager for Kerasotes Theatres prior to opening a small magic and novelty shop with then-partner Kevin Carter in the old Rialto Theater building in downtown Peoria.
When the Rialto was razed in the late ‘70s to make way for the Civic Center, the shop moved to the Varsity Theater, in what is now Campustown, and in 1981, it moved to its present location and became The Costume Trunk. Spain’s wife, Jeanine, is vice president of patient services at UnityPoint Health – Methodist, and the couple has two children: Ryan, a Peoria city councilman and director of government relations at OSF HealthCare, and Stephanie, a graduate teaching assistant at Ball State.
- Words to live by: The best things in life aren’t things.
- Favorite vacation spot: Maui is beautiful, but I always have fun at Disney World.
- Favorite film: Cool Hand Luke.
- What is your biggest pet peeve? People who litter.
- What talent would you most like to have? I really wish that I could sing. And if you’ve ever heard me sing—you’d wish that too!
- What was your first car? 1964 MG 1100.
- What’s one of the worst tasting things you’ve ever eaten? When in Scotland, years ago, I tried the haggis. Can’t recommend it.
- Favorite sport to watch? Baseball. I know it’s old-school, but so am I. You never know how long it will last. There are very exciting moments surrounded by longer periods of time when nothing too exciting happens. It’s a lot like life itself.
- Favorite treat? Anything from Trefzger’s will do.
- What’s your idea of perfect happiness? A nice meal with my entire family. Trout fishing with my dad at Lake Taneycomo. a&s