Metro-East News

Halloween stores now open in metro-east

Halloween costumes, props and supplies are available at the temporary Halloween stores now open in the metro-east.
Halloween costumes, props and supplies are available at the temporary Halloween stores now open in the metro-east.

A stalwart of seasonal retail offerings once again have popped up in the metro-east.

At least two temporary Halloween costume and supply stores are open in Fairview Heights.

A wide variety of costumes for kids and adults, props, severed limbs, skeletal remains and tombstones are available at Halloween City in the former Sports Authority store at 6575 N. Illinois St. Another temporary store, Spirit Halloween, is open on Lincoln Trail south of St. Clair Square in a suite next door to The Honeybaked Ham Company.

Countless stores open year-round also offer seasonal garb, including Tribout Carnival Supplies in Belleville at 517 S. Illinois St.

But according to a Tribout employee, the store is phasing out of costumes after this season. She said the store will offer more hats, decor and seasonal accessories to compliment folks who make their own costumes, a growing trend she’s seen over the years.

For something more classy and less morbid, check out Judy’s Costumes at 344 S. Fillmore St. in Edwardsville. Judy makes her costumes by hand.

New Bread Co. taking shape

That didn’t take long.

Workers who started construction on what would eventually be a Saint Louis Bread Co. restaurant at Belleville Crossing already have the building’s walls up.

The restaurant will include an outdoor seating area and a drive-thru window and should be done by November.

What remains unknown is whether restaurant’s other Belleville location at 113 E. Main St. downtown will remain open when the new one is finished or if it will close. Calls and messages sent to Panera headquarters in St. Louis have not been returned.

O’Fallon eatery is closed

An O’Fallon restaurant that featured pizza, pasta, wings and a buffet is closed and it’s not clear why.

The parking lot outside Luna Pizza Pasta Wings at 1411 W. U.S. 50 in O’Fallon was empty Wednesday evening. No one was inside the darkened restaurant and no signs were posted to the building’s door to indicate why the eatery was shuttered.

No one picked up at the restaurant’s phone number, its Facebook page appears to have been deleted and its website is now a portal to nowhere.

Luna opened in December 2015, two months after Schiappa’s restaurant, which had formerly occupied the building, had closed.

According to John Eichenlaub of the BarberMurphy Group, the building is listed for sale for $975,000. However, he said the building’s owner also would subdivide the structure to turn it into a strip center or scrape it entirely for someone else to build out if there’s strong enough interest from prospective tenants.

Bywater’s been busy

A St. Louis-based developer interested in turning a Belleville building into apartments for seniors will have a fresh new roof to work under.

Bywater Development Group has proposed a $12 million plan to renovate the former Meredith Home building on Public Square. The plans call for the building to house both senior apartments and some retail space.

That plan, which remains pending, has Belleville leaders optimistic about the future of the building that was built in 1931 as a hotel. City aldermen voted 12-2 to fork over almost $121,000 to put a new roof on the structure.

Bywater also is developing Metro Landing of Swansea, a planned 62-unit apartment building for seniors that will be built adjacent to the Swansea Metrolink station.

Midwest Mattress to close

It was open less than a year, but owners of Midwest Mattress at 122 Lincoln Highway in Fairview Heights will close.

An employee at the store said the doors will shut for good sometime in October.

He said things “started out with a bang” when the store opened in January, but those boom times were followed by too many slow months. The business couldn’t keep up on rent payments.

Cannabalism of the mattress business could also have played a role, as there are a handful of mattress and furniture retailers all located near Midwest Mattress and near St. Clair Square Mall.

Hospital unveils new private rooms

Twenty-one new, private rooms for patients recently unveiled at Anderson Hospital in Maryville will be ready for use in October.

That’s according to a statement from the hospital, which noted the $7.2 million project was completed thanks in part to a $1 million capital campaign the hospital undertook as well as a $500,000 gift from Marcia Billhartz.

Accordingly, the unit will be known as the Warren & Marcia Billhartz Unit.

“Anderson Hospital’s private rooms have been carefully designed to meet the needs and expectations of our staff, patients and their families,” Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer, said in the statement. “We’ve gone to great lengths to create a patient room experience that emphasizes comfort and safety.”

Billhartz is a familiar name on the hospital campus: Marcia paid tribute to her husband Warren in 2007 with a $1 million gift to the hospital’s cancer center, which will newly be run by doctors from St. Louis-based Mercy hospital under a partnership announced in late August.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND