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Mom & Pop Shop Hop Pushes Local Spending

Holiday spending kept local
PEORIA - Holiday wish lists, Black Friday shopping and Cyber Monday deals are all close on the horizon, but a team of stores in Central Illinois that are also fighting for your business at the Mom & Pop Shop Hop.

Kelly Crusen co-owns the boutique, Pink Sugar.

"We're women’s specialty clothing and accessory store," she said.

Crusen promises shopping at her business means extra special service.

"We hand pick all of our clothing here, me and my partner buy for the store so you know who's picking it out for you."

Pink Sugar is part of the push the momentum to get people to buy local during Mom & Pop Shop Hop weekend. The event's a reminder for customers to visit home grown stores for their holiday shopping.

"We are the ones who give back to the community and support and I think it's what makes Peoria such a special town because we have so many great local businesses," Crusen said.

"I think it's important to shop the little guys like we are," said Monica Tripp who owns the Emerald Tea Room in East Peoria.

She hopes her product is a match for the big competition of chain restaurants and online steals. Tripp said the draw is getting away from the main stream

"We have a great shop next door the Rustic Junktion and we work together," she said.

Valerie Brandon couldn’t agree more and said her store offers a little bit of everything.

"Home decor, gifts, we have a lot of unique jewelry."

The Rustic Junktion is also participating in the Shop Hop.

"Every town has the same big box stores, but our local small businesses, restaurants give each one their own personality and flair," she said.

Many of these businesses will have door prizes and refreshments. The shop hop starts Friday and goes through Saturday. Each business will have its front windows decked out with holiday cheer. Shoppers can come out and vote on their favorite display.

The following visitors are participating:
 
·  Relics 1219 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, iL hours Fri- 10-6 & Sat 10-6
·  Main Statement 610 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL hours fri 10-7 & Sat 10-7
·  Moxies 3827 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, Fri 10-6 - Sat 10-4
·  Rustic Junktion 127 East Washington, East Peoria, Fri 10-5 & Sun 10-5
·  Emerald Tea Room 132 McKinley Street, East Peoria
·  The Bricks 210 W. McClure Ave, Peoria Fri 10-6 & Sat 10-6
·  Lost & Found 1307 E. Duryea Ave, Peoria Heights Fri noon-5 & Sat 11-4
·  Five Daughters & Five Golden Rings Antiques, Sunnyland Plaza Route 8, Sunnyland/Washington Sat & Sun 10-4
·  Objects, 116 South Main Street, Eureka, IL Fri- 10-5 & Sat 9-3
·  Pink Sugar 4921 N. Sheridan, Peoria Fri 10-6 & Sat 10- 5
·  Random 1103 West Main Street, Peoria Fri 10-6 & Sat 10-6
·  Picket Fence Floral & Gift, 310 North 4th Street, Chillicothe, Sat 9-6 & Sun 9-4
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