An e-cigarette retailer in downtown Belleville has opened a second store in the metro-east.
You can now find Green Forest Vapor Shop at 742 N. Market St. in Waterloo. The number there is 618-971-1090. The first opened this fall at 106 E. Main St. in Belleville.
A metro-east bicycle shop will soon add a location in Shiloh.
The Cyclery and Fitness Center expects to open at 1225 Thouvenot Lane by next month.
In the meantime, you can find them at 2472 Troy Road in Edwardsville (618-692-0070) or 114 S. Poplar in Centralia (618-532-2453) or find out more online at thecyclerys.com.
Safe Lock in Shiloh plans to open its expansion by the first week of January. The storage unit complex at 215 Lebanon Ave. has constructed 170 units, including some climate-controlled options. Call 618-222-8181 for more information.
A traffic control equipment sales and rental business is now serving customers in East St. Louis. Warning Lites of Southern Illinois has opened at 9441 Lebanon Road. For more information, call 618-397-5565.
And finally, Denny's has reported that it served more than 1.3 million customers last Christmas, making Dec. 25 the diner restaurant chain's busiest day for the third-consecutive year. On Wednesday, you can find Denny's in Belleville, O'Fallon, Alorton, Collinsville, Glen Carbon, Pontoon Beach and Waterloo open for business. Here are some other restaurants that will be open for Christmas:
*Most IHOP restaurants are open 24/7, including the ones at 1208 W. U.S. 50 in O'Fallon and 4233 Illinois 159 in Glen Carbon. The IHOP at 601 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville will be open Christmas Day.
* Red Apple Family Restaurant at 2625 N. Center St. in Maryville will be open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*TGI Friday's, 6910 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
*The Waffle House at 505 N. Bluff Road in Collinsville and 3244 W. Chain of Rocks Road in Granite City are open 24 hours.
Going to the movies has become as much of a Christmas tradition as opening presents. Here are some of the theaters in the metro-east that will be open on Wednesday:
* Lincoln Theatre at 103 E. Main St. in Belleville.
*Edge 5 Theater at 701 South Belt West in Belleville.
* O'Fallon 15 Cine at 1320 Central Park Drive in O'Fallon.
* St. Clair 10 Cine at 50 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights.
*Showplace 12 at 6633 Center Grove Road in Edwardsville.
*Granite City Cinema at 1243 Niedringhaus Ave. in Granite City.
*Lory Theater at 810 Main St. in Highland.
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 239-2526.