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Favorite BBQ in the 815

Favorite BBQ in the 815

National Barbecue Month in May encourages us to break out our special recipes and get some mouthwatering deliciousness started. But if you want to celebrate without the work, just stop in to your favorite local BBQ joint... and then tell us about it by voting for your favorite!

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Subversive Cycling Moved to a New Location

Bike to Work Day is tomorrow. Need some wheels? Stop by Subversive Cycling Company at 327 W Jefferson Street. They offer bicycles for the whole family from brands like Reid, Ettrone, and Surly. Get connected to the local bicycle groups and start riding!

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Jake's at Cattle & Cream Making Sausage!

Ever wonder how sausage is made? Take a deep dive into the behind-the-scenes with Jake at Cattle & Cream to watch him learn the art of the butcher. Head on over and try their spinach and feta sausage too!

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There's Been Murder at Tinker Swiss. Can You Help Solve This Mystery?

Dust off your flapper dress, zoot suits, and Tommy guns and get ready for your Roaring Twenties Murder Mystery Party! At the height of prohibition, morale was high, morals were at an all-time low, and most of the country was controlled by the Mafia.Tickets are limited, so book your spot today!www.tinkercottage.com/murder-mystery-night.html*This is NOT a dinner. Please plan accordingly.

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Midsommar Festival is Back for 2022!

Hey! (that means hello in Swedish) The Midsommar celebration is finally here, and you're invited to partake in the festivities with the Swedish Historical Society on June 18th. You might even see Viking Jake there. Come be a Swede with us!

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Brews on First is at The Rivets Stadium!

Why is Jake on the Rockford Rivets baseball field? For Brews on First of course! Saturday, May 21st will be a day to remember. 🍻 Watch and find out all the exciting plans for the day. 🀩

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Surprise! πŸ’₯ We Launched Another Location!

Rockford Buzz has expanded its reach and now it's time to start another location with our neighbors at the Stateline Buzz. We're so excited to make this big step in our journey and happy to introduce you to the (Jake) of the new location. Check it out.

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Kind PT & Wellness Brings You Concierge PT & Wellness Services at Home, at Work, or at the Clinic

If you have been battling aches and pains, it may be time to consult the team at Kind PT & Wellness. With their concierge physical therapy services, they can bring the clinic to you. Maintenance care that meets you where you are with Kind PT & Wellness.

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Visit New Milford's Only Pipe and Cigar Shop: Strike the Box Pipe and Cigars

Strike the Box has just opened in New Milford! Just a short drive from Rockford, this is a new hidden gem for cigar enthusiasts. They've been busy partnering up with local businesses to bring cigars to you all over the Stateline.Check out their Grand Opening event on May 14th!

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A Unique Taste of Birria at The Taco Shop 815

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We only have one thing on our mind today... tacos!The Taco Shop 815, a food truck in the Rockford area, started during the pandemic. Their unique blend of flavors makes an out-of-this-world birria that you can order in many ways (including as a taco)! Be sure to check them out in the Forest Plaza parking lot and celebrate with your favorite taco.

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Come Down to Reel Nutrition!

Hold my Butterbeer! Reel Nutrition is open and ready to serve you a fun movie-themed protein shake. Need an afternoon pick me up? Try their boosted tea for a fun new way to enjoy caffeine.To quote Sudden Impact, " Good ahead, make my day."

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Kentucky Derby Day is Coming to Shooters Tap Room

Love horses? Love hats? Love food trucks?You're in luck! Derby Day is May 7th and Shooters Tap Room is throwing a Derby Day Party complete with race coverage, food trucks, OTB, giveaways, and more.Which horse has your bet? Based on name alone... I'm hoping for Skippylongstocking to place.

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Circle of Change is Using Dogs to Help Our Local Heroes

Veterans and First Responders can find help at Circle of Change. Many of the dogs exhibit some of the same symptoms as veterans/first responders with anxiety issues, traumatic brain injury, and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.​Over time, participants gain a pathway to their own recovery by helping dogs overcome behavioral challenges.For more information, visit: https://www.circleofchangeprogram.com/

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Find Your Custom Sign and More at The GroundUP Stores!

The GroundUP Stores started as a side gig and quickly turned into a passion project. You can find anything you need for your parking lot πŸš—πŸ›‘, from striping, speed bumps, signs, and more. Check them out during their Grand Opening on Friday, April 29th from 10am-4pm. (We heard there would be donuts! 🍩)

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Parties at The Pottery Lounge

Celebrate anything you wish at The Pottery Lounge! Their party room is ready for your group. Not ready to host a party? Attend a party hosted by The Pottery Lounge. Next up, the Bad Mom's Party.

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Lost Pet Awareness with Frost Family Pet Clinic

We all hope it never happens, but sometimes our pets get lost. Increase your chances of a safe return with these tips from Dr. Weidner at Frost Family Pet Clinic!If it's good enough for the pups in Homeward Bound, it's good enough for us!

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Attention 90's Fans! Inzombia Coffee is Opening Soon!

Love coffee? Love the 90's? You're going to love Inzombia Coffee.Inzombia Coffee had to PIVOT! to downtown Rockford, and we can't wait to welcome them, and the memories of the '90s, into our city.

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Rockford Network of Professional Women Presents: Jo Miller

Join the Rockford Network of Professional Women at their half-day event. It's a combination of networking, inspiration, education, and a fundraiser to provide scholarship funds to non-traditional female students. To register, please visit: https://rockfordnetwork.org/

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PC Tech 2 U has Laptops

PC Tech 2 U carries laptops, offers free set-up, and takes the headache out of all your tech needs.

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Time 4 Tools with Giddens Property Service

Does everyone know what time it is? Time 4 Tools! In this episode, Jake Borland (Al's beardless and less successful brother) interviews Giddens Property Service.

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All Auto Parts - $400 for Your Junk Car

Cash is King, and All Auto Parts wants to put cash in your pocket for that car that you really should have gotten rid of a while ago. Get at least $400 for your junk car, and help clean up the streets.

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Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Earth Day Awards 2022

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Presents the Annual Earth Day Awards Banquet at the Forest Hills Country Club on April 14th, featuring Guest Speaker Jarrod Hennis of Rockford Art Deli and Special Emcee Mark Henderson of WIFR TV. Don't miss this opportunity to support an amazing organization within our community. To make a reservation, visit: https://forms.donorsnap.com/form...

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815Eats Separates the Guilty from the Pleasure

815Eats offers a unique line of microwaveable dips that will change the way you think about snack time. Simply add water and microwave for a flavorful treat with only 100 calories per container. It's time to separate the guilty from the pleasure.

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Happy 2nd Anniversary DeeDee's Main Street Coffee and Decor

After opening a new business in the middle of a pandemic, DeeDee's Main Street Coffee and Decor is happy to be celebrating 2 amazing years in the Rockton community. Love coffee and parties? Join them for the big celebration!

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Santosha Yoga Studio and Gifts - Rockford's Newest Yoga Studio

Santosha Yoga Studio and Gifts is offering yoga classes for all skill levels, along with a Himalayan Salt Sauna. Learn more about the practice of yoga, pick up a beautiful gift from the shop, and bring your mind, body, and spirit together. Ohmmm....

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Puppy Play Time at Meyer's Tails Up Farm

Beat the Monday morning blues by watching puppies in slow motion! After all, happiness is a warm puppy, and they're so fluffy!!!If you have a new puppy, reach out to Meyer's Tails Up Farm for their next puppy training session.

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Barnstormer Distillery - New Hangar Tasting Room

Barnstormer Distillery has been building its new tasting room inside an airplane hangar! It's finally ready for you to enjoy, starting with their Grand Opening, April 8th through the 10th. With limited-edition releases, food trucks, and more, be sure to include it in your weekend plans.

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Two Local Restaurants Partner for Unique Menu Item

We know that Lucha Cantina and The Pomodoro are amazing at their individual crafts... but we are here to announce the ultimate collaboration!

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Local Art Collective Gives Voice to those with Mental Health Diagnoses

Art and mental health have a long relationship that we often overlook. 317 Art Collective is highlighting the connection with Comorbidity, their newest show coming April1st. Take a unique look at this connection by viewing the art and the diagnosis side by side.

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Winnebago County CASA's 38th Annual Heritage Run

Winnebago County CASA's 38th Annual Heritage Run is on! The route is mapped and the runners are in training. Outrun Jake and support children in our local community.When: Sunday, April 24thWhere: Midway VillageTime: 9:00 AM Shotgun startSignup: https://winnebagocountycasa.org/event/HeritageRun

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The Bicycle Hub Just Announced Their Grand Re-Opening!

Last summer, the Bicycle Hub in Pecatonica got new owners. After some renovations and elbow grease, they just re-opened! They are fully stocked and ready to outfit you for summer fun.

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A Little Bit of Everything at Omakase

A Little Bit of Everything at Omakase

Right on the corner of E. State and Madison, you'll find Omakase, a ramen and sushi bar. We ventured in on a particularly hungry night to sample... almost everything.


We started with Gyoza, traditional pork dumplings pan cooked with chili ponzu s.auce, and Crab Rangoon. Nothing beats a good appetizer, especially here! Everything was delivered hot and with the most amazing sauces. Gyoza is a personal favorite of mine, so I may be a little biased. They were delicious. I will be back.


Next, we thought an entree would be the best choice. We went with the Teriyaki Steak dinner. We asked for it to be prepared rare, and this is definitely the place for you if you like your steak rare. They get it, they support it, they prepare it right. This was served with a generous heap (yes, heap) of grilled vegetables with amazing flavor. You get your choice of fried or white rice, and we wholeheartedly recommend the fried rice. It had such a fresh flavor and was definitely worth the extra few bucks. By now, we were full... but we knew we couldn't stop here.


It was time for sushi! We ordered the Yellow Tail, the Scallop Roll, and the Omakase Roll. We couldn't pass up ordering their namesake roll that features scallops, crab, avocado, green onion, baked with a sweet soy mao and sriracha sauce, and topped with masago and red tobiko.


The Yellow Tail and Scallop Roll were great mild choices, perfect for anyone new to sushi. The Omakase Roll brought some heat in a delicious way! This is a bolder roll, but we are glad we ordered it. The presentation alone was beautiful.


Of course, we finished with mochi. And we recommend you do as well. Be sure to make a reservation, as they fill up fast on busy nights. It's worth the extra planning for this delicious experience.