| Journal Star
PEORIA – Hindsight is 20/20, so the saying goes. But for Logan Milligan, it really is.
The 27-year-old Peoria native opened his shop, Hindsight, which focuses on vintage clothing and skateboard decks, among other things, after he began to miss the old concert shirts that he used to wear as a kid.
“I used to wear them all the time, and then I went through a time when I thought it wasn’t cool,” he said. “Then it came back, and I looked back with hindsight on how much I really enjoyed and missed that time. And with the year being 2020, it just seemed the right way.”
But his shop, located at 325 E. Lake Ave., just behind Peoria Stadium, is a work in progress, and he hopes that by next year, lockdowns and fears from the coronavirus will fade and his shop can be what he wanted it to be – a place to hearken back to the times when people used to hang out in record stores and skate shops.
“I want this to be a place where people can hang out, meet each other and learn they can do this themselves,” Milligan said of the small shop that features couches and an old, tube-style TV, complete with an old video game console and a VHS player. “I am one of the people who are ‘in between.’ I was born after the people who didn’t grow up with cellphones but before the people who have had them all their lives.”
To that end, he wants his shop to be place where people, especially the younger set, can learn about how to make their own music, or skateboards, or posters, or whatever they think could be done, and see that a local kid from Peoria can do that.
And if he can make money selling vintage concert shirts from the 1980s, then that’s part of the plan, too. The shop looks like a throwback to an earlier time when baseball jersey-style T-shirts bearing the logos of Van Halen, Metallica and other bands were seen in the hallways of local high schools.
Vinyl records from bands like Asia adorn one wall while there is a rack of cassette tapes with bands like Phish, the Grateful Dead and others. For anyone who came up in the “Reagan Rock” era, it’s a trip down memory lane.
It’s been a lifelong dream, Milligan said, to set up such a shop. But he misses live music. He had hoped his place would feature bands, but COVID-19 put an end to that. He was working at Kenny’s Westside Pub in Downtown Peoria as their “live music guy,” but again, the virus put a stop to that.
“I can’t wait to get back to hearing live music,” he said, adding that he hopes that his shop will be a focal point for locals who want to get their own band promoted.
And in a true throwback, he waits a day or so before putting things on his website. That’s done, he said, to give people the incentive to come in.
“I want people to feel how smooth the fabric is on some of these old shirts or see the blemishes,” he said. It’s about the humanity and the soul of what he does.