Washington Kids Academy Opens

Kid's Academy ribbon 03-18-17

The Washington Kids Academy officially opened on Monday, March 13th. To celebrate, a ribbon cutting took place on Saturday, March 18, 2017, preceded by a “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast for the WKA staff and friends. This new business in Washington, located at 26 Washington Plaza, has the goal to encourage a love of learning, to build confidence, and to prepare children for school and beyond. Many gathered for the ribbon cutting, including owner Raymond Poe, Executive Director Lindsey Jenkins, and Mayor Gary Manier. They were joined by a large number of WKA kids and family members as well as the following chamber representatives: Jim Culotta, City of Washington; Gail Nettles, Washington Chamber of Commerce; Jon Oliphant, City of Washington; Ginger Nye, CEFCU; and Scott Hassett, Morningside of Washington. For more information about Washington Kids Academy, call 309-886-2273, visit their website at www.washingtonkidsacademy.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/washingtonkidsacademy.


Sentimental Journey celebrates 35 years on Washington Square

Sentimental Journey ribbon 03-23-17

Sentimental Journey has been a mainstay on the Historic Washington Square since 1982. They specialize in gifts, collectibles, home accessories, and recently became a hot-spot for DIYers and home décor enthusiasts, due in large to the recent acquisition of Chalk Paints® by Annie Sloan.

Sentimental Journey has evolved over the years, and is a treasure trove of unique items and many personalized options for gifts and home décor. Some popular product lines include Alex and Ani, Vera Bradley, Spartina 449, and Nora Fleming. They also have a large selection of baby gifts, bath & body products, as well as tried and true collectibles such as Department 56, Wee Forest Folk and Isabel Bloom. Whether you’re looking for a special gift, something for the home, or want to get your creativity flowing, Sentimental Journey promises something new and different.

A pre-anniversary ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Owner Kris Hasten was joined by her daughter Katelyn Arnold, employees Debbie Crow and Sue Clark, along with Ginger Nye, CEFCU, and Mayor Gary Manier and City Administrator Jim Culotta. Call 309-444-7355 or stop in to the store to find out more about Sentimental Journey. Hours are Monday – Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm and Thursday until 6:00pm. For more information, go to www.shopsentimentaljourney.com.