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By Carissa Sitki
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m. to welcome a new business, Hideaway Trading Post, to Jerseyville. Members of the community gathered, as well as owners, Chad and Margaret Dublo, store employees, and Mayor William Russell.
The shop, located at 117 S. Washington St., makes its arrival just in time for the holiday shopping season and has shelves stocked with unique gift items, such as Amish jams and jellies, pickles, locally-made treats, nostalgic candies, Christmas ornaments, and art pieces created by local artists.
“We wanted the shop to have a ‘five and dime’ feel,” said Margaret of her and Chad’s vision.
The Dublos own Hideaway Farms as well as a seasonal business, Hideaway Farms Market, both located in Grafton. “It feels great to be in Jerseyville,” Margaret said. “The city has been so great and welcomed us with open arms.”
Mayor Russell spoke just before the ribbon was cut and expressed his excitement about the new business and thanked Chad and Margaret. “I think [Hideaway] is going to be a great addition to Jerseyville,” he said.
The Hideaway’s downtown Jerseyville location falls outside of the beaten path, but that’s something the Dublos like about the spot. “It’s a hidden treasure off the Main drag which fits with the name,” said Margaret.
Hideaway’s business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit their website, thehideawaytradingpost.com, or call 618-639-4856.
The Dublos are optimistic in their decision to open up their new shop. “We are excited to be growing our family business,” said Chad. “and we’re glad to be in Jerseyville.