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ON BIZ: Lois' Treasures Thrift Shop a dream come true

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Lois Robinson was an avid thrift shopper and always dreamed that her children would one day open a thrift shop of their own.

Lois died in October from lung cancer, but her memory – and that dream – live on through Lois' Treasures Thrift Shop at 314 N. Main St.

Her children, Genea Espinoza and Kevin Robinson, opened the shop Thursday.

They looked at several buildings around town but felt a special bond with this location when they walked in and saw purple included in the showroom's color scheme. Purple was Lois' favorite color.

They also liked the high visibility of the downtown location. It is the former home of Bellissimo Salon and Spa, which has since moved to a larger space around the corner at 158 E. William St.

The shelves are currently stocked with a variety of items the family has collected over the years, knowing the shop would become reality. Items include collectibles, clothing, knickknacks, housewares and more. The business also sells various arts and crafts -- like painted record albums, hats and jewelry – made by the owners.

The business accepts donations and is considering the addition of consignment sales.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call (217) 520-5855. Check them out on Facebook.


The Decatur Plaza Mid-Town is getting a new tennant.

Jesse Bates, owner of the plaza, is set to open the Decatur Plaza Flea Market on Friday, Feb. 2.

The Decatur Plaza Flea Market, 1113 N. Water, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bates said the goal is to provide affordable space for small businesses, vendors and individuals who have goods to sell.

“There are people needing a place to put their goods out there,” Bates said. “We're helping people get out of their garage, basement or the trunk of their car.”

The Decatur Plaza Flea Market rents 10-by-10-foot booths for $50 per weekend. The newly renovated area includes locked gates and other security features, Bates said.

Call (217) 620-2288 or (217) 791-6406 for more information.

The Decatur Plaza Flea Market is located in the space that had been home to the Small Business Expo, which served as a incubator for local entrepreneurs looking to take their dreams to the next level.

Bates said a “shift in the economy” was starting to limit the pool of potential occupants, setting the stage for the change. He based the plan loosely on flea market operations he saw in Atlanta, Georgia.


Casey's General Store has opened in Forsyth. Let the party begin.

The convenience store, located at 111 E. Cox St. across from Menards, is hosting a grand opening celebration today and Saturday that includes free coffee and discounts on drinks, donuts and, of course, pizza.

The purchase of a large pizza will come with a coupon that will cut the price of gas by 25 cents per gallon

The business also has a Class C liquor license, which allows it to sell beer and wine, and its fuel pumps dispence E-85 and E-15 blends.

“It's just been amazing,” Assistant Manager Dawn Plowman said of the outpouring of support since the store opened last week.

In addition to pizza and donuts, the Casey's kitchen offers subs, wraps, sandwiches, wings, breakfast items and salads. Orders can be made online or by calling (217) 876-1592.

Have you opened a business? Have you expanded or moved to a new location? Have you taken ownership of an existing business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Scott Perry at or call (217)421-7976. 


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