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Success is a marathon, not a sprint

RC Outfitter’s Adam White is that rare bird: A Downtown retailer RC Outfitters is a retail destination in Downtown Peoria. It hasn’t been easy for store owner Adam White to

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Webster family

‘My stomach leads the way’

The ch-ching of cheesecake sales in Chillicothe has the Websters chuckling all the way to their Germantown java shop. Looking for a hobby, Harreld Webster found a new career, along

Salt Cave

A breath of salty air

Pioneer Parkway in Peoria is not where you might expect to find a calming oasis or a centuries-old healing practice. Yet that’s what visitors discover at Peoria Himalayan Salt Cave.

Katie VandenBerg

The Art of Going With the Flow

From selling coffee to divorce coaching, Katie VandenBerg says curiosity is key to a successful business 

A man in a comic store holding action figures

Peoria’s comic book king adjusts with the times

As an independent operator, Bob Gordon has learned an important business lesson: “The chains always catch up to you.” But in fact there was always competition, even before the major

Owner Jimmy Spears

Iconic Irish Bar Reaches its Ruby Anniversary

Who goes to Jimmy’s Bar? Owner Jimmy Spears could drop name after name from the legion of celebrities who have dropped by. He also could brag about international attention sparked

This third generation of sisters hopes to carry on the retail legacy.

A Sentimental Journey

Three generations of sisters have run the store of the same name on Washington’s historic Square