It's Your Business: Dena's Hallmark closes store near Schnucks

Dena's Hallmark has closed its store west of the Schnucks supermarket in Champaign Commons Plaza.

That followed the closing of Dena's stores in Danville's Village Mall, Urbana's Lincoln Square and downtown Rantoul.

The Dena's Hallmark at Market View Shopping Center in Champaign remains open.

Also open last week was the Dena's Hallmark at Towne Centre in Danville, but a sign there said all items were 50 percent off and the store would not be carrying Christmas ornaments this year.

Hallmark continues to list the Champaign store at 55 E. Marketview Drive, C, on its website, but does not list a store in Danville.

A call placed last week to Wendy Woller, district manager for Dena's Hallmark, was not immediately returned.

Free food for veterans

Texas Roadhouse is honoring veterans and active members of the U.S. military with a free lunch on Monday — the day after Veterans Day.

Veterans and active military members can choose from one of 10 entrees — including a 6-ounce sirloin, two side dishes and a choice of coffee, iced tea or soft drink — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

Those taking part should bring proof of service, which includes a military or Veterans Affairs card or their discharge papers.

The Texas Roadhouse in Champaign is at 204 N. Country Fair Drive, west of the Schnucks Champaign Commons plaza. The chain, based in Louisville, Ky., has 385 locations in 48 states, according to a release from the company.

Country Lamb sets opening

The Country Lamb, a shop in St. Joseph selling primitives, reproductions of antique furniture and Christmas items, has set its opening for Saturday.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and other times by appointment, said Kathleen Gilliland of Ogden, who will operate the shop with her husband Jim.

The shop is in the east storefront of the Masonic building at 228 E. Lincoln St. in St. Joseph.

Gilliland said the shop will be decorated for Christmas as of Dec. 1. Visitors can expect to find soy candles, period lighting, handmade ornaments, CDs with old-time and mountain music and much more, she added.

The shop's phone number is 469-2006. To arrange an appointment, call 582-2575.

Home decor shop opens

Smith Design & Consign opened Nov. 1 in the Illinois Traction Station building at 41 E. University Ave., C.

The shop carries new and used furniture, as well as home decor items. Look for Amish-made entertainment centers, vintage hutches and custom-made chairs, as well as smaller items such as vases, lamps, pictures and centerpieces.

Owner Heather Smith said the store is designed to inspire decorating ideas and its merchandise accommodates a variety of styles.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Prospective consignors can call the store at 355-7610. The shop's website is http://www.smithdesignandconsign.com.

Antiques at Wild Birds & More

There's even more "more" at Wild Birds & More these days.

The store at 301 W. Marketview Drive, C, has added antiques to its lineup.

The multi-vendor antiques section of the store features furniture, china, glass, toys, primitives, Illini collectibles, Longaberger products, "man-cave" items, local historical items, yearbooks, gifts and decor.

General manager Rich Trevillian said Wild Birds had extra room so it allowed six to eight people to come in to sell antiques and collectibles on consignment. The antiques are at the rear of the store, on the right.

Trevillian said traffic has steadily increased since the vendors moved in, and the merchandise seems to fit well with the feeders and gift items Wild Birds sells.

Wild Birds & More is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number is 352-1770.

Mattoon hotel upgrades

The Comfort Suites in Mattoon is undergoing a renovation that's expected to be complete in early December.

The hotel at 1408 Broadway Avenue East was recently purchased by New Midwest Hotels Mattoon.

The renovation includes the installation of 42-inch flat-screen TVs in the guest rooms.

The hotel offers upgraded two-room suites with separate sitting and sleeping areas, as well as whirlpool suites. It also has meeting and banquet space for small and midsized groups.

Get the point?

Urbana Acupuncture at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 11).

Customers will have the opportunity to experience acupuncture for free, according to Jim Lorr, owner of the business.

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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lovie_01 wrote on November 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

The Hallmark at Marketview Center is closing too.  I was there last week and everything was 50% or more off and the employee said they were closing.  Hard to believe that there will be no Hallmark stores in the area.

ddf1972 wrote on November 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

What is going on here?  One of the biggest, if not the biggest  franchise owners, Kirlin's of Quincy, used to have stores in CU and has them all over the Midwest, including Chicago and St. Louis

Steph2012 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

Kirlin's should be making a return to Champaign shortly. I believe they will be taking over the Market View store. I hope they do, and soon. We haven't had Hallmark product in this town for a while. Even when Dena's was open, he didn't keep the product stocked.