Philomena + Ruth, Waterloo, IL-based independent boutique, is celebrating their three year anniversary with a party, shutting down part of the street to host live music, local vendors, yard games, photo opportunities and more on Sunday, April 29 12-5pm at 118 W. Mill Street, Waterloo, IL. This event is free and open to all.

Philomena + Ruth’s 3 Year Anniversary Party will be block party style, featuring live music by the Cara Louise Band from 1-4pm, cocktails by The Wandering Sidecar Bar, pastries by Prioritized Pastries, drink samples from Stump’s Distillery and Hopskeller Brewery, prizes and discounts, photos with Big Stu Films and more. Plus, party-goers will be able to shop the newly launched Spring/Summer 2018 Collection. Collectable anniversary posters will be available for purchase day of event.

“As we work to grow Philomena + Ruth as an online brand, it’s important to celebrate the heart and soul of the business, which is the brick and mortar.  At its core, Philomena + Ruth is a small town small business with its roots in family, friends, and community. If once a year is the only time some of our fans, followers and customers can make it out to Waterloo, then I want to make sure we’re showcasing the best that the store, and our town, has to offer,” comments Elizabeth Hahn, Philomena + Ruth Founder.

Philomena + Ruth is an independently owned store in historic downtown Waterloo, IL, stocking handcrafted and independently produced clothing, accessories, jewelry, and home decor from the best artisans around the country.  The store is located in a 100 year old building that has been brought back to life with industrial and vintage accents, using reclaimed materials from the family farm.

Elizabeth Hahn, Founder, is a designer and veteran store owner.  Philomena + Ruth isn’t just a store. It’s also the brand name of Elizabeth’s line of clothing, accessories, and graphic tees. Using the current social and political climate as inspiration, her designs are meant to inspire conversations, friendships, activism, and good vibes!

Philomena and Ruth were Elizabeth’s grandmothers, for whom she named the store.  Their names convey the sense of community and tradition that is strongly felt throughout the brand. Supporting one’s community, neighbors, and friends through shopping locally and buying handmade has a special meaning.  Small town America was built on independent entrepreneurs and the community that supports them, and many of the skills that go into the handcrafted goods found at Philomena + Ruth have been passed down from generation to generation.​​