It's Your Business: Little Gym moving to Urbana

It's Your Business: Little Gym moving to Urbana

The Little Gym, which has been at Savoy Plaza for nearly five years, plans to move to The Pines shopping center in southeast Urbana early next year.

Franchise owner Giles Austin said the projected opening date is Jan. 7.

The gym, which serves children from 4 months old to 12 years old, will be located between the Frogs & Fairies children's clothing boutique and Wines at The Pines, Austin said.

Austin said he was pleased with the Savoy site, demographically, but the layout of the facility wasn't ideal. The lobby was too small and narrow, the party and dance room was too big and the bathrooms weren't ideally situated, he said.

The location at The Pines provides "a better environment for kids to play," with a grassy area and courtyard nearby, he said.

Plus, the proximity to Frogs & Fairies, Cafe Zojo and Kinex Fitness Studios makes it handy for parents.

Austin said the new 4,400-square-foot space will provide better viewing for parents because a glass wall will separate the lobby and gym.

The new location will also have drinking fountains, something the current gym doesn't have, as well as a new color scheme and murals, Austin said.

The Little Gym offers instruction in gymnastics, sports skills, dance and karate, and Austin plans to add Jazzy Beasts, a parent-child dance class. Altogether, the gym serves about 350 kids a week, he said.

Austin said plans are for The Little Gym to remain in Savoy through December and close the weeks of Christmas and New Year's, as it usually does. It will then reopen at The Pines on Jan. 7, if projections hold true.

Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with classes and birthday parties scheduled Saturdays and Sundays.

The phone number is expected to stay the same — 352-5500. The website is http://www.tlgchampaignil.com.

Rabbittown growing again

Rabbittown Antiques and Artisans in Danville is expanding again.

The antiques mall at 419 E. Main St. is taking over the former Finders Keepers building next door at 423 E. Main St., said Gail Miller, who co-owns the mall with her husband, Gary.

Some of the new space has been claimed by new and existing vendors, but there's still space for others, Miller said.

The newly acquired building needs remodeling and an update of its heating system, but Miller said it should be ready for occupancy Nov. 1.

"We have 40 current vendors, and I think we'll have about 50 when the new building opens," she said.

The Millers are planning a "grand reopening" of the antiques mall Nov. 17 and 18, coinciding with their first anniversary in business. There will be drawings and refreshments that weekend, Gail Miller said.

The additional 2,000 square feet will give the mall more than 5,000 square feet altogether, she added.

The mall's Web address is rabbittown.net.

Red Oak eyes C-U

The Red Oak, which has a luncheon room in downtown Bloomington, doesn't have immediate plans to open a similar room in Champaign-Urbana.

But owner Trish Neusbaum said once everything is going the way she wants in Bloomington, it's her intent that Champaign-Urbana be the next stop.

The Red Oak was originally located in Bishop Hill in western Illinois — the site of a Swedish utopian community in the mid-19th century.

But Neusbaum said a tight economy resulted in a lack of tourism there, so she shifted the business to Bloomington about two years ago.

The Red Oak features homemade food — Swedish meatballs, specialty sandwiches, soups and salads — on its menu, and its lobby is open for pick-up of casseroles and pies.

Neusbaum said she's been a regular at Market at the Square at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village. But she said she hasn't begun to look for any permanent locations in Champaign-Urbana yet.

Spring opening

Midland States Bank says its new office under construction at 1617 W. Springfield Ave., C, is expected to open next spring.

When it does, the Midland States staff at 1608 Broadmoor Drive, C, will relocate there.

The project was announced last June, and ground was broken for the new 4,500-square-foot office in late September.

The new building will employ an "open space" design with glass walls encompassing the lobby. Three flat-screen monitors will provide customers with information.

The facility will offer consumer, business, mortgage and wealth management services and have two drive-through lanes, as well as a drive-up automated teller machine. Ten people are expected to work there.

Klitzing Welsch Associates of St. Louis is the project architect, and AKRA Builders of Teutopolis is the general contractor.

Crossroads open Mondays

Crossroads Corner Consignment, which opened in August in the Whiteline building at 723 S. Neil St., C, is now open Mondays.

Co-owner William Fleming said the store had been open every day but Monday. But when it opened on a trial basis for three Mondays, it got "above-average" traffic.

Hours are now 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The store has added another employee and has sold nearly 3,000 items since August, Fleming said.

Mark your calendars

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. — which operates the Bergner's store in Champaign and the Carson's stores in Danville and Mattoon — has announced its Community Days fund-raising event will be Nov. 9-10 this year.

Each year, nonprofit groups sign up to sell savings booklets as a way to raise money. The booklets contain more than $400 in savings on in-store and online merchandise and can be used during Community Days.

Nonprofit groups sell the booklets for a $5 donation to support their group. In buying the booklet, the purchaser instantly gets a coupon for $10 off an item priced at $10 or more. The nonprofit group keeps the entire $5 donation.

Groups can sign up to sell the booklets at http://www.communitydayevent.com.

This year, for the first time, donors can buy a savings booklet online at that Web address and direct the money to the participating organization of their choice. The booklet will be mailed to the donor free.

New program launched

Soccer Planet in Urbana is launching a new morning play group, Kids in Action, this fall.

The program, designed for kids up to 6 years old, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on five Mondays — Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.

Kids will play with a variety of toys and sports equipment on the indoor turf field at Soccer Planet, 2310 N. Willow Road, U. More information is available by calling Soccer Planet at 367-9999 or visiting the website, http://www.soccerplanetcu.com.

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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