Demolition of the old Jin's Pro Auto Body building at First Street and Springfield Avenue in Champaign should begin soon.
Owner Jin Hwan Park said he expects the building to come down this month to make way for the new Japanese restaurant he's planning there.
"I hope to finish the building by April and am looking to open up in May," he said.
The new building will be two stories, with a restaurant on the first floor and a bar and karaoke lounge upstairs, Park said.
The restaurant is expected to be called Sakanaya, which Park said means "fish store" in Japanese.
Sakanaya will primarily serve Japanese food, but also some Korean food, such as Korean-style barbecue, he said.
The restaurant will have outside seating overlooking the Boneyard Creek basin north of Springfield Avenue and east of First Street. Upstairs patrons should also have a good view since the bar will feature balcony seating.
Sakanaya's decor will be contemporary, with lots of windows, Park said. He expects the restaurant to be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Park said he'll be among the first people to start a new business in Midtown since the city adopted that name for the commercial district between downtown and Campustown.
Express expands to Danville
Express Employment Professionals has opened an office in Danville.
Richard and Lynn Yoerk, who have operated Express in Champaign since 2008, opened the new office at 3607 N. Vermilion St., Danville, on Oct. 1.
The office provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services, Richard Yoerk said. Five people work from the Danville office, overseen by manager Katie Weisenbarn.
A grand opening is planned for early 2013.
The phone number for the Danville office is 703-4156. The phone number for the Champaign office, at 2901 W. Springfield Ave., C, is 355-8500.
Express has nearly 600 franchises in the U.S., Canada, South Africa and Australia.
Grand opening set
The grand opening for Kickapoo Pottery will be Nov. 10 at its studio north of Oakwood.
The potter, Don Archer, specializes in handcrafted functional and decorative stoneware pottery.
Archer uses more than a dozen colors of glazes but specializes in a blue glaze, which he hand-mixes. His inventory includes plates, bowls, platters, cups, bread crocks and wine chillers.
Archer started "throwing" pottery — that is, shaping it on a potter's wheel — in 1998. A member of the Champaign-Urbana Potters Club, he is also the head golf professional at Blue Needles Golf Course in Fairmount.
During the grand opening, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be demonstrations of pottery throwing.
Kickapoo Pottery is at 9402 E. 2045 N Road in Vermilion County. From the Oakwood interchange on Interstate 74, head north on County Road 850 E for 3 miles, then go east on County Road 2050 N for about a half-mile. The phone number for the business is 474-5256.
The pottery studio will also be open Nov. 11, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 and by appointment at other times.
Salon opens in Urbana
Shear Impressions, a hair salon, opened this month at 1604 N. Cunningham Ave., U — just north of Tatman's CarCare Collision Center and just south of Dust & Son auto parts.
The salon is operated by Leslie Myers and Jennifer Davis, both of whom previously worked at BoRics.
Myers said the salon provides haircuts for adults and children, as well as coloring services, highlight, perms and facial waxing.
The space the salon occupies was once the home of Merry Maids and a consignment shop.
The salon's phone number is 344-6263.
Johnna Parker of Urbana has started JP's Professional Organizing to help people organize their homes and businesses.
Services include: reorganizing in-home or office space, preparing for moves or renovations and helping people settle into new spaces.
Parker also helps people who are combining households, downsizing, getting ready for the sale of a home or preparing for an estate or garage sale.
Parker said she has provided those services for friends and colleagues for years, but decided to broaden her client base this year.
She previously worked as director of graduate medical education at Carle Hospital and as a college thesis format checker for the University of Illinois College of Education.
She also has been an adjunct faculty member for the Police Training Institute and program director for A Woman's Place and has worked for restaurants and catering services.
Parker said by creating order, she can help clients decrease stress and free up time that can be used for better things.
She asks clients about their challenges and goals, then creates a plan for them, working with them through each step of the process.
Often, she said, when clients tell her they don't have enough space, she finds ways to store things in a functional and efficient manner — and they discover they had more space than they thought.
To reach JP's Professional Organizing, call 377-1054 or email email@example.com.
New in Watseka
A new information technology services business, The J-Duo Company, has opened in Watseka.
Jeanne Stebbins and Jim McKenna opened the business Oct. 1 in the Lynch Atrium building. The address is 112 E. Walnut St., Suite E.
Web design and hosting is the firm's specialty, McKenna said. J-Duo also provides email and merchant accounts, among other services.
"We are here to fill the technological needs of small and medium businesses that might not have the budget for an IT staff of their own," he said.
The Watseka office includes a computer retail store offering name brands, custom-made PCs and peripherals, as well as after-purchase service.
J-Duo also offers virus removal, file recovery and performance optimization services.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is 815-432-9825.
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