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Wisper relocates headquarters to Mascoutah; new BBQ restaurant comes to Waterloo

Chrissy Sperduto and Lance Kingston opened Wicked Smoke, a barbecue restaurant, on Tuesday in Waterloo.
Chrissy Sperduto and Lance Kingston opened Wicked Smoke, a barbecue restaurant, on Tuesday in Waterloo.

Wisper, an internet service provider, has moved to a new location.

The company, which has offices in Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, moved into a new, 72,000-foot location in Mascoutah to accommodate its growing business and staff, which has swelled to 70 people, according to the company.

“(Mascoutah) has been very welcoming during our relocation,” CEO Nathan Stooke said in a press release.

The new building opened Friday and will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers can drop off payments there.

Wood-smoke barbecue restaurant opens in Waterloo

A new barbecue restaurant opened in Waterloo.

Wicked Smoke specializes in all-wood smoke, which is maintained throughout the night by Lance Kingston, one of the co-managers.

After the meat is prepared the night before, Kingston comes in at 2 a.m. and adds new hickory and cherry wood to the smokers every 45 minutes, according to Chrissy Sperduto, who also manages the restaurant.

Sperduto and Kingston have a long history of barbecue that grew out of their own backyard cooking in Memphis, Tenn., where they previously lived. Wicked Smoke sells ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and other items, including a hot dog to make the restaurant more kid-friendly.

Located at 951 Illinois 3 in Waterloo, Wicked Smoke is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and can be reached at 618-939-2271.

New bridal shop

Women looking for the perfect dress can add another shop to their list.

Bridal Parlour was opened by Heather Craft, who has worked in the bridal industry for eight years, according to a news release from the Illinois Small Business Development Center.

“It is such a blessing to be allowed to part of someone’s wedding day,” Craft said in the release.

Bridal Parlour aims for “free-spirited brides” and has a variety of dresses, including “modern, bohemian, romantic, edgy and everything in between.”

Most dresses are between sizes 8 and 14, with others ranging from 4 to 6 and 16 to 18. Prices clock in between $800 and $3,500.

Appointments, which last an hour and half, are required. They can be made through the shop’s website or by calling the store at 618-622-0800. Bridal Parlour is located at 3630 Green Mount Crossing Dr. in Shiloh.

Ameren defibrillators

About 240 Ameren trucks in Central and Southern Illinois were outfitted with defibrillators, the company announced last month.

The devices, which re-establishes the heart’s rhythm during cardiac arrest, are particularly helpful when employees experience an emergency in a rural area, Ameren said in a news release. All multiperson vehicles will have them.

“There are inherent dangers in keeping the lights on and the natural gas flowing, so first and foremost, this is a step we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our field personnel,” Ameren Illinois Chairman and President Richard Mark stated in the release.

The survival rate for people who receive immediate defibrillation one year after cardiac arrest is 60 percent, compared to 5 to 7 percent for those who don’t get immediate defibrillation, Ameren said, citing the American Medical Association.

The devices will be present in 19 trucks in the Belleville area.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel