One thing I really try to promote on this blog is shopping at local stores. Yeah, things might be cheaper at Wal-Mart, but the thing about Wal-Mart is that the place really sucks ass in a big kind of smelly, big-box, corporate chain store kind of way. I’ve been to some great local shops and stores in the last year while doing this blog and I thought I’d highlight a dozen of them that you should add to your local shopping list instead of going to big fucking shitty chain stores.
This is going to be a two-part blog, and so hang on to your socks, because here’s the first part!
Location: 2218 W. Glen Avenue—Peoria.
Phone Number: 309-691-9816.
Here's owner Bob Gordon with a couple of Christmas gift suggestions. Well, I wanted something a little more in the Christmas spirit...
What me worry...
Location: 3827 Sheridan Road—Peoria.
Phone Number: 309-713-2887.
I had no idea there was a market for ugly Christmas sweaters, but Mollee told me these are a big selling item this time of year...
So what the hell, I decided to join the party!
Location: 233 5th Street—Lacon, Illinois.
Phone Number: 309-246-2262.
Is that an elf behind the counter?
It's store owner, Julie, decked out in her holiday elf costume. She has others, so you should definitely stop by here at all holidays to check them out. Now to find the perfect gift at Julie's Corner Store...
Location: 2615 N University Street—Peoria.
Phone Number: 309-682-1116.
There's Younger Than Yesterday's owner, Craig Moore standing by...
The Christmas section of albums...well, isn't that handy!
Location: 305 SW Water Street—Peoria.
Phone Number: 309-673-5659.
It's certainly festive in here with the Christmas wreath and lights!
And here's the owner of Fiber Universe, Erin, posing with the shop kitty cat who's reluctantly wearing the MBIP Santa hat.
I got some festive red yarn in here, just in case the MBIP Santa hat starts to unravel.
Location: 4534 N. Prospect Road—Peoria Heights.
Phone Number: 309-682-3530.
Here's co-owner of the store, Tim Hennessey showing off some gift certificates you can buy if you don't want your Emack & Bolio's present to melt before the holiday.
Nothing says, "Christmas" like fine candy and there's plenty to be had in here...