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About the “Shop, Eat, Play—Safely—Southern Illinois Made” Initiative


Senator Fowler, Shop Southern Illinois and the Southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce are working hard to promote as many local businesses in Southern Illinois as possible through the "Shop, Eat, Play—Safely—Southern Illinois Made” initiative. Below are the businesses who are featured in initiative videos currently. This list will be updated weekly when new business videos are debuted. Show your support for Southern Illinois by watching the featured videos of the week and sharing them on your Facebook page.

How can YOU help support the

“Shop, Eat, Play-Safely Southern Illinois Made” initiative?

  1. Share the videos on Facebook

  2. Tell others about your favorite locally owned businesses in Southern Illinois

  3. “Shop, Eat, and Play—Safely” at your local businesses, destinations, and organizations

Featured Businesses 

 Participating Businesses


Spectrum Graphics

Murphysboro, Illinois

Custom signs, Logos & packaging design, Vehicle graphics & wraps, Full color banners, Fine art, Murals & Consultation


Seasoning Bistro

Benton, Illinois

Seasoning Bistro is a casual dining restaurant in Benton, Illinois, with chef inspired food, owned & operated by classically trained and experienced chefs.


Northbridge Professional Technologies 

Murphysboro, Illinois

Northbridge Professional Technologies is a full service I.T. company serving Southern Illinois and surrounding states. We specialize in solutions that contribute to the success of any business or organization, such as network management; server and computer sales, installation and management; backup and disaster recovery; and much more. Together with our team of award-winning partners and vendors we provide the best possible support to area businesses at affordable rates and without long-term contracts.

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JAW Woodworks

Mt. Vernon, Illinois

We are a truly custom shop that makes gifts out of everything from wood to acrylic. We offer cnc carved wood product, laser engraved products and so much more. We have many things that we sell on a regular basis but if you don't see what you are looking for then email us for a custom quote.



Murphysboro, Illinois

Silkworm has been serving its customers, team members, and community since 1981. In that time, Silkworm has grown from a basement to a 32,000 square foot building, from a single screen printing press to seven presses and state of the art equipment, from two friends to a dedicated team of over 65 employees. Silkworm is now the leading custom apparel, promotional products and graphic design company in the region.


Uncle Joe's BBQ

Ina, Illinois

BBQ, Brisket, Fried Bologna, Ribs, & all the Fixin's. Home cookin' straight from the Diggins.


Rend Lake Tourism Council

Benton, Illinois

27 Magnificent Holes of Golf plus Lodging on the Course at Rend Lake Golf Resort ... ​In the heart of scenic Southern Illinois, Rend Lake offers 19,000 acres of fun and recreation, with Interstates 57  & 64 providing easy access.

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The Chocolate Factory

Golconda, Illinois

Chocolate lovers from far and wide flock to the Chocolate Factory in Golconda, Illinois, the premier destination for all things sweet and delectable

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Louie's Seasoning Company

Johnston City, Illinois

Louie's Seasoning Company is the proud developer of Louie's brand famous products.

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Walker's Bluff

Carterville, Illinois

Gourmet cuisine, natural scenic wonder, and a promise to treat you like family, that's what you'll find at Walker's Bluff. This 160 acre complex is being developed as the premier vineyard and destination in the tri-state region. 

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Midwest Medical Thermography 

Carbondale, Illinois

We offer medical thermal imaging to visualize pain and pathology anywhere in the body. Thermography is non-invasive, uses no radiation and is painless.


John A. Logan College

Carterville, Illinois

John A. Logan College is a public community college in Carterville, Illinois. It is part of the Illinois Community College System

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The Pavilion, City of Marion

Marion, Illinois

The City of Marion owns and operates The Pavilion. This massive facility provides the perfect solution for meetings, gatherings and events for the Southern Illinois area. Shopping, lodging, and restaurant facilities are just a few minutes away.


Hopper Topper Co.

Carrier Mills, Illinois

Hopper Topper, a waste management product that save grain loss, stops rodent infestation, reduces airborne debris, moisture from interfering with transfer.


Ultimate Gymnastics and Cheerleading

Carbondale, Illinois

Ultimate Gymnastics and Cheerleading has been in business since 2004!  We are the longest-running and largest gym in Carbondale, IL!


Southern Illinois University Research Park

Carbondale, Illinois

Southern Illinois University Research Park, a facility that fosters innovation and technology in Southern Illinois.


Granny Puckett's Cupcakes

Herrin, Illinois

Specializing in unique cupcake treats and baked goodies


Stanley's Food Systems, LLC

Harrisburg, Illinois

Gourmet Italian Beef Seasoning, prepared as a perfect blend of spices! Family owned business has spent years perfecting this recipe.


AES Solar

Carterville, Illinois

Our mission is to power a sustainable economy by bringing renewable energy to America’s neighborhoods. That means lowering your energy bills and making sure you get the best incentives possible.

With deep knowledge of the latest technology, tax credits, and innovations in the industry, we are able to provide your business and family with the best possible experience from start to finish, and for years to come.


Armed Barbers and Extreme Exigency

Benton, Illinois

A man’s barbershop located in the main facility on the grounds of the Extreme Exigency Shooting Park.  Where we took two things men love and put them together. 

Shooting and classic men's haircuts.  A place to shoot and a place to enjoy old school classic haircuts, beard trims, and hot towel straight blade razor shaves. 


Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch

Makanda, Illinois

Family ranch offering one of a kind alpaca adventures from private and group tours, to alpaca yoga and painting. Nearly a decade of alpaca experience. Studio, shop, and handmade items in stock.


Camp Manitowa

Benton, Illinois

Camp Manitowa Properties host coed overnight summer camps and year round retreats at its two locations in southern Illinois just a couple hours’ drive from St. Louis. 

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Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

Makanda, Illinois

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, Illinois’ first entirely tree-based, eco-friendly zip line canopy tour located in the Shawnee National Forest in Makanda.

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Johnson's Southern BBQ

Harrisburg, Illinois

Johnson’s Southern Style BBQ, a restaurant in Harrisburg that has been serving the Southern Illinois community for four generations.


Special Olympics Illinois

Carbondale, Illinois

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 17,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. 


Susan Willis Photography

Murphysboro, Illinois

The Premier Contemporary High School Senior, Beauty, and Professional Branding Photographer offering a unique experience in southern Illinois, St. Louis, Tampa, Tucson, and beyond


Specialized Equine Services
and Therapeutic Riding

Makanda, Illinois

Our goal at Pheasant Hollow Winery is to create a pleasant place for our guests to enjoy the finest grape and fruit wines in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We have increased our music events for our guest’s listening enjoyment while they sip our award winning wines. We hope to add additional festivals, murder mystery dinner theaters, and wine pairing dinners in the future


Pheasant Hollow Winery

Whittington, Illinois

Our goal at Pheasant Hollow Winery is to create a pleasant place for our guests to enjoy the finest grape and fruit wines in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We have increased our music events for our guest’s listening enjoyment while they sip our award winning wines. We hope to add additional festivals, murder mystery dinner theaters, and wine pairing dinners in the future


Com Pac International 

Carbondale, Illinois

Com-Pac International is a fully integrated production facility that includes extrusion of PE films, reusable zippers, color printing, and bag converting.


Crown Brew Coffee

Marion, Illinois

An award-winning, craft coffee company located in downtown Marion, Illinois. We specialize in intentional brewing, premium coffee.

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