February 2021

Let’s get thrifty

When Jamie Lorentz goes into the store, she often does not know what she is looking for, but she knows it when she finds it. Her “Eureka!” moment may come from a perfect dress for her daughter, a collection of books for her son or even a vintage piece of cookware. What the Carterville resident […]


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Let’s get thrifty

When Jamie Lorentz goes into the store, she often does not know what she is looking for, but she knows it when she finds it. Her “Eureka!” moment may come from a perfect dress for her daughter, a collection of books for her son or even a vintage piece of cookware. What the Carterville resident […]

Transforming metal junk into art

This past Christmas, Tammy Lee received a large box of rust-covered scrap metal from her granddaughter. “How many women get a box of rusty junk and think it is super cool?” Tammy asks with a laugh. To her, the box wasn’t full of junk. It was full of art supplies. Tammy, owner of Junkyard Art […]

Reclaiming and repurposing history

Brian Frieze never likes to see an old barn bulldozed. He sees raw material that can be reused to make something beautiful. That vision led to his woodworking business Sangamon Reclaimed. In 2013, Brian, an Air Force veteran and firefighter for the Springfield Fire Department, was sitting around a campfire having a beer with a neighbor. […]