Papa Vito's Pizza anticipates opening its second Belleville pizzeria within the next couple weeks. The new locale will be at 4205 North Belt West. Papa Vito's Pizza has operated in Waterloo for the past 20 years and opened its first Belleville restaurant at 318 N. Washington St. in downtown Belleville in January 2011.
A restaurant has opened in Swansea and reoccupied a building that originally housed Dairy Queen.
Swansea Family Restaurant opened last Wednesday at 1500 N. Illinois St. in Swansea. The new eatery is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week and the menu includes chicken, pasta and more.
An auto parts and salvage yard has opened in Washington Park. You can find St. Louis U Pick A Part at 6111 Bunkham Road or call them at 618-293-6670.
Inside Out Thrift Store Ministries has opened at 1620 Lebanon Ave. at Lake Christine Centre in Belleville. The nonprofit thrift store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 618-235-2349 to find out more.
A tattoo parlor in Fairview Heights is relocated in town. The Ink Well is now at 10603 Lincoln Trail. You can call them at 618-398-1427.
And finally, a program launched last September that recognizes metro-east businesses that support local military personnel has expanded to include 350 metro-east businesses. Regional area chambers of commerce and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, a member-based economic development organization that serves St. Clair and Madison counties, introduced the initiative, called the Scott Patriot Program. The program will recognize area businesses that already provide support to local military personnel at Scott Air Force Base through discounts and other special offers and attempt to attract others who can also be recognized as a "Scott Patriot." The local Chambers and the Leadership Council have recently been rallying to increase the number of participating businesses. A phone-athon will be held at various metro-east Chamber office from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday to call local businesses and attempt to sign them up for the program.
Contact reporter Will Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2526.