It's Your Business: Bridal shop to come down aisle in August

Kaitlin and Ryan Mennenga are preparing to open a bridal shop in Champaign.

Elite Bridal is expected to open in August at 106 S. Country Fair Drive, C, just south of the MAB Paints store.

"We're going to have bridal gowns, bridesmaid's dresses, mother's dresses and flower girl's dresses and some accessories such as veils and jewelry," said store manager Danielle Ketchmark.

The shop will occupy more than 6,000 square feet and have seven bridal dressing rooms, plus four dressing rooms for bridesmaids and mothers, Ketchmark said.

A special feature will be a stage where prospective brides can "do the runway thing" with family and friends in attendance, Ketchmark said.

The store will also offer a bridesmaids' lounge, giving bridesmaids their own area to shop in, she said.

To start out, Elite Bridal plans to offer 84 bridal gowns, 147 bridesmaid's dresses, 28 mother's dresses and 20 flower girl's dresses.

"We're hoping to expand into tuxedos in the winter," Ketchmark said.

This will be the third business for the Mennegas, Ketchmark said. Ryan Mennenga started with Elite Entertainment, which provides disc jockey and lighting services for weddings, proms and dances. Then came Elite Chair Covers, which offers not only chair covers, but also linens and chiavari chairs.

"They were looking for another way to expand Elite" and realized the first thing a bride does in wedding planning is shopping for a gown, Ketchmark said.

For now, the best way to contact Elite Bridal is by calling Elite Entertainment at 363-3200. The bridal shop's website is http://www.elitebridalshop.com.

Subdivision gets new developer

Jacobs' Landing, the 60-lot subdivision at the northeast corner of Kirby Avenue and Rising Road in Champaign, has a new developer.

Fred Helmuth of Arthur has taken over development from the original developer, Joel Rasche, according to Willard Helmuth, who is managing the subdivision.

Willard Helmuth said two homes have gone up in the subdivision so far — a house built on speculation that's listed for $485,000 and a model home that had its first open house June 30. Both have geothermal heating and air conditioning.

The model home is specially equipped for the disabled, with an elevator installed there.

The subdivision's website is http://www.onjacobslanding.com. According to the website, lot prices range from $65,000 to $98,000, with lots near the subdivision's lake priced higher.

Just north of the subdivision along Rising Road is the future site of Judah Christian School.

Addus slates grand opening

Addus Health Care has scheduled an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at its new location, 1817 S. Neil St., Suite 101, C.

Agency director Michelle Walker said refreshments will be served and office tours will be given.

The office moved to the new location at Illini Plaza in mid-May from its previous location at 4 Henson Place, C.

Addus employs about 50 people locally, including home health nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, home care aides and certified nursing assistants, Walker said.

The agency is seeing growing demand, especially for home care aides, she said.

Addus is a home health agency that provides private-duty care and assists seniors and disabled people with cooking, housekeeping, transportation and bathing.

The phone number for Addus is 356-1121.

Assisted living in Monticello

Villas of Holly Brook plans to develop an assisted-living center near Kirby Medical Center in Monticello, reports Steve Hoffman of the Piatt County Journal-Republican.

Construction of the 50-unit center could begin by late July, conditional on approval from the local planning commission and city council.

The project would include 44 one-bedroom units, four basic two-bedroom units and two deluxe two-bedroom units. Plans call for completion by the spring or summer of 2013.

Villas of Holly Brook, based in Charleston, is a subsidiary of Unique Homes and Lumber.

The company has already built assisted-living centers in Shelbyville, Newton, Marshall and Effingham and is scouting for a location in Savoy for a similar project.

The Monticello center is expected to generate 30 to 36 full-time jobs, and an option has been negotiated for the possibility of a 24-unit memory care center.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing one? Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at dodson@news-gazette.com; 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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