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Retail Roundup: Belleville rehabber turns glut of furniture into west end business

Inventory at West End Upscale Resale at 6966 W. Main St. in Belleville includes dressers, tables, couches, lamps and lots of decor.
Inventory at West End Upscale Resale at 6966 W. Main St. in Belleville includes dressers, tables, couches, lamps and lots of decor. Tobias Wall

In her years rehabbing homes in Belleville’s west end, Kelly Arnold has collected a bunch of furniture.

Enough, in fact, to open a business to sell it.

West End Upscale Resale has been open a little more than a week at 6966 W. Main St., in the same strip mall as Ace Hardware. Inventory includes tables, chairs, dressers, bed frames, couches, mirrors, lamps and plenty of decor items.

The store occupies what used to be Smarty Paws Dog Training Center.

Fairview collision shop will expand with TIF help

A unanimous 10-0 vote by Faiview Heights aldermen Tuesday paved the way for a collision shop to get financial help from the city as it prepares to knock down an old building and build a new one in its place.

Steve Giger, owner of Perfect Finish Collision Center at 10610 Lincoln Trail, said he hopes to demolish the unused building next door to the east of his current shop in late March or early April and put up a new building that’s very similar — and just a little smaller — than the building that currently houses the business.

Giger said the new building will house a second painting booth and space for body work. He’s also planning to hire a mechanic to provide mechanical services, which also will be done out of the new building.

The city will hand over a total $74,731.35 to Perfect Finish over two years. The funds will come in three equal installments from the city’s Tax Increment Finance account.

Economic Development Director Mike Malloy with the city of Fairview Heights said the project also falls within an enterprise zone, which will allow Stiger to purchase construction materials without paying sales taxes if the materials are purchased in Illinois.

Marriott announces a new hotel for Edwardsville

A 90-room hotel targeting extended-stay travelers will be built on Illinois 157 at Center Grove Road in Edwardsville.

Marriott International, Inc. awarded the franchise for a 90-room TownePlace Suites to Edwardsville Hospitality, LLC, which is a joint venture of R.L.P. Development of Edwardsville and General Hotels Corporation of Indianapolis, Ind. The hotel will be built on a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Illinois 157 and Center Grove Road, a mile from the heart of the SIUE campus.

There’s no timeline yet for when construction will begin or when the hotel will open.

Edwardsville businesses move

You don’t have to go far to find Bailey Cakes’ new Edwardsville location.

Formerly located at 229 N. Main St., the custom cake shop is now up and running at 441 E. Vandalia St. That site is a house converted to retail space and most recently was home to Maggie’s Primative Cottage.

Owner Laura Lynch said she moved the shop because her lease was up downtown, and she was eager to own the site where the business was run.

If you gorge yourself on Bailey Cakes’ fare to the point of feeling guilty, Edwardsville has a store for that, too, though it just moved.

RunWell celebrated a grand reopening Saturday at 142 N. Main St.

The store had been in its third year just a block away at 100 E. Vandalia St., but management there said the growing business needed more room.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND