The life of a dog in East Central Illinois just got a whole lot sweeter.
Canine Design Grooming Salon in rural Danville has expanded to include a full-fledged resort with overnight kennels, a therapy pool and playroom.
Dogs, meet your new home away from home: Canine Design Dog Resort.
Husband and wife Patrick and Cynthia Harrington built the grooming salon a year ago and received numerous requests from clients asking for boarding services.
They decided to build the facility themselves on their 10-acre property and harnessed wind and solar energy to power the expansion. The facility opened last month.
The business has 20 kennels that come with a climate-controlled sleep area and a run area, for a total area of about 90 square feet. Dogs are walked four to five times a day, Patrick Harrington said.
"We also have a swim spa/pool room where we can provide therapy for injured dogs post-surgery or dogs with arthritis. Cynthia is a certified massage and water therapy practitioner," he said.
The 7-by-14-foot pool "is really designed to cater to the dogs," and the business can accommodate chihuahuas to Great Danes, he added.
Massage therapy services also are available, he said.
Prices for boarding are $20 per day per dog, and a bit more if customers want Canine Design to provide the food.
The business has a solar-powered hot water system and a wind turbine on site. Both green energy systems power the business and the Harringtons' house.
The business, at 15228 E. 2430 North Road, Danville, can be reached at 443-3308 or http://www.caninedesigndogresort.com.
An open house will be held there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18.
A full slate of businesses opened recently in Champaign-Urbana.
— Amanda Yates opened Skinni Girl Yogurt last week in the Gateway Shoppes at Five Points center in Urbana near University and Cunningham avenues.
The frozen yogurt shop features 12 flavors at a time. They're either fat-free or low-fat, and there's always a sugar-free and a nondairy flavor available.
Last week, Yates featured Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Hershey Kisses, Heath's toffee, cappuccino, mountain blackberry, alpine vanilla, original tart and Hawaiian pineapple, New York Cheesecake, Activia strawberry, sugar-free vanilla and nondairy pomegranate raspberry. A topping bar is also on site.
The shop is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. A grand opening is being planned.
— Citi Trends, 2013 N. Prospect Ave., C, in what used to be the Famous Footwear store in Champaign, also opened recently. The retailer features urban clothing and accessories for women, men and children, including plus and junior sizes. It's open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and can be reached at 359-7618.
— Tortica's, at 408 E. Green St., C, is a new casual food eatery that sells Mexican sandwiches like mole verde pulled chicken and American subs like roast beef. Burgers are traditional or with a flair, such as burgers topped with ham, hot dog, avocado, lettuce and pepperjack cheese. Also on the menu are fries, salads and soups.
The restaurant can be reached at 607-0073. It's located in what used to be Big Mouth's, a burger and hot dog restaurant.
— Pick from a 2-ounce slider or a 5.5 ounce burger at the new Sliders Burgers and Fries, 616 E. Green St., C. In addition to burgers made fresh in the restaurant (with toppings such as mushrooms, bacon or jalapenos), Sliders staff cut and make the Belgian-style fries as well. Sliders is in the former Smoothie King space and can be reached at 328-3944.
Are you opening a business or changing an existing one? Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.