It's Your Business: Custom apparel shop out to make its name in Champaign

It's Your Business: Custom apparel shop out to make its name in Champaign

A new business selling customized apparel for campus fraternities, church groups and school groups plans to open its doors Monday.

U Name It Apparel will have its grand opening at 605 N. Neil St., C — across from the downtown Champaign post office and immediately north of the Circle K convenience store at Neil Street and Columbia Avenue.

"We will be selling Greek apparel with custom embroidery and custom rhinestoning, awards and trophies, and ceramic tiles and mugs with photos on them," said owner Adrian Jackson.

The apparel will include T-shirts, jogging suits and team uniforms, he said.

"You don't have to wait forever" for customized clothing, Jackson said. "We'll have a turnaround time of two to three days."

Jackson, who also operates the Treasured Memorabilia shop in Matteson, said he decided to open a business in Champaign-Urbana because he didn't think the apparel needs of university students, in particular, were being met.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. The shop is closed Sunday.

Headbands, hair clips and more

If you know a woman or girl who might like sequined artwork for her hair, be on the lookout for Cheeky Chihuahua Creations at area farmers' markets.

Amber Stivers-Anders of Urbana creates sequined hair clips, headbands and pins in whimsical shapes, such as cupcakes, kitties and giraffe heads.

She sells them at Urbana's Market at the Square on Saturday mornings and at the St. Joseph farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Some pieces are designed more for young girls, while others — such as the comic book-inspired "POW!" — may appeal to "not-so-little girls who want to feel like Wonder Woman," Stivers-Anders said.

Her business has a spot on Etsy — an online marketplace for handmade goods — and is also on Facebook.

More help for cabinet installers

On May 20, "It's Your Business" described the "Charlie Lift," a device developed by Savoy resident Chuck Hanner to help installers lift cabinets to the desired height without having to bear the load themselves.

Now another area man — Roy E. Foster of Catlin — says he designed a device for the same purpose.

Foster said his device, known as the "One Man Lifter," was among the inventor ideas reviewed by the PBS series "Everyday Edisons." He said he holds a patent on his device.

Foster said he started installing kitchen cabinets after working 31 years in the telephone business — and found cabinet installation "very difficult, demanding and grueling."

The One Man Lifter lets installers crank cabinets to the right height and holds them while the installer screws them in place.

Foster said he developed both a countertop and floor model, selling for $260 and $345, respectively. The floor model has casters so it can roll easily.

Foster said he's looking for a manufacturer, but can build the lifters as orders come in. He can be reached at 427-5648.

Another burger place eyes Champaign

Meatheads Burgers & Fries opened on Champaign's South Neil Street in late December. Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans to open this fall on North Prospect Avenue.

Now comes word that Jack in the Box is seeking a franchise operator in Champaign.

A release from the San Diego-based chain said Champaign is one of several new markets where Jack in the Box wants to expand.

"We already have a high level of brand awareness in the area due to our presence in contiguous markets like St. Louis and Indianapolis," said Grant Kreutzer, director of franchise licensing and recruitment for Jack in the Box.

Unlike the new kids on the block, Jack in the Box has been in business for more than 60 years.

In addition to Champaign, the company is seeking "experienced, multi-unit restaurant operators" to expand Jack in the Box into Wichita, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Fayetteville, Ark.

Jack in the Box, which trades on the Nasdaq exchange, has more than 2,200 restaurants in 20 states.

People who go out to eat are probably familiar with one of the company's subsidiaries, Qdoba Mexican Grill, which has a store at 617 E. Green St., C.

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.