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.
The remodeling also added an expanded produce department and a new all-organics and natural foods department.
The Urbana store is the first in the chain to launch a new concept that emphasizes the food and family holiday traditions of the Midwest. Kettler said the company is hoping to hear some feedback from customers before trying it at another store.
Meanwhile, the store will hold a grand opening celebration at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tours and food samples will be included, and the company – in partnership with grocery wholesaler SuperValu – will donate 1 ton of canned goods to the Salvation Army.
Throughout December, the store will feature some guest food experts in various departments to talk to shoppers, Kettler said.
St. Joseph woman starts business
Holiday errands running you ragged?
You can turn to Christina Foster, who has started The Main Event, an errand-running, party-planning, do-your-decorating-for-you service.
Foster, of St. Joseph, said she'll put up your Christmas tree and take it down, decorate your home for the holidays, do your shopping and otherwise take on tasks you don't have time for.
"It's pretty much personalized to whatever they need," she said.
This is a part-time venture for Foster. She is also marketing and Internet sales manager for Sullivan-Parkhill Automotive.
The Main Event can be reached at 469-2590.
Service started for Medicare recipients
Perry & Associates, an insurance business in Champaign, is now offering a service to help Medicare recipients choose a Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage plan.
Richard Perry, the agency owner, said he charges a base fee of $25 for the service, plus a $10 fee for each of the maintenance prescriptions a client has.
"I can do the most good for people who have the most drugs," Perry said.
For more information, call 356-9884.
Sweet Marie's Shabby Chic Gifts has opened inside K&S Furniture in downtown Farmer City.
It has, among other things, seasonal decorations, candies, teas, handmade soaps and spa goods, knitted infant sweaters, scarves, handmade cards, candles and pillows, according to Teri Emmerson, manager of the furniture store.
The owners, Jeff Harden of Bellflower and Debi Stoppkottle of Farmer City, used to sell their wares in LeRoy.
Hours for both the gift shop and furniture shop are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
A Sprint dealership has opened at 905 S. Neil St., C.
Owner Souphahon Soutchay of Urbana said the store carries phones, accessories and service packages.
It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 398-5902.
Simone Clark Color and Design, a multicultural, full-service salon specializing in hair color and style makeovers at 505 S. Neil St. (Royal Plaza), will open Jan. 14.
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The grand opening will include an open house from 5 to 7 p.m., according to owner and lead stylist Nancy Mullins.
JJ's Shoe Repair moved in downtown Champaign from 114 N. Walnut St. to 109 S. Walnut St.
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