VELE enlivens Springfield food scene

New occupant of former Café Brio space is full of possibilities BY THOMAS C. PAVLIK JR. It’s an exciting time for foodies in Springfield, especially in terms of new downtown eateries. And VELE is one that I’ve been particularly excited about, since Justin Richardson from New Berlin’s The Garden is in charge of the kitchen. [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Planner Norm Sims, retiring, still has a lot of ideas

The former SSCRPC executive director reflects on a career in public administration BY SCOTT FAINGOLD When Norm Sims retired as executive director of Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission on Dec. 29, it capped off a public administration career that began in 1974 in the research program at the Kentucky Department of Education, “transferring the fruits [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

Inside the sale of H.D. Smith

Founded in Springfield in 1954, the drug distribution company sells for $815 million   BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Most area residents may not realize that H.D. Smith is America’s largest, privately held national wholesale distributor in the pharmaceutical industry. But it’s no secret how the Springfield-based health care distribution business achieved that status. “We have a [...]

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

New tenants coming to West Iles Business Center

BY MICHELLE OWNBEY Two new businesses are preparing to open and a third is adding an additional location in a newly constructed strip center on the west side of Springfield. Long-time local business Primo Designs is expanding, having recently signed a lease for a second location in the newly built West Iles Business Center, which [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

ALBERT O. ECK, JR. (July 16, 1936-Nov. 4, 2017)

A life of laughter and service to others BY MICHELLE OWNBEY Albert Eck always loved to make people laugh, and he was no different in death than in life. At the wake, the spray of flowers on his casket was adorned with a sign that read “Good Riddance.” Instead of his hands clasped together in [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|Categories: News, Secondary Feature|2 Comments

Technology won’t replace customer service at area lenders

BY EMILY JANKAUSKI Home to 21 banks and six credit unions, the capital city is well acquainted with financial service offerings from both national and local financial institutions. In terms of growth, however, local banks appear more prosperous than national competitors. In 2016, Chase Bank closed its North Grand Avenue branch, while Illinois-based Citizens Equity [...]

County Market parent company celebrates its centennial

BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Quincy-based Niemann Foods turned 100 this year, and although nearly half of its 6,000 employees are associate owners, for the past century everyone at the company has known who the real bosses are. “Our boss is every customer that we either have in the stores or we are trying to attract,” said [...]

Aviation program is flying high

Lincoln Land now has better facilities for training aircraft mechanics, who are in demand BY SCOTT FAINGOLD “As a young person, you aren’t thinking about being an aircraft mechanic – it doesn’t even come onto your radar,” said Dave Pietrzak, program director of Lincoln Land Community College’s aviation department which, despite Pietrzak’s concerns, has recently [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured Article, News|0 Comments

2018 – Best Places To Work

Do you love where you work? Nominate your company for Best Places to Work, sponsored by United Community Bank and Springfield Business Journal, for a chance to win a $100 gift card for yourself and recognition for your company. Everyone who makes a nomination before December 31 will be entered into a drawing for a [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Events, Featured Article|0 Comments

Local toy store opens downtown

  The latest retail holiday pop-up is The Toy Shop at 407 East Adams Street, located next to Café Moxo in a space that was formerly home to the law office of Cavanagh & O’Hara. Two Springfield moms, Sharon Havey and Nancy Peterson, had both independently thought about such a venture and felt there was [...]

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