It's Your Business: New St. Joseph spa caters to canines

It's Your Business: New St. Joseph spa caters to canines

There's a new spa in the St. Joseph area, but before you plan a weekend getaway, be aware it's only for dogs.

Knotty Dog Spaw & Resort is located about 2 miles west and 2 miles north of St. Joseph, at 1802 County Road 2000 E.

Operated by Christina Knutson, it provides grooming services, doggy day care and overnight boarding.

Knutson said she worked as a veterinary assistant in vet clinics about 10 years after getting a degree in animal sciences from Southern Illinois University.

"I've always enjoyed seeing groomers in vet clinics," Knutson said.

She eventually went to grooming school and has been doing grooming at clinics for about three years.

Knutson said Knotty Dog offers doggy cay care seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For overnight boarding, there's a flat charge of $20 per night; the rates aren't based on the size of dogs. Boarded dogs get fed twice a day, with day care included for no extra charge.

"Dogs are only kept in crates to eat their food and to sleep at night," Knutson said.

"The rest of the time they're allowed to socialize and play together. I have a 1,700-square-foot, climate-controlled, indoor play area with rubber floors, and a large, fenced, outdoor play area."

Knutson said there's a 30-minute "meet-and-greet" period for new boarding and day care clients. That's to make sure the dogs get along and the resort is "a good fit" for clients' pets.

The phone number for Knotty Dog is 649-6886, and the website is

Free pizza slices on Monday

Jet's Pizza, which opened Feb. 28 at 512 S. Neil St., C, will hold its grand opening on Monday, said franchisee Pat Snack.

To celebrate, the restaurant will be offering free slices of pizza from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The Jet's Pizza chain is based in Sterling Heights, Mich., has more than 200 stores and is best known for its deep-dish square pizza.

The local store is operated by Wiese Enterprises, a venture of Pat Snack and her son, Don Wiese.

Credit union to phase out Urbana office

Central Illinois Credit Union will phase out its Supervalu branch office at 2611 N. Lincoln Ave., U, this spring.

In a letter to members, President Cheryl Merkel said that after March 30, the Urbana office will be open for business only on Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the end of business April 27, the Urbana office will close for good.

After that, all transactions will need to be conducted at the Champaign office, 2106 W. John St., C.

Merkel said Darci Grenko will transfer from the Urbana office to the Champaign office as a result of the consolidation.

Stifle that laugh!

Giggling Giraffe Photography, a venture of Holly Bradshaw, has opened for business in Champaign.

Giggling Giraffe specializes in family, children and senior portraits, said Bradshaw, who recently graduated from Parkland College with a degree in mass communications and a focus in photography.

The business uses a fully portable studio, Bradshaw said.

"We can come to your home, or virtually any location of your choosing, and take your photographs where you are most comfortable," she said in a release. "We also can provide a studio space if preferred."

Giggling Giraffe's phone number is 615-200-6179, and its website is

Bob Evans plans facility update

There's no word yet on when the Bob Evans Restaurant at 1813 N. Neil St., C, is due for renovation.

But last week, the Columbus, Ohio-based chain announced plans to renovate 159 restaurants over its next fiscal year.

Bob Evans began the "refresh" campaign in 2010 in the Dayton, Ohio, market, then moved on to the Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit markets.

The Cincinnati market is now getting the treatment, to be followed by restaurants in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

"Refreshed" restaurants include a Taste of the Farm Bakery, a dedicated carryout area for meals to go, a mural in the entryway and brighter color schemes for fabric, carpet and walls.

All of the chain's 500-plus restaurants will be renovated over the next three years, the company says.

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.