Although it may not seem like it outside, March is here and local ice cream and frozen custard stands are opening for another season.
In Maryville, Bobby's Frozen Custard at 2525 N. Center St. reopened for the year last Saturday. Their number is 618-234-1120.
White Cottage at 102 Lebanon Ave. in Belleville has announced it will open for the season on March 10. Call them at 618-345-3002.
Dairy Haven in Caseyville is celebrating its 60th season. The ice cream stand opened Saturday at 112 N. Main St. The number there is 618-345-8866.
A Canadian coffee and donut shop chain has announced plans to open 40 locations in the metro area. Tim Hortons is coming to the metro-east as well as a number of other global locales over the next four years. Founded 50 years ago in Ontario, Canada, the chain now includes 3,588 restaurants in Canada and 859 in the United States.
A Casey's General Store will be coming to Troy. Commercial real estate broker David Wittenauer of NAI DESCO in O'Fallon worked on the deal and reports that the convenience store chain is under construction at Illinois 162 and Riggin Road.
Mattress Firm is adding another store in the metro-east. The building that once housed the Once Upon A Toy store at 2460 Troy Road in Edwardsville is being renovated for the mattress retailer. There's no word on when the business will open its doors.
Main Street Market in Belleville has been sold, and the new owners say they do not have any immediate changes planned for the business. You can still find them at 8193 W Main St. or call them at 618-397-1600.
Sole Survivor will soon relocate to its former spot in downtown Belleville. The leather goods seller will be moving from 25 E. Main St. back to 125 E. Main St. Last Saturday, the business opened a second store across the river in the Delmar Loop. With the staff split between the two stores, the business owner was wanting a smaller space, and 125 E. Main St. was a familiar fit. A moving date for the downtown Belleville store has not been determined. In the meantime, you can shop both stores from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call the Belleville store at 618-234-0214 to find out more.
A Maryville holistic and organic pet food store has recently moved. For Your Pet is now open at 2713 N. Center St. after the pet food store initially opened last August at another locale down the road. You can still reach them at 618-789-6716.
Aaron's Automotive is a new full-service automotive shop in Belleville. You can find Aaron Millman and his business at 2347 Old Collinsville Road, Suite F, or call him at 618-671-7214.
And finally, to clear up any confusion, the owner of the Belleville establishments Marco's On Main and Marco's Express are not associated with another business known as Marco's Pizza, which is building a pizzeria inside the Family Video store at 1838 Central Plaza Drive in Belleville.
Marco's Pizza is a Toledo, Ohio-based pizzeria chain that has contracted with the Springfield-based Family Video to build pizza kitchens inside 175 of the video store chain's 620 existing locations, including one in Belleville and another at 108 St. Louis Road in Collinsville.
Mark Onstott is the owner of Marco's On Main at 6401 W. Main St. and Marco's Express at 1401 Lebanon Road in Belleville. His restaurants are not connected to the Ohio pizza chain. Onstott is also the proprietor of the Shenanigans sports bar, also at 6401 W. Main St. in Belleville, and Tavern On Main at 301 E. Main St. in Belleville.
Contact reporter Will Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-239-2526.