Junction City: Experience Local

logoWritten By: Andrew Ketterer


Junction City Shopping Center has recently gone through a transitional period, attempting to perform a facelift procedure on the popular Peoria attraction by bringing in new stores and restaurants. The unique businesses that call Junction City home are all locally owned and operated, giving the location a unique feel that can only be found in Peoria.

Since its opening in 1956, the concept has been to “offer a collection of locally owned, premier retail boutiques in one beautiful and convenient setting,” according to the Junction City website. Although some of the stores have come and gone, this concept has remained a constant.

There’s no question that the most recent updates at Junction City have rejuvenated the Peoria-atmosphere the center strives for.


Fashion & Accessories

The various shops at Junction City offer everything from the contemporary and modern styles to timeless classics. Take a Saturday morning and explore these locally owned shops.

Belle Mie is a contemporary clothing store that offers designer items found exclusively in big cities, while providing fantastic customer service.

bellemie1Pooch Couture looks to create a unique shopping and grooming experience for the highly pampered pets their owners.

Matthew Mason is the perfect men’s clothing store for today’s busy executive that’s on-the-go, offering suites, shirts, ties, formal wear and business casual attire.

Random Clothier provides trend-savvy customers with current fashions, accessories, art, handmade goods and more, all in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.


ci1Food & Drink

No matter what food you’re looking for, Junction City has a restaurant for your hungry stomach. Junction City provides a cozy atmosphere for diners craving some local good-eats.

Holy Crepe offers just what the name describes—heavenly crepes made from scratch!

Sweet Cece’s Frozen Yogurt gives the consumer complete control. Simply fill your cup with yogurt, top with whatever you’d like, weigh your bowl and pay!

Candlelight Inn is the “Original” Home of the Chicken George and has been serving up lunch and dinner in Illinois for over 40 years.

Cyd’s Gourmet Kitchen provides the Peoria area with a café that serves healthy, wholesome meals. Cyd’s also offers a take-away market full of hand-made items.

Tavern on Prospect is the perfect place to blow of a little steam and have a little fun. Visitors enjoy a wide selection of wines, spirits and beers in a laid back atmosphere.


MG_64952Home & Décor

Modify your personal space in a way that is uniquely your own at the home and décor shops in Junction City.

The Bronze Frog is focused on making customers’ shopping experiences pleasurable while bringing a metropolitan flavor to a mid-size market.

Exhibit A Gallery plays host to sever local artists. Browse through hundreds of art pieces including paintings, glass art, pastels and much more.

LS Home gives visitors a full range of interior design, whether it’s new construction or renovation. The team helps create a space that fits your lifestyle.

Design Plus Granite is the leading granite fabricator in the Central Illinois area, boasting 10 years of experience in the industry.

Illinois Valley Glass opened in 1951 and offers same-day window repair. Call the shop for all of your glass needs.


Be sure to spend a day in Peoria exploring Junction City and all of the unique and local businesses it has to offer!

For more information, head to the Junction City website.


Written By: Andrew Ketterer

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