It's Your Business: Bookstore taking spot at mall in Danville

A bookstore is returning to the Village Mall in Danville, occupying the same spot where the Waldenbooks store once operated.

A Novel Idea, owned by Jackie Hickman of Danville, is expected to open Oct. 1 and feature a collection of more than 20,000 new and used books as well as pottery, paintings, jewelry and gift items.

Hickman ran the store in Hoopeston for a few years and was planning to move it to Milford until the opportunity at the Village Mall presented itself.

Hickman said she had a lot of traffic from customers coming from Danville, because her shop was the only bookstore in the area.

The store will feature a diverse inventory of paperback and hardcover books, including audio books.

Hickman said she has a sizable collection of children's books as well. The store will allow customers to buy, sell or trade books, and it will also have a snack bar and reading area for patrons.

She said she doesn't worry about reopening her store in light of the recent trend toward electronic books.

"There are a lot of people who just like the book experience, especially older people," she said.

Hickman said she loves the atmosphere of a bookstore and knows a lot about books and knows how to help her customers find what they want. She said she can help people find books that are out of print.

Her mother, Patricia Henderson, has had many years of experience in retail management and is going to help Hickman with the store.

Hickman said she is focusing on cleaning and personalizing the space and figuring out a floor plan.

Expansion in sight

Next weekend locally owned boutique Checkered Moon in Champaign will celebrate the opening of its sister store, Room Service by Checkered Moon.

A decade ago, owner Sharon Crow opened the home decor and gift shop on South Neil Street and later relocated to the Old Farm Shops at Kirby and Mattis avenues.

The idea behind Room Service was to open a home store that would help customers find their own style, Crow said.

At the store, staff will offer interior design consulting and the space itself will be stocked with various home furnishings, such as wallpapers, fabrics, rugs and lighting.

Product lines to be featured include Jonathan Adler, John Derian and eco-friendly furniture from Cisco Brothers, Crow said.

Room Service will be housed a few doors down from Checkered Moon, next door to Chico's, in space previously occupied by Jennifer North. It will open Saturday.

As for Checkered Moon, the store will expand its children's department to include furniture and accessories.

Both stores are open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Checkered Moon can be reached at 403-0263. Room Service by Checkered Moon can be reached at 607-0698.

Update on indoor soccer

Construction is moving along swiftly on Soccer Planet, the 24,500-square-foot indoor soccer facility being built on Willow Road in north Urbana.

All four walls are up, and now the drywalling, water and electrical lines are being installed, said Kip McDaniel, the operations director for the facility. The parking lots and lights are also being added.

In addition to the playing area, there will be spectator viewing areas with TVs, a cafe serving drinks, popcorn, hot dogs and other concessions, as well as restrooms.

The turf — 16,000 square feet of it — will be installed later this month.

McDaniel said construction should wrap up around Oct. 1 and a grand opening is anticipated for Oct. 7. Adult leagues begin Oct. 17, and youth leagues start Oct. 22.

Online registration will begin Tuesday, with the debut of the facility's website, http://www.soccerplanetcu.com,

Soccer Planet will have programs for "little kickers" beginning at age 2, youth leagues, junior varsity and varsity levels, plus adult leagues for men, women and coed teams. Flag football may also be available depending on demand.

Coming soon

The biannual children's sale One Week Boutique, where lightly used children's clothing, baby gadgets and furniture are sold, will be held later this month at a new location.

The sale will be at the former Hobby Lobby building, 2200 Glenn Park Drive, C, next to County Market.

Shopping hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, (with $2 admission or free coupon on website), 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 (when many items are 50 percent off).

Expecting parents or those with a first child under the age of 12 months may shop at the "first-time moms' sale" on Friday, Sept. 16. Registration is required for that sale and can be completed at http://www.oneweekboutique.com.

News-Gazette staff writer Tracy Moss contributed to this report.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing one? Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by email at cgarenne@news-gazette.com; 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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