Peoria Code Enforcement delivers thanks to area small businesses

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PEORIA, Ill. — A week-long appreciation of community members and businesses in the River City is coming to a close.

This is a week for neighbors to reach out to each other and for the city to thank those who help make neighborhoods a great place to live. Friday, the efforts honed in on small local businesses.

“We just wanted to say thank you,” said Kaylee Drea, Neighborhood Enhancement Coordinator for the City of Peoria. “We know it’s hard work out here.”

The City of Peoria Community Development Department is taking to the streets to recognize those who continuously go above and beyond in the River City.

Neighborhood Enhancement Coordinator, Kaylee Drea and Development Tech Jared Vinson give thanks on behalf of the city to co-owner of Urban Artifacts, Jon Walker.

“For me, I enjoy bringing smiles,” said Jared Vinson, Development Tech for City of Peoria. “A lot of times, the City of Peoria does a lot of things as far as code enforcement and things like that so we aren’t all about giving tickets today.”

First stop on the list Friday was to Urban Artifacts at 925 N Sheridan Rd.

“It makes me feel good that they’re recognizing business and property owners and neighbors are trying to improve their neighborhoods,” said Jon Walker, Co-owner of Urban Artifacts. “I think it’s a fantastic thing.”

Next stop, Sweet Cakes by Rachael at 1233 W Brons Ave.

“The little ones employee more of the local people and keep them longer,” said Rachael Parker, Owner, Sweet Cakes by Rachael. “I think it’s really important.”

Code Enforcement made 38 stops across Peoria giving these businesses hand written notes of thanks along with window clings that demonstrate the city’s gratitude.

“We know it’s hard out there for [businesses] so we just want to say thank you,” said Drea. “We appreciate all the work and all of the value that you add to our community.”

The City Of Peoria Community Development Department will be appreciating community art at 8 a.m. July 13 at the Riverfront Market, located at 212 Southwest Water Street, Peoria.

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