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What’s to do in Waterloo?

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, Shop Local, Shopping

Waterloo is full of small town charm. With great shopping, restaurants, and events held throughout the year, Waterloo makes the perfect overnight trip! (more…)

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A Weekend in Litchfield & Hillsboro

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Attractions, History, Museums, New Counties, Nostalgia, Outdoors, Recreation, Rt. 66, Shop Local, Shopping, Uncategorized, Wineries

Looking for a great weekend trip? Litchfield and Hillsboro are great places for a girls getaway, couples retreat, or a family gathering. Both are located in Montgomery County with Litchfield being a stop on the famous Route 66. With plenty of history, as well as things to do, these Illinois cities  make the perfect weekend getaway! (more…)

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Last Minute Shopping in ILLINOISouth

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Holidays, Shop Local, Shopping

Holiday Shopping

The season of giving is in full swing and if you still haven’t been able to find that perfect gift, let us help! ILLINOISouth has great shopping all though out our 22 counties. Check out some of the great places to pick up a great gift for someone special (and maybe something for yourself as well!)

Western Counties

St. Clair Square Mall
Fairview Heights
St. Clair Square is home to many national stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath and Body Works, Build-A-Bear, and Champs to name a few. They also have a food court to grab a bite to eat in between shopping.

Spinach Can Collectables in Chester

Hero’s Hideout in Granite City

Basket Case Boutique in Lebanon

Central Counties

The Crescent Moon
Carlyle
The Crescent Moon is 4,000 square feet of useful things! This shop offers high quality furniture, home décor, gifts, and seasonal items.

Byrd’s Nest Gift Shop in Centralia

Floral and Flair in Du Quoin

Eastern Counties

Rhoda’s Doll and Toy Emporium
Carmi
A shop full of dolls and toys, Rhoda’s Doll and Toy Emporium is known for their unique selection of doll clothes.

The Willow Tree in Fairfield

The Potter’s Shed in Louisville

 

If you are looking for a one of a kind keepsake from our counties check out the Holiday issue of our Tourism Times to see how we celebrate the season.

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Belleville Christkindlmarkt

Alex Matthews
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Events, Holiday Guide, Holidays, Shop Local, Shopping, Tourism Times, What's Happening

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An Assortment Of Goods From Around The World

ChristkindlmarktLogo Be sure to visit the second annual, authentic German Christmas Market held in the Public Square, downtown Belleville. Modeled after the German open-air markets, CHRISTKINDLMARKT (Christ Child Market) features merchants from Europe and across the Country, selling their items. Gifts, food, drinks and local/ regional specialties will be sold in individual wooden booths/chalets in a festive environment.

Live Reindeer

Live Reindeer

Children can enjoy free Trolley rides, Gingerbread creations and of course Santa! Live Reindeer will appear on Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, December 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For adults, beer and gluhwein (hot spiced wine sold in souvenir mugs) will be served along with authentic German food.  A heated tent will be set up for eating and drinking–with entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Markt is open daily through December 23 and admission is FREE!
Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.,   Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Click Here or call 800-677-9255 to learn more.

 

Entertainment

Entertainment

This information originally appeared in the Holiday Tourism Times Seasonal Guide. Click here and sign up to receive three issues every year at no cost!

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Antiques – Bringing Way Back When to Here and Now

Illinois South Admin
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Antiques, Attractions, Fall, Shopping, Tourism Times

antiques twitter bannerPeople who love to trade in antiques are a very special breed. They live for the “find,” like the couple who buy the rickety old wooden chair at a garage sale for 15 bucks—then, before driving off to the next poor soul’s house, can’t resist telling the clueless sellers that it’s antebellum.

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Fabulous Finds by Jerri Allen, Olney

Few are that snarky, of course. They’re a community not unlike the experts on Pickers or Pawn Stars. They see through the rust, grime and flaking paint to see what’s beneath. They recognize character. And, value.

Plenty of antiquers buy and sell in ILLINOISouth, the 20-county corridor that stretches from St. Louis east to the Indiana border like a belt that holds up a paunch facing west.

Some are big, some are small, some are malls. Some trade in true antiques… that is, items that have been around a century or more… some in “collectibles.” Most have a little of some, a little of the other. For many, antique just means that they don’t make ’em like they used to, or you had something similar at home growing up, or you collect fine French china. (And don’t mind the little “flea bite” on that glazed white pitcher from around 1920. Turn the chipped side to the wall and nobody will notice.)

Some collectors love to display well-used farm implements, inside and out. There’s plenty of that around here, from Fairview Heights to Olney.

One thing to remember: Wherever it is, no antique store is ever the same place twice! So come early, come often.

  St. Clair Antique Mall, Fairview Heights:  618-628-1650

One of the region’s several antique malls is only 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Two hundred dealers offer a dizzying array of goodies, so make a day of it. If there was a specialty here, it would be primitives, crock ware, glassware and furniture. Just across I-64 is one of the region’s major retail malls and dozens of big-box stores, where you can take a break to shop for some new stuff.

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Windows Off Broadway, Highland

Windows on Broadway, Highland: 618-651-4401

There are nearly 100 windows on this building, thus the name. Want some old magazines or 45 RPM singles? Check. A butter churn or bowling pins? You got it. But the 2,100-square-foot atrium graced by all those windows? Probably not. It’s more than an antique store; it’s a destination for intimate special events with a kitchen and bar.

The Antique Mall of Perry County, Nashville: 618-336-5300

Seventy-plus vendors have it all, from quality antiques to vintage collectibles…
all on one floor, in 12,000 square feet of space.

Vintage Collections Antique Mall, Mt. Carmel:  618-262-2513

Some collectors want things that are vintage or “retro,” regardless of whether they’re truly antique. You’ll find those here, too. Various genres are available, from primitives to costume jewelry. Dealers are always welcome.

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Vintage Collections Antique Mall, Mt. Carmel

Prairie Albion Antique Mall, Albion:  618-302-2146

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Prairie Albion Antique Mall, Albion

Are you a “repurposer”? This place is chock full of stuff you’ll want to work with. There are stoneware crocks, primitives and pottery, and blue “canning” jars. Or, select one-of-a-kind decorations for a banquet or country wedding!

Fabulous Finds by Jerri Allen, Olney:  618-919-0532

This unique emporium offers French Country, shabby chic, primitives, upcycled and repurposed treasures. You crazy kids might even find items that you could fashion into “steampunk”… simply from picking through what other shoppers passed off as “just junk”… here or at any other of stores we featured.

Click Here for more Antique Shops and other unique shopping throughout Illinois South!


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April is all About the Arts in ILLINOISouth

Alex Matthews
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Art, Attractions, Events, Shopping, What's Happening

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
– Picasso

This April is all about the arts in ILLINOISouth.

See works from up-and-coming creators ranging from kindergarten to college at a student art exhibition. Take a raincheck on the latest blockbuster at the multiplex and catch live performances of classics like The Sting or Into The Woods. From gallery exhibitions and quilt shows to theatrical performances and concerts there is something for every palate.

We never cease to be amazed at the immense talent throughout our region – get out this month and see why!

Schmidt High School Show Winners

Schmidt Art Center High School Show Winners

High School Student Art Show & Life Experienced Senior Art Exhibition
Now – April 6
Schmidt Art Center at SWIC, Belleville

Fayette County Schools Art Show
April 2 – April 7
304 W. Main St., Vandalia

Clinton County Showcase Presents: The Sting
April 10 – April 19
Avon Theater, Breese

Perscription: Murder Presented by MASC
April 10 – 19
Capitol Theatre, Waterloo

Funky Butt Brass Band

Funky Butt Brass Band

Funky Butt Brass Band
April 12
St. Paul’s UCC, Belleville

The Blues Brothers Revue
April 12
Kaksaskia College Jane Knight Auditorium, Centralia

St. Louis Brass Band
April 12
The Hett at McKendree, Lebanon

Love, Laughs & Loss – One Act Plays
April 17 – 18
Lindenwood University, Belleville

Indian Market Days at Cahokia Mounds

Indian Market Days at Cahokia Mounds

Spring Indian Market Days
April 17 – April 19
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville

Quilt & Craft Show
April 18
7405 Exchange Rd, Texico

Voices of Spring
April 19
St. Paul UCC, Belleville

Dunham Hall Theatre at SIUE

Dunham Hall Theatre at SIUE

Into the Woods
April 22 – April 26
Dunham Hall Theater at SIUE, Edwardsville

SWIC Student Art Show
April 23 – May. 14
Schmidt Art Center at SWIC, Belleville

Hansel & Gretel
April 24 – April 25
O’Fallon Milburn High School Auditorium, O’Fallon

It’s a Grand Night for Singing
April 25
Union United Methodist Church, Belleville

Musical Tapestry
April 26
Lindenwood University Auditorium, Belleville

Get more information about these and other great events on our online calendar!

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Small Business Saturday ILLINOISouth

Alex Matthews
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Fall, Holidays, Sales, Shopping

We all know about Black Friday (quickly turning to black Thursday – much to our dismay) and Cyber Monday. These are days to kick-start your holiday shopping with deals galore on hot items from toys to TVs and everything in between. Over the last few years, more emphasis has been placed on keeping that money at home through SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY promotions…and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

This Saturday, November 29, several communities throughout ILINOISouth are offering great promotions to attract shoppers. On top of that, stores and other businesses are offering great discounts on their best merchandise. It’s a win-win! You get to save, and in some cases even win money, all while supporting local shops and boosting the area’s economy.

Below is a short list of specials that people told us about, alphabetized by community.

Belleville

Eckert’s Country Store
One-day coupon to receive $10 off your purchase of $50 or more
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Fall Art & Craft Fair
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 S. Belt E., Belleville, IL
There will be over 400 exhibitors featuring crafts, holiday items, gifts, jewelry, decorations and much more.

Piece by Peace
132 W Main St, Belleville, IL
30% off of Harveys Handbags when you bring in canned goods to be donated to our local food bank.

TOCO (Tapestry of Community Offerings)
825 West Main, Belleville
Will be running 1/2 off all Holiday Merchandise

Carmi
Businesses in Carmi will offer deals to go along with the White County Christmas Celebration. Click here to find out more on their Facebook page.

Collinsville

Biegert Jewelers
113 West Main St., Collinsville, IL
20% Off on all Charles Albert Jewelry
20 % Off on all Frederic Duclos Jewelry
20% Off on all Estate & Antique Jewelry
25% Off all Bulova Watches

11th Annual Native American Holiday Market
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville, IL
Purchase holiday gift items made by Native American artists and crafters; jewelry, paintings, baskets, pottery, weaving, herbals, bronze work and more.

Greenville

Several businesses in Greenville will be offering deals as part of a city-wide effort.

Highland

Get out and shop and enter for a chance to win $100 Chamber Gift Certificate! Shop Local & Love it!

Click Here to grab the flyer on the Highland Chamber Facebook page and take it to participating businesses.

Mascoutah

Several Mascoutah Businesses will offer discounts. The Chamber of Commerce is also running a promotion throughout the Holiday Season. Visit MascoutahChamber.com for more information.

Mt. Carmel

The Wabash County Retail Merchants Committee is again doing “Win What You Spend” for Small Business Saturday. The promotion is very easy–simply make a purchase at any RMC store on Friday, November 28th, and/or Saturday, November 29th.  Sign the back of your receipt and drop it into a registration box that several stores will have.  The receipts will then be collected and winners will be drawn on Tuesday, December 2nd. You can enter receipts separately or staple several together. If your receipt/receipts are drawn, you will win that amount in RMC gift checks up to $250.

For a list of participating businesses, call the Chamber office (262-5116) or Sharon Harris at WSJD (263-4300).

Other offers include:
Hot Tees and Cool Vinyl
431 North Walnut St.
10% off hats

The Corner Apparel
335 North Market St.
10% – 30% off

Aly Mae Images
420 North Market St
Pictures with Santa

Tastee Freez
805 West 3rd St
Homemade chili, grilled cheese, and a 22 oz drink for $4.99
Buy any slushee at regular price, get same size free. Our flavors are green apple, blue raspberry, strawberry banana, grape, cherry, and lemonade. 2 for $5 sandwich special on fish sandwich, bbq ribblet, and the breaded tenderloin.

Waterloo

The City of Waterloo will be giving away $750 in Gift Certificates. Contest cards will be available at all participating merchants 1 week prior to deadline of entry, December 1, 2014. Enjoy the extra time to shop, browse and have your card stamped early. Rules for the drawing are: Contest Card must be stamped by each participating merchant, and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Completed cards can be dropped off at any of the participating merchants prior to deadline of December 1, 2014.

Participating Merchants:

A World of Difference
127 North Main St.

Bountiful Blossoms Floral & Gifts
121 South Main St.

The Clothes Line Boutique
123 West Mill St.

Diehl’s Floral & Gifts
726 Rogers St.

Helping Hands Thrift Store
695 North Moore St.

Merle Norman Cosmetics & Boutique
742 North Market St.

Mill Street Treasures
125 West Mill St.

Nice Twice Resale Shop
518 Park St.

Peterstown Heritage Society
275 North Main St.

Reiniger Jewelers
911 North Illinois Rt. 3

For more information contact Sarah Deutch: 618.939.8600 ext. 211

These are just the deals our partners let us know about. If you know of any other offers or promotions, tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

Don’t forget to pass this information along to your friends and family!

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