It's Your Business: Paintball park plans grand opening

SaltFork Paintball is planning its grand opening for Saturday.

The paintball park, located just west of St. Joseph on U.S. 150, had five "soft openings" this summer and is now ready for bigger crowds.

"Several groups are coming from out of state," owner Jake Myers said. "It's always fun to play with a big group."

Paintball is a game in which players try to "eliminate" opponents by tagging them with paintballs shot from paintball guns.

Folks not interested in playing are still welcome to come out Saturday, take a tour and see what paintball is all about, he said.

Myers said the paintball park takes in 30 acres of woods along the Salt Fork River and includes fields, towers, forts, bunkers and trails.

The paintball park operated in the Sidney area for six years but closed last fall as the result of zoning problems.

The new location is at 2150 County Road 1600 N — on the north side of U.S. 150 just west of the Salt Folk River.

Myers said paintball is a good activity for bachelor parties, corporate outings, youth groups and birthday parties. A special "Hatfield vs. McCoy" event is scheduled Oct. 13 at the park.

Fees and hours can be found at http://www.saltforkpaintball.com. To get information on group pricing, call Myers at 778-7793.

Blossom Basket giveaway

Ron and Debbie Bailey, owners of Blossom Basket Florist, are celebrating Good Neighbor Day on Wednesday by giving away 10,000 roses in bunches of a dozen.

The roses will be available for pickup at six different locations in Champaign-Urbana, with a couple caveats:

— First, each person who picks up a dozen free roses is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the TIMES Center men's shelter in Champaign.

— Second, each recipient is asked to sign a promise to keep one rose and give the others away to 11 people.

"We hope that the people of Champaign County will be able to get acquainted with new people or will renew an old friendship during Good Neighbor Day," Ron Bailey said in a release.

"We hope to help create a friendlier, more caring and more compassionate world starting right here in Champaign County," he said.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, roses will be given away at six locations:

— Blossom Basket Florist, 1002 N. Cunningham Ave., U.

— Blossom Basket Florist, 2522 Village Green Place, C.

— WDWS/WHMS/WUIL Radio, 2301 S. Neil St., C.

— WBGL Radio, 4101 Fieldstone Road, C.

— Busey Bank, 3002 W. Windsor Road, C.

— Busey Wealth Management, 201 W. Main St., U.

This is the 13th year Blossom Basket Florist has taken part in the giveaway. Last year, the flower shop collected more than 1,000 pounds of food for the TIMES Center.

Partners in this year's event include: Meadowbrook Community Church, WDWS/WHMS/WUIL, WBGL, Busey Bank and Busey Wealth Management.

Vitamin Shoppe opens today

The Vitamin Shoppe has a "soft opening" today at its new store, 901-A W. Anthony Drive, C, and a grand opening Monday, according to store manager Jared Robbins.

During the grand opening — which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Labor Day— free samples will be available, and the first 100 people buying $50 worth of merchandise will be given the book "Prescription for Natural Healing."

Besides vitamins, the store carries minerals and herbs, sports nutrition products, homeopathic remedies, organic items, nutritional supplements and products that benefit hair, skin and nails, Robbins said.

The Champaign store will offer health fairs once a month, with businesses and organizations coming in to demonstrate products, Robbins said. The first fair is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Regular store hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The store's phone number is 398-0970.

The Vitamin Shoppe has more than 500 stores in 38 states, with Champaign and Springfield among its newest locations.

Standard Electric coming

A Milwaukee-based electrical supply company has chosen Champaign as its next place to expand.

Standard Electric Supply is building an 8,000-square-foot center on Springer Drive in Mattis Commercial Park, across from the Kraft plant in Champaign.

Company President Larry Stern said some of the company's key suppliers urged his firm to expand into the area. He said the Champaign location will serve customers within 90 miles.

The facility is expected to employ four people when it opens late this year or early next year, Stern said.

But the number could grow to 15 to 20 people over time, he added, noting that there's room for the facility to expand.

The new facility will include 5,000 to 6,000 square feet of warehouse space, with remaining space being used for offices and a training facility.

Standard Electric Supply is a broad-based electrical distributor, carrying everything from switches, wiring devices, fuses and circuit breakers to programmable logic controller sensors used on conveyor lines.

"There's a strong focus on industrial manufacturers as the end users," Stern said.

Founded in Milwaukee about 90 years ago by Stern's grandfather and two other men, the company began expanding to Illinois and Indiana in recent decades.

Its closest locations to Champaign are Indianapolis, Rockford and the Wood Dale office that serves the metropolitan Chicago area.

J.C. Penney opens more shops

Four more "stores within a store" were expected to open at J.C. Penney's Market Place Mall location in Champaign on Saturday.

Store leader Carrie Bryl said the new shops included a Liz Claiborne shop in the women's section, an Izod shop in the men's section and separate JCP shops for men and women in their respective sections.

They join a Levi's shop and two Arizona Jean shops for men and women that opened in August.

Barber moves to Sunnycrest

Service Barber Shop moved on Saturday to Sunnycrest Mall in Urbana.

The new location, at 1717 S. Philo Road, Suite 14, U, is the first door to the right, inside the mall's entrance.

Longtime Urbana resident James Winston opened the shop — previously at 1104 1/2 E. Washington St., U — about three years ago.

He sad the new location provides him with parking and snow removal service, plus parking spaces for the physically disabled and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

The phone number will remain 344-5151.

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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