Hometown Shopping: Downtown Boutiques

If you’re looking for something trendy and unique to add to your wardrobe, boutiques are the perfect place to shop. And you won’t have to travel far, because we have them right here in Downtown Effingham!

The most recent shopping addition to the area is B Line Boutique. Their store houses the latest fashion trends to keep your style up-to-date. Shop tops, bottoms, dresses, jewelry, shoes and more–everything you need for a complete look is right here! With new arrivals coming in daily, B Line Boutique supplies customers with the most recent trends for some memorable looks. You can visit the store in person or shop online here.

Just a short distance away, you can find a local favorite, Millennium Accessories. While the store originally sold solely accessories, customers can now find a much wider range of merchandise for those with a fondness for fashion. From casual to glam, you’ll be able to find something to wear for any occasion, and their friendly staff can help you find whatever it is you might be searching for. Be sure to like their Facebook page to keep up with all of their latest sales and arrivals.

As a long-time retailer in the downtown area, The Thomas Shop has become a go-to destination for hometown style. The Thomas Shop has an assortment of tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories for women of all ages, but did we mention they also have an entire room dedicated just to shoes? You can shop brand names like Sperry and Brighton, or try a unique piece from their variety of vendors. The Thomas Shop is also the perfect spot to search for homecoming/prom and bridal party gowns and dresses. Check out their Facebook page for the newest in-store promotions and products.

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Hometown Shopping: Sports & Recreation

Effingham has some of the most unique shopping around for sports and recreation enthusiasts! This week we’ll take a peek at some of the most popular hometown shopping spots for sports lovers of all kinds.

If you love the outdoors, Drave’s Archery surely has something for you. Drave’s supplies all kinds of hunting gear, like bows and arrows, gun accessories, targets, blinds, trail cameras, tree stands and more. If you prefer to be on the water, they provide plenty of fishing and kayaking supplies as well. Camping gear, including coolers, backpacks and chairs, among other items, are also popular sellers. For contact information and a full list of merchandise, visit their website.

Bike & Hike, located in Downtown Effingham, is the perfect spot for all your biking needs. They have a wide selection of wheeled toys for people of all ages, including mountain biking, road cycling, BMX and even skateboards. Bike & Hike also offers repair services, including tune-ups, installations and adjustments, and is associated with several local rides and clubs for customers to join. Check out their website for a complete list of products and services.

Also situated in Downtown Effingham, Baseball Card Connection is your go-to for any and all sports memorabilia and collectibles, including baseball, basketball, football and more. Cards, signs, chairs, clothing and accessories, banners, posters, balls, bobble heads: you name it, they have it! They also offer baseball uniforms and accessories for those that enjoy playing the game as much as they enjoy watching it. While baseball may be the store’s main focal point, Baseball Card Connection boasts a huge variety of collectors cards, even Star Wars and Pokemon! Visit their store or search “Baseball Card Connection” on Facebook to see what kind of gems you might be able to find!


Recreation: Workman Sports Complex

The recently opened Workman Sports Complex provides the tools and amenities for all of your recreational needs. Patrons can purchase either day passes or annual memberships to enjoy all that the Complex has to offer.

Their fitness facility includes state-of-the-art cardio equipment, machines and free weights; an elevated indoor track; basketball and volleyball courts and aerobics studios that offer a variety of classes. They also boast an 8-lane Olympic-sized lap pool, a zero-depth entry recreational pool and a lazy river.

The Complex provides over 20 types of adult fitness classes, including cycling, yoga, Zumba and more. For parents looking to use the facility, on-site childcare is provided; however, kids can join in on the fun too with classes in swimming, tumbling, dance, basketball, soccer and speed and agility training. Workman Sports Complex also offers the chance to work with on-site certified personal trainers.

This facility is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For a full list of amenities and classes, open gym/pool schedules, membership information and more, visit their website.

Check it out!


Lakelights Arts & Music Festival

It starts tomorrow! This Friday and Saturday, head to The Stage at Lake Sara for a one-of-a-kind, hometown cultural experience with the annual Lakelights Arts & Music Festival.

Their website boasts, “This event is all about creating magic as a community by playfully coming together in a creative capacity. Our vision includes local arts and crafts vendors, delicious and various food options, creative live performances and mind-blowing musical acts.”

The musical line-up for this year’s festival includes The Schwag, Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, Blue Fruit Snacks, Old Salt Union and more. You’ll also be able to enjoy free workshops and demonstrations, like hula-hooping, yoga, meditation, drum circles and live art, among others.

Tickets will be available for sale throughout the event. Weekend passes are $50, and Saturday passes are $30. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to some great music, to learn something new and to enjoy and support local artists! For the complete event schedule, visit their website.


Recreation: TREC Trails

TREC (Trails Recreation Effingham County) is an organization committed to bringing a county-wide public trail system to the community “to increase tourism, to improve the quality of life for residents and to serve as a tool for economic development.”

While the trails are still not fully completed, the master plan, created in 2005, consists of 30 miles of trail for public use, providing an alternative route for bikers, hikers and recreation enthusiasts throughout the area. TREC also sponsors several events throughout the year, including several 5Ks and other outdoor adventures.

Those interested in contributing to the trails’ expansions can join the Foot of the Trail program to build another 12 inches of trail for $50. Contributors will be recognized for their support and receive membership benefits, like trail updates and invitations to TREC events.

For a trail map, information about TREC’s history, donation opportunities and more, visit their website. Trail maps can also be picked up at the Effingham Visitors Center.


Recreation: Lake Sara

This month’s blog series will highlight some of Effingham’s most cherished spots for recreation, and where’s a better place to start than Lake Sara?

Lake Sara offers several fun activities for the community, like fishing, swimming, boating and more. Enjoy a picnic under the pavilions, or take the kids to the playground overlooking the lake on the east end.

Camping is available within walking distance of the lake at Lake Sara Campground and Anthony Acres Resort–both very close to the beach! Across from Anthony Acres is Cardinal Golf Course, an 18-hole course that borders the lake, making for a scenic and exciting golf outing. Just minutes away is Fore-Way Challenge Golf, a 9-hole public course with a driving range, putting green and clubhouse.

For those looking to spend some time on the water, visit Larson’s Landing or Bluegill Marina for all your lake-day needs, including pontoon boat rentals, kayak and tube rentals, fuel, food and drinks, bait and tackle and more.

After a long day at the lake, relax and have a nice meal! Larson’s Landing is joined with a new bar and grill called Pinky’s where you can enjoy a scenic view of the lake during dinner and drinks on the large patio area. Bluegill Marina is also joined with their own restaurant, Zona’s on the Lake. Zona’s is another full-service restaurant that promises good times and good food.

For questions about Lake Sara, call 217-868-2787. Don’t miss out on all the great activities Lake Sara has to offer this summer!


4th of July Festivities

Independence Day is almost here! Have you made your plans yet?

On July 3rd, enjoy fireworks out at Lake Sara at dusk. You can also attend the 4th of July Celebration with a carnival, food and drinks and fun July 3-4 at the Sacred Heart Parish grounds from 4 to 10 p.m. both days, sponsored by the Effingham Noon Rotary Club. On July 4th, the fireworks show will take place at the EHS Klosterman Field at dusk.

The Effingham Knights of Columbus Hall will be hosting a Patio Party July 4th as well! See local favorites Flight Fifty perform before the fireworks and enjoy Matt Poss Band after the fireworks until 11 p.m. Come for great food, drinks and fun entertainment!

Wishing you a safe and memorable holiday!