Pizza Man closed last week in Troy.
Owners Dennis and Cheryl Chandler opened the pizzeria at 611 Edwardsville Road in 2005.
The first Pizza Man opened in Litchfield in 1972 and is still in operation. Unfortunately, because that location and the Troy restaurant operated under separate ownership, gift certificates purchased from the Troy Pizza Man cannot be redeemed at the Litchfield restaurant.
Banana Republic will be leaving Fairview Heights later this month. The clothing retailer has been a part of the Shoppes at St. Clair since the shopping strip opened in March 2007 adjacent to St. Clair Square. The store's last day will be Jan. 27. Until then, you can still reach the store at 624-0125.
Another Blockbuster is leaving the metro-east. This time, the Glen Carbon location will be closing. The last day for the video store at 3024 S. Illinois 159 is Feb. 17. In the meantime, you can still call the store at 659-0534.
An Edwardsville bookstore is looking to relocate. AfterWords Books at 231 N. Main St. wants to downsize to a smaller space and is seeking any interested tenants who want to finish out the bookstore's current lease, which goes through May. The bookstore no longer needs all of the space it has occupied since 2009. To find out more, call the bookstore at 655-0355.
According to its Facebook page, Bada Bling Boutique in O'Fallon will be closing its doors. The last day will be Feb. 15. The store opened last summer at 311 S. Lincoln St., where it carries exclusive lines of women's, men's and children's clothing, fashion jewelry, unique accessories, gourmet food and gifts. The store's number is 589-3880.
Free charge: A Swansea optometrist has installed an electric vehicle charging station outside his office and is inviting other electric car owners to feel free to re-charge their vehicles there. Michael Murphy installed the charger outside his practice at 4933 Benchmark Centre, Suite D, off Illinois 159. Murphy drives a Chevrolet Volt and wanted to be able to charge his car while at the office. He said it take four hours to completely recharge an electric car at a cost about $1 to $1.25. He said his is the first publicly accessible car charging station in the metro-east that is not associated with a car dealership or a government entity.
Alton Square Mall added new service for its customers. A new ecoATM is a new self-serve kiosk located near the down escalator on the lower level of the mall that allows customers to recycle old cell phones and other electronic devices in exchange for cash on the spot. It also serves as free charging station for your mobile device. For more information, visit www.ecoatm.com/how-it-works.html and watch a video to see how it works.
And finally, Williard's Tailor Shop & Formal Wear in Fairview Heights recently won awards of distinction for customer service and satisfaction. The formal wear store at 936 Lincoln Trail was recognized by The Knot, a wedding planning and supply website (www.theknot.com). The metro-east business also recently was selected by WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards 2013 as among the top 5 percent wedding professionals nationwide. You can call them at 632-0124.