PONTOON BEACH — After just 17 months, Feather My Nest continues to be successful.
“Business is very good,” said Ruth Ann DeRosa, owner of the home décor and gift shop at 4137 Pontoon Road. “There were slow times, for sure. The word is getting out. I still have new people nearly every day.”
After living in St. Peters, Mo., for several years, DeRosa moved back to the Granite City area to be close to her mother, Jewel Agers. She found a house that would later become her new shop.
“We bought this house that was going to be torn down,” DeRosa said.
DeRosa purchased the house in 2012. In July 2014, she opened Feather My Nest. DeRosa came up with the name after visiting a Chicago shop called Feather Your Nest.
“I thought it was cute,” DeRosa said.
In November, the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Madison County recognized businesses that specialize in retail and Feather My Nest is one of them. The others are Glik’s, Hudson’s Jewelers, Schnucks, Shop ’n Save, Goff & Dittman, Furniture Galore, Bert’s Rental and Sales, BEC Office Products, Casey’s, Contract Floral/August Gardens, Jan’s Hallmark, Sam’s, Shirl-K, Twice the Ice, AutoZone, Walmart, Dollar-A-Day Recycling, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, Granite City Glass and 4 Your Stuff Storage.
Glik’s is a retail clothing chain at 3248 Nameoki Road. Founded in 1897, Glik’s operates more than 50 locations in the Midwest.
Shirl-K and Goff & Dittman are both florist shops in Granite City. Shirl-K, 2701 Pontoon Road, has been in business since 1983. Goff & Dittman, which opened in 1948, is located at 4915 Maryville Road.
BEC Office Products, 2930 Madison Ave., began as a typewriter repair and sales business in the basement of Tony Mangi’s house in Venice in 1957. The store sells office supplies and also has public fax, copy and notary services.
Granite City Glass, 1837 Madison Ave., celebrated its 60th year in business this year and specializes in automotive, residential and business/commercial glass projects. The company was purchased by Julie Dempsey and Rob Waymire 10 years ago.
Founded in 1948, Bert’s Rentals is a furniture rental chain that has three locations, including its main office at 1920 Delmar Ave.
Feather My Nest is open seven days per week and sells vintage home décor, furniture, gifts and jewelry handmade by Carol Krull. For information, call (618) 219-2072.