Effingham Makers Directory

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Fresh Digs 

Each and every season, Joanna Davies - owner and operator of Fresh Digs, Inc. - carefully curates a selection of handcrafted, homegrown products such as jewelry, pottery, handmade soaps and other body products, fudge and jams, popcorn, furniture, paintings, watercolor prints, plants, photography, painted furniture, magnets, pillows, wooden items, crocheted items, felted décor, bunting, patches, candles and more. Special handmade products appear at various holidays, especially Christmas…

 210 North Banker Street, Effingham,  IL 

(217) 350-0812


John Boos Factory Showroom and Outlet

As John Boos & Co. celebrates over 125 years of continuous business, they stand with strength built on a block of American history. The well recognized gourmet Boos Block ® brand has become significant to the heritage and reputation. Having adapted to market changes through the years, the company continues to grow in its service to the gourmet, foodservice, residential, supermarket, and industrial markets.

1703 Ave. of Mid-America, Effingham, IL

(217) 347-7790


Emma Lagerhausen - Pottery


At the age of 17, Emma Lagerhausen is our youngest Effingham Maker, to date, to be featured as part of the #MadeinEffingham program. Emma is currently a Senior enrolled at Beecher City High School, but has been taking pottery lessons since fifth grade with local ceramicists, Tim and Pam Frey, at Frye Pottery in Shumway, Ill. These days, she often flies solo at the wheel, developing her own unique style and then, selling her pieces at the Effingham Farmer's Market and at Fresh Digs, in downtown Effingham.

Available at Fresh Digs: 210 North Banker Street, Effingham,  IL 

Alwerdts Gardens 

A botanical treasure house and outdoor gallery, Alwerdts Gardens and Alwerdt Artworks and Sculpture Park are one of Effingham’s hidden gems. Located just one mile south off of Interstate 70, Exit 82, the business and park cover several acres of land with their display gardens and half-mile sculpture walk. The grounds are truly a labor of love, courtesy of this month’s #MadeinEffingham maker, Nik Alwerdt. 

3238 East 800th Avenue, Altamont, IL

(618) 483-5798


Effing Brew Company 

Effing Brew Company is owned and operated by some of Effingham’s newest local makers, and we’re excited to welcome them to our #MadeinEffingham program. The brewery and restaurant, which opened earlier this year, prides itself in serving its community with delicious food, outstanding beer, excellent catering services, and delightful events.

221 West Jefferson Ave. 

(217) 347-2337


Tuscan Hills Winery 

Established in July 2011, by Wes and Wanda Pitcher, Tuscan Hills Winery is a beautiful winery with an old world Tuscan feel. Set on ten acres of original farmstead, just off Historic Hills Drive, the winery features indoor seating for over 100 people and a spacious outside porch that overlooks its small vineyard. The winery is a unique extension of who Wes and Wanda are, not only as individuals, but as a couple. The vision Wanda and Wes have for the winery, is one of family and friendship. They enjoy creating a welcoming atmosphere for all who walk through the front door.

2200 Historic Hills Drive, Effingham, IL

 (217) 347-9463


Firefly Grill

Local restaurateurs, Niall and Kristie Campbell, have created a unique oasis for the Effingham community in their farm & table restaurant, firefly grill. The award-winning, eco-friendly roadhouse rests on the shores of Lake Kristie, nestled between their gardens and sheltered by the wooded grounds of their beloved community.

1810 Ave. of Mid-America, Effingham, IL

(217) 342-4753


Tytia Habing Photography 

Local photographer, Tytia Habing, finds inspiration in Effingham’s rustic, yet vibrant landscape. Whether she’s shooting in the woods near her rural home, capturing life on her family’s Watson farm or documenting the revival of historic areas in town, Tytia’s photography consistently captures the moment. Her photos are raw, wild and breathtaking… and best of all, they’re taken in our own backyards.