Our Story

1st and 3rd Boutique and Wine Bar offers a new shopping experience for the city of Petersburg and the surrounding communities of central Illinois. Individuals have the opportunity to shop for clothing, jewelry, gifts, and home decor in the social setting of a wine bar. Located at 105 S. 7th Street, the historic building boasts original hardwood floors and over 5,000 square feet filled with intimate seating arrangements and plenty of opportunity to shop, relax, and visit with family and friends. The top floor offers a beautiful event space with an original sky light that can accomodate 60 to 100 guests for weddings, showers, life celebrations, and corporate events.

Owners Elizabeth Carter and Maggie Adkins (formerly Elizabeth and Maggie Hellman) are the “1st and 3rd” of four sisters who opened the doors to the boutique and wine bar this June, 2021. The idea for a boutique and wine bar was dreamt up many years ago when the four sisters embarked on their first “sisters weekend” visiting the wine trails of Missouri. “We had so much fun visiting wineries, antique shops, and boutiques that we became very passionate about creating our own space where people could come shop, relax, build relationships and create memories,” owner Liz Carter shares. “We continued to visit various tourist destinations in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana that furthered our passion to turn our dream into a reality.”

Petersburg, Il seemed to fit the bill for the quaint, historic hometown that would help the sisters fulfill their dreams. Furthermore, running a family-owned, small business was nothing new or intimidating to the sisters. A major inspiration for pursuing their dream stemmed from the example set by their grandmother, Ann Funkenbusch from Havana, IL. Ann, better known as “Grannie Annie,” owned and operated her own quilt, antique, stitchery, and what-not shoppe throughout the Hellman sisters' childhood in Havana, Il. The girls grew up with a savvy, business-minded woman as their mentor who certainly blazed the trail for them. 

Elizabeth, with the help of her husband Ian, took over the daily operations of the business in August of 2023. Most days, you'll also see at least one of their three kids helping out in some capacity as well. Operating a business in the ever-growing community of Petersburg continues to be a family affair, and that includes the customers and community members who support us! 

Hours of operation are Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday through Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. The bar not only offers an extensive wine list, but also provides customers with domestic and craft beers as well as spirits and a bar bites menu. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on special events, promotions, and all the latest at 1st and 3rd.