PEORIA – Hindsight is 20/20, so the expressing goes. But for Logan Milligan, it definitely is.
The 27-calendar year-old Peoria indigenous opened his shop, Hindsight, which focuses on vintage clothes and skateboard decks, amongst other items, after he started to miss out on the aged concert shirts that he applied to use as a kid.
“I utilized to put on them all the time, and then I went by means of a time when I assumed it was not cool,” he mentioned. “Then it arrived back, and I looked again with hindsight on how considerably I really enjoyed and skipped that time. And with the year getting 2020, it just appeared the ideal way.”
But his store, found at 325 E. Lake Ave., just behind Peoria Stadium, is a do the job in development, and he hopes that by next yr, lockdowns and fears from the coronavirus will fade and his shop can be what he desired it to be – a area to hearken back to the times when folks made use of to hold out in history shops and skate retailers.
“I want this to be a location exactly where people today can hold out, fulfill each individual other and learn they can do this themselves,” Milligan reported of the small shop that features couches and an aged, tube-type Television, full with an previous online video match console and a VHS participant. “I am a single of the people who are ‘in amongst.’ I was born soon after the individuals who didn’t expand up with cellphones but right before the persons who have had them all their lives.”
To that conclude, he wishes his store to be place wherever men and women, in particular the young established, can master about how to make their own songs, or skateboards, or posters, or whatsoever they believe could be completed, and see that a local child from Peoria can do that.
And if he can make income selling classic concert shirts from the 1980s, then that’s element of the strategy, much too. The shop appears like a throwback to an earlier time when baseball jersey-type T-shirts bearing the logos of Van Halen, Metallica and other bands were viewed in the hallways of neighborhood large schools.
Vinyl records from bands like Asia adorn a person wall while there is a rack of cassette tapes with bands like Phish, the Grateful Useless and others. For any one who came up in the “Reagan Rock” era, it’s a trip down memory lane.
It truly is been a lifelong aspiration, Milligan claimed, to established up these types of a shop. But he misses stay songs. He had hoped his location would attribute bands, but COVID-19 place an conclude to that. He was doing the job at Kenny’s Westside Pub in Downtown Peoria as their “stay tunes man,” but once again, the virus put a stop to that.
“I are unable to wait to get back to listening to reside music,” he mentioned, introducing that he hopes that his store will be a focal stage for locals who want to get their have band promoted.
And in a correct throwback, he waits a working day or so right before putting issues on his site. Which is accomplished, he stated, to give persons the incentive to appear in.
“I want people today to sense how easy the material is on some of these aged shirts or see the blemishes,” he stated. It’s about the humanity and the soul of what he does.