I wish I could go to all of the local businesses I listed last Sunday, but I have to work on Small Business Saturday and I’ve only got a few hours before I have to report for duty. So let’s see how much Small Business shopping and activity we can squeeze in before I have to go to work.
First stop, Acme Comics, a must stop for your fun holiday needs. They have it all here from collectible toys, to records and CD's, books, comics and just about anything fun you can imagine.
This time of year the store is extra-well stocked as you can see.
I'm always drawn to the magazine rack in here. It's stocked with vintage titles like...
1970 holiday edition of Mad magazine. I'm definitely getting this!
And here's Acme owner and MBIP Contributor and pal, Bob Gordon with another holiday issue of Mad, this one from 1965! Okay, we're off to a Maddening start on this Small Business Saturday!
Next stop, Moxie's ReSale Boutique. I need to get this years ugly Christmas sweater for this year's party and Mollee always has a nice selection of those in her unique store.
What a festive window display! Very impressive!
There's Santa rocking his Moxie!
Here's two pretty ladies behind the counter: Owner Mollee and Becky are busy ringing up items, but took time to pose for the MBIP camera! Great to see both of them!
This is a rack of ugly Christmas sweaters. I need to pick one out for the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Amvets this year.
I've had people ask me where to get the P-Town White Trash t-shirts and these are the last two in town! Stop by and scoop them up while you can!
There's not only great deals in here this holiday season, there's also mini cupcakes from The Chef and The Baker, these are so tasty and delicious!
Here we are at Younger Than Yesterday and this is definitely going to be a highlight of today's Small Business Tour...
As you can see from the poster on the door, there's a weekend rock show with bands playing all weekend. Today, a local favorite of MBIP, The Black Roses are scheduled to play a set in about twenty minutes, so let's go inside and check out the action!
I love the Little Golden Records that dangle from the ceiling in here!
MBIP pals and local musicians, Mike Nellas and Matt Warren were hanging out over here by the counter. Great to see both of them!
And here's the man himself, the owner of Younger Than Yesterday, Craig Moore. I applaud Craig for putting on live shows in his store from time to time. It's events like this that add flavor to this town and you should come out and support it when it happens. There's three more shows today: Heavy Shake will be playing at noon, Orange Rooftops are on at 2PM and there's a super-secret-surprise show at 4PM that you do not want to miss! Check out the details here!
I went with Steve Tarter's PJ Star suggestion and got the Los Straitjackets album.
And it looks like it's just about showtime as The Black Roses are setting up on the Younger Than Yesterday stage in the back of the shop.
The lights are turned down and Craig introduces the band as they're bathed in magenta lighting.
And they're off and rocking! The Black Roses are a great live band and we last saw them in here on Record Store Day last April.
Looks like I'm not the only one taking photos in here!
Black Roses merch!
A great show by The Black Roses and don't forget, there's more live music happening at Younger Than Yesterday all day today with a surprise show at 4PM!
Okay, it's getting close to the time I have to get to work, but I definitely wanted to squeeze in a stop at Urban Artifacts.
I could spend hours roaming around in here looking at all the cool items and one-of-a-kind trinkets on display in here...check out the Hamm's Bear up near the ceiling!
Check these out, Rulers of Music, History and Art! Very cool!
Okay, I have to get the I Heart K Mart button for the irony of this being sold on Small Business Saturday!
Here's a rack of books devoted to Peoria. And speaking of books about Peoria...
Local author Ken Zurski was selling and signing copies of his new book, Peoria Stories at Urban Artifacts.
I made sure to wear my special black Peoria Stories t-shirt that Ken gave me when we had lunch the other week with Thomas Bruch at Jim's Steakhouse. That's a mini Zurski to the right!
Okay, the clock is ticking and I don't have much time, but I thought we'd check in at The Costume Trunk and see of Steve Spain has finally gotten in some more plastic chickens to add to my collection.
Ha! Looks like Ken Zurski has stopped by already!
This is one of the most unique stores in the city of Peoria. Walking in here is like walking into a fun house.
Everything you need for your Santa outfit can be found here at The Costume Trunk!
There's Costume Trunk owner, Steve Spain behind the counter. And now for the moment of truth...is there plastic chickens in the shop?
Sadly the corner is void of all things plastic and chicken-like.
So I got a pair of devil horns instead. It'll go well with my ugly Christmas sweater. Okay, I have to get to work now, don't forget to shop small and local this holiday season! We'll see you all tomorrow!
Related posts: Small Business Saturday—November 29, 2014, The Twelve Shops Of Christmas (Part One) and The Twelve Shops Of Christmas, Part Two! (Complete With An Exclamation Mark To Note The Excitedness Of It All!)