It's Your Business: Jo-Ann Fabrics sews up new spot in Champaign

It's Your Business: Jo-Ann Fabrics sews up new spot in Champaign

Look for Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts to move to a new store on Town Center Boulevard in Champaign next year.

The company plans to take the space formerly occupied by Cost Plus World Market at 722 Town Center Blvd.

The store is expected to open sometime in "late spring," said Joe Adams, spokesman for the Hudson, Ohio-based chain. About the same time, Jo-Ann will close its current store at 1420 N. Neil St., C.

In addition to offering fabrics, Jo-Ann carries sewing projects, as well as materials for paper crafting, scrapbooking and "food crafting," which Adams said includes cake and cupcake decorations.

Adams couldn't give specifics about the size of the new store and how it will differ from the current store.

Jo-Ann's local store manager said she could not comment and referred questions to company headquarters.

Aldi and Savoy

Is Aldi — which just opened a new store near the Champaign Wal-Mart — planning to come to Savoy?

"I got that question a lot at the grand opening," said Heather Moore, vice president of Aldi's Dwight Division, which serves 70 stores in parts of northern and central Illinois.

"It's a market we've looked at in the past," she said. "There are no current plans to open a store in Savoy. We'll get the new (Champaign) store open, reassess the market and look at potential for a store there."

In picking the Champaign store location, Aldi looked at customer traffic and population density, Moore said.

The new Champaign store, which is almost 18,000 square feet, is "considerably bigger" than the 12,500-square-foot store it replaced at 701 N. Mattis Ave., Moore said.

As for the old store, "it's currently being marketed, and we have had some interest, but currently we don't have a deal," she said.

Eats and more eats

Aroma Curry House, the Indian restaurant that replaced Sairom Om, is now open in Village at the Crossing in southwest Champaign.

The restaurant, at 2502 Village Green Place, features southern Indian cuisine, including a variety of curries, dosas and uthappam.

Aroma Curry House is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. those same days. The phone number is 352-3663.

Meanwhile, Po' Boys has opened at its new location, 202 E. University Ave., U, In addition to offering barbecue specialities, the restaurant — formerly located on High Cross Road in Urbana — offers individual pizzas, new pasta dishes, a salad bar and homemade pies.

The phone number is 367-2255.

Hello, Dolly!

If you like dolls, you'll want to stop by Star Dolls and Gifts, which opened in downtown Tuscola this month.

Terra Carter-Smith, who owns the store at 121 W. South Central Ave., is the mother of two young girls and has long been a doll collector.

"I was pretty much born with a doll in my hand," she said.

The shop sells dolls by Lee Middleton, Ashton-Drake and Madame Alexander. The store also has a line of Fancy Nancy dolls and the Newborn Nursery line by Lee Middleton.

"They can pick out a baby and adopt which one they want and get a birth certificate," Carter-Smith said.

As for the "gifts," Carter-Smith stocks collectibles by Thomas Kincade and P. Graham Dunn. She said the store carries gift items for all ages and genders, including picture frames.

Holiday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. After Christmas, store hours are likely to change.

The shop can be reached at 599-1048. Carter-Smith is also manager of the Perfumania store at Tanger Outlets in Tuscola.

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Audibel — for years located at Champaign's Market Place Plaza — has moved its Champaign store to 3354 Big Pine Trail in the Pinehurst Commons office park in north Champaign.

The move doubles Audibel's space, said Jeff Hanley, who with his wife, Jayne, operates six Audibel offices in East Central Illinois.

"We needed to move for a couple years," he said, but were reluctant because the Market Place Plaza location had been the site of a hearing-aid center for nearly 30 years.

The new office — just off Olympian Drive west of Prospect Avenue — has six employees. It dispenses hearing aids, services them and conducts hearing evaluations. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Hanleys, who started their business in 2001, also have Audibel stores in Danville, Monticello, Gibson City, Paris and Tuscola. Jeff Hanley said he may pick up two Audibel stores to the south and west when the current operator retires.

The phone number for the Champaign store remains 373-1500, and the website is

Massage therapy on Marketview

Shangri-La Massage has opened in the Baytowne Shoppes shopping center at 907 W. Marketview Drive, C, a few doors down from Buffalo Wild Wings and next to Best Wok.

The new massage therapy center, operated by Tao "Tony" Sun and Enguang Deng, offers acupressure, reflexology (foot massage) and Swedish massage.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sun said.

Shangri-La opened Nov. 18. Its phone number is 355-7390, and its website — to be updated soon — is

Delivery 4 U gets new owners

Eddie Mullins and Terra Diskin have transferred ownership of Delivery 4 U to Jim Royer, who operates Benchmark Computers in Urbana.

The food-delivery business delivers for more than 20 restaurants, and Royer said he would like to sign up another 10 to 15.

Royer said he's in the accounting and computer consulting business, and he was intrigued by the prospect of doing marketing for restaurants.

Don't expect the basic business to change much, however.

"The company will be changing hands, but not changing names or the level of service its customers and restaurant partners expect," Diskin said in ane-mail.

Delivery 4 U, based at 1606 Willow View Road, U, has four dispatchers and eight drivers, Royer said. Its phone number is 367-5000.

Diskin said she and Mullins started the company three years ago. She said she plans to continue work as a respiratory care practitioner and Mullins will continue his real estate team at Re/Max Realty Associates.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing one? Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 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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