Thursday, July 28, 2016

Good Bye Noah's Lounge

Noah's Lounge, which up until this spring attracted fairly large crowds on weekend evenings to the north side of the square, has quietly shuttered its doors and slipped off into the night. The  "For Rent" sign has been in the window for the past couple of weeks.

The Lounge's posted hours said it opened at 4 p.m. daily but those opening times were sporadic at best with the "Open" sign often not coming on in the evening until after dark, usually on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fringe: The Salon

In case you missed it, another hair salon has opened in Carbondale. Fringe:  The Salon is located in the old Design Gallery space at 112 N. Illinois and advertises itself as Carbondale's first CHI and Biosilk exclusive salon, which I guess is a good thing. By my count, that makes at least 6 hair salons in the downtown area or more salons than bars.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chuckin' Clouds Opens

The newest addition to Carbondale's collection of vape shops just opened on the ground floor of the Island Building at 715 S. University, about half a block south of Bully Juice Vapor. Chuckin' Clouds is a franchise operation with franchisees currently operating in Cape, Paducah, Poplar Bluff and at least 3 stores in Arkansas. The operation does not appear tightly controlled though, as each of the stores, from the pictures on the website, uses the franchisee's own design of the store logo, rather than a consistent logo design ala McDonald's

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Eat Local and Win

Summer program from the Chamber of Commerce:

   Dining out in Carbondale is a little bit more tasty this summer thanks to a program of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. “Eat Local and Win,” a summer dining passport program looks to reward diners for enjoying meals in Carbondale restaurants now through the end of August.
                Patrons of 16 area eateries can earn punches on a special dining passport every time they visit a new restaurant and spend at least $7. The more punches they earn, the greater their odds of winning gift cards to participating restaurants. This is the second year the Chamber has organized the Eat Local and Win program.         
                With just five visits to participating restaurants, participants can turn in their passports and get a single entry in the end-of-summer drawing. Ten or more punches give diners three entries in the contest. Three entrants will each receive a $25 gift card from a restaurant, one participant will receive gift cards from five restaurants totaling $125 and the contest’s grand prize winner will win eight gift cards with a total value of $200.
                The passport punch cards are available at the Chamber office, online at or at participating restaurants, which include Cool Spoons, Cristaudo’s Bakery, Fat Bottom Betty’s, Fat Patties, Giant City Lodge, Global Gourmet, Gloria Jean’s, Hunan, Longbranch CafĂ©, Mary Lou’s Grill, Neighborhood Co-op, Pagliai’s Pizza and Pasta, S&B’s Burger Joint, Tequila’s, Thai Taste and Underground Barrel Room.
                More information on the Eat Local and Win program, which runs through Aug. 31, is available by calling the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce at (618) 549-2146.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sabor De Mel Moving

According to the signs posted, Carbondale's popular Brazilian restaurant Sabor de Mel will soon move across the street into the space occupied recently by Cafe Melange. Likely a good move as the restaurant does not have much space in its current location.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Community Outreach

Looks like some community outreach going on at the Barrett, Twomey building today. There are a couple of young ladies there washing the graffiti off the wall while a group of onlookers including police and tv cameras, watch. These were not the same people who sprayed the graffiti as the video shows at least one male figure doing the spraying.