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SPIRIT MATTERS: Streator's rebirth to glow Saturday night

Jerrilyn Zavada
Jerrilyn Zavada

Something exciting is brewing in Streator.

If you go downtown, you can’t miss the buzz surrounding the activity taking place there.

One afternoon this week, I made my way into More on Main, located in the old JCPenney building (a favorite, magical haunt of my youth). Main Street Market, which includes More on Main, a coffeehouse/café; Three Wishes, a home décor shop; and Sew in 4U, a sewing/T-shirt shop has been blowing up social media as residents discover the latest addition to a downtown that is rising back to life.

It was about 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon when my nephew and I stopped in (this was his third trip there since they opened on Good Friday), and a line of people waited patiently but not long for their favorite caffeinated beverage and/or sweet treat.

Folks were walking in and out of the shops checking out the products, and Jacob and I even wandered back to the second and third floors, which were lit up and look like they hold great potential for the future.

If you haven’t been downtown lately, you’ve missed the renewed vigor of cars parking up and down the streets in the middle of the day, and people making downtown a destination for shopping and socializing over a frappucino or green tea.

Of course, there is much more to Main Street and its arteries than just the new market. There are old staples like Streator Drugs, Ace Hardware, K’s Secret Garden and more and newer businesses like Wild Hearts Boutique, Project Healthy and Bromley and Brown. And there is the promise of more to come as well.

Why not go and check it out, and this Saturday stop by as the city lights up the mural at Heritage Park at 8 p.m. It is sure to be worth it.

There is a lot happening in Streator.

Don’t miss out on it, in fact, join in and become a part of it.

· Although I am no longer working for The Times, keep your eyes here as “Spirit Matters” continues in or near this space each week. Thank you for all your feedback over my work for the paper and the column, where I enjoy connecting with you each week and look forward to hearing more feedback from you in the future.

SPIRIT MATTERS is a weekly column that examines spirituality in The Times' readership area. Contact Jerrilyn Zavada at jzblue33@yahoo.com to share how you engage your spirit in your life and in your community.

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