It's Your Business: Slot and Wing moves

It's Your Business: Slot and Wing moves

Slot and Wing Hobbies has moved from its longtime location at 803 W. Anthony Drive, C, to the west end of the Carpet Master Carpet One building at 1040 W. Bloomington Road, C.

Randy McDaniel, who co-owns Slot and Wing with Cole Thompson, said the 11,000-square-foot store carries all the merchandise it did before, including radio-controlled cars, boats, planes and helicopters, model rockets and trains, kites and archery equipment.

Plus, the new space — formerly used as a warehouse — has high ceilings, allowing Slot and Wing to introduce some new features.

One is a "log cabin" — located to the left of the entrance — that houses the archery shop, McDaniel said.

A large space was left open within the store to accommodate archery shooting, the running of radio-controlled cars and the flying of radio-controlled helicopters, he added.

The store has more parking as a result of the move, and it still has its half-price room, McDaniel said.

The move was made because the lease on Anthony Drive was ending, he added.

Hours for Slot and Wing are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number remains 359-1909, and the website is

Judy's, Judy's, Judy's

Monday will be the first day of business for Judy's Merchandise Outlet at 3515 N. Cunningham Ave., U.

The store sells all kinds of things, including furniture, tools, fishing poles, housewares, pet supplies, fans, heaters, electric lawn mowers and battery-powered ride-on toys for kids, said Glen "D.J." Judy III, who co-owns the store with his father, Glen Judy II, and his uncle, Ken Judy.

D.J. Judy said about 75 percent of the merchandise is new. Some items are store returns or are in damaged boxes, but otherwise are "perfectly fine," he said.

Many of the products are acquired through dealer auctions or liquidation sales of returned goods, he said.

New products arrive at Judy's Merchandise Outlet weekly, so shoppers should check the store regularly to see how the offerings change, he added.

Judy said he, his father and uncle have all sold items on eBay, and they sensed an opportunity for a retail store.

"The way the economy is, no one wants to pay full retail," Judy said. "We have it for cheaper here."

The 5,000-square-foot store is located a mile north of Farm and Fleet on the west side of U.S. 45 in the building that formerly housed The Stop Bar and Grill. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays.

The phone number is 607-2216. The website is

School bell rings

Looking for classroom supplies? There's a new option in town — The School Station, which opened Sept. 1 in Royal Plaza at 505 S. Neil St., C.

The business, owned by former teacher Yun Yi, offers educational resources, teacher supplies and educational gifts and toys.

Products include puzzles, puppets, children's art supplies, books, flash cards, lesson-plan books, posters, bulletin board decorations, Sunday school materials and Spanish-language items as well.

Yun Yi said she bought out the No Teacher Left Behind store that was at 2412 W. Springfield Ave., C.

She said she chose Royal Plaza because it is centrally located, accessible from both Champaign and Urbana. Plus, it's just across Randolph Street from the Champaign Public Library.

Yun Yi formerly taught fifth grade for six years at Judah Christian School in Champaign. Before that, she taught a variety of grades at Monticello Christian Academy.

Hours of the store are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The store is closed Sundays. The phone number is 398-3806.

Wingstop franchise to open

Look for Wingstop, a restaurant specializing in chicken wings, to open this fall in Katsinas Center at the northeast corner of Green and Neil streets in Champaign.

Wingstop is a Texas-based chain that serves wings and boneless wings with 10 different flavors. It also offers seasoned fries and a variety of side dishes.

Wingstop was founded in 1994 and began franchising three years later. The chain has more than 500 restaurants, according to the Wingstop website.

Also setting up shop at Katsinas Center, according to Matt Wavering of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, will be the local leasing office for Next Chapter Properties, the Austin, Texas-based company that will manage the new 75 Armory student apartment building in Champaign. That complex is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2013.

Locks of Love cut-a-thon

Studio 9 Hair Design in Champaign will host its first annual "cut-a-thon" to benefit Locks of Love, the nonprofit group that provides wigs and hairpieces to children with long-term medical hair loss.

The cut-a-thon will be from Sept. 17 to 22. Those who choose to donate at least 10 inches of hair will receive a complimentary blunt cut.

They'll also get a 20 percent discount on additional styling or coloring treatments that day and a gift certificate for 20 percent off on the next visit.

A gift basket valued at $100 will be awarded to the longest hair donation of the week.

Permed or color-treated hair is acceptable, but bleached and highlighted hair is not usable. Donors can also bring in ponytails that have been cut at other locations.

Hair donated to Locks of Love is used in wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy, suffering from alopecia areata or recuperating from scalp burns.

To make an appointment for the cut-a-thon, call 351-9198. There is some walk-in availability.

Hours of the salon, at 701 Devonshire Drive, C, are 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.

Refreshments will be served during the cut-a-thon.

Design/consign shop coming

Heather Smith plans to open Smith Design & Consign in the Illinois Traction Station building at 41 E. University Ave., C, later this fall.

Smith said she's shooting for a Nov. 1 opening. The store will carry new and used furniture and home decor items.

The furniture includes Amish-made entertainment centers, vintage hutches with matching desks, custom-made chairs and mosaic-tile tables crafted by her husband, Nolan Smith.

The store will also carry vases, candles, pictures, table centerpieces, lamps and "one-of-a-kid" artwork, she said.

She'll even have a kids' corner, with decor appropriate for children's rooms.

Smith said she wanted to do interior design, but postponed her plans after starting a family.

"Eventually I'd like to redesign people's homes with the merchandise I carry," she said.

In the meantime, she hopes her merchandise will encourage customers to redesign their own homes.

She plans to accommodate a variety of decorating styles — classic, modern, vintage, country, cottage, contemporary, traditional and Mission-style.

Smith Design & Consign will occupy Suite 1-E, which includes 1,400 square feet.

Smith said she wants the store to be "cozy and charming, not just a store you go in and out" — and will try to instill that feeling by serving coffee.

Hours are expected to be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The store will be closed Sundays.

Prospective consignors can reach Smith at 372-6175.

For those feeling nostalgic ...

Nora Maberry of The Leader reports that Market Street Resale has opened in Ogden, just south of the intersection of U.S. 150 and Illinois 49.

The store carries a wide variety of nostalgia items, including records, comic books and toys from the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

The resale shop is operated by Ronda Fulkerson of Ogden and her brother, Roger Fear of Plainfield. Fear had gone to flea markets for more than 15 years, and he and Fulkerson had kicked around the idea of opening a store for a few years.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The website is

Busey reception planned

Busey Wealth Management is celebrating its expansion at 201 W. Main St., U, with a coffee and pastries reception from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday on the third floor of that building.

Drinks and treats will be supplied by Cafe Zojo and Rick's Bakery. Downtown Urbana business owners are invited to check out the new space.

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.

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CULater wrote on September 09, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Glad to read about businesses in champaign old and new!

ashrprice wrote on September 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

If you are considering cutting your hair for Locks of Love, please look into their donation guidelines. Hair that is damaged from heat and chemical treatment is simply thrown away. Also be aware that most of the hair collected is sold, and they charge patients for the wigs. There are much better hair donation charities. 

ronaldo wrote on September 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

A simple internet search would have squashed those urband legend half-truths.

Q. What do the children pay for these hairpieces?
A. We provide hairpieces and repairs free of charge or on a sliding scale based on the financial need of those responsible for the children.

Q. Does Locks of Love sell hair? Throw away hair?
A. Hair that is short, gray, or otherwise unusable will be sold to help offset manufacturing costs. Locks of Love DOES NOT throw hair away unless it is wet and moldy or not bundled in a braid or ponytail when it is received.

Locks of Love is a great organizaion.