Here is a picture of the location that years ago was Stage 2. My memory has me thinking that many of the things located around this building now were not there when the Stage 2 teen club was in operation. At some point Stage 2 became Sneakers. While attending a wedding reception several months ago I kept telling Cheryl that I thought we were near the old Stage 2. Until recently we hadn’t taken the time to scout out the location. Turns out I was right. The reception hall turnoff is before you reach the old Stage 2 building.
From what little information I’ve been able to find. This location has been many things over the years. It is now a church. Second Chance Church calls the old Stage 2 home. My memory keeps telling me that at the time this building was Stage 2 there was a restaurant in operation inside the right portion of the building. But I can find no mention of this online. Stage 2 isn’t even mentioned in various news articles as being located there. However Sneakers is mentioned in at least one article. I know that Stage 2 became Sneakers. I’m thinking this was do to an ownership change at the time. Robert Scheer was the owner of Stage 2. Some people may remember the pickup truck he owned that had the removable top. This truck also included the Stage 2 logo.
The Springfield, IL Stage 2 was located on Normandy Road. That building has been various nightclubs and restaurants over the years. The neighborhood itself has been in steady decline even before Stage 2 closed it’s doors. If you were to venture to the old Springfield Stage 2 location you would now find Club Chrome. There have been various other nightclubs at this location since Stage 2 left the building.
You would think the Internet would be a treasure trove of information in regards to the history of old buildings and locations within towns. My experience has been just the opposite. It would seem that finding the history isn’t as easy as I thought it would be in the digital age.
Second Chance Church
3300 W Willow Knolls Dr / Peoria, IL / 61614
309.689.9789 / 309.696.0898