Four southern Illinois companies were among 30 companies recognized as part of the Illinois Made program by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Governor JB Pritzker. Davis Pastry in Anna, Big Muddy Peddler, StarView Vineyards in Cobden and Bryn’s Cookie Bin in Mount Vernon were part of the 2022 Illinois Makers class.
Davis Pastry was started in 1953 by Jim Davis and his father, according to manager Gina Mayo. The business is now owned by six brothers from the Bigler family, who bought the bakery from Davis.
“We are very honored to be recognized in the Illinois Made program,” Mayo said.
Davis Pastry is known for its pink cookies and cream horns. Mayo said both are customer favorites along with the danishes and donuts.
“Everything is homemade. Even the masses are made here,” Mayo said.
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The bakery still uses original Jim Davis recipes for cookies, cakes, frosting, and dough. Mayo said it keeps the same flavor. Mayo said Davis comes by “from time to time” and is available to answer questions.
Big Muddy Peddler is an online store offering artisan and custom scented candles made in small batches with the highest quality toxin free coconut/soy wax and non-toxic fragrance oil blends.
StarView Vineyards is a winery located in the Cobden Hills, owned and operated by Brett and Regina Morrison. They make a variety of wines on site.
Bryn’s Cookie Bin is a small local bakery in Mount Vernon.
These four southern Illinois businesses join this year’s Makers Class for:
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Ardor Breads and Provisions, the Black Band and JK Williams, all in Peoria; Yeni’s Palarte Mexican Ice Cream in Peoria Heights; Aria’s Cookies & Confections LLC in East Alton; Boetje’s Mustard on Rock Island; Forgottonia Brewing in Macomb; Galena Bakehouse and Galena Spoon Company, both in Galena.
Wood carvings of Marie in Stockton; Old Herald Brewery and Distillery in Collinsville; Three Rivers Community Farm in Elsah; Ace Sign Company and Sign Museum in Springfield; Joe Sippers Cafe in Effingham; Arcely’s Bakery in Melrose Park, Franklin Park, Villa Park and Cicero; Sweets Dare in Montgomery.
Chocolate inspirations at Roselle; Dairyhaus in Rockton; Dangela’s Dumplings in Libertyville; Gindo’s Spice of Life in St. Charles; Happy Apple Pie in Oak Park; Life on Mars Goods and South Side Blooms, all in Chicago; soul and smoke in Evanston; Morkes Chocolates in Palatine; and Pickard China in Antioch.
The governor congratulated the new members of this year’s class.
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“I couldn’t be more proud to announce the Illinois Makers class of 2022, the most representative of our diverse state since the inception of the Illinois Made program,” Pritzker said in a news release. “Here in Illinois, we have it all: Stunning wood carvings, delicious cakes, and the most delicious barbecue in the country, all thanks to our small businesses.”
He encouraged residents to check out some of the businesses on Small Business Saturday.
The 2022 Illinois Makers class represents the most diverse since the program’s inception, with more than 60 percent of businesses owned by women or people of color. From French pastries to elegant handmade china, each of the featured Illinois Makers helps inspire travel across the state.
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“Small businesses are the backbone of our Illinois economy, and their distinctive products and experiences help make communities unique and give locals and visitors many reasons to explore our great state,” Sylvia I. Garcia, Director of DCEO, which includes the Illinois Office of Tourism, he said.
The Illinois Office of Tourism promotes Illinois Makers through inclusion in road trip itineraries, the biannual Enjoy Illinois travel magazine, events, seasonal campaigns and the annual Illinois Made holiday gift guide. The 2022 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide is available online.
To learn more about the Illinois Made program, visit: EnjoyIllinois.com/IllinoisMade.