2009 saw the opening of many independent businesses in central Illinois, yet as the year draws to a close my thoughts always turn to those we lost.
The list includes:
Feldan's Pizza, Pasta & More
Maria's Tea Room (Peoria Heights location)
Pleasant Hill Antique Mall Tea Room
Monroe Restaurant and Bar
Kep's Place (closed due to fire)
Jammer's Chicago Style Classics
Mikey's Pizza & Subs
Angie's Creve Coeur Family Restaurant
The Fair Store
Ducky's Formal Wear
Eamon Patrick's Public House
The Hub (closed due to fire)
Tilley's at the River Station
Downer's Furniture Outlet
Christian Bros. Western Store
I'm sure I missed a few. If you know of some, please let me know.
Here's to a great new year supporting locally-owned businesses!