Monday, December 9, 2019

Pag's Not For Sale

Was at Pagliai's Pizza over the weekend and learned that the pizzeria is not for sale. Apparently the owners had put on the market several rental properties they also own and Pag's mistakenly got listed along with them, which is why it got pulled down from online listings so quickly. As far as I know, Hangar 9 and PK's are still up for sale.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Arnold's Closing

Been reading articles and people's posts bemoaning the announced closing of Arnold's Market. It is not as if it was a surprise. Like the Bookworm, the business has been on the market bur the better part of a year. In both cases the owners wanted to retire or move onto something else. They wanted to see the business continue but no one was interested enough to step up and take it on. I happened to catch a piece in today's Southern about a Farm Fresh store that a customer had enough interest in to purchase and work to keep running. The owner of Arnold's has the right to shutter it if they want. If someone else wants to keep it open, they have about another week or so to do so.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Lights Fantastic Parade

Carbondale Police will start blocking off downtown streets for the Lights Fantastic parade at 5 p.m. and will reopen them when the parade ends, typically around 8 p.m. There is a downtown cookie walk from 4 to 6 before the parade

Friday, December 6, 2019

SIUC Recruiting UP

Applications to SIUC are up just over 25% and admitted freshmen for this fall are up just over 20%. Market research told the university it needed to reach out more to high school guidance counselors and it has done so. I remember talking with parents in southern Illinois some years ago who said that the file for SIUC in the guidance counselor's office in southern Illinois high schools consisted of one sheet of paper and that the university made little effort to recruit graduating seniors from the region. The assumption at the university was "these students have lived in the region all of their lives so must be aware of SIUC and our time is better spent recruiting students from elsewhere."

Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Businesses

While it is disheartening that Arnold's Market is closing, we have had a number of new businesses open in downtown Carbondale in the past few months. The strip of 3 retail storefronts on West Walnut behind Phoenix Cycle is fully rented for the first time in several year's as is the group of retail shops in the elevated strip behind what is now Traxx. By my count, that is seven new small businesses that have opened in the past year.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

New SIU President

The SIU BOT will vote to confirm Daniel Mahony as the next President of the university, likely tomorrow. Prior to this he served as president at South Carolina's Winthrop University from 2015 until stepping down to take the SIU position. From his Linked In profile:

Dr. Daniel F. Mahony became Winthrop University's 11th president on July 1, 2015. In his first year Dr. Mahony called fo a campus-wide effort to develop a strategy that would build on Winthrop’s past successes, including its strong reputation, focus on students, and its willingness to adapt to the changing realities of public higher education.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Arnold's Market Closing

According to this post on Facebook, southside staple Arnold's Market will shutter its doors on Dec. 18th. The grocery has been up for sale for a few years now with no takers, much like Bookworm, so the owner decided to close up and retire. Spin off business Arnie's Sandwiches is under new ownership but will have to find a new supply source.