It's Your Business: New Champaign shop to feature vintage furniture

It's Your Business: New Champaign shop to feature vintage furniture

Downtown Champaign next month will have a new consignment shop that will feature vintage estate furniture and home accents.

Copasetic Consignments is moving into 41 E. University Ave., C, in the 1913 Illinois Traction Building, the long-ago headquarters of the regional electric rail line.

"I've always loved going to estate sales and collecting furniture. It's always been a dream of mine to have a shop like this," said owner Lisa Gundersen, whose day job is teaching agricultural economics at the University of Illinois.

Some items for sale in the store will include marriage chests, dining sets, a church pew and home accents such as paintings. Artist Marla Fry's hand-painted antique windows will be for sale.

The store does not necessarily specialize in an era or a style, but will contain "anything that strikes my fancy, that I like and I think other people will like," she said.

Gundersen has painted the store, about 1,300 square feet, and added new lighting. The space is just west of hair salon and spa Kane & Co. It previously was home to the fitness club evolve and prior to that Primelight Studio.

"My hope is it will be a place that people will come to because it's got a fun atmosphere," she said.

She anticipates a mid-May opening. The store will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Evening hours may be added in the future.

For more information, or if you're interested in selling good-condition items on consignment, Gundersen can be reached at 402-5541 or via e-mail at

New, bigger location for spa

Spa Envy, which has been at 204 1/2 W. White St., C, for four years, is moving to a new and larger location in Champaign.

As of May 4, the spa will be in the Shoppes of Knollwood shopping center in the space previously home to Hair Design & Day Spa. The spa's current building on White Street is listed for sale.

The new space is about 4,300 square feet, meaning the salon and spa will almost double in size, said Michelle Benjamin, who co-owns the business with Bobbie Renfrew.

"Basically, our new place will be geared toward wellness," Benjamin said.

Services are being expanded, and the salon and spa will have more technicians on staff. It will offer services like seaweed wraps, body polishes and Vichy showers and will have what's called a hydrotherapy pool, which Benjamin likened to a single-person hot tub. The business will also be able to host events like spa parties.

The salon has 12 people on staff, and stylists and technicians are invited to apply for new positions. The hours in the new location will be expanded from the current ones. The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The salon's new address is 2219 S. Neil St. in the Shoppes of Knollwood, behind Biaggi's. The phone number will remain the same at 378-4939, and the website is

Now open

Grandview Gallery, at 1514 Grandview Drive, C, across from Hessel Park, is now open.

The gallery features artwork by Siti Mariah Jackson-Sullivan and Brian J. Sullivan and other local artists. The artwork on display includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography and sculpture.

It's open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment by calling 359-4456 or 377-5458 or e-mailing

New name for restaurant

Jason's Balloons and Spoons (the family friendly restaurant in the old Dog N Suds) has changed its name to Jason's Barbecue and Pizza.

The restaurant, 608 W. Town Center Blvd., C, near Menards, opened in March, and has always featured barbecue and pizza, but owner Ron Hitch said he wanted the name to better reflect what food the restaurant served.

Jason's Barbecue and Pizza will still host birthday parties and still have video games for kids. And a portion of the building inside still contains the Balloon Creations store where people can buy balloons and other party decorations.

Hitch said plans are to close the Urbana location of Balloon Creations, 202 W. University Ave., on May 1. The number will stay the same at 344-9179.

As for the restaurant, Hitch said it's featuring Tennessee-style red sauce barbecue by Joe Rodriguez and Mississippi-style vinaigrette-based barbecue by Daryl Yarber, son of Arnie Yarber, who for decades ran the barbecue restaurant Po' Boys in Champaign.

Jason's Barbecue and Pizza also has 23 different flavors of soft-serve ice cream as well as caramel corn. Delivery is available.

New summer hours

Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Oakwood is switching to its summer hours. From May through October, Sleepy Creek will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors are welcome to sample wines, shop for gifts and visit the art gallery.

Sleepy Creek also hosts Wieners & Wine from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the summer. During that time, customers buy wine or beer, and staff members fix hot dogs on a campfire.

More information is available by contacting the vineyard, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount, at or 733-0330.

Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 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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