Sue Regis Glass Art Makes Illinois State Holiday Gift Guide


JOLIET, IL —For the first time ever, the Town of Joliet has a small business recognized by the Illinois Office of Tourism’s annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift. The prestigious recipient is Sue Regis, who directs Sue Regis Glass Art in downtown Joliet.

Only 20 small businesses from across the state were shortlisted for this honor – and Sue Regis Glass Art was one of the winners.

“I think that puts Joliet more on the map. To be chosen for this gift guide, I am honored and so excited to be the premier business in Joliet, especially in downtown Joliet,” said Regis to Joliet Patch in last week’s interview. . “It’s nice to have something positive in the news, especially for downtown Joliet.”

Launched in 2016, the Illinois Made program promotes authentic travel experiences off the beaten path throughout Illinois. State tourism officials said the program, which now includes more than 200 manufacturers, continues to attract visitors to all parts of the state year round.

Sue Regis Glass Art became Joliet’s very first small business on the Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide. John Ferak / Patch

Joliet’s only glassblowing retail store, Sue Regis Glass Art, specializes in Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Regis said she has been busy making her Christmas decorations since August.

“For Christmas decorations, I don’t do custom orders,” Regis said. “For my commemorative work, I do custom orders.”

Much of its activity concerns memorials.

It manufactures memorials enclosed in glass for the remains of domestic animals and humans. Regis said most of her pet memorials involved dogs and cats, but she made birds and rabbits.

Its retail store is located at 32 West Clinton St. It is adjacent to the Strange and Unusual Gallery, owned and operated by Christine Nordstrom and Jerry Eastham.

The showcases are in front of the Joliet public library.

Regis has been in its current storefront since 2018.

“I love this place,” she remarked. “I opened my business in 2015. I have people all over the Chicago area for all of my work.”

Regis grew up in Joliet, attending St. Joe’s Catholic School, Joliet Central High School and finally Joliet Junior College.

“That’s how I got interested in glass,” she said. “I entered the glass in 1996.”

As for its Illinois state tourism award, “I think that’s huge for Joliet.”

Sue Regis Glass Art is very present on social networks. Sue Regis Glass Art’s Facebook page is approaching 5,000 subscribers.

Sue Regis Glass Art in Joliet offers hand-blown ornaments and commemorative coins to commemorate loved ones. Purchase in store only. John Ferak / Patch
Sue Regis Glass Art in Joliet offers hand-blown ornaments and commemorative coins to commemorate loved ones. Purchase in store only. John Ferak / Patch
Sue Regis Glass Art in Joliet offers hand-blown ornaments and commemorative coins to commemorate loved ones. Purchase in store only. John Ferak / Patch
Sue Regis Glass Art in Joliet offers hand-blown ornaments and commemorative coins to commemorate loved ones. Purchase in store only. John Ferak / Patch


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