Name change, new look for business
Family, friends, customers and community supporters were on hand to celebrate the grand (re)opening of Annabelle Market.
For 15 years, Rhonda and Terry Bittle’s vintage store, This N That Resale, has been a mainstay for South Main Street shopping in Anna.
Over the years, antique seekers, treasure hunters and consignment shoppers from all around have come by to peruse their wares.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on Friday, Aug. 31, marked the store’s official rebranding as Annabelle Market.
With the new name, the Bittles pay homage to their hometown of Anna and to the Annabelle Festival that has become a yearly tradition in the downtown Anna area, including South Main Street.
But the name is not the only thing that’s new. The look of the store has been completely overhauled, with dramatic changes done both inside and out.
The storefront received a face lift, with a new black and white paint job that gives the building an updated look, but retains the store’s retro, diamond-design details.
The aging awning was replaced, and a new sign now proudly displays the store’s updated brand.
There are changes inside as well, with reclaimed space expanding the show room to allow even more merchandise. The market is home to 24 different vendors with a wide range of items.
The renovations began earlier this year, with family and friends pitching in with the reconstruction. With the exception of the sign, all the work was done locally.
The reopening was done in conjunction with The Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau as part of a continuing effort to boost Anna’s Main Street.
For more information, visit the Annabelle Market Facebook page at facebook.com/AnnabelleMarket.