An Idea Becomes Reality: The Heirloom Cafe Celebrates Its Grand Opening
Family, staff, and members of the Gateway Area Chamber of Commerce join owner Bill Heid (3rd from left) at the official ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Heirloom Cafe.
THOMSON – The adage, “Time waits for no one” apparently inspired Bill Heid into action.
While the Village of Thomson and its nearly 500 residents are anxiously awaiting the Thomson Correctional Center to open amidst rumors that it may finally happen after 12 years, Heid, his family and staff decided to keep moving forward.
“We love Thomson, Illinois,” proclaimed Heid during the ribbon cutting on a rainy (finally) Friday morning, June 29. “We’re thankful for all who have come today, and we’re thankful to be in Thomson.”
Saying it was a pole building just 6 weeks ago, Heid acknowledged the efforts of Dan Prowant, who spearheaded the construction project. “It’s amazing to see this today. We think the world of you.”
Heirloom Cafe is part of Solutions from Science, an internationally-recognized internet business. It’s a family business that employs about 50 and continues to grow without the prison.
“Ideas are things,” Heid stated, “and this business started with an idea a little over 2 years ago. We then thought, if we have a seed company, why not have a place where you can learn about heirloom produce and sustainable living. The Cafe is a natural outgrowth of what we do at the Market. We will serve what we grow!”
Heid spoke of the “pioneer spirit” that he feels will be the catalyst for success in not only Thomson, but in the region - and the nation.
Bill Heid introduces Thomson Village President Jerry “Duke” Hebeler, who loves seeing the progress made at the Thomson business. (PA photos/T. Kocal)
“You can have the attitude, we’re going to wait for something to happen, or, we’re going to try make it happen and figure out a way to bring the world here,” Heid said. “That’s one of our main goals.”
After the ribbon cutting, Heid introduces Thomson Village President Jerry “Duke” Hebeler to the audience. Duke is pleased that there is progress being made in Thomson, in spite of the prison situation.
“I live just across the street from Heirloom Market, and I enjoy sitting out and relaxing, watching the progress. Every time I look out, you’re building something different,” Duke said to Heid. “I wish you’d build a prison - maybe then we could get it opened!”
The cafe is located in the Solutions from Science building along Route 84 in Thomson. It’s open 7 to 7, Monday through Saturday, and from Noon until 4 on Sunday.
“Is there a way to make a business work in a little, small town like Thomson?” Heid asked. “We think that there is.”