Friday, November 16, 2018

Circle K Closed and Moved

It looks as if the Circle K station that stands at the corner of Wall and Walnut has closed and that Circle K has taken over the Shell station standing on Walnut a couple of blocks further east. Not sure why they didn't go the other way around since the Wall and Walnut location had two streams of traffic while the new location only has one, unless the owner decided to keep the location with more space.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

TJ. Fine Jewelry Closing

TJ's Fine Jewelry has had "Store closing" signs up for the past month with a Stormtrooper waving at passing cars on occasion. The store's website is offline,, meaning that the only online info is on Google and Yelp. Unfortunately, jewelry stores are not destination stores anymore, as they were in  the 1990s when Carbondale boasted 2 jewelry stores (and a bridal shop) in the downtown area.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dunaway House Burns

In case you didn't drive West Main Today, the Dunaway House at 409 West Main burnt. Not totally but badly enough that the owner will probably demolish it. Although the fire started on the first floor, most of the visible damage was to the roof and  a chunk of the second floor.

While not the oldest house in Carbondale, the Dunaway did date back to 1881, when it was built for local merchant Samuel Dunaway. Over the years, the exterior had been extensively modified and added to. The building had converted to apartments decades ago.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Neely Hall Reopening

Well, the plan to reopen Neely Hall next fall is good news. Still not back to the glory days of the late 1980s and 1990s, but with University Hall full, moving students to Neely from University Hall makes sense as it allows more flexibility in housing them.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Bookstore

A new bookstore, Wild Thyme, I believe, is seeking a special use permit to put a retail operation in the office building at 705 West Main St. Not a great location for a retail business since t here are no other retailers in the immediate area.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Omar's Food Mart

Omar's Food Mart will host a ribbon cutting celebrating its grand opening November 9 at 11 a.m. Was not sure there was a good location for it but now that the Circle K at the corner of Walnut and Wall has closed and is fenced off, having a second option for drivers to get gas on that side of town looks like a better idea. Currently, if you want to get gas on East Walnut, you have to either stop at the Shell station or the station out at Reed Station Road. Omar's out of the way and drivers wanting to gas up there will have to pull off East Walnut then swing back around to get back on Walnut or continue east on old 13 to pick up Giant City Road. If you are going to do that, you might as well gas up at the Kroger. Will be interesting to see if there is enough demand for food in the neighborhoods to the south of Omar's 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Brightfields Solar Project

Though I did not make it to the city council meeting, from several posts I have seen on Facebook, it appears the council decided to not approve the permit for the Brightfields solar project, meaning the property keeps getting cleaned up and sitting empty.