In and Out store has locally-made crafts at Peoria’s Northwoods Mall

PEORIA — In and Out has been open and closed perhaps a bit more than

PEORIA — In and Out has been open and closed perhaps a bit more than its owner would prefer. It’s had a few name changes, too.

But it appears the store’s current incarnation might be right for In and Out owner Andre Ware and for the small-business proprietors and craftspeople who sell their wares from his space.

Located at Northwoods Mall, In and Out is a marketplace for about 50 Peoria-area vendors. They rent space from Ware. Among products they offer at In and Out are jewelry, clothing, pottery, books and accessories.

“We have a little bit of everything,” Ware said. “Our goal is to try to appeal to anybody who walks through the door.”

Ware was inspired by his parents, who operate The Cookie Shack. The local bakery operates online and has been part of the seasonal Peoria RiverFront Market. But Ware was looking to establish a venue where vendors could operate year-round.

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“My end goal is to make sure small businesses have a platform to sell their items on a consistent basis,” he said.

Andre Ware, owner of the In and Out arts and crafts store at Northwoods Mall, not only sells the work of about 50 local artists, but also features his own folded paper creations.

Open three years but often on the move

In his new location, near the Victoria’s Secret lingerie store at Northwoods, Ware believes he’s found some consistency.

Ware began his business in October 2018 in a strip mall on Brandywine Drive, across War Memorial Drive from Northwoods. But after about three months there, the building flooded. The store closed for a couple of months.