Monday, August 3, 2020

Spirit Halloween

Looks as if the Spirit Halloween store is opening up in the empty Macy's building. Far more room for them than in the long empty Office Depot store and certainly a more elegant location. Ceilings are not as high though.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Mary Lou's Reopening

According to the signs in the windows, Mary Lou's will open again on August 4th. This time for good? 

Dunkin' Donuts Closed

Apparently the coronavirus has hit Dunkin' Donuts as a sign on the door says they are closed until further notice. On the other hand, Staples has reopened and I am seeing a lot more people wearing masks in stores. Was at the Carbondale Farmer's Market yesterday and only saw one family wandering the stalls without one.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Mask Ordinance

If you want to read the mask ordinance the city passed yesterday, here it is. No fine listed in it though, just punishable as provided by section 20-1-5 of the city code.  Stores already have the right to request you to leave if you come onto their property violating any posted directions, like "No shirt, no shoes, no service" or "No soliciting". If you violate any of the posted restrictions and refuse to leave when asked to, you are trespassing, which is a violation of the law anywhere.

Thursday, July 30, 2020


In case you get a mysterious package of seeds in the mail, do not plant them (well duh, you could create Audry 2) and contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Apparently it is part of a "brushing scam"  in which third party vendors on Amazon send you a comparatively cheap item and then write a glowing 5 star review on it to push their listings higher in Amazon's rankings. Since 40 % of all searches for products start on Amazon, having a more visible listing there as a seller really helps.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Traxx For Sale

Looks as if Traxx will not be reopening, at least under that name. The building, with the downstairs bar and upstairs retail locations, is for sale.  Asking price $849,000. Three of the four upstairs locations currently have tenants although the barber shop does not appear to have been opened for a month or so.

Suspected Awaiting Formal Charges

Carbondale Police have announced that they will formally charge suspects in at least 75 thefts of checks from Carbondale mailboxes over the past several months.The police just announced the investigation this week and just today announced that suspects would be charged and that the police expected the mail thefts to cease.