Another exciting phase of Hillsboro’s Opera house Brewing Company renovation went off tonight. The Marcolini’s, and The Schmidts, (co-owners of the brewery) with help with some friends peeled back the old green paneling that covered the old opera house facade. The nearly finished recessed entrance, is part of a plan to restore the old foyer […]Read More Stripping away the layers at the Opera House!- Before and after.
A few months ago studio owner Devin Moroney and I were talking about the vision for The Gold Pan, a recording studio and vinyl records store Devin, Brian Lee (me), and Matt Sands have in the works to open in Hillsboro, IL March 2018. Devin was passionate about the community aspects of recording in a […]Read More DIY’er- a cheap way to make custom windows in the future site of “The Gold Pan”- by Brian Lee Carpentry
The underground roasting room of Black Rabbit Coffee Roasters is a bright, industrial work space filled with books, art, and furniture from the likes of Jean Prouve and Ghost Shrimp, as well as original art by head roaster Isaac Reynolds. A heavy coffee scent and a copious amount of various coffee brewing equipment surround us […]Read More Underground with local Black Rabbit Coffee Roasters
Hillsboro is getting a record store! Like a real live record, record store! They have taken up temporary residence inside Hillsboro’s hip, eclectic vintage goods place The Refinery. Collector buddies Matt Sands and Brian Lee have taken the plunge and decided to open a place for locals to buy (and sell) vintage albums. The store’s […]Read More Hillsboro gets a record store! (inside The Refinery.)
Hillsboro, IL- Just 8 months ago this fresh, modern apartment was a dingy warren of dark rooms, leaky roofs, and a nightmare for all but the bravest of home owners. Owners Devin and Emily Moroney recently re-located back to their hometown of Hillsboro, IL (pop 4,500) from the cultural hotspot Denver, Colorado. The couple teamed […]Read More Making a small town commercial building into a big city dream home.
After a few weeks of being taunted by pictures of delicious pastries, my family and I finally made the trip out to Nokomis, IL to check out the new Ugly Mugs Coffee. Owner Tim Brookshire and us have a lot in common including buying old buildings and doing your best to restore them and breathe […]Read More New Ideas Use Old Buildings- a visit to Nokomis, IL
Building the set for a concert in Hillsboro by The Young Eyes with my buddies Ryan Young and Devin Moroney. We filmed this the night before the show… We projected the movie Dune on our set while the band played their set. FUUUUUN. Here’s the video! https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsmalltowncool%2Fvideos%2F1157886597673509%2F&show_text=0&width=560Read More Dune on Pyramids
So for all you people who dream or do take on huge projects this one to me is a major milestone for us. We are finally putting up the “For Rent” sign in this FULLY RENOVATED beauty of a storefront in our little town of Hillsboro, IL! (I’m yelling as I write this…) My father in […]Read More FIXER UPPER!- A MAJOR MAKEOVER TAKES A “FOR RENT” STOREFRONT ON AN UPWARD TURN!-
Last September, friends Jenna Holtschulte and Anna Limbaugh started a business on a whim. “Anna Limbaugh is my hair stylist and we literally came up with this little sign business at one of my hair appts back in September (we both love crafty things and LOVE calligraphy) and decided to sign up for the Hillsboro […]Read More -JAI Renee Pop up shop!