Stir Crazy: Toots’ makes a sweet move downtown

If you bake cakes or make candy for a living or just for your own enjoyment, you probably have been in Toots’ Candy and Cake Supply in Belleville. It’s an institution that’s been around 40 years, started by Margaret “Toots” Schilling, who then turned it over to Ann Davis in 2005. If you haven’t heard, Ann has moved her business from North Belt East to the former H&G Music spot in the Old Towne Mall at 314 E. Main St. in Belleville.

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10 ways to maximize space in your studio

For the past 15 years, I have lived in a studio apartment - well, three different studio apartments, to be exact. While I would love to say that nesting in a small space has taught me how to be a minimalist, anyone who has seen the stacks of shoeboxes in my closet or the piles of cooking magazines in my living room knows I would be telling a gigantic lie. I like things and have accumulated a lot of stuff, yet my studio feels roomy, comfortable and, most importantly, like home. You can take a small space and make it your own as well - it just requires a little savvy and know-how. Here are 10 simple ways to maximize space in your studio apartment.

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Yardsmart: How textile covers protect plants from frost

Whether you're growing a fall food garden or tending your backyard tropicals, frost changes everything. When it arrives, and how cold those first early mornings are, dictate how long plants will survive outdoors. First frost is a figment of the early morning, and the coldest point is always that hour just before dawn when the freeze comes.

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