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If you’re looking for a new place to shop, check out this new women’s store

Holly Howard, 29, recently opened Hollyhock House, at 107 W. 1st St. in O’Fallon.
Holly Howard, 29, recently opened Hollyhock House, at 107 W. 1st St. in O’Fallon.

Holly Howard, 29, of O’Fallon, opened The Hollyhock House at 107 West First St.

The Kentucky transplant moved to the St. Louis-area after graduating from Murray State. She had an internship at the Pujols Family Foundation and worked at the YMCA in O’Fallon, but is happiest working in a boutique, she said.

Her new store offers women’s clothing, fashion accessories, home decor and gifts.

The 1,800-square-foot space is a former physician’s office that was vacant for two years.

The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to

Academy Sports and Outdoors opens

Academy Sports and Outdoors, a sporting goods and outdoor recreation chain, opened its newest location at 1574 W. U.S. 50 O’Fallon on Friday.

This is Academy’s first location in Illinois. The chain has 225 other stores in 15 states, including Florida, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas.

Academy sells team sports equipment, footwear, bikes, apparel, fishing gear, hunting equipment, camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, patio sets and barbecue grills, among other things.

Flower shop decides to continue on

The Cullop Jennings Flower shop in Collinsville decided to stay in business after negotiations of a sale fell through, said owner and manager Kim Ogle.

Ogle said her and her potential buyer were in negotiations for two weeks, during which time the store was closed. She then decided to keep the store open and come on as the manager as well to watch over day-to- day operations. There wasn’t anyone doing so before the brief closure, Ogle said.

“So we did some soul searching and some praying and consulted with some friends, other businesses florists, and decided we didn’t want this great institution that’s been here since 1939 to close down,” Ogle said.

Cullop Jennings, at 517 W. Clay St., now has a new designer, Delaine Dale, and Ogle will be in the shop every day helping customers.

“I want to make sure every customer and the whole community is satisfied,” Ogle said.

Bye Bye Pitchers

Pitchers Sports Pub and Pizzeria, at 104 W. Main St. in Belleville, is closing its doors after roughly five years in business.

Owners Lloyd Cueto, a local attorney, and John Costello, who works in real estate and consulting, said they want to close their side business in order to focus on their day jobs and family.

They are planning concerts on Nov. 23, 25 and 26, as well as specials on Sunday, Nov. 27, and on Tuesday Nov. 29, their final day of operations.

Cueto and Costello plan to list the property for sale or lease through Southern Illinois Realty.

Jewelry shop moves to new location

Pannu’s Gifts and Jewelry in O’Fallon has a new location. The store has moved to Market Center at 511 U.S. 50 from 200 Southview Plaza.

The owners recently moved to their new location, but are only now able to publicize it. They opted to leave the Southview Plaza location because it is empty, said Dewinder Singh, one of the owners of Pannu’s.

Singh said they were at their previous location for 29 years. The store, celebrating its 30th year, offers jewelry repairs, custom designs, among other things.

He also said his new location is a little bigger than the store’s previous location.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter