With March being Women’s History Month and International Women’s day just passing on March 8th, we wanted to show our appreciation for Women and celebrate the progress and accomplishments that Women have made. We decided to highlight some Women-Owned Businesses in the Peoria area. Support your local Women business owners and check these places out!

Sweet Cakes by Rachael- Rachael Parker

In business for 18-years, Sweet Cakes by Rachael is owned by Rachael Parker and began with just an oven, a folding table and a mixer. Rachael is also the only baker and is known for her delicious cupcakes and beautiful custom cakes. She has no set menu and is open to trying new ideas, but make sure you pre-order your treats!

Looking 4 Treasures- Dawn Childers

Looking 4 Treasures is a thrift and consignment store located in Chillicothe. Owned by Dawn Childers, Looking 4 Treasures offers quality used furniture, small appliances, a big selection of used books, tools, sports items, collectibles, primitives, pottery, pictures, and glassware. Check them out before you start your next DIY project, they might have exactly what you’re looking for!

Mo Tru Travels- Arien “Mo” Wallace

Thinking of planning a trip soon? Mo Tru Travels, owned by Arien “Mo” Wallace specializes in planning and providing affordable family travel packages both domestically and internationally. Mo is a Bradley University alumna with a passion for traveling and learning about different cultures at a low price.

Dream Illustrations- Kay Davis

Owned by Kay Davis, Dream Illustrations in Chillicothe is a tattoo, body piercing, and permanent cosmetics shop. They have been around since 1983 and can custom draw any tattoo design you may want. Send them a message and they can get you set up with a price and quote for all your tattoo ideas!

Relaxed and Refreshed- Virginia Clark

Your body will thank you after receiving massage therapy from Relaxed and Refreshed! Owned by Virginia Clark, Relaxed and Refreshed specializes in massage therapy to relieve the body, mind, and spirit. Virginia also provides basic facials and pedicures for when you want to treat yourself and does many types of events including one-on-one sessions and parties. 

World on Wheels- Lynnette Lee

Learn how to glide along on a Segway with World on Wheels! Owned by Lynnette Lee, World on Wheels is the only Segway tour and Quadricycle bike rental experience in Peoria. They’re great for individual riding or corporate events and are open March thru November. Gliding with World on Wheels is as fun as it gets!

Lela’s Resale- Lela Schaff

Lela’s Resale Shoppe #2, located in Chillicothe and owned by Lela Schaff, is the sister to Lela's Resale Shoppe #1 in Lacon, IL. Lela’s is a consignment and thrift store that sells new and used merchandise, furniture, and more! You never know what you might find!

Unique Tees Inc- Shundra Parker

Unique Tees, owned by Shundra Parker, specializes in custom embroidery and screen printing. Located in Campustown next to Bradley University in Peoria, Unique Tees is the perfect place for all of your custom T-shirt needs! 

Ron’s Carpets- Carol Hayse

Ron’s carpets can help you with all of your flooring needs! Owned by Carol Hayse, Ron’s carpets in Peoria offers a variety of flooring options including carpet, vinyl, and wood. With great prices, friendly staff, and top-notch installers, you can get the flooring you want in an easy and timely manner.

A Perfect Pear Boutique- Libby Kotsuza

Owned by Libby Ktsuza, A Perfect Pear Boutique is an upscale shopping boutique located in Peoria Heights. This boutique, with new arrivals daily, will help you create exclusive looks from the most fashionable labels and designers. With a variety of brands, shoes, and accessories, all ages are sure to find something they love! 

Starfish Cottage and Friends-Denise Koch

Located in Chillicothe and owned by Denise Koch, Starfish Cottage and Friends is a great stop to make when looking for home additions. Starfish Cottage and Friends specializes in beautiful upcycled furniture and home decor. They bring beauty back to unwanted pieces, and also sell paint, accessories for DIYs, handmade soaps, bath bombs, candles, and jewelry.

Art at the Bodega-Tricia Yocum

Let your inner artist bloom! Art at the Bodega, owned by Tricia Yocum is a studio where everyone can create a masterpiece. They offer parties, classes, private events, and walk-in DIYs. They also have New To-go kits and subscription boxes. Get creative and try out a class or create on your own!

Blown Away Balloons- Shatiya Alexander

What’s an event without balloons? Blown Away Balloons, owned by Shatiya Alexander, should be your go-to business when you need event decoration for birthdays, graduations, weddings, and more. Shaitiya specializes in designing and coordinating balloons for events and also provides drop-off and pick-up services. 

FaireCoffee-Emily Hartter

Who doesn’t love a good coffee shop? FaireCoffee has two locations in the Shoppes of Grand Prairie and in Washington and is owned by Emily Hartter. FaireCoffee spreads joy through coffee one cup at a time. They offer mobile and curbside ordering and feature many unique flavor combinations including brown sugar cinnamon and lavender peppermint. Consider stopping by when you need your next caffeine fix!

Emily Hartter of Washington opened Faire Coffee in 2018 and now runs two stores, one at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie and a new one in the former Denhart Baking Co. & Restaurant on the square in Washington.

Rileys Vegan Sweets and Eats- Riley Greenwood

Riley’s Vegan Sweets and Eats, open since 2017 is Peoria’s first 100% vegan bakery owned by Riley Greenwood. They have many dietary options including vegan, soy-free, nut-free, and more. Riley also offers family-sized meals as well as traditional treats like cupcakes and cookies. You can also preorder custom treats or mouth-watering and decorative vegan cakes!

Five Senses Spa and Salon-Paola Hinton

Treat yourself to some relaxation at Five Senses Spa and Salon. Owned by Paola Hinton, Five Senses Spa and Salon is proud to be named as one of Salon Today’s Top 200 Spa and Salons in North America. They have a barbershop, salon stations, mani/Pedi stations and spa rooms. Give yourself a break and make a visit to Five Senses Spa and Salon!

Happy Thoughts Coffee- Sarah Williamson

Looking for coffee and a meal? Happy Thoughts Coffee in Chillicothe is another delicious coffee shop owned by Sarah Williamson that has been serving the community with tasty coffee and cafe items for almost 22 years! Happy Thoughts serves delicious beverages as well as baked goods, breakfast, and lunch items. 

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Bear’s Bites-Samantha Hutchison

Treat your furry friends to some treats from Bear’s Bites! Owned by Samantha Hutchison, Bear’s Bites offers many options of locally produced and packaged dog and cat treats, bites, and more. They are 100% natural with no grain, additives, or preservatives. They also offer monthly bite boxes if you’d like your best friend to try out a few of their products! Your furry friends will thank you!

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Castaways Bar and Grill- Amanda Oedewaldt

Owned by Amanda Oedewaldt and located in Chillicothe, Castaways Bar and Grill is the perfect place to go for top-quality meals at a reasonable price in an upbeat and fun atmosphere. Try out their delicious and fresh homemade meals including gourmet burgers, pub sandwiches, and fresh salads. Castaways gourmet flavors will keep you coming back for more!

Up Beet Jams, Inc-Jam Rohr

Up Beet Jams, owned by Jam Rohr, is a vegan and gluten-free meal prep service for the Peoria and Bloomington area where each week of meals also comes with a weekly music recommendation. The owner has mastered various cooking techniques to prepare unique and ever-changing vegan meals. She has also done extensive research to learn the specific benefits of a whole food plant-based diet. She offers delicious single meals, family-sized meals, and add ons. Try one today!

…..and the list goes on! Next time you head out for some coffee, shopping, or errands, think about supporting a Women-owned business from the area. You won’t regret visiting any of these fantastic businesses!