The Great Frame Up, the custom framing, print, poster and framed-art shop in Champaign, is closing.
Jim Wisniewski, who owns the business with his wife, Carol Wisniewski, attributed the closing to the economy. Business has slowly declined over the last six months, he said.
The store opened at 2141 S. Neil St. in the Shoppes of Knollwood in 2003.
The Great Frame Up will have a going-out-of-business sale from Tuesday through April 10. The discounts will change as the sale progresses. Some items are marked down by 70 and 75 percent, Wisniewski said. The store's last day has not been set.
The shop recently stopped building custom frames, and the owners are building open frames of different sizes to be sold during the sale.
"People will be able to get a high-end frame for a really good price," he said.
Also on sale will be prints, pre-framed art, photo frames and mat boards. The store also will be selling its fixtures, including furniture and equipment.
The Great Frame Up can be reached at 351-9904. It's open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Shop has new owner
Angie Zahnd and her husband, Sam Zahnd, have purchased the former Mrs. B's School Tools store in Champaign and renamed it No Teacher Left Behind.
The store, at 2412 W. Springfield Ave., C (previously located on Glenn Park Drive in Champaign), offers educational items for children through 12th grade.
All sorts of supplemental resources, books, educational games, toys, puzzles and items like bulletin boards are available for sale.
Angie Zahnd, a nanny and former teacher at Judah Christian School in Champaign, said she is expanding the Christian and home-schooling sections of the store.
"I'm very open to suggestions and ideas. I want this to be for and about teachers," she said. "I'm hoping they can come in here and feel relaxed, not rushed," she said.
By teachers, that includes school teachers, home school teachers, parents and caregivers.
She plans to carry brands such as Melissa & Doug and Learning Resources and also hopes to expand the foreign language offerings.
The store is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It can be reached at 398-3806. An open house is being planned in April.
Alicia Davis has opened Natural Care Nail Salon in Bridle Brook Adult Community in Mahomet.
A nail technician, Davis was previously at Hair Design and Day Spa in Champaign. She offers basic and spa manicures and pedicures. She serves customers of all ages, focusing on care of natural nails, not artificial ones.
The salon is in Bridle Brook's main building, 1505 Patton Drive, Mahomet, and can be reached at 418-2589. It's open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Plus, the salon is open 8 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
New Gibson City pub
A family friendly, Irish-style pub has opened in Gibson City.
D.G. Sullivan's is in the former Harry's sports bar and grill in downtown Gibson City. The menu features food such as butter-crust deep-dish pizzas, pastas and rib-eyes (their beef is sourced locally) and drinks ranging from Bud Light to craft beer from Two Brothers Brewing Co. in Warrenville and wine from Alto Vineyards.
"I had this nagging dream to open a restaurant and decided it was time to do it," said Jeff Volker, who previously owned the NAPA Auto Parts store in town and is the retired fire chief for the Gibson City Fire Protection District.
A new kitchen was built, and the neon signs were taken down. The decor features exposed brick walls, a tin ceiling and local photographs.
The pub opened March 1. It's named after Volker's grandfather.
D.G. Sullivan's, 109 W. Eighth St., is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It can be reached at 784-4226.
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