This week we’re spotlighting a storefront that’s a legendary spot in Peoria: George’s Shoeshine and Hatter’s World Headquarters. George Manias has been shining shoes and blocking hats for over 70 years in downtown Peoria. He’s a life-long Peorian who’s parents came here from Greece. His storefront has lots of interesting photos and artifacts and we’ll take a look at it right now.
George’s Shoeshine & Hatter’s World Headquarters Storefront
George’s Shoeshine shop is located in the Central Building on the corner of Main Street and Adams.
The Left Window
A banner hangs at the top of the left window congratulating George for his years of service in downtown Peoria.
There’s a hula woman, personal photos, a sheriff’s proclamation, newspaper articles and lots of memories of George’s business, which is one of the oldest in downtown Peoria.
The Right Window
There’s lots more to see in this window.
It’s fun to see the collected memories in these windows and I love the neon “shine” sign.
It’s now 72 years, congratulations, George and thanks for your service for all of these years! If you haven’t experienced a George’s shoeshine, you should stop by and help keep George shining on in downtown Peoria!
George’s Shoeshine and Hatters World Headquarters
101 NE Adams St.
The Hennessey family and Peoria suffered a tragic loss this week with the death of Eddie Hennessey. Eddie was the son of Phil and Dede, a brother to Shannon and Annie, he was the husband to Karina and the father of Edie and Theo. Eddie was a great person and a friend to many in Peoria who are saddened by his death.
There’s a fundraiser to help Eddie’s wife, Karina and their two children and you can help out by clicking here and donating any amount that you can afford. This was an unexpected and sudden loss and any help would be greatly appreciated. Much love to the Hennessey family and to Karina, Edie and Theo in these trying times.