A small jewelry store at the corner of East Main and North High streets in Belleville is closing its doors and providing more space for a neighboring popcorn shop.
Bracelets & More will soon end its 13-year run at 101 E. Main St. and will allow more room for Abe's Gourmet Popcorn, which has operated from a smaller space behind the jewelry store since August 2011. Abe's Gourmet Popcorn is a brand of the Lincoln Theatre.
Sandy Schoenborn owns the building that houses the movie theater, the jewelry store and popcorn business. The movie theater has been in the family for 30 years and she and her husband Dave have been running it for the past decade. Schoenborn said Bracelets & More will be closing after its inventory has been sold, possibly by September. After a remodeling of the space, the popcorn store will move in.
You can call the jewelry store at 618-277-0089 and the popcorn shop 618-233-9010 or go online to www.abesgourmetpopcorn.com to find out more.
A Grafton restaurant has closed after a nine-year run. The owner of Mississippi Half Step has decided to step away from the eatery to attend to his family and his health. Edwardsville native and Grafton resident Jim Newton said he has had recent surgery on both knees and he needs some time off his feet and with his family.
Newton opened the restaurant at 420 E. Main St. in 2005 while operating a pasta eatery in Edwardsville called Global Noodle, which closed the following year. Mississippi Half Step initially served pasta and later gained a following for other entrees.
"People came to us for the pasta, but as time went on, we actually got really well known for steak, seafood and chops," Newton said. "I had no idea they would become so popular."
The historic building that has housed his business is for sale and is a turnkey operation for anyone interested in opening a restaurant. Newton said he may open another restaurant sometime, but for now, he wants to spend more time with his family and take it easy on his knees.
Those interested in the building are asked to call 618-535-8822.
Summers Compton Wells LLC is opening an office in Edwardsville. The law firm plans to open its doors at 1254 University Drive by next month. For information, call 618-288-9800.
And finally, Ravanelli's Restaurant is marking its 50th anniversary by thanking customers with prize drawings and giveaways. Frank "Fritz" Ravanelli and his wife Betty opened the restaurant as a pizzeria near the corner of Nameoki and Pontoon roads in Granite City in 1964. They later added baked rigatoni, spaghetti, steak and fried chicken to their menu. The Ravanellis sold the restaurant in 1992 and it remained open until 1998. Later that year, the Ravanelli's son Terry Ravanelli along with business partners Bill Bush and Steve Edwards re-opened the restaurant at 3 American Village Shopping Center in Granite City, located off Nameoki Road. The owners have since expanded and have added restaurants at 26 Collinsport Drive in Collinsville and 1214 Central Park Drive in O'Fallon. You can find out more online at www.ravanellis.com.
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 239-2526.