Linda Renehan

Olivia Mitchell / NPR Illinois

Illinois’ closure of bars and dine-in restaurants has Springfield businesses worried as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the state.

Brent Schwoerer of Engrained Brewery, on the west side of Springfield, said his major concern is the survival of his employees.

Rachel Otwell

In major cities the pop-up shop is a well-known fixture (well - that's not the right word, considering their ever-changing nature, but you get the idea.) Springfield now can boast its own fleet of shops serving up one-of-a-kind, unique goods made by artists and artisans. For those who want to shop locally and skip the mall and west-side traffic jams this time of year, it's also a great chance to mingle downtown and absorb the holiday decorations and spirit.

Rachel Otwell/WUIS

Springfield is home to a variety of antique markets, book and record shops, and boutiques. l would like to introduce you to a few over on a corner of Governor St. off of MacArthur Blvd. that have popped up in the past couple years.