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Kirlin's Hallmark plans to return to Champaign — and open a store in Danville too.
The Quincy-based, family owned chain has set a tentative opening date of Feb. 22 for its store at Marketview Shopping Center in Champaign, said marketing director Laura Sievert.
It will take the spot at 55 E. Marketview Drive, C, recently vacated by Dena's Hallmark.
A new Korean restaurant has opened in Champaign's Campustown.
K-Bowl made its debut last week at 39 E. Green St. in a space west of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches in the University Centre shopping plaza.
The restaurant is owned by Jeaeun Cho, who also owns Sushi Kame in downtown Champaign, according to restaurant spokeswoman Mimi Lyu.
Marble's Catering Service in Savoy will move to a new location at 104 W. Tomaras Ave. at the outset of the new year.
The location — formerly the home of the ABC Learning Center — has about 9,000 square feet, and Marble's will occupy the southern portion, said Richard Coyne, who co-owns the business with his wife, Frances.
They hope to lease out the rest of the space.
A new candy shop, Bent Bean, has opened at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village, selling among other things Rubens Chocolates.
The shop is located near the center of the mall, in the spot that was the longtime home of Fannie May and later Flesor's Candy Kitchen.
For the fourth holiday season in a row, Ron Meyer and his family are operating Meyer's New and Used Toy Store — with nearly 2,000 like-new toys without the boxes.
The store, located north of Urbana, is open the next four weekends — Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 21-23. Hours are 9 to 5 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Mas Amigos, the Mexican restaurant that opened at 40 E. Springfield Ave., C, in 2009, plans to open a second location in the former Cocina Real building at 1106 W. University Ave., U.
Teo Padron, who co-owns Mas Amigos with Juan Reyna, said work needs to be done at the new location, but he hopes to be open there sometime in December.
Dena's Hallmark has closed its store west of the Schnucks supermarket in Champaign Commons Plaza.
That followed the closing of Dena's stores in Danville's Village Mall, Urbana's Lincoln Square and downtown Rantoul.
The Dena's Hallmark at Market View Shopping Center in Champaign remains open.
Buca di Beppo should be open by the time you start post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping.
The Italian restaurant has a projected opening date of Nov. 26 in the space at Market Place Shopping Center formerly occupied by Pasta House.
"It looks like we'll be on track to open this month," said John Thall, senior vice president of business development for Buca di Beppo.
Birkey's, the Rantoul-based farm equipment and construction equipment dealer, plans to move its Urbana store to a new site next year.
The dealership is preparing to build a new store at 2202 S. High Cross Road, across the road from and a little south of Village Inn Pizza, said Jeff Hedge, vice president of Birkey's.
Demolition of the old Jin's Pro Auto Body building at First Street and Springfield Avenue in Champaign should begin soon.
Owner Jin Hwan Park said he expects the building to come down this month to make way for the new Japanese restaurant he's planning there.
"I hope to finish the building by April and am looking to open up in May," he said.