Read Between the Lynes Adds Creative Streak to Woodstock

Read Between the Lynes Adds Creative Streak to Woodstock

Real Woodstock is about embracing creativity and finding your independent streak.

Local independent bookstore Read Between the Lynes captures the quaint, inviting hometown atmosphere of Woodstock from the moment you step in the door. Owner Arlene Lynes founded the store in 2005 on the Woodstock Square, and has grown into one of the most unique, successful independent bookstores in all of Illinois. 

Dougherty Provides "Creative Energy" to Woodstock

Dougherty Provides "Creative Energy" to Woodstock

At a time when most people are staring at retirement, Woodstock entrepreneur Tom Dougherty is just getting rolling. The owner of Studio 2015 and Dougherty Enterprises is in the midst of an expansion boom. In February, Dougherty, 66, bought a company, relocated its twenty employees to Woodstock and is in the process of buying a building in Woodstock to double the size of his jewelry design and manufacturing operations.

His passion for creating jewelry goes back forty-plus years. Dougherty took a metals course as a senior at Northern Illinois University, and became a high school teacher for 11 years before deciding to go into designing and making jewelry full-time from his 9x17 workshop.

Woodstock Farmer's Market Ranked As Top Producer's Only Market

Woodstock Farmer's Market Ranked As Top Producer's Only Market

Woodstock is home to the top-ranked Farmer's Market in Illinois. From May to October, come visit the Farmer's Market on the historic Woodstock Square on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 am-1 pm. Here you will find the freshest produce in the state, baked goods made daily, handmade arts and crafts, and beautiful greenery all year long.The Woodstock Farmer's Market is a producers only market, meaning everything you purchase is grown or produced by the vendor.

Woodstock's King of Barbecue Driven to Perfection

Woodstock's King of Barbecue Driven to Perfection

It doesn't take long to figure out Jason Szmurlo is driven.

One conversation is all you need to know Szmurlo aims to be the best. The owner of BBQ King Smokehouse--just off the Square in downtown Woodstock at 125 East Calhoun Street--pursues perfection with a relentless zeal, whether it's the preparation of his soon-to-be-famous barbecue to the food presentation to the cleanliness of the washroom. "My Dad always taught me that whatever you do, do it right," Szmurlo says. "I want things done the right way."

Studio 2015 Jewelry: A Woodstock Gem

Studio 2015 Jewelry: A Woodstock Gem

Studio 2015 Jewelry exemplifies Real Woodstock. 

Located at 11701 Catalpa Lane in Woodstock, Studio 2015 Jewelry continues to be the most innovative retail jewelry store and design studio in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. With over 6,000 square feet of retail space, Studio 2015 offers a large inventory of diamonds, karat gold, platinum and silver jewelry, in addition to pearls, designer collections, watches, consignment pieces and more.

Woodstock Theatre a Part of Town's "Resurgence"

Woodstock Theatre a Part of Town's "Resurgence"

To Willis and Shirley Johnson, The Woodstock Theatre is like one of their children. One of thirteen “children" to be exact, including the Tivoli in Downers Grove, the Lake in Oak Park and the Lindo in Freeport. Like the Woodstock Theatre, they are classic downtown movie houses with charm and character. 

Yet, while Shirley says they play no favorites—“That’s like asking which of your children you love the most” —it’s clear Woodstock and its theater just off the square holds a special place in their hearts. 

Ethereal Confections; Bean To Bar Chocolate Made In House

Ethereal Confections; Bean To Bar Chocolate Made In House

Mary Ervin and Sara Miller are aiming to put their chocolate, and Woodstock, on the map.

The term “Real Woodstock” is more than a headline or a marketing theme. It represents a spirit of creativity, of independence, and an authentic sense of community.

The owners of Ethereal Confections, Mary Ervin and Sara Miller, are terrific examples of “Real Woodstock”. Not only do they celebrate “local”, they are spreading their chocolate—and the Woodstock name—around the world. More than 200 stores across the U.S., Canada and Mexico sell their product, and they ship all over the world via their web site.