LIFE IN PEORIA AS A LEBANESE IMMIGRANT

1912 Michael Couri grocery store

1912 Michael Couri grocery store

by Jordan Wesso

Hello, my name is Jordan Couri Wesso.

I would like to share with you how my family came to be in Peoria, IL.

I will be talking about when Sarkis Halhoul came to Peoria from Aytou, Lebanon, history of the Itoo Hall, and how many of my family's businesses came to be. I hope you enjoy reading about my family's history.

 I will be speaking about  the internal debate over the spelling of the family name (Khouri vs. Couri), what it is like to be a Lebanese kid living in a tough neighborhood, advice to people wanting to start a business in the Peoria area, my experiences as a DJ, and old Peoria businesses on Main Street, including Lebanese immigrant entrepreneurs.