It's Your Business: Salon making a move

It's Your Business: Salon making a move

Studio 9 Hair Design — located in Champaign's Round Barn area for the past 22 years — is moving to a new location and adding services.

The salon will open Friday in the Business and Technology Center at 701 Devonshire Drive, C, according to Judy Miller, one of the salon owners.

Studio 9 will occupy the southernmost building in that complex, with clients entering through the west doors.

Currently, Studio 9 is at 403 S. Mattis Ave., C, in the space directly south of the former Village Inn Pizza site at Mattis and Springfield avenues.

The salon is adding two massage therapists, Kelsey Henry and Katie Manuel Stickels, who will offer classic, Swedish, deep-tissue and stone massages as well as foot massages.

Also new to Studio 9: pedicures and manicures featuring the newest OPI-brand polishes.

Two of the salon's four original owners — Miller and Sandy Welch — have been joined by a new owner, Cindy Arnold.

Four other stylists are also making the move to Devonshire Drive: Sharon Bowen, Vicky Foster, Janelle Miller and former owner Vivian Wilson. Miller said the salon still has openings for two stylists either on a chair-rental or commission-pay basis.

Studio 9's hours will continue to be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The salon's phone number, 351-9198, remains the same.

Studio 9 is planning an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday with light refreshments and giveaways.

Apartments at Traction Station

Paul Kane is converting the second floor of the Illinois Traction Station, 41 E. University Ave., C, to apartments.

The second floor had been used for commercial purposes, for many years housing a law firm and later a real estate business.

But Kane said the commercial real estate market has taken a hit, and apartments in downtown Champaign "are traveling the other way" as people find it popular to live in that area.

Plus, he noted, these apartments won't be above a bar, so they should be quiet.

Plans call for five one- bedroom apartments on the second floor — two of them with studies — that Kane plans to lease for $1,000 to $1,200 a month.

Each unit will be 900 to 1,100 square feet, and Kane hopes they'll be ready for occupancy by mid-August.

One attractive feature of the 100-year-old building, he said, is the multitude of windows.

Other features of the apartments: 12- to 14-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, terra cotta tile in the hallways and second-floor access by either stairs or elevator.

Classic video-game store

Live Action Games, a store specializing in used video games, gaming systems and accessories, plans to open in July on the first floor of the Illinois Traction Station.

The store is expected to occupy the west side of the building at 41 E. University Ave., C. Continuing to anchor the east side will be Kane & Company Salon & Spa, owned by Paul and Lynn Kane.

Adrian Astorina, the owner of Live Action Games, said he plans to carry "more classic, previous-generation systems," such as Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega and PlayStation.

"It's kind of a niche market," he said. "I have very fond memories of the original Nintendo, growing up."

Astorina said he expects the market to be "older people my age who want to relive childhood nostalgia." He's shooting for a July 1 opening.

The third floor of the Illinois Traction Station is home to four businesses: The Real Estate Book, Amanda Overmyer Photography, O'Reilly Media and the Law Office of Small and Freeman.

Music school moves

The Community Center for the Arts, Urbana's community music school, moved this month to 103 N. Race St., U, from its previous location at 202 S. Broadway Ave.

The entrance on Race Street is just across the alley from the Courier Cafe, and the studio is upstairs from Corson Music's Guitar Store.

The center offers music classes, individual instruction, performances and creative summer programs for kids.

Huber's adds patio

Huber's tavern in Champaign opened a new patio this month that seats 16, manager Brian Christie said.

Patrons still come inside for service, but now have the choice of sitting indoors or outdoors.

The patio is open the same hours as the neighborhood tavern — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Huber's, 1312 W. Church St., C, recently began opening on Sundays after a municipal ordinance change allowed it.

Pet-sitting business opens

Martha McFarland plans to open Martha's Pet Sitting Service on Friday.

She provides specialized services, including working with diabetic and special-needs animals. She also offers dog-walking service.

McFarland said she charges $12 per visit, which includes feeding, providing fresh water, giving walks, emptying litter boxes and administering medicine, if needed. She said she will work with dogs, cats, rabbits and other furry pets in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy.

McFarland said she stays 30 to 40 minutes per visit, with the number of visits determined by the customer.

Cats typically require only one visit a day unless they need medication, and dogs generally require more frequent visits, she said.

The business can be reached at 649-1904 or at

Travel agency gets new name

Beth Mills, an independent agent for Island Family Fun Travel in St. Joseph, is taking on a new name for her business — Travel by Beth — to reflect the broader scope of the work she does.

A new sign will go up in June at her office, 429 E. Warren St. St. Joseph, she said.

Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at; or by mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.