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“Summer summer summer time”


Being from the midwest, summers can be short. I’m planning on soaking up every ray of sunshine this year. My favorite thing to do is lay out by the water and relax.

How about yourself? What's your favorite thing to do in the summertime?.

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Getting to know Fika Salon

Fika, Fika, Fika. One thing that I love about getting to know my new community of the Stateline is learning new things. Fika is a Swedish word that translates as, “taking a break for coffee, having a bite to eat, and relaxing with others. Fika Salon is in the heart of Rockton. I had the honor of meeting with Lisa and getting the grand tour of her beautiful shop.What stood out to me right away was the art outside of the door. Two white wings. Greeting you, but also setting the atmosphere for the relaxing feel of the salon. Fika Salon really was breathtaking. Relaxing area with a couch and coffee table to kick back. Fika Salon also sells coffee to take home. Which was cool. There are two chandeliers that sparkle and light up the whole place. Also, there are hair products for purchase. This good brand is called Aquage. Not having long flowing hair anymore, I am kind of out of the product game. After looking it up, Aquage had some great reviews. Now that I’m growing out my hair, I can’t wait to give it a try. After getting the tour of the salon, Lisa, the owner, told me about her journey. Lisa is a family person for sure. Nothing better than a big family. She has been a hair stylist for twenty-one years. Which is amazing. Talk about experience in the trade. A professional that anyone could trust. She has been the owner of Fika Salon for about 3 years now. The shop has four other stylists. One with nineteen years of experience herself. Lisa did grow up in the Stateline community. One of her favorite things about the area is the Hononegah Forest Preserve. Personally, I have never been but now I want to check it out. I haven't been camping in forever. Also, Lisa loves the small-town community of Rockton. The people and events really make the town feel larger than life. With having a large family, schooling is important for Lisa. She held the schools in the area to high regard. Which is great to hear about because of my growing little one.Fika Salon is the place to be. Growing out my hair just got that much more exciting. I am looking forward to using Fika Salon’s services in the future. I could get a facial wax beforehand if I really wanted, but that really isn’t my thing. Waiting for the hair growth process it is. I would highly recommend anyone, and everyone to stop by Fika Salon and get to know what Fika is all about. Relaxing and being with people who don’t only cut hair, they're family. The great conversations, a place where you can be yourself and really take in the moment.-Until next time, Oscar signing off

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Watch the video for details of the upcoming event. June 25th at Sandwich Bar

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KissGlass Buzz Video (June of 2022)

Beautiful glass shop in the heart of Rockton. Make sure to show them some love, and stop by their shop.

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DeeDee's Main Street Coffee & Decor Buzz Video (May of 2022)

Stateline Buzz Im honored to introduce you to DeeDee's Coffee & Decor. Make sure to show them some love, and stop in for a morning coffee. Tell them Oscar sent you :)

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My First Old Settlers Days

My First Old Settlers Days

Old Settlers Days is an annual music festival that takes place in Rockton Illinois. Living in Rockford, I’ve heard of Old Settlers Days (OSD), but I’ve never attended. With starting Stateline Buzz, I knew I had to check out one of the biggest events in the Stateline.

The week leading up to OSD, I was in the Rockton area visiting businesses and shooting some free Buzz videos, when I stopped by Settlers Park. At this time, the attractions and stages were being set up. I was impressed by the number of rides that could fit into the park area. I really underestimate the actual size of the park. I chatted with some of the guys that were setting up the rides, and some of them come from all over the states. I didn’t envy them though, It felt like one hundred degrees out. I was sweating just walking around the park.

The wife and I planned on attending together. Unfortunately, it was a little too hot to bring Baby Selena. We ended up having grandma babysit for us. We were so excited to experience OSD for the first time. We were also looking forward to the food. Can I be honest for a moment? The food is always the best part. We had nachos, Italian beef, some chicken and fries, and funnel cakes! Those things are to die for. There was a food truck that was serving deep fried cookie dough. If anyone reading this had one, let me know asap! Wait, don’t. I don’t want to hear how good it was, when I know I'll have to wait another year to experience it.

Chi and I didn't get on any rides. Personally, I’m not much of a roller coaster or amusement park rides person but we did play some games! First, we had to win a goldfish. Everyone here knows, sinking a ball into one of those impossible glasses is the best feeling in the world. You really feel like Stephen Curry for a moment. Unfortunately, today wasn't one of those days. I felt like Shaq from the free throw. Missed every shot. It was fine. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if I was ready for the responsibility of raising a goldfish. Next was Skee-Ball, then the claw machine. My luck didn’t change. The carnival gods didn’t want me to get a stuffed animal for my lady.

Overall, Old Settlers Days is going to be an event that I look forward to bringing my growing family with year after year. OSD, in my opinion, is one of the best annual events that take place here in the Stateline. It was nice to see everyone out with their families having some summer fun. It was nice running into some friends that I haven't' seen in a while too. The food was great, the music was pleasant, and Chi and I enjoyed ourselves. Whether you stop out this year or not, make sure to be on the lookout for this event next year. I will have the date on the website for next year's event.

Until next time Stateline, Oscar signing out.

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My first time at the, Beloit Farmer' Market

My first time at the, Beloit Farmer' Market

The Beloit Farmers’ Market has been around since 1974. Bringing thousands together in the state line community. This year's 2022 farmers’ market has more than 130 different vendors. I had the honor of going to my first one, last Saturday. I’ve been looking forward to it since I heard about it. I have never been to a farmers’ market before, so I didn't know what to expect. I saw tons and tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, cheese, flowers, and delicious food options.

  The market takes up about 3 blocks in the heart of Beloit. For the market you must walk, so the wife and I parked down the road. First thing we did was walk the market in its entirety. I wanted to see all the vendors. It seemed like there were more than 130 there. We both saw a couple of vendors that caught our eye. The first one that I wanted to try was the fresh fruit smoothie stand. Had to get my favorite, strawberry watermelon. My favorite part about a real fruit smoothie is health benefits! Nothing is better than some food that tastes good and is good for you too.

  After finishing my smoothie, the wife must feed the baby. So, I went on a solo adventure. Walking around for a bit, I found a farmer that makes his own salsa. If you know me, I love Hispanic food of any kind. So, salsa is my jam! I purchased this one called, “Snake Bite”. The farmer told me this is one of his best sellers and had amazing flavor and heat. He wasn’t lying; I tried the salsa with some chips from Truk’t. Oh my god my mouth was on fire, but it burned so good. The taste was great, and the heat was hot. Can’t wait to try some of the hot sauces he had too.

  Overall, the Beloit Farmers’ Market is worth checking out. I had such an amazing time with the family, and I’m excited to check it out again. Next time that I go to the market I plan on bringing some extra cash so I can do some grocery shopping while I’m there. I won’t be letting fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, and delicious snacks next time. I also didn't have the time to stop by every vendor that I planned on. Next time I will make sure to spend a couple minutes with each one. Thank you to the Beloit area for hosting this event and sharing part of the state line culture with the community.

  -Until next time, Oscar signing off


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Favorite activity during the summer?

Favorite activity during the summer?

“Summer summer summer time”


Being from the midwest, summers can be short. I’m planning on soaking up every ray of sunshine this year. My favorite thing to do is lay out by the water and relax.

How about yourself? What's your favorite thing to do in the summertime?.

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What's the buzz on the grub? Article #1;  The Olive Branch

What's the buzz on the grub? Article #1; The Olive Branch

 One thing everyone will come to see about me is that I love food. Who doesn't though right? One of my favorites is Greek style food. Here in the state line area it is hard to find good gyros. I am so glad that I found out about The Olive Branch.

   The first thing that drew me towards this food truck is that the owners are 100% Greek. The name is a tribute to the owner's mother, who had an olive farm back in Greece. Also the owner's father was a chef at the Wagon Wheel back in the day also. The Olive Branch is a family owned business. First generation Greek food truck owners, but plan on passing this tradition and culture down. Everytime you go to The Olive Branch you don't know who you may see. The whole family takes part in bringing Greek culture to the state line. Overall the family feel of this food truck is one of a kind.

   Lets of course talk about the food. My go-to is a gyros with fries! You can’t ask for more than that. One of the best gyros is the state line area. The meat and the pita on the gyros is so good. The gyros meat is always moist, juicy, and ripe with flavor. Add on the soft and perfectly cooked pita, your taste buds are in for the time of their lives. The fries are extremely good as well. Nice and crunchy. I love dipping my fries in the gyros sauce. Thinking about it now makes me want to throw on my jacket and go get me one for lunch. My only regret is not trying all the wonderful options they have available. Next time I go, I'm going to have to venture off course and try something new. Overall the food is amazing.

   I am looking forward to getting to know the family behind The Olive Branch more. The Olive Branch is one of those places you can go and have a conversation with the owners and their family. I love that you can ask questions about the food, and get a little background story. Every item has a piece of Greek culture attached to it. That really stands out to me. The best way to describe the overall feel, and food at The Olive Brand is, Go see it for yourself. This food truck is so unique compared to many places here in the state line. Not to many places where you can have amazing Greek style food, learn about the culture, and have the family atmosphere. Don’t just take my word for it, go try it out yourself. Tell them, Oscar from Stateline Buzz sent you.


  • Until next time state line, Oscar logging off


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Frist Day in the State Line

Frist Day in the State Line

First Day in the State Line


My first day in the state line started off with some coffee at one of my new favorite places, DeeDee's Coffee on Main Street. I was able to meet the owner and introduce myself. Tried this amazing birthday cake latte , which was to die for! I am the biggest fan of birthday cake flavored anything. The drink was nice n' hot with the perfect amount of sweetness.

After leaving DeeDee's, Jake and I went on a tour of the state line. Stopped by all the major streets in Rockton, Roscoe, and the Beloit area. It was amazing seeing these communities in depth for the first time. Taking the time to explore the beautiful parks and business. I fell in love with the view of Settler's Park. The river flowing under the bridge, with the sun shining down on the vibrant green grass. It was astonishing.

Following our little tour, we stopped by the Beloit Police Department to see Chief Sayles. The three of us had a discussion about Stateline Buzz, and how I am so passionate to be a positive outlet here in the community. We talk about what I am looking to accomplish here in the region, and how we can help each other. Chief Sayles informed Jake and I of some organizations in the area that are all about positivity. It was an honor to meet with Chief Sayles and have an impactful conversation on where to get started. Looking forward to meeting again!

In conclusion my first day in the state line was a memorable one. From finding my new favorite coffee shop with the best birthday cake drink ever, getting to see Settle's Park for the first time, and meeting Chief Sayles. The state line has so much to offer, and it's sad I'm just finding out about it. Being just a couple towns over in Rockford, I've never taken the time out to experience everything here. I'm excited to start my new journey, and bring my passion for small business to the state line. I know I'm going to have so much to cover. Thank you to the people and business in the state line for showing me community hospitality.


 Until next time state line, Oscar signing out.

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All of your favorite candy, sold in bulk. Order 1/2 lb. at a time. All of our available candies are listed in the description below. (Subject to stock/sales and greedy in store sales!)

Jelly Belly: Blueberry, Blackberry, Buttered Popcorn, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cotton Candy, Chocolate Pudding, Crushed Pineapple, Grape, Green Apple,Island Punch, Ice Cream Birthday Cake,Island Punch, Juicy Pear, Krispy Kreme, Kiwi, Lemon Drop, Lime, Orange Sherbert, Peach, Red Raspberry, Soda Pop, Sour Cherry, Top Banana, Toasted Marshmallow, Tutti Fruitti, Watermelon, 

Sour Gummies: neon worms, blue raspberry bottles, bubblegum bottles, cola bottles, cherry cola bottles, Quattro Belts, Gummy Pigs,

Gummies: bears, starfish, marbled fish, worms, giant bullfrogs, sharks, filled whales, assorted mini fruit slices, peach fruit slices, large assorted fruit slices, lemon-lime fruit slices, pink grapefruit fruit slices, sharks, gumdrops, super cola bottles, dinosaurs, cherries, cupcakes, strawberries, rain forest frogs, hot chili peppers, watermelon rings, gummy apple rings, chocolate-covered bears, giant bananas, jelly babies, gummy blox, giant snakes and more! Let us pick an assortment for you!

Unwrapped candy: Including.....  fruit sours, crybaby tears, butter mints,Sprees, candy pebbles, chocolate seashells, mini jawbreakers, Giant Jawbreakers mini M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, giant jawbreakers, chocolate-covered banana chips, Mike and Ike‘s, Bleeps, chocolate pretzel poppers, birthday cake cookie dough bites, skittles, Runts, Reese’s pieces, baby pacifiers, gumballs, candy blox, Jelly filled mints, yogurt covered pretzels, cherry sours, chocolate-covered peanuts, Jordan almonds, candy-coated sunflower seeds, candy ice cream cones, toffee crunch, Holland mints and more! Let us pick an assortment for you!

Licorice:, Broadway, Allsorts, finish black, finish red, Cherry, black pinwheel

Malted milk balls: milk chocolate, mint, French vanilla, disco, Espresso, birthday cake

Nuts: Milk chocolate-covered peanuts, cocoa almonds, peanut butter chocolate bites,Jordan almonds

Taffy Flavors: Red licorice, peppermint, pear, mango, maple, berries and cream, peaches and cream, banana cream pie, grape, red velvet, blueberry muffin, strawberry, tropical punch, root beer float, raspberry lemonade, blue raspberry, vanilla, watermelon, strawberry shortcake, cookies and cream, buttered popcorn, Neapolitan, cherry cola

Wrapped candy: Smarties, Zotz, black taffy, bull’s-eyes, slowpokes, gold coins, mint patty’s, Lemonheads, Warheads, Ice Cubes, Starburst, fruit-filled candy. 

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Snickerdoodle: A brown sugar and cinnamon center dipped in luscious white chocolate and topped with cinnamon sugar.

Cookie Dough: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough dipped in either milk or semi-sweet chocolate

Classic Caramel: An old standby but upgraded with Belgian chocolate, butter cream, and gooey caramel. Seriously good.

Fireball Whiskey Truffle: The rich flavor of Fireball all wrapped up in the perfect mix of milk and semi-sweet chocolate. Tastes like Heaven, burns like Heck.

Bourbon Apple pie: milk chocolate surrounds ganache of bourbon, Apple pie liquor and a hint of allspice. It’s dessert! 

Banging Bailey’s: A milk chocolate ganache with a shot of Irish Whiskey. Need we say more?

Boozy Butterfinger: Milk chocolate, Bailey’s, Butterscotch Schnapps, Kahlua, and Vodka mean this truffle is like a Butterfinger but better.

Blackberry Margarita: white ganache with blackberry, tequila, triple sec and lime juice. 

Lady Glitter Sparkles: Maraschino cherries. grenadine, and vanilla ganache make everything SPARKLE inside and out.

Nutty Nutella: a layer of semi sweet chocolate and Nutella with peanut butter and milk chocolate. 

Chocolate Covered Caramels: Homemade caramels dipped in the finest dark and milk chocolate.

Buckeye Truffle: The perfect combo of creamy peanut butter dipped in semi-sweet chocolat

Hot Chocolate Truffle: A lovely combination of milk and semi-sweet chocolate with malted milk and homemade marshmallows.

Double Dark Truffle: Chocolate, chocolate, and then more chocolate!

Amaretto Amore: A delightful milk chocolate truffle with an amaretto center

Lemon Truffle: Our white chocolate ganache is doubly infused with lemon zest and lemon juice, dipped in white chocolate and topped with lemon sugar. 

Espresso Truffle: semi sweet chocolate infused with espresso powder and topped with an espresso bean. 

White Blueberry: white ganache with Blueberry syrup. Tastes like cake!

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The Dark Side of the June

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530 E Grand Ave | Beloit

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Wednesday, June 1 | 5 PM - LATE

Taste the colors. Inspired by Pink Floyd and Pride Month.

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Pink: June 3 - 4

Red: June 10 - 11

Blue: 17 - 18

Green: 24 - 25

Each weekend we are pulling together a themed party based off a color. We will be charging $5 security and decor cover, but if you wear that weeks color (50% of your outfit) then there is no charge. Come be a part of the madness.

June 3: Pink Flamingo Listening Party, Pink Lemonade Jell-O Shots at the door, pink cups (shoot, we forgot to order these), pink decor, bartenders in pink stuffs, pink all around. Playlist: Pink Floyd, Weezer’s Pinkerton album, this Pink song by Aerosmith is worth the watch trust us - video.

June 4: Pretty in Pink Bday Party, it is Kelsey’s 29th bday and she wants to throw herself a mock-surprise party for herself (her real bday, our real silly idea). Come in pink, try a pink drink. Bday girl grand entrance at 10 PM. $5 entrance, free if you’re in pink, comes with a free birthday cake shot on the house.

June 10: Red Red Wine Night, we have some new wines, come try them with us. $5 entrance, comes with a sample of 4 wines. Yes, we will play this tune at least once, but this is the original. We are also changing our sweet vermouth, come try a little sample of the new tasty stuff.

June 11: Left on Red Party, a broken hearts and post-post-way-post Anti-Valentines Day party. Also, get cheesy with your loved one and come out and be cute and take pictures by our heart-shaped wall-stuff.

June 17: ‘Feeling Blue’ Emo Music Night. Back like a bad dream.

June 18: Blue Bubble Party, we already regret this idea.

June 24: Any Green Vessel Night, bring (nearly) anything that can hold liquid for yourself to enjoy drinking out of. Fine print: try to have something that holds 12oz, no larger than Lady the corgi, wash it ahead of time, we won’t be washing your vessels, nothing illegal, we will make the drink in our mixer tins and pour it into your vessel.

June 25: ‘Raising Green’ a Non-Profit Launch Party, silent auction for a local non-profit, details announced June 11th.

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Limited Time Offer : Wednesday, Jun 1 - Thursday, Jun 30

530 E Grand Ave | Beloit

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National Candy Month

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115 W Main St | Rockton

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Don't we all wish candy would pop out of our neck with a simple tilt of our head??

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Turtles ( National Candy Month )

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115 W Main St | Rockton

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Scorching hot weather makes us feel sluggish and move slowly. Like a turtle. Feel like a Turtle? Good - because we make them - Giant Turtles, Turtle Tots, even Snapping Turtles. Come grab some on your way to OSD tonight. We're open noon-8pm today.

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