It's your business: Family now steering Vine Street used-car firm

It's your business: Family now steering Vine Street used-car firm

The former Krupalija Motor Co. used-car business at 507 S. Vine St. has a new name and new owners.

Now operating as Vine Street Motor Co., the business changed hands over the summer and is specializing in late-model used cars, according to Stan Blacker, president of B&B Enterprises of C-U Inc., which owns Vine Street Motors and other businesses.

Blacker, who is helping manage the family-owned used-car business, said his son, Tony Blacker, and Billy Walden, both of Urbana, are the principal owners.

The business has about 20 used cars on the lot and will do searches for other models customers are shopping for, Stan Blacker said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 328-3322.

Picture this

Design by Chance, which opened earlier this month at 212 E. Sangamon, Rantoul, is part-resale shop, part-photo studio.

The store carries resale clothing from infant through adult sizes, plus nursery furniture and baby equipment.

The photo studio offers two options: Do-it-yourself photographers can shoot their own pictures renting the studio, its props, lighting and costume collection. Or they can hire photographer/store owner Sandra Steele to shoot the pictures, Steele said.

Steele said she has a fountain and seating area inside the shop and is also planning to start offering space and packages for children's birthday parties in the spring.

Business hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Financial planner in business

Scott Cline of Champaign has opened a fee-only financial planning office called Cline Financial Concepts.

Cline said he is focusing on middle-income clients and offering both financial planning and assets management services.

For more information, call 766-9288.

Grocery remodeling done

The long remodeling project at the County Market store at Kirby Avenue and Duncan Road in Champaign is finished, and the store will be celebrating with a six-week grand opening with food tastings on weekends, the Quincy-based grocery chain says.

The store underwent a complete makeover inside at a cost of $3 million, and has a new decor and concept focusing on family traditions revolving around foods, company spokesman Gerry Kettler said.

The store also now has an expanded bakery, deli and produce department, new organic food selections, and a new natural foods department, Kettler said.

Store to help nursery

Maggie's Place, a home decor shop at 503 S. Mattis Ave., C, will host a shopping day to benefit the local Crisis Nursery from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Ten percent of all sales that day will go to the nursery, owner Diane Beckett said.

Closing note

Trader's World, a longtime pawnshop in downtown Champaign, will close March 31.

The building at 57 E. Main St. is for sale, said owner Sharon Fabert.

The shop – which opened in 1974 – stopped accepting pawns Nov. 1, but is still buying items outright. All merchandise is being liquidated over the next few months, she said.

Are you opening a new business, or changing something at your existing business? Debra Pressey can be reached by phone at 351-5229 or 800-252-3346; by e-mail at; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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