It's Your Business: Music school doubles space in Champaign

It's Your Business: Music school doubles space in Champaign

The Champaign School of Music is expanding and moving to larger space on the west side of Champaign.

The school will reopen Monday at its new location, 1712 S. Duncan Road, Suite A, right behind the County Market store at Duncan and Kirby Avenue.

At 2,200 square feet, the new space will be twice as large as the prior spot near TJ Maxx on Marketview Drive in Champaign, said school owner Holly Kennedy.

"It's really exciting for us. We have lots of space to increase our group classes, and in January we will unveil a whole curriculum for newborns through 5-year-olds," she said.

The adult performing classes, such as the string band, can now increase the group size to 10 or 15 people. And students will be able to jam with teachers without a hitch, she said.

The school, which started in 2003, offers lessons in voice, piano, guitar, violin and many more instruments. It draws students not only from Champaign-Urbana, but also from Mahomet, Monticello and Tuscola. Private and group classes are available.

"We're a no-age-limit school. One of the reasons we wanted to move was to have the opportunity to offer lessons to very young children. We'll have birth-range students to our oldest students in their 80s," Kennedy said.

You can visit the school and hear anything from the Beatles to Beethoven to Katy Perry, she said.

"We don't push students into a certain genre," Kennedy said.

The school's phone number will remain the same at 359-0541, and the website is

Closing note

Holy land Mediterranean Grill, at 705 N. Neil St., C, has closed. The restaurant, which served Middle Eastern cuisine, opened in the fall of 2009 in the short-lived Jack's Grill space.

Calling all kitties

Earlier this month, the feline-centric Cat Clinic of Central Illinois opened in Champaign.

Run by veterinarian Dr. Keri Carlson, the clinic focuses on regular routine care of cats, adoption and rescues of kittens, emergency care, dentistry, boarding and, with its laser therapy machine, treatment of conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and surgery recovery.

Carlson is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

The clinic, at 2917 W. Springfield Ave., at the southeast corner of Springfield and Duncan Road, can be reached at 359-8400. It's open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are preferred, but in cases of emergencies, walk-ins are OK.

Sports training

The Cage training center, at 2815 Hundman Drive, #4, C, recently started offering additional training services.

The Cage now offers sports-specific training by partnering with Explosive Athletics Performance.

Trainers Zach Manolakes and Sean Harrington are able to help athletes work on speed and agility, lifting, plyometrics, medicine ball, resistance bands and more.

The Cage also offers baseball and softball instruction, batting cage rentals and skill clinics. More information is available at 722-9374 and

New product

Creative Marble, a Champaign company that has made marble and granite counter tops for bathrooms since 1977, has expanded its business and is now offering kitchen countertops made of recycled seashells or recycled glass.

Called Travina, the material is cast into molds like marble, said Creative Marble owner Kris Atwood.

The dry material of seashells or glass is spread out into a pre-made mold, and a resin is then poured over the dry material until it's filled to the desired thickness. After that, it's sanded.

Travina can also be made for windowsills and fireplace surrounds as well as desk and bar tops, he said.

Creative Marble, at 4002 Kearns Drive, C, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by email 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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