Got a hankering for New Orleans cuisine?
J. Gumbo's Cajun and Creole Cooking Co. plans to open early next year at 700 S. Gregory St., U, in the space formerly occupied by Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, according to Jill Guth of JSM Development.
The Louisville, Ky.-based chain has stores in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Georgia. The local one will be a franchise operation.
According to its website, J. Gumbo's serves up gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and Bourbon Street chicken, among other entrees.
Also on the menu: po' boys and wraps, and a selection of desserts.
Guth said J. Gumbo's will occupy about 1,500 square feet with a probable opening in late January or early February.
There's a new shop on the square in Monticello.
Traditions on the Square, a gift shop, opened Nov. 11 at 114 W. Washington St., to the north of the Piatt County Courthouse.
It's in the space formerly occupied by Spirit of Monticello, a sports apparel store.
Redda Lively, the owner of Traditions on the Square, said the shop carries fine chocolates and other candies, coffees, teas, jewelry, handbags, candles, photo albums, Bearington teddy bears and other gift items.
Lively is no stranger to the Monticello retail scene. She was formerly a partner with her daughter in Pies by Inge, and from 2000 to 2003, she had a gift shop called Vintage Street Mercantile.
Traditions on the Square is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The shop's phone number is 762-9900.
Michelle's Bridal & Tuxedo in Urbana just keeps expanding.
The store, at 2210 N. Willow Road, has been around 30 years, the last seven at its current location.
On or about Dec. 11, that location will get bigger.
"We're adding a 5,000-square-foot addition that is going to house our M2 Prom and Pageant store," said Michelle Schweighart, president of Michelle's Bridal.
The addition — to the east of the current store — will give the business a total of 13,000 square feet.
The tuxedo department will expand into the former prom and pageant space, and the bridesmaids department will move as well, she said.
HBM to move to Fox Drive
HBM Inc. plans to move to new quarters on Champaign's Fox Drive in December, company spokeswoman Denise Scheitlin said.
The company, which makes measurement instruments, has been housed in Urbana's Lincoln Commerce Center for close to 20 years, Scheitlin said.
HBM's last day in the old office at 702 Killarney St. is set for Dec. 16, and the first day in the new office is expected to be Dec. 19, she said.
The company is moving into 8,000 square feet at 2202 Fox Drive, taking space formerly occupied by Allstate, according to Masha Trenhaile, vice president of operations for Fox Development.
HBM was formerly known as SoMat, but was purchased three years ago by HBM, a German company.
The firm provides transducers, data acquisition systems and measurement software for use in automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding railroad, construction and assembly applications.
The Urbana office employs "close to 35," Scheitlin said, noting the company has been expanding its engineering department.
HBM's phone number will remain the same when it moves — 328-5359.
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