Thursday, August 16, 2007

How Long Downtown?

Eventually I'l get back onto looking at the sales tax proposal. In the meantime, here's a project I'm working on I could use some help with. Following is a list of Carbondale businesses (almost all downtown) and how long they've been in business. Some of them I don't have dates for and there may be errors in the others. If you have any additions or correction, email me or post them in the comments. Thanks.

2007 years in business

Dillinger's Feed Store 72 years ( 6 years under Alyssa Gullet)

Spires Wholesale - 62 years

PK's 52 years

Mary Lou's 45 years 1962 - 1976 in former location 1976 - present in current location

B and A Travel 44 years (17 under current ownership)
Kaleidoscope 41 years

The Thrift Shop 41 years
710 Bookstore – 40 years

Carbondale Trophy 31 years

Hair Brains 27 years
Hangar 9 27 years

Mane Effects 24 years

NAPA – 17 years

Castle Perilous Games and Books 17 years
Yesteryear Tobacconist 16 years

Tonic Headquarters - 16 years
A Petal Patch Florist 14 years (4 under current ownership)
Melange coffee House - 13 years
Rosetta Stone Bookstore - 13 years (1 under current ownership)

Walk the Line 12 years

Longbranch 10 years

Vati Travel 9 years

Saluki Central 7 years
Family Hair Center 6 years
Rag Wear 5 years
Kaya 4 years
Beautiful Creations 4 years

Tantastic 3 year downtown

All State Insurance
Animal Crackers
Coleman Lawn
D's Quick Shop
Gatsby's II
Art Lovers
Design Gallery
Global Gourmet
Leather World
Shelter Insurance
State Finance Company
Visions Hair Studio
Small Biz/ Coach
Old National Bank

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Don't know if the tobacco store is the 'original'but back in the '60's there was a tobacco store next to the original Leo's Tavern. Leo's was the first building south of the train depot, and closest to the tracks.
Tobacco store was next, if I recall, then a cafe, and the old hotel was on the corner at Illinois Ave. The whole thing burned back sometime late 60's or so. Too bad....Leo's was a real treasure. Immense back bar, tile floors and brass spitoons. No chairs at the bar, just a brass foot rail. Had a side door that opened directly onto the railroad loading/unloading area.imisu
Other long time downtown businesses include Jerry's Flowers, Quatro's, Shawnee Trails, Varsity South Barber Shop, El Greco, Horstman Cleaners, Main Street Laundry, Bank of Carbondale, Italian Village.
tres hombres is 25 years old (1982)
BookWorld has been downtown for a long time too. Its grand re-opening with new owners is on September 1.
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