3 autumn openings planned in Savoy
Three new tenants are coming to the Savoy Square and City Place developments in Savoy this fall.
Ruth Hieser plans to open a home-decor consignment shop in the Savoy Square building at 411 Clarendon Court.
Meanwhile, a new Asian-style restaurant and a Goodwill Donation Express drop-off station will occupy the new City Place building at 111-113 Calvin St., according to Jay Sikorski of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, who has been marketing the properties.
Hieser said her new store — Anita's Place Home Consignment — will carry "gently used" furniture as well as paintings, lamps and rugs. She plans to carry "higher-end" items, be they antiques or more modern pieces.
The business is named in memory of her sister, Anita, who died several years ago.
Hieser has a background as a legal assistant and plans to continue her current work as a real estate broker for Re/Max Choice.
People who would like to be consignors can reach Hieser at 493-6812. She's willing to handle large items like sofas, but not beds or reclining sofas.
Her store will be in the same building as the Limited Edition Hair Studio and the Anderson Center for Cataract Surgery & Eye Care.
Nearby, the Yu Wok restaurant will occupy the north half of the Calvin Street building, while the Goodwill drop-off station will be in the south half, Sikorski said.
Yu Wok will be operated by Yuying "Max" Lin, and the Goodwill station will have a drive-thru similar to the one at the Goodwill on Anthony Drive in Champaign, Sikorski said.
Sharon Durbin, president and CEO of Land of Lincoln Goodwill, said Goodwill Donation Express stations are a new concept intended to make Goodwill more accessible to donors.
"We used to have drop boxes, but 60 percent of the donations were ruined due to rain or the environment, and people dropped off things that needed to be trashed," she said.
If the Savoy station is a success, Goodwill will consider opening another in the Champaign-Urbana area in the next year, she said.
The Savoy station is projected to open Oct. 1 and employ four people part time. Hours are expected to be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Coming to Shoppes at Knollwood
Jan Johnson plans to open a women's jewelry and accessories boutique in mid-September at the Shoppes of Knollwood in Champaign.
The boutique, called Social Butterfly, will be located between Le Peep and Spa Envy and Salon.
Johnson said she will carry trendy jewelry and accessories, including evening bags and cosmetic totes. Most jewelry items will sell for less than $50, but a few pieces will sell for more, she said.
Johnson has been in business for a little over a year, displaying jewelry and purses at three area salons — Rod Sickler Salon & Spa, Bella Capelli and Excel. She also sells the merchandise at shows.
She said she tends to buy one or two of each item "so you're not seeing your jewelry everywhere in town." She acquires the merchandise at shows in Chicago and online.
Social Butterfly's phone number is 649-3414.
Clothing resale shop opens in Fisher
Amber's Resale Shop opened in Fisher last Monday.
The shop, which carries clothing for babies, kids and adults, as well as toys, household goods and miscellaneous items, is at 108 S. Third St. — previously the site of an insurance agency.
Owner Amber Battershell said she has been buying and reselling clothing and other items for three years and decided it was time to run her own store.
People who bring in a donation will get a discount on their purchase, she said.
Amber's Resale Shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Battershell can be reached at 706-7580.