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Your Home For All-Inclusive Art Creation

Rockford Buzz

Posted On: March 26, 2024

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Introducing ICON Studios 🦚✨ Yash Musabji began recording his own music and music videos in high school, but he wanted somewhere he could take his art to the next level. Somewhere he could make affordable, high-quality content. So he gathered a team of creatives, and built his own state-of-the-art studio!


Yash and his team don't just record and mix, they are an all-inclusive pack of pros. They can handle all of your audio and visual needs 🎙️🎥 from sound mixing and music creation to cinematography and photography. They'll storyboard a whole project with you from beginning to end!


Yash is also a board member of the Rockford Area Arts Council which means he can help you get connected to local Art and Music Events. This Saturday (March 30th) Yash is opening his doors to all local creatives, from 1 to 5 PM. He wants to know how he can help every one of us artists.

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Bon Voyage Amy!!

I got to hang out with Amy (From Gratitude Bistro) before she leaves tomorrow, April 19th, for a big journey! Over the next 11 weeks, Destination Healthy Skin will be traveling the US performing FREE skin cancer screenings!✨ They will make two stops in Rockford, on July 2nd and 3rd! They will be parked at the Edgebrook Shops from 10 am to 4 pm on both days! To learn more about Destination Healthy Skin and where they will be this summer, check out the Skin Cancer Foundation's website at https://www.skincancer.org/early-detection/destination-healthy-skin/I hope you drive safe, Amy! We will see you in July!☀️❤️

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Traditional Thai Flavors at Sister's Thai

Traditional Thai Flavors at Sister's Thai

Sister's Thai is a downtown staple located at 514 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104. The authentic Thai cuisine is out of this world and worth exploring during your next trip downtown. We visited for dinner and stayed for the atmosphere.We started with their Crab Rangoon: deep fried won-ton stuffed with imitation crab meat, cream cheese & green onions. These savory appetizers are served with a sweet and sour sauce and come out piping hot and fresh. Made by hand, each one is unique and stuffed full. This is a perfect shareable for two.Next we tried Pad Thai: stir fried thin rice noodles with ground peanuts, green onions, bean sprouts & eggs in their delicious homemade sauce. You can choose to add of beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, pork or veggies to your Pad Thai as well. This Thai classic is perfect for beginners just starting to test their international palate, but also a beloved dish by all. The mild flavors with the homemade peanut sauce really blend together nicely. Rice noodles can be tricky, but the team at Sister’s Thai prepare them perfectly. No overly sticky, or mushy noodles here! Love Pad Thai but want a kick? Ask them to make it spicy!We also tried their authentic Nam Kow: ground pork sausage with crispy deep fried rice, mixed in Thai house spices, served with lettuce cup garnish on the side. Squeeze your lime over the heaping pile of rice and sausage, and then load up your lettuce cups for a delicious trip through the flavors of Thailand. The generous portion and intricate flavors of the Thai spices make this an incredibly satisfying dish, making this a popular menu item over the years.Next time you want to explore classic Thai dishes, head downtown to Sister's Thai. The service is fast and friendly, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is cozy. See you there, Rockford!

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A Place For All Your Sewing Needs

I got to spend some time with the amazing Paige and Eric, who own and operate Simple Stitches. They are your go-to alteration and design squad. They're all about making your apparel fit like a glove and crafting custom pieces that scream YOU. Plus, they're not just about clothes – leather, vinyl, thick canvas, you name it, they stitch it!Whether you're an individual with a wardrobe dilemma or a business with bulk orders, they've got flexible pricing to suit your needs. They're also the go-to for dry-cleaning spots too!Meet the brains behind the needles: Paige Haefke, the sewing aficionado extraordinaire! Paige's passion for all things sewing kicked off at Starlight Theatre of Rock Valley College. With a degree in Fashion Design and a lifelong dedication to the craft, she's the ultimate "sewing nerd" ready to turn your visions into reality. When you're in a stitch-y situation, Paige has got your back! ✂️💫

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A New School for Lifelong Learners

Education is key 🔑 and there is a new school that wants to inspire lifelong learners. I'm so thankful to have gotten to know Carrie, Melissa, and Pastor Michael while on a tour of Calvary Baptist Christian School. ❤️ They have spacious facilities with many ideas to help nurture students academically. I think the best part about them is their passion! They truly want to help every student that walks through their doors! Calvary Baptist Christian School would like to invite everyone to their open house on Tuesday, April 16th at 7 pm, where you can tour the school, ask questions, meet staff, learn about the enrollment process, and discover what sets Calvary Baptist Christian School apart. Children are welcome to the event as well! ✨🗓️ Tuesday, April 16th⏰ 7:00 PM📍6286 Linden Rd, Rockford, ILYou can also find more information about Calvary Baptist Christian School at www.https://calvarybaptistrockford.com/

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WOYC Free Fun Fair 2024!!

This Saturday, April 13th, All Parents of little learners are invited to the Week of the Young Child Free Resource Fair!✨ It will be a fun-filled morning of:Playful activities that'll make your kiddos giggle with glee.Valuable resources for raising superstar kiddos.Connections with other awesome parents & caregivers."Play is the Work of Childhood."If you pre-register at the link below, you will be entered into a free raffle drawing for some cool prizes!🎁🧺🎟️https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpMHyUWP9vy2TUUjIkL3b-sKypQ5Vq0XW_H2-U9A1hY8RsTQ/viewform?fce_id=5ee3d1d2-e900-4b9a-92e4-2324b7e272b7&fbclid

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Welcome Vanakkam India!

Welcome Vanakkam India!

Vanakkam India has opened at 1620 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. With classic flavors from the heart of India, you can travel the world with every bite. Keep reading for all the spicy details!You cannot have Indian food without Naan, and Vanakkam has four types for you to choose from. We tried the Garlic & Cilantro flavor and it was amazing! Buttery flavors really come through along with the classic toasty flavor from the clay oven. Find your favorite flavor and enjoy!Next up was their Lamb Tikka Masala, pieces of lamb cooked in creamy onion tomato sauce flavored with spices. We ordered a medium spice level and it definitely had a kick! The sauce is creamy and flavorful. The lamb is mild and fun deviation from the usual chicken. Served with cumin rice this is a delicious meal that won't leave you hungry.We also ordered their House Special Chicken Curry, a special home style chicken curry made of chef's secret recipe. I don't know what in it, and I don't care... this curry was fantastic! The medium spice certainly wakes up your sinus system, in the best way. The flavors were out of this world. This is not a cream-based sauce, so it has a lighter texture. The chicken pieces were generous and the chicken was tender and delicious. This is a house favorite for sure!Because we simply couldn't stop, we also had to try their Chicken Tekka Kabob, boneless chicken cubes marinated with ginger, garlic, herbs, yogurt, and spices skewered and roasted in the clay oven. The flavor of this chicken was delicious and the fresh salad was a perfect addition to our meal. This is perfect for fans of a milder flavor and was a hit for the kids.  If you find yourself on the east end of town and want a meal that will let you explore the world, try Vanakkam India. See you there, Rockford!

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Get Ducked

Head over to Anderson Jeep dealer and buckle up for an exhilarating ride! 🌟 Whether you're a thrill-seeker or seeking ultimate comfort, they've got a ride to match your style. From rugged off-roaders to sleek city cruisers, there's something for everyone. Come test drive your dream car today and experience the thrill of the open road!

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New Look, Same Great Food!!

Salamone's was already mouth-watering, but now their restaurant is jaw-dropping! 🤤😲😄 I got to take a tour after hours, and now I can't stop begging my boyfriend for Date Night. Salamone's is gorgeous, vibrant, and inviting. Everyone should go grab a pizza with friends underneath the Lights!✨

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Jake Meets the Creators of the Men Cheat Codes Podcast

Jake had a chance to meet up with some other Rockford content creators and be a guest on their podcast! Jay, Lisa, and Robert are some amazing people that created a podcast and YouTube channel to help provide young men and women with cheat codes to level up their lives. Check them out at https://www.youtube.com/@MENCC815

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Bop Bop Korean BBQ & Rice Bowl has a Storefront!

Bop Bop Korean BBQ & Rice Bowl has a Storefront!

Bop Bop Korean BBQ & Rice Bowl is now more than a food truck! They opened up inside City Market at 116 N Madison St Market, Rockford, IL 61107. Order at the counter and be served table side with fresh Korean BBQ favorites.  First, we had to try their Potato Korean Hot Dog. No meat in this dog, it's solid mozzarella cheese deep fried in potato-laden batter. Served fresh out of the fryer, the cheese pull is Instagram worthy and cheese lovers will find their new holy grail. Eat it plain or top it with ketchup, Gochujang Sauce, or hot cheetos dust to make it your own. Go head to head with your friends for longest cheese pull!Next up, the Galbi Rice Bowl, marinated short ribs. These short ribs are the hero you didn't know you needed. The flavor is out of this world and the portion is generous. The ribs are on the bone, making this a fun finger food if you like. The sauce they are marinated in is slightly sweet and completely delicious.  Next we tried the Bulgogi and Chicken Combination Rice Bowl. Bulgogi is a thinly sliced marinated ribeye. The sauce is savory and the meat is tender and juicy. You can choose a mild soy garlic sauce or spicy Gochujang Sauce. I went with soy garlic and its flavor is stunning. The chicken is tender and delicious. Paired together, this combo is filling and makes a fun dinner with lots of flavor.Rice bowls come with rice, japchae noodles (Korean sweet potato noodles), lettuce and yum yum dressing. The noodles are prepared perfectly, not sticky or chewy. The salad is fresh and the yum yum dressing is light and fresh with a hint of ginger.  You can't go wrong at Bop Bop Korean BBQ and Rice Bowl. They have fun specialty drinks to explore and the service was attentive and incredibly friendly. We can't wait to stop by again for Korean BBQ!

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Mac and Cheesey Goodness

Had the most amazing lunch break with my boss, Jake! 🍽️ We treated ourselves to Detour Bar and Grill and oh my goodness, it was a feast! Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese, Barbecue Chicken Mac & Cheese, and Chili Lime Wings - talk about a flavor explosion! 🤩🔥 Everything was beyond delicious, we couldn't stop raving about it. Definitely a lunch break to remember!Pop by soon to see the changes Neil has been making to the menu at The Detour Bar & Grill! 1920 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111🍗🧀🌶️

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Top Stops in the City of Gardens

Top Stops in the City of Gardens

Spring is finally back after our strange popcorn Winter! Which Local Garden is at the top of your list to visit???

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Rockford's home for Peace and Hope

Jake and I had the most eye-opening experience touring the Rockford Family Peace Center! It's truly a beacon of hope for anyone experiencing domestic violence. The dedication of the staff and the comprehensive support services offered here are incredible. They are holding a Fundraiser next weekend, April 6th, from 7-9 at the Union Event Space. If you're unable to attend the fundraiser, you can always donate to the center on their website: https://rockfordfamilypeacecenter.org/You can check out more details about their Circus After Dark fundraiser at Rockford Buzz

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Happy Early 115th Birthday to the Rockford Park District!

Happy Early 115th Birthday to the Rockford Park District!

Did you know the Rockford Park District is older than sliced bread?   On March 29, 1909, Rockford voters banded together and approved the creation of the Rockford Park District. In the 17 Rockford districts, 1,234 voted to approve the park plan and only 798 opposed it. It passed in 14 of the 17 districts.  Thanks to those far-thinking voters, we now have one of the top park districts in the United States. It has won the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation three times.  It’s a little too cold to enjoy the golf courses and pools right now, but there are so many other amazing RPD attractions. A few of my favorites are Carlson Ice Arena, the UW Health Sports Factory, Levings Park, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, and Lockwood Park.  Happy Early Birthday to the Rockford Park District! May your 115th birthday be better than sliced bread! 

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