It's your business: C-U shop to feature furniture by Amish

It's your business: C-U shop to feature furniture by Amish

Simply Amish, a new shop featuring furniture made by the Amish, will open soon on the north side of downtown Champaign.

The owners, Debby Winter and Matt Hutton, have taken over the ground floor space at 500 N. Walnut St., at the corner of Washington and Walnut streets, and plan to open the store there later this month or in early October.

Winter and Hutton also own SpinLight Studio, the Champaign firm that handles Simply Amish's marketing, and became interested in opening one of Simply Amish's licensed stores themselves, Winter said.

Arcola-based Simply Amish, in business since 1979, handles orders for and wholesales furniture made in Amish workshops, many of which are in East Central Illinois, said Kevin Kauffman, one of the owners.

There are two company-owned Simply Amish stores and three other licensed locations in addition to the one in Champaign.

At the stores, customers can view tables, chairs and other furniture made by Amish craftsmen and custom-order it in the kind of wood and stain they want. Some 80 percent of Simply Amish's sales are custom orders, Kauffman said.

New medical practice in town

An orthopedic medicine practice with offices in Normal and Pontiac has opened a 9,000-square-foot facility in Champaign.

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, at 2110 Fox Drive, offers exams, treatment rooms, X-ray services, sports medicine services and physical and occupational therapies, according to Gregg Chadwick, administrator.

Three of the four doctors in the practice will be seeing patients in Champaign, he said. The doctors handle a lot of minimally invasive surgeries, and hope to be operating on local patients at the two Urbana hospitals pending agreements being worked out, he added.

The practice, which began in Bloomington in 1996, is growing, and the doctors saw an opportunity to further expand in Champaign, Chadwick said. For information, call 355-1616.

Still here

Cafe Luna, a Campustown restaurant that's been in business for more than four years, might be relocating early next year.

But allow owner Iren Aikman to put an end to the rumors that his restaurant is closing: It most definitely is staying open, despite the high-rise construction going on next door, the relocation of his parking lot by the property owner and the fact that he and his family have moved to San Francisco, he said.

The restaurant will have to move, however, to make way for construction, Aikman said. He is looking at potential new locations in downtown Champaign and South First Street, he added.

Aikman said he has been commuting to Champaign-Urbana since mid-August to continue overseeing the restaurant since his wife took a new position in San Francisco.

"I've got such a great staff that it's working out beautifully," he added.

Living in San Francisco is also giving him some new ideas for Cafe Luna's menu, which focuses on eclectic American cuisine using seasonal fresh produce, he said.

Aikman bemoans the upcoming loss of his current location in Campustown.

"It was kind of a cool little spot," he says.


Majestic Nails, formerly at 1405 E. Florida Ave., U, moved in September to 2106 W. Springfield Ave., C, owner Lou Ramp said.

The new phone number is 355-6694.

Sea Boat, a restaurant specializing in fish sandwiches that was formerly at 1114 N. Market St., C, is now operating at 403 W. Kirby Ave., C.

The owner, Qaiyim Abdullah, said he appreciates the customers he had for 13 years on Market Street, and originally planned to keep that shop open as well.

But due to the difficulty of keeping well-trained employees on board, he thought it would be easier to staff just one location. He said he thinks his customers will like having dine-in, carryout and a drive-up window available at his new place.

Sea Boat's hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, but those may be changing later this year, he 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 1-800-252-3346; 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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