El Progreso Tienda Y Carniceria of Champaign has opened a second, larger location in Urbana.
Owners Claudia and Jose Sanchez opened the Champaign store, at 1001 Bloomington Road, in the spring of 2010.
Their Urbana store, which is three times as large as the Champaign one, opened about two weeks ago in the retail plaza behind Walgreens at 501 N. Cunningham Ave.
Both stores feature fresh-baked goods such as doughnuts and conchas, which are sweet breads; fresh produce, canned and packaged goods, frozen items and fresh meat.
The butcher shop and a deli case in the Urbana store are still under construction but will open shortly, according to the store managers.
The Sanchezes also plan to open a taco shop, Super Taco, in retail space adjacent to the Urbana store.
The produce, shipped in from Chicago, includes a variety of tomatoes, tomatillos, cacti and a wide range of chiles. Drinks, such as coconut juice or tamarind-flavored drinks, are also available. There also are plenty of spices.
The store is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
— In other Mexican cuisine news, it looks like a new quick-serve restaurant is planned for Campustown. Tortica's, at 408 E. Green St., C, promises to make Mexican and American sub sandwiches. We'll have more details on an opening soon.
Smile for your close-up
Doug Starks and Josh Laskowski have launched a photo booth rental business in East Central Illinois called EYE CU Photo Booths.
The way it works is they come to your event — wedding, reunion or other occasion — with a photo booth on wheels. Guests file in and ham it up for the camera. Guests and organizers leave with a photo strip of their experience.
"We thought they were a fun business and I think it was needed in this area," Starks said.
The booth "is larger than a lot of photo booths (10 feet by 10 feet) and it has green screen technology," Starks said.
The booth can hold up to 10 people and is stocked with various props.
More information is available at http://www.eyecuphoto.com or 898-2427.
On the move
— Beginning Aug. 1, Copasetic Consignments will be at a new location in downtown Champaign. The store, which sells furniture and home accents, will move from 41 E. University Ave. to 204 N. Neil St. next to Carrie's, in space that was once home to Rebecca's.
In addition to lightly used items, the store will start offering new home accents as well.
The 1,000-square-foot store will have entrances on Neil and on Taylor streets, owner Lisa Gundersen said.
The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Copasetic Consignments can be reached at 402-5541 or http://www.copaseticconsignments.com.
— Champaign accounting firm Overstreet, Wilberg & Associates is moving to a new location on Monday. The new address will be 2918 Crossing Court, Suite C-1, C. The firm previously was located in the Galleria office complex on Galen Drive. Its phone number remains the same at 356-9199.
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