Quad Cities’ Wild Cherry Spoon Co. Announced as One of Illinois Office of Tourisms Makers in its Illinois Made Program
Quad Cities (Monday, September 30, 2019) – The Illinois Office of Tourism is excited to announce 18 business to join the Illinois Made program. From award-winning artist to inspiring nonprofits, sustainable craftsmen and even an alpaca ranch, each of these makers are loved by Illinois locals and help make the state an amazing destination for visitors. One of our Quad Cities-own has now been added to the Illinois Made program, Wild Cherry Spoon Co. in Rock Island, Ill.
Located at The Shoppes on 2nd building at 1700 2nd Ave. in downtown Rock Island, the Wild Cherry Spoon Co. uses ethically harvested urban lumber to create hand crafted wooden spoons, spatulas, pizza cutters, cutting boards, and more. The shop also features a variety of other culinary items for those loving to cook and bake.
Owner and chief artisan Tim McGuire hand-chisels each wooden cooking utensil before finishing them with organic olive oil and beeswax. The business opened in November 2018 and was named for his love of working with cherry wood.
All the lumber Tim uses for his pieces come from Native Woods in Rock Island. His exclusively urban lumber yard comes mostly from trees that were damaged by storm, were diseased, or by way of power lines. Tim McGuire says, “Buying this way is important to us as a community because the wood is local to the Quad Cities, supports another small business, and is an ecologically conscious way to harvest materials.”
“Wild Cherry Spoon Co. is ecstatic to be recognized by the Illinois Made Program and honored to be a business putting the Quad Cities on the map,” says McGuire. “As a family operated establishment, it’s always been our goal to make kitchenware products that elevate the dining experience and bring friends and families closer together. Being a part of the Illinois Made family of artisans really echoes that sentiment, as we encourage tourists to come have a seat at the Quad Cities table.”
The Illinois Made program drives visitors to all regions of Illinois by promoting authentic, locally-loved experiences throughout the state,” said Jan Kemmerling, Acting Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “The program aims to increase both visitor spending and tax revenue for communities statewide.”
“We are proud of Wild Cherry Spoon Co. and their recognition through the Illinois Made Program,” said Dave Herrell, President and CEO, Visit Quad Cities. “Our local businesses are what makes the Quad Cities regional destination thrive and authentic. And, the more that we can share their stories with the world, the stronger our QC visitor economy will become.”
Launched in 2016, Illinois Made spotlights the people, products and authentic experiences you can have in Illinois and inspires travelers to explore destinations across the state. There are currently 147 makers in the program.
Other Illinois Quad Cities businesses previously recognized by the Illinois Made program include Lagomarcino’s of Moline and Navarro Canoe Co. of Rock Island.
To learn more about the Wild Cherry Spoon Co., visit www.wildcherryspoonco.com. To learn more about Illinois Made or to nominate a business, visit www.enjoyillinois.com/illinoismade.
Tim McGuire, Owner, Wild Cherry Spoon Co., email@example.com