Prisco’s Family Market

1108 Prairie Street, Aurora, IL 60506 | 630-264-9400

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 am to 8:30 pm | Saturday, 7 am to 8 pm | Sunday, 8 am to 7 pm

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Two Local Companies Collaborate on a New Coffee Beer, "Insomniatic Advantage"- Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Have you heard about two of the hidden gems we offer at Prisco’s, Modest Coffee and Buckle Down craft beer?

Marcus Contaldo and his wife, Jenni, local west Aurora neighbors and Prisco customers, created Modest Coffee as a hobby back in 2013 and today it’s become a thriving local coffee roaster headquartered in West Chicago. We have been carrying their coffee under the Modest and Enthusiast lines and customers love them. Modest is now our number one brand of coffee!

Buckle Down Brewing was founded by friends, Ike Orcutt (Head Brewer) and Sean Mahoney in Lyons, IL. They shared two qualities that are essential for launching any new business, creativity and determination. They also shared a taste for great craft beer. It turns out that both of these local companies launched at about the same time, and as luck would have it they eventually met over beer -- or was it coffee? We're not certain which. Either way, they shared their mutual passions for creating new beverages and Marcus saw an opportunity to work together with Ike and Sean, so he began to drop off coffee samples at the brewery hoping that they would eventually think about creating a beer with a rich coffee base.

His persistence paid off, and this month they launched a new craft beer, Insomniatic Advantage. It’s a malt-centric brown ale with a massive dose of amazing coffee goodness. Rich toffee and biscuit notes are amped up with an amazingly nutty and caramel-forward coffee. Marcus at Modest Coffee selected and roasted a single-origin coffee from the San Ramon region of Costa Rica specifically to pair with this beer. The result is a beer and coffee lover's dream...

This new taste treat is now available at Prisco’s in a 4 pack of cans. If you like rich coffee and smooth brown ale, this one is a sure hit. Stop in and give it a try!

Here is a link to a short video showing how Marcus, Ike & Sean created “Insomniatic Advantage”.


Local apiarists bring a little bit of heaven from their haven to Prisco’s- Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As just about any Prisco’s shopper knows, because we are a family owned and operated business we are huge supporters of other local businesses and will do anything we can to help support them -- especially those that can supply goods and services that we can sell in our store. I’d like to highlight one such business today, Aurora’s own… Lorence's Honey Bee Haven.

Charles and Karen Lorence own this “all about bees” business and we are happy to say they have been supplying locally produced honey and other bee-related goods to our store for years. Both Charles and Karen are retired teachers who have taken up raising bees as their second career, one for which they share a great love and passion. For Charles it’s not really a new passion, he has been a bee keeper for well over forty years. The Lorences today manage over 140 hives, some in southeastern Wisconsin and the majority right here in Aurora.

In addition to extracting and packaging several varieties of honey, the Lorences offer several other bee-related products. Karen enjoys making honey-based skin-care products and candles, and Charles teaches beekeeping classes at several local park districts. When not tending to the bees they are tending to their business, selling at farmers markets in season and distributing their honey to local health food stores, farm stands and, of course, to our store where customers just love the product. "This is work but not as demanding," Charles said. "I don't punch a clock or teach every day. I go to the bee yards on a nice day when the bees are happier and are out gathering nectar. It's always amazing to me. Did you know that one-third of the food we eat depends on bees for pollination?"

If you haven’t yet checked out our merchandise from the Lorences, here is a list of some of their extensive offerings:

Honey Other bee-related items
  • Alfalfa
  • Aster
  • Basswood
  • Black Locust
  • Clover, Sweet
  • Clover, White Dutch
  • Goldenrod
  • Autumn Wildflower
  • Soybean
  • Wildflower
  • Beeswax Lip Balms
  • Beeswax Moisturizer Bars
  • Beeswax Products
  • Beeswax
  • Candles
  • Furniture Polish
  • Lotion Bars
  • Pollen
  • Skin Care Products

Next time you visit our store head down aisle #2 (my hideout, the craft beer aisle) and look across from beer to the peanut butter, jelly and honey section where you can pick up a bottle of their delicious honey.


Andy Guzauskas - General Manager

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