The McHenry Messenger

Local bakeries weather the pandemic

Though COVID-19 forced many local businesses to shut down, some restaurants like Riverside Bakery have remained open for curbside pickup. Coronavirus has impacted what was a booming economy in unprecedented ways.

Apryl Hanneman, Contributing Writer

April 20, 2020

Since March 20 when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order, many local bakeries have struggled to stay afloat, including Kiera Confections, Riverside Bakeshop, and Sweet Peas Emporium.    Even the most popular bakeries throughout McHenry County are currently experiencing ...

Hidden Pearl opens downtown, plans return to West Campus

In the process of re-establishing itself in the community, the Hidden Pearl coffee shop partnered with West Campus to serve students and staff. Since it disappeared in December, many have wondered when it will return.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Hidden Pearl’s absence at West Campus has lasted longer than students and staff anticipated. However, they have reopened their shop on Green Street, which has taken over a lot of their time. “Right now Hidden Pearl is kind of swamped because they opened up their brick and mortar,” West assistant...