Looking for a unique, local store who sells one of a kind items is something we love to find. Drive into Washington in The Square and look for the teal door which leads you to The Goldenfinch Boutique.
When you walk in, you are taken to another dimension of plants, home decor, jewelry, stationery, soaps, perfumes….so much more. You are greeted with a happy vibe from minute you open the door. If you are in the market for sprucing up your decor, finding something for a friend (or yourself), or ready to start a love of plants – please stop by and walk in. You will be glad you did!
When someone moves to Peoria, they are introduced to the community and all it has to offer. A nice surprise to some, is the culture, growth, and support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our company founder, Jim Maloof, was friends with Danny Thomas (who founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis). Jim made it his life’s passion to do what he could to make St. Jude synonymous with Peoria.
There are countless fundraising events that bring in millions of dollars for the hospital. One that holds a special place in my heart is the St. Jude Runs. The first year in 1981 was a few people who ran from Memphis to Peoria. Crazy, right? As it grew, more runs were born, making it a huge fundraising event for this cause. I have participated in it since 2003. Our daughter was 6 months old and healthy. What a better way to help these kids and their families? We fundraise year round to do our part. Our daughters have become very active in fundraising for St. Jude, too!
It’s amazing to see the growth and support of this event. It’s the 40th year of something that started with one crazy idea.
If you are like me, you will wait in line at the store that offers what you want…even 5-10 people deep. I had to grab a few stocking stuffers this afternoon and decided to go back to Relics. Yes. I have been there three times since Thanksgiving as it’s the only store in town like it. It’s quirky, different, unique, fun, and LOCAL. The space is small however it’s packed with the best items. One could spend a long period of time in there….as I walked out, the line had grown even longer. Customers were 6 feet apart, sharing conversation and asking each other what they were trying to find. It’s local stores like this that really bring out the best in our community.
The East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI) has been a holiday staple in this area since 1984. You can see the glow of lights as you drive towards the gate. Travel east across the Murray Baker Bridge and you see the beauty of the larger than life “candle” from a distance.
Open in the evenings in December, it is a treat for all who visit.
(TUNE IN WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH AT 7PM AS IT IS FEATURED ON THE GREAT LIGHT FIGHT ON ABC!)
For a little over a year or so, these almost, life size metal animals – pieces of art, greet you on major thoroughfares throughout Greater Peoria. They have a way of bringing a smile to your face as you drive by. You stand back in awe, if walking by, at the intricate way artist Monte de Gallo has brought this amazing artwork to life.
Currently they are in front of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church off War Memorial and Kellar Grade School off Knoxville. Check it out!
One of the coolest, best kept secrets is the Sculpture Walk in Downtown Peoria by Arts Partners.
We have such a fabulous, talented group of local artists in our community! For a few blocks, you have different artists who have given their talent in a permanent spot explaining their piece. They have scheduled tours with a guide or you can do your own.
Did you know that Peoria is home to one of the nicest baseball stadiums to a minor league team – The Peoria Chiefs! A St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, this amazing stadium is quite the sight to see! Our Peoria Rivermen Hockey team’s home is at the Peoria Civic Center. We have incredible travel youth soccer leagues, baseball and softball teams, which are housed all over the tri-county area.
Peoria has so much to offer. Places to eat, shop, stay, enjoy……
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a fantastic resource for what you are looking for!!!
Bradley University has one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever visited. Maybe I’m a little biased as it was why I came to Peoria…The history of this school and surroundings has such importance. it is shared by this staff and students, the alumni, and of course, the community. Home to the Bradley Braves, amazing musical and art talent, state of the art engineering, communications, and business schools….take a tour when you visit!