The People of Peoria Podcast

The People of Peoria Podcast

The People of Peoria Podcast is a local show that exists to introduce you to the people and places that shape the culture of the Peoria, Illinois area the most. Join us Host Jeff Himstedt, and producer Tyler Frazee, as we learn the stories behind the places we all know and love, grab coffee (or a beer) with the people who are making a difference in the community, and discover things about Peoria we never knew! Got ideas for the show or businesses, people, and organizations that should be featured? Send us an email at thepeopleofpeoriapodcast@gmail.com.

Episodes

March 5, 2024 49 mins

This weeks episode we sit down with Teen Mental Health Speaker, Anxiety Expert and Author and discuss the mental health of not just our youth.. but us! Society is warming up to talking more and more about mental health.. they question is, how do we have those conversations? Brittany walks us through ways to start opening those doors of communication and how to take ownership over our mental health. "My anxiety is no one else&a...

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ohhhh man this was fun! 

Jessica Huffines told us allllll about the mortuary world and I am absolutely here for it! 

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December 18, 2023 97 mins

Josh is an extremely accomplished three star chef from north Peoria.  He has traveled the world cooking for the most wealthiest of people but now he is back in the 309 with him family as a co-owner of Slow Hand Craft BBQ. Its an incredible life story about seeking joy, success and a sence of accomplishment!


Slow Hand Craft BBQ
4450 N Prospect Rd Ste S-1, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
(309) 670-0336
https://slo...

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December 8, 2023 88 mins

Flowers, Events and a little bit of life mixed in… nothing is off the table in this discussion.   In this episode learn how LeFleur Floral Design + Events, located in Washington,
Illinois started as a little retail shop and has cultivated their love and passion in the wedding and event space over the last decade in order to survive and thrive.   From the extra 5%, to culture, to knowing your enneagram number… you’ll quickly lea...

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"Join us in the saddle for an exhilarating episode as we talk with Kristina Koehler, owner and head trainer at Eyes up Equestrian. Discover how Kristina is leading area riders and enthusiasts as she carves out spaces for connection, support, and shared passion in the dynamic realm of horsemanship. From barn camaraderie to global equestrian networks, saddle up for an inspiring conversation on fostering togetherness in...

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October 22, 2023 68 mins

We sit down with Karli Johnson M.S.Ed, international TEDx Speaker, Educator, Advocate, and Author of the best selling “A Kids Book About Consent” in a fun, informative and approachable conversation on sex, consent, masculinity and more! “A Kids Book About Consent is available to purchase at your local bookstores and online through Amazon, Target, and more! Follow Karli on Instagram and Facebook or visit her website www.karlijohnson...

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“Film isn’t dead, and neither is the spirit of analog photography in Peoria, IL. On today’s episode we interviewed local film photographer and Peoria DIY punk scene documentarian Alex Loental. follow him and his photography adventures on his IG: @quarantinepolaroidjournal”

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At Foraged Roots Apothecary inspire kids 
through art, science and nature through thier
natural dye kits. They give kids a fun 
hands on activity that grows confidence and 
problem solving skills. Foraged Roots Apothecary was created by CEO/Founder Lily Scalf. Lily Scalf has a background in fashion and was inspired to create the kits when she realized the harm of the industry. She hopes that her natural dye kits wil...

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June 28, 2023 99 mins

"Jeff welcomed Omar Yunus, a cofounder at Afterfund, which is a global digital endowment platform. In this episode, Jeff crunched down on some baklava while the two guys discussed beards, Jeff's passion project (the Evan Bed), the effective altruism movement, Peoria's potential, Hinge Theory, and an exciting new batch of local startups. They also explore Afterfund's mission to dramatically grow the impact of don...

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June 21, 2023 54 mins

“In this one we interviewed Daniel Mueller, the Founder and CEO of Galacto Corporation and discussed their newest innovation… an AI secretary which remembers your day. We discuss memory loss, hacking, the future of AI, and much more”


https://www.galacto.co/

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June 15, 2023 49 mins

Logan Dunne has been missing from Carle (Methodist) hospital since June 2nd at 5:30 am. Wearing a blue shirt, jeans, and Adidas shoes. Brownish/ red hair and he does not have his glasses. If you have ANY information please call 911 and report it. lets bring Logan home...

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How a group of Peoria area volunteers are giving our local veterans an experience of a life time. And how one Scottish woman can out whit the FAA and track down the love of her life airman.

https://www.facebook.com/GreaterPeoriaHonorFlight?mibextid=LQQJ4d 

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May 24, 2023 50 mins

Secret tunnels, speakeasies and steak dinners till 4:00 am! Fitting for any full length feature, in this week’s episode you’ll hear the story of a rebirth of a Peoria legend. Join us on another wild adventure as we dive under Main Street and hear all about how they plan to cater to the often forgotten about, hiding in plain sight.


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May 17, 2023 66 mins


In a small shop in Morton, Illinois, Lisa is using her happy place to bake some of the coolest cookies in the area. Between the two of them, they are cranking out an extraordinary amount of sweets. Take a listen to the cookie queen! 


https://bakedblessingsbylisa.com/contact-information

https://instagram.com/bakedblessings?igshid=MmJiY2I4NDBkZg==

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May 10, 2023 46 mins

Get your selfie on! Down In the heart of downtown Peoria the selfie space is lit up! Whether you want a picture in a tub full of balls, in the jungle room, and the scream room, or the mirror room. Plan your next event with Renee at The Selfie Space.


https://www.facebook.com/SelfieSpacePeoria?mibextid=LQQJ4d

Selfie Space
(309) 634-6812

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May 3, 2023 24 mins

What happens when you get a master’s degree in Zoology? Well you wind up saving one of Peoria’s historic treasures and buy a camera shop! Join us for another fun filled episode as Reagan and Tyler sit down with Peoria Camera Shop’s owner, Ava Kamm, and learn how this photographer took a leap of faith and kept the doors open for this more than 84 year old Peoria business.


https://www.peoriacamerashop.com/

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What happens when everyone’s favorite host skips out on an episode….? Shhh… it’s That Guy’s Secret! Reagan and Tyler are joined by guest co-host Stephen Graves and sitting down with the legend himself, Aaron Selburg. Find out what happens when you give a four year old all the suits he could ever want, and why a tailor is the best investment you could ever make!

https://thatguyssecret.com/

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Luisa Gomes talked to us about how the Busey Bank bridge center helps individuals with financial coaching. Everything from improving your credit score to buy your dream home to setting up retirement for yourself. And most importantly, the services are completely free even to non-Busey customers! 


Check them out on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/BuseyBankBridgeCenter?mibextid=LQQJ4d


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How do you become the best cheese cake baker in all the land?… study broadcast journalism, work as a dispatcher, attempt to glue back a beard at a mortuary, sprinkle some teaching over it all and of course… listen to your wife! Join us for another incredible conversation with serial entrepreneur Harreld and find out why he has the Midas touch.

“Harreld is a cheesecake artisan and exemplifies the ability to turn a dream int...

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What happens when everyone agrees that cinematography is magic? The gang winds up in the basement (that is most definitely not his mother’s) of Hoop House Creative’s founder Connor Parkhaust. Tune in this week for a wild conversation on everything from weddings to horror movies and what the heck a cat cafe has to do with it.

https://hoophousecreative.com/


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