'We couldn't be more excited for everyone to come in'
If you thought Glazy Squares Doughnuts in Collinsville had closed, you’re not alone.
The doughnut shop took the sign down at its former Vandalia Street location weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Customers who are crazy about the square doughnuts can find them at the shop’s new location at 410 Beltline Road in Collinsville.
Jennifer Divac and her husband, Dre, own the shop where square doughnuts are on the menu, along with biscuits and gravy, a popular favorite among locals.
“The one thing that makes me extremely proud about Glazy Squares is that we’re family-owned and operated,” Divac said.
Her family purchased the business in October from Kelly and Steve Sipes of Collinsville. They grew the business into two locations, one in Collinsville and another in Edwardsville at 443 S. Buchanan St.
Moving to the Collinsville location on Beltline Road gives the shop a permanent home, Divac said. They were renting until now.
The Beltline Road store will eventually add a drive-thru, and there’s more room inside for customers to eat doughnuts on-the-spot.
The new location also features items from Honeydip Bake Shop in Maryville, also owned by Divac. She baked for friends and family before opening a bake shop and buying Glazy Squares.
“My mom and I baked all the time,” Divac said. “After she passed away, I realized that was the best time we had together.”
New O’Fallon furniture store opens
It might take you awhile to do a lap around the showroom floor at the new Art Van Furniture store in O’Fallon.
Eight-and-a-half professional basketball courts could fit inside of the store where customers have more than 40,000-square-feet of furniture to explore. The former home of Rothman Furniture, located at 1776 W. U.S. 50, opened Saturday, President and CEO of Art Van St. Louis Jay Steinback said.
“This is something St. Louis doesn’t have,” Steinback said. “I think this is an amazing opportunity for us and the area.”
The Michigan-based company poured more than $2 million into the old Rothman building, transforming it into an open-air showroom filled with couches, chairs, dining rooms, bedroom sets and more.
Steinback describes the new layout as three stores in one.
There’s a furniture section, a Pure Sleep mattress store and outlet store with lower furniture prices than the rest of the store.
During an interview last week, Steinback recalled the buzz around the region when IKEA opened in St. Louis. The Swedish company’s arrival sparked excitement, but Steinback’s opinion is the opening of Art Van “is bigger than that.” He wants to appeal to local homeowners in the region who are looking for quality furniture.
The arrival of Art Van will also give shoppers in the metro-east a new option. A new store is also planned for Alton where customers will have a different showroom to explore. Every store varies, Steinback said.
Art Van operates more than 150 stores nationwide. Steinback announced the franchise agreement between Art Van and Rothman last November.
Steinback said the company has about 50 job openings in the area. An opening date for the Alton store has not been announced.
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