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!
This weekend Hillsboro, IL gets a new eclectic vintage goods store! Owner Jami Sarceny combines vintage collections with a colorful, fun sense of style. I’ve been anticipating this store opening since helping gut the building last December. I got in to take some pictures tonight and get a little preview and oooh, it’s good. That […]Read More THE REFINERY OPENING- Hillsboro goes eclectic.
We had two great nights of a packed house! Thanks so much to Isaac Reynolds, Josh Randle, B.J. Parker, Bailey Reynolds, Andrew Staff, Jeff Dunn and Ryne Fuller for sharing your talents! Here’s some up close shots for you who couldn’t make it- Isaac Reynolds- Isaac Reynolds- Josh Randle Josh Randle Bailey Reynolds- Josh Randle […]Read More Shots from the art show!
For one night on January 13th, 309 south main in small town Hillsboro, IL, will become a POP-UP haven of creativity. On a trip to visit family, new-owners Devin and Emilie Moroney took the brave plunge last year ago to purchase this derelict building while still living in Denver, CO. While leaving an art/food town behind is […]Read More Ugliness forgotten! – a local eyesore becomes an art hotspot (and gets a new history.)
My wife’s cousin is an award winning videographer (seriously, on both accounts!) We had worked with him on a documentary style video for my old band Brian Lee & His Orchestra and I gave him a call to see if we could do one having to do with what we are doing here in this small town… […]Read More The Young Eyes and Small Town Cool collide!
Another sweet new shop is almost about to open in Hillsboro! Tomorrow from 11-4 Jamie Reid Sarceny is having a mini preview opening of her new shop “The Refinery” to coincide with Imagine Hillsboro’s “A storybook Christmas” on December 3rd. You may remember a while back our work day for Jamie. She is opening an […]Read More NEW SHOP! The Refinery-(a preview!)