CARTERVILLE (WSIL) — You’ll want to keep a close eye on a town in Williamson County this spring as several small businesses set up shop downtown.
A total of six new downtown Carterville businesses have opened or are about to open soon.
“We recently opened a number of new businesses, or they are in the process of completing renovations and getting ready to open,” Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson said. “We are very excited about this, especially”
Robinson says what also makes these new business ventures more exciting is their timing.
“Much of this work was ongoing in the midst of the pandemic,” the mayor said. “Now that we are seeing hopefully the end of it, businesses are wrapping up and already opening or preparing for their grand openings.”
River to River Realty and KW Pinnacle are currently serving clients and now reside in downtown Carterville.
A new antiques mall has also opened called Crickets and Red Brick. Their first day was last week, with a grand opening scheduled for later.
Three other businesses, Cold-Blooded Coffee, Downtown Dip (a store offering hand-dipped ice cream) and a hair salon called Hairography, are currently renovating their premises for an opening date to be announced soon.
“We are happy to have these businesses in Carterville, especially in the midst of the pandemic,” Robinson said. “We are always excited for businesses to come to Carterville, but especially in these special times.”
Robinson also sees a number of these entities as a destination location that will draw people to Carterville.
“These are placed where people from all over southern Illinois will either come to visit initially or return because of their product and atmosphere,” Robinson said.
Not only are the number of small businesses growing in the western town of Williamson County, but they are also locally owned.
“I think they have a personal connection to their neighbors and the people who live here and go to school here,” Robinson said. “Even though our downtown is not something that can be measured in the downtown of a bigger city, we have a lot of forward momentum. When good things happen, people want to do part of this positive change.”