It's Your Business: Three-Toad shop leaps into sales of vintage treasures
Johnna Megeff has opened a new shop in downtown Mansfield, and if you like inexpensive vintage items, you'll probably want to schedule a trip to the Three-Toad Treasures Funky Junk Shop.
"I am a believer in using stuff," said Megeff, a Mahomet resident. "I like to have eclectic kinds of stuff and re-purposed stuff."
The longtime collector of toads (which prompted the shop's name) also collects items she considers "cool, unusual or a little funky."
That means she's got a little bit of everything in various styles, from vintage furniture to jewelry, or accessories like old mirrors or hair clips for little girls. It's all inexpensively priced, she said.
The little shop is at 101 N. Jefferson St. She bought the building, cleaned it up, installed new flooring, repainted it and opened last month.
The mother of three children said she's "a mom first, so I have strange hours." It's open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The store can be reached at 489-6048. You can also check out photos of some of her stuff on the store's Facebook page.
BoBo's new home
George Dries, who owned BoBo's BBQ, and Anthony Danoto, who owns Geovanti's in Campustown and the building previously home to Fireside and Rocks, have partnered together to launch the new bar and restaurant Boneyard BBQ at 25 E. Springfield Ave., C.
Dries has been cooking and selling his barbecue in a food truck at locations throughout Champaign, most recently at the former Buttitta's parking lot on South Neil Street.
"I needed a permanent place. He needed a partner," Dries said.
They updated the interior of the building previously home to Fireside and added new televisions and a party room with a 150-inch screen.
Dries cooks beef brisket, pulled pork, barbecue ribs, chicken and Polish sausage. The restaurant also offers burgers, salads and wraps.
"We have the best ribs and wings in town — guaranteed," Dries said.
His barbecue sauce is a sweet, Texas-style sauce although he's also working on developing a hot and mild vinegar-based barbecue sauce.
Dries recently closed up his mobile food service for the season, but he expects to reopen the stand, under the Boneyard BBQ name, in the spring.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with food served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, with food available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Boneyard BBQ can be reached at 239-7625.
Meals to you
Piato Cafe of Urbana has purchased the Food Nanny subscription meal delivery business from the previous owners and has launched Piato's Organic Food Nanny, which delivers freshly made, organic meals to your home.
Meals are prepared using ingredients from local organic suppliers such as Blue Moon Farms in Urbana and Tomahnous farm in Mahomet.
"We are really into organic food and we support local farmers and it's a great way to expand our business," said Kelly Jo Lamb, who owns Piato with her husband, Francisco Andres. They opened Piato Cafe in Lincoln Square in 2006.
"We deliver right to your house. You just have to heat it up," Lamb said.
The company delivers meals on Tuesdays to Champaign, Urbana or Savoy. Customers can also pick up the meals at Piato.
It also offers wine from Wyldewood Cellars of St. Joseph and desserts of the month, such as carrot cake.
More information is available at http://www.piatocafe.com by clicking on the food nanny tab or by calling 344-9025.
— Ulta Beauty, located in Baytowne Square, 2023 N. Prospect Ave., C, is now open. The beauty retailer stocks makeup, skin care products, fragrances and hair products. It's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and can be reached at 355-5234.
— This is It Furniture opened a new store in Rantoul last week at 1728 E. Grove St. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It can be reached at 892-8531.
Junior's Burgers & Custard, at 101 N. Lombard St. in Mahomet has closed.
The Mahomet Junior's was the second location for Junior's, which originated in Champaign. It opened in July 2010 in what used to house the First Fruits produce and food shop.
The Champaign Junior's, at 1511 W. Springfield Ave., remains open.
Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.