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Businesses celebrate grand openings around Carlinville Square

Alderman Bill Link and Rabbit Hole Thrift owner Sue Mueller held the red ribbon tight as Marcy Welsh (center with scissors) cut the ribbon. Husband Josh Welsh (left), Mayor Sarah Oswald, and Dottie Jo Boutique owner Jamie Michaelis cheered as the ribbon fell. Enquirer~Democrat photo by Erin Sanson.


Alderman Doug Downey (left) and Bill Link (right) held the red ribbon for the grand opening events of the Rabbit hole Thrift and Dottie Jo Boutique. Present to help commemorate the event were (back row L to R) Joanie Paine, Kent Michaelis, Jerry Mueller, Mayor Sarah Oswald, Tammy Hughes and Peter Terenzio. Front Row L to R: Mason Michaelis, Jr. Miss Carlinville Molly Carriker, Little Miss Carlinville Maely Boehm, J. Michaelis, S. Mueller, Alderman Randy Ober, Alderwoman Vicky Wagstaff, Jen Peterson and Ashley Archibee-Hadley. Enquirer~Democrat photo by Erin Sanson


Enquirer~Democrat Reporter

The red ribbon and giant scissors were brought out several times in the last week, celebrating grand openings of businesses around Carlinville.

In the afternoon of June 3, the ribbon was cut in front of the Collected Boutique on the Carlinville Square. The store celebrated its first birthday as a brick-and-mortar location and held a grand opening for its relocation. The store celebrated with a weekend of sales and treats for customers.

Marcy Welsh opened Collected Boutique on June 4, 2021. The store was first located at 126 S. Broad St. before moving to its current location on the north east side of the Square. The store began as an online shop which Welsh ran for a year before setting up a physical store.

Collected Boutique can be found on Facebook and Instagram, at their website and by phone at 217- 299-1183.

The scissors were out again on Friday morning to celebrate the opening of both The Rabbit Hole Thrift Store and Dottie Jo Boutique, both located on the northwest side of the Carlinville Square.

The Rabbit Hole opened Oct. 2, 2021 and is run by Carlinville resident Sue Mueller. The store runs on donations and features a theme for the month. The store opened at 500 West Side Square before moving into a larger space next door in March.

The space left open by The Rabbit Hole’s move was filled by Dottie Jo Boutique moving into the space in April. Dottie Jo is run by Jamie Michaelis and features home decor, clothing and accessories. Their selection of items ranges from modern to vintage items and styles.

The Rabbit Hole Thrift and Dottie Jo Boutique can be found at 501 and 500 West Side Square. Dottie Jo can also be found on Facebook @dottiejoboutique or by calling (217) 313-5753.