I had passed Bobzbay at least a dozen times, usually on my way to meet a friend for coffee or interview a source for a story.Read More
A memorandum of understanding between the City of Bloomington and Illinois Wesleyan University approved Monday night is the first step toward redeveloping 4 acres of land on North Main Street, including the former Mennonite Hospital building.Read More
Everyone should have to work in the service industry at least once in their early adult years…Read More
Three years ago, Meg McCormick didn’t know the first thing about floral design. Today it’s her greatest passion--and her full-time job.The Carlock native opened Vera & Buck Floral Studio and Farm at 320 N. Main St. in Downtown Bloomington last month. McCormick specializes in weddings and special events, which she says are the perfect ways to let her creativity run wild.Read More
On Monday, January 8, the Bloomington City Council cast a 5 to 4 vote to strike the “Committee of the Whole” meeting from the 2018 calendar.During the Council Meeting, Mayor Renner stated his intention to hold the meeting, regardless of the outcome of the vote. On Tuesday, January 9, Mayor Renner upheld his statement by returning the meeting to the calendar.Read More
At the Bloomington City Council meeting on December 8th, Mayor Renner gave his State of the City speech. The council then had a discussion over the rescheduling of the "Committee of the Whole" meeting. The council then wrapped up the meeting with a presentation from the Downtown Task Force.Read More
Downtown residents and business owners have noticed The State Farm Downtown Building operating at less than full capacity for some time now. Rumors surround State Farm’s plans for the former corporate headquarters at 112 E. Washington St., from job cuts to selling the building altogether.Read More
The Library’s Board of Directors has been developing its own expansion plans for several years, but City Council members and The Downtown Task Force (DTF) have recently proposed a plan to move the library downtown.Read More
The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved over $1.4 million in funding for four city projects: an operating deficit at Grossinger Motors Arena; concessions and parking at Miller Park Zoo; financing the Economic Development Council’s BN Advantage strategy; and wayfinding signs for Downtown Bloomington.
At Monday’s meeting, the Bloomington City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will add $375,000 to the Grossinger Motors Arena FY 2018 budget. Arena manager VenuWorks sought additional funds from the city to cover a projected $376,411 operating deficit for the rest of the fiscal year.Read More
For the past five years, Bobby Vericella has partnered with long-time developer Fred Wollrab to tackle larger residential and commercial properties Downtown. The two redeveloped The Benoni Green Building at 115 E. Monroe St., their largest project to date.Read More
When the thrill of video games met the power of the Internet, the gaming industry was forever changed. Over the last three years, Bloomington game shop owner Jamie Mathy says board games have undergone a similar evolution.Read More
After struggling for over two decades to solve Downtown Bloomington’s identity crisis, the City may be on its way to livening up the area. Approximately forty Bloomington residents and business owners were in attendance for a presentation that highlighted the Downtown Bloomington Task Force’s plans for the area.