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It's your business: Cold Stone to feature cool mix of ice cream

Cold Stone Creamery, a national chain of premium ice cream shops, will open a location in Campustown next year.

It will be built at 505 E. Green St., and the opening is set for next spring.


Auto dealer uses lessons learned from basketball career

CHAMPAIGN – Curley Lee says lessons he learned as a point guard for the San Diego Clippers helped him become a better car salesman.

Lee, who took over the Ford dealership in Champaign in August 2004, previously operated Courtesy Ford-Lincoln-Mercury in Danville for six years.


Now's the time to watch for credit card fraud

So you're at a crowded cafe and call Ticketmaster on your cellphone to order some concert tickets.

You pull out your wallet and read off your credit card numbers to the operator over the phone.

Bad idea. The person sitting behind you could jot down those numbers, then head to the mall for a shopping spree, courtesy of your good credit.


Illinois uncorking money for industry

More than 100 years ago, vineyards and wineries dotted the Illinois landscape, from the driftless northwest to the sunny hills of southern Illinois. Back then, the state ranked among the country's top producers of wine.

But Prohibition changed all that. The number of wineries and vineyards dwindled, and production eventually shifted to states like California.


It's your business: New look, products for County Market store

County Market in southeast Urbana has a whole new look and some new products to go along with it.

The store at 1819 S. Philo Road has undergone a $2.5 million remodeling both inside and outside, and customers will find some new products in the deli – ready-made, home-cooking style entrees that can be taken home and heated up for dinner, said Jerry Kettler, spokesman for the store's owner, Quincy-based Niemann Foods.


Photo shops processing changes

CHAMPAIGN – When it comes to merchandise, Rod Bates has lots to offer: digital cameras, lenses, tripods, flashes, film, memory cards, even lighting and darkroom equipment.

But when it comes to employees, Bates has only one – himself.


Dale's Jewelry in Villa Grove clocking out

VILLA GROVE – After a lifetime of selling jewelry for generations of residents in the Villa Grove area, Dale Underwood has decided it is time to retire.

Underwood, 62, said he plans to close Dale's Jewelry in downtown Villa Grove at the end of the year. The wheelchair-bound businessman has been selling watches, rings and other shiny things at the location for the last 39 years.


It's your business: Expansion under way at Menards

An expansion of the Menards store in Champaign is under way.

The store is adding 26,000 square feet to its building supply warehouse and expects to have the new space completed by next spring.


Fill 'er up with your old cooking oil, scientists say

After the doughnuts are fried and the chicken wings made golden and crispy, what do you do with old cooking oil, the smelly and nasty-looking stuff that remains?

Why, make fuel out of it.


Shoppers lay siege to area stores

CHAMPAIGN – Some people had to drag themselves to work Friday.

Some stayed home and ate turkey leftovers.