CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Hear that sound? It’s a game of musical stores being played by Carthage businesses looking to expand and upgrade.
Just look at Cindy Chilton’s Decor & More, now relocated from the former All Things Grand store at 1204 Grand Ave. to the former Cherry’s Custom Framing and Art Gallery at 310 Howard St.
Not only has Chilton expanded her space, but she has refocused and expanded her inventory. Stepping into Decor & More, you see an elegant collection of chairs, cabinets and tables, displaying vases, lamps, sparkling Waterford glass, floral arrangements and highly polished silver accessories.
Much of the inventory was acquired from the recent closing of the All Things Grand store in Joplin. But in June, Chilton will go to market for her first time to see what’s new in the home decor field.
At her former location, she primarily sold new or used consignment items including purses, shoes and jewelry. She is now accepting items from only a few select consignors.
The store, one block east of the northeast corner of the square, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Since 1959, the Cloud family has been offering custom meat butchering and locker service for area farmers. Over the years, the business grew from its plant location to a retail shop in the Country Mall and Flea Market complex near the intersection of Missouri Highway 571 and Fir Road.
This Wednesday, Cloud’s will move a tad farther east on Fir Road (across from Lowe’s) to a larger location in the strip mall facing west.
Last year, Cloud’s bratwurst and bacon entries received the Grand Champion awards in both state and national competitions. That’s how good it is. Owner Mike Cloud said a lot of the beef and pork products are from local producers. “I can usually tell where those pork chops came from,” he said.
The meat selections will remain essentially the same. In a couple of weeks, with enough space for a few tables and chairs, the store will begin offering hot barbecue meals twice a week and a bratwurst/hot dog day for in-store customers. It will continue its full deli and carryout business lunch service as usual.
If you suffered a sharp pain of disappointment when you saw that the Anderson’s Ice Cream store on Garrison Avenue had closed, don’t worry. Just look a few blocks north on the same street.
Drew Evans has meshed two of his businesses into the perfect combination. That delicious creamy Anderson’s ice cream is now being served at Evans’ Daylight Donut Shop, 431 S. Garrison Ave.
Now you can go in for that essential early morning coffee and doughnuts (the shop opens at 5 a.m.) and requisite round-table discussion, then stop in again any time from noon to 9 p.m. for a cooling and tasty energy booster. If there are any morning goodies left over, you can still buy those.
The ice cream is made by the famous Anderson’s Ice Cream and Cinnamon Rolls of Joplin and purchased by Evans for resale here. The display case always features 16 flavors, but there are more than 160 flavors made.
Besides chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, you could order exotic choices such as dulce de leche, wedding cake, salted caramel and cinnamon roll. And, as the cheerful waitress Hannah Hole told me, “They are still making more.”
My favorites are coffee and black walnut.
Another distinct advantage to the move is the availability of off-street parking. You no longer have to park on busy Garrison Avenue. The store is open every day except Sunday.
Soon I’ll have news about The Briar Patch, a new business scheduled to open the latter part of April in the building — you guessed it — recently vacated by Decor & More.
Hear that sound? It’s musical stores, and it’s good for Carthage.
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