WELCOME HIP CHAMPAIGN TO ILLINOIS' RIVER CITY

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Oscar Smith, Publisher/ HIP Champaign / Peoria‌ ‌Area‌ ‌Convention‌ ‌and‌ ‌Visitors‌ ‌Bureau‌ ‌(Discover‌ ‌Peoria)‌ ‌is‌ ‌excited‌ ‌to‌ ‌announce‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌addition‌ ‌of‌ ‌three‌ ‌new‌ ‌businesses‌‌ ‌to‌ ‌its‌ ‌campaign,‌ ‌‌Black-Owned‌ ‌Peoria.‌ ‌This‌ ‌campaign‌ ‌features‌ ‌22‌ ‌Black-owned‌ ‌businesses‌ ‌located‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Peoria‌ ‌area‌ ‌that‌ ‌focus‌ ‌ on‌ ‌tourism‌ ‌and/or‌ ‌the‌ ‌hospitality‌ ‌industry.‌

To‌ ‌help‌ ‌encourage‌ ‌the‌ ‌public‌ ‌to‌ ‌discover‌ ‌the‌ ‌22‌ ‌businesses‌ ‌for‌ ‌themselves,‌ ‌Discover‌ ‌Peoria‌ ‌ is‌ ‌running‌ ‌a‌ ‌raffle‌ ‌all‌ ‌month‌ ‌long.‌ The‌ ‌first‌ ‌28‌ ‌visitors‌ ‌to‌ ‌any‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌22‌ ‌businesses‌ ‌who‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌purchase‌ ‌will‌ ‌then‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌to‌ ‌win‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌prize‌ ‌package.‌ ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌month,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Discover‌ ‌Peoria‌ ‌team‌ ‌will‌ ‌collect‌ ‌all‌ ‌the‌ ‌tickets‌ ‌and‌ ‌contact‌ ‌the‌ ‌winner.‌

The‌ ‌three‌ ‌new‌ ‌Black-owned‌ ‌and‌ ‌tourism-related‌ ‌businesses‌ ‌are:‌ ‌

  • Drip‌ ‌4‌ ‌Sell‌:‌ ‌Focuses‌ ‌on‌ ‌selling‌ ‌high-end,‌ ‌on-style‌ ‌clothing‌ ‌for‌ ‌both‌ ‌male‌ ‌and‌ ‌female‌ ‌audiences,‌ ‌owned‌ ‌by‌ ‌Cameron‌ ‌Polansky.‌
  • Jerk‌ ‌Hut:‌‌ ‌A‌ ‌father-daughter‌ ‌duo‌ ‌offering‌ ‌authentic‌ ‌Caribbean‌ ‌cuisine,‌ ‌owned‌ ‌by‌ ‌John‌ ‌Sims‌ ‌and‌ ‌Jamie‌ ‌Sims.‌
  • wRap‌ ‌City:‌‌ ‌Specializing‌ ‌in‌ ‌unique‌ ‌wrap‌ ‌creations‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌theme‌ ‌that‌ ‌honors‌ ‌Peoria’s‌ ‌basketball‌ ‌history‌ ‌and‌ ‌love‌ ‌for‌ ‌rap‌ ‌music,‌ ‌owned‌ ‌by‌ ‌Branden‌ ‌Jackson.‌
  • The summer months bring opportunities for discovery that cannot take place during the fall and wintertime in central Illinois. Now open for the season, antique cars, trains and Caterpillar machinery await you at the Wheels O’ Time Museum in north Peoria. Get in touch with nature by checking out Wildlife Prairie Park where you can view native wildlife and even feed Big Mike the bison, surround yourself in the amazing colors of the season at Luthy Botanical Garden in Glen Oak Park and then pop-over next door to the Peoria Zoo where you are transported to Africa, Asia, and Australia to view lions, tigers and meerkats - oh my! Looking to get out on the water this summer? Take a ride on the Illinois River with Sail Peoria or the Spirit of Peoria and Pekin offers paddleboat rides at Mineral Springs Park and Lagoon. The sounds of cheering fans draw people to Dozer Park in downtown Peoria to cheer on the Peoria Chiefs, a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
    “Central Illinois is at full bloom during the summer months. Local festivals, concerts, events and cheering on the Peoria Chiefs are all a perfect way to soak up the summer sun,” said MacKenzie Taylor, Marketing Coordinator for Discover Peoria. “Our community members rally behind every single event, creating an atmosphere of happiness and opportunity for all ages to discover something new or re-discover something they haven’t explored in years.” 
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