It's Your Business: Doggy day care opens in Champaign

It's Your Business: Doggy day care opens in Champaign

A day care facility for small dogs has opened on Champaign's west side.

GKK — a spinoff of Georgia's K-9 Komforts — opened this month at 230 S. Country Fair Drive in the space just north of WICD-TV.

Jean Fisher, who owns Animal Outfitters in Savoy with her husband, Mark, said they opened their first day care for dogs at the Savoy location in 2007.

But their new day care on Country Fair Drive is restricted to dogs that are 35 pounds or less.

Fisher said from her experience, small dogs usually aren't afraid of larger dogs — but sometimes owners fear for their safety.

That's why the Fishers opened GKK.

"The dogs have the opportunity to socialize, play and exercise with other dogs," she said. "They can take naps if they want. We have different toys and different structures for them to play on and run through."

The dogs are kept indoors and given treats and snacks, she said.

The day care is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with both half-day and full-day arrangements available.

"The dogs that come to day care actually develop buddy-friendships," said Jean Fisher, a certified veterinary technician. "Their eyes light up when their buddy comes in."

She said day care can give dogs the socialization they may need.

"It helps dogs that are a little nervous around other dogs to break out of that shell," she said.

Fisher said the day care has health screening requirements for the dogs in its program.

In case you're wondering about the "Georgia" in Georgia's K-9 Komforts, it's one of Jean Fisher's dogs.

"I'm proud to say I retired her from agility competitions about two weeks ago at the age of 15 years, 1 month," Fisher said. "She's a multiple champion, highly titled Shetland sheepdog."

GKK can be reached at 355-4770, the phone number for the Savoy location.

Looking for your preparer?

The Jackson Hewitt Tax Service office at 807-A Bloomington Road, C, has moved to 905 S. Neil St., C, according to Ron Brown, who has the franchise for that office.

The new location is in the retail plaza at Neil Street and Stanage Avenue that houses Minuteman Press, Brown said.

Jackson Hewitt had to find new space after the Discount Smoke Shop next door wanted to expand at the Bloomington Road location, he said.

Brown said two longtime preparers from the Bloomington Road office — Colleen Samii and Stephen Dickey — made the move to South Neil.

The Bloomington Road office closed at the end of tax season last year, and the South Neil office opened on Jan. 2. Its phone number is 352-8300.

In addition to that office, Ron Brown has the franchise for 12 other Jackson Hewitt offices in the area. Those include 405 N. Broadway Ave., U; the offices at the Savoy and Urbana Wal-Marts; three offices in Decatur; two offices each in Effingham and Mattoon; plus offices in Tuscola and Charleston.

Brown, who has been with Jackson Hewitt for 16 years, employs about 70 people at the offices.

Special delivery

Ever expect a package to come when you're not home to get it?

That's the kind of situation Matt Bradley hopes to address with his new business, Quick Package Pickup.

Quick Package Pickup is slated to open Monday at 202 E. Green St., Suite 3, C, on the ground level of Park Place Tower at Second and Green streets.

"We're a package holding company," Bradley explained. "People can ship their packages to us, and we'll hold them until they come to get them."

The service should be helpful for people who are expecting valuable packages they don't want left on their doorstep — or for those ordering a surprise birthday or anniversary gift for their spouse, he said.

It could also be a help for people who don't want potentially perishable items out in the elements — for example, gardeners buying seeds or people buying fruit and other food products, Bradley said.

Hours for Quick Package Pickup are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The business will be closed on Sundays, he said.

Metered parking is available on the west side of the building. The firm's website is

Yong's expands on South Neil

Yong's Embroidery and Alterations is expanding into new space on South Neil Street in Champaign.

The embroidery shop, operated by Hung Yim, will remain at 1502 S. Neil St., C, and the alterations shop, operated by his brother, Ho Yim, will move into adjacent space at 1504 S. Neil St. The move should be complete by Monday.

That space, in recent years, had housed a State Farm insurance office and, more recently, Nature Healers & Body Works.

The Yims came to the United States from South Korea in 1991 and opened the business with their sister, Yong, in 1992, Hung Yim said.

The new phone number for the alterations shop will be 355-5575, and the number for the embroidery shop will remain 359-7310.

Hours for the alteration shop will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The embroidery shop is not open Saturday, but otherwise it shares the same hours.

New at M2

Alpha-Care Health Professionals plans to open in its new location on the third floor of the M2 on Neil building on Wednesday.

As reported last November, the nursing and health staffing agency is moving from its current office a couple blocks south in the Executive Center at 115 N. Neil St., C.

Two other businesses recently opened offices at M2. Radius Custom Solutions Group opened an office on the fourth floor Jan. 1, and Inland Home Mortgage took an office on that same floor last November.

Radius Custom Solutions Group develops software, including mobile apps, intranets, desktop and laptop software and cloud solutions, according to its website.

Radius owner Patrick Barranis — also the chief executive officer — said the business employs six and plans to hire two more. The phone number is 239-0645, and the website is

Barranis was formerly the co-owner of Accuraty Solutions, which also has offices at M2. Barranis said he and Jeremy Farrance used to own Accuraty together, but decided to separate the businesses, with Farrance handling the website and hosting portion and Barranis handling custom software development.

Cutting food prices

Common Ground Food Cooperative recently announced it added 25 new items to the list of food staples it prices at close to wholesale cost.

That brings to 43 the number of items on the list. The discounted staples include items such as bulk beans, milk, carrots, whole-wheat flour and eggs.

The deep discounts are part of Common Ground's "Food for All" program, which seeks to make healthy food affordable for all. The cooperative is on the southeast side of Urbana's Lincoln Square Village.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing business? 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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