It's Your Business: Chocolates star at Lincoln Square candy shop

It's Your Business: Chocolates star at Lincoln Square candy shop

A new candy shop, Bent Bean, has opened at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village, selling among other things Rubens Chocolates.

The shop is located near the center of the mall, in the spot that was the longtime home of Fannie May and later Flesor's Candy Kitchen.

Bent Bean is operated by Rae Spooner and Marleen Hendrickx. During the holiday season, the shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week, said Hendrickx, who separately operates Rubens Chocolates.

Bent Bean sells bags and boxes of Rubens Chocolates, as well as other products, such as Bent Bean chocolate-covered espresso beans, cocoa cayenne truffles, saffron truffles, cocoa almonds and salted caramels. They hope to add organic chocolate products down the road.

"We're expanding our (Bent Bean) product line, but doing it slowly," Hendrickx added.

Rubens Chocolates are sold in bags containing from one to three individually packaged chocolates. They also come in prepackaged boxes containing from two to 48 pieces, Hendrickx said.

Spooner, a teacher at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign, said she and Hendrickx came up with the idea for Bent Bean while working together in the production space for Rubens.

They spotted the shop space while walking at Lincoln Square. Spooner called it "the perfect starting-out point for us." She said customers are "excited" that Rubens Chocolates are available again.

To reach the business by phone, call Spooner at 649-1378.

Update on pharmacy

The new CompleteCare Pharmacy and convenience store planned for downtown Champaign is now projected to open in January.

The pharmacy, which will be at 14 E. Washington St., is awaiting a state pharmacy inspection on Dec. 12, said Bob Pemberton, manager of Independence Holding Co., CompleteCare's parent company.

After that, the pharmacy will be able to order merchandise from wholesalers and make arrangements for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

When plans for CompleteCare were announced in early September, hours were expected to be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

But now Pemberton said he's giving some consideration to staying open later.

A pharmacist has already been hired, and Pemberton said he has commitments from another pharmacist and from pharmacy technicians.

Soon he plans to advertise for delivery and front-end positions, he said.

CompleteCare plans to carry convenience foods and household supplies as well as prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Among the food items: milk, eggs, lunch meat, soups, breads, frozen foods and soda.

Gym plus clinic in St. Joe

A new fitness center and a physical therapy clinic are sharing space in St. Joseph.

The Zone fitness center opened in October in the former Body Tech space at 109 N. Main St.

Sharing the space is Rehab Professionals, a chiropractic and physical therapy clinic staffed by Jason and Erin Laughton.

The Laughtons continue to operate their Rehab Professionals office at 1713 S. State St. in Champaign.

Dan Gordon, owner of The Zone, said he also has fitness centers in Effingham, Greenville and Shelbyville. He said he became interested in the St. Joseph location after considering buying a fitness center in Champaign.

Gordon said The Zone is open to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Members use a key card for access during other hours.

Gordon described The Zone as a family fitness center with group exercise, strength training and an array of new fitness equipment. The center's manager is Josh Mulholland.

Jason "Jay" Laughton said it made sense to locate the physical therapy clinic in a gym, where equipment can be used for strength and balance training.

He is both a chiropractor and a physical therapy assistant, and his wife, Erin Laughton, is both a physical therapist and athletic trainer. They also provide personal training.

The clinic in St. Joseph is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Their Champaign clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The phone number for The Zone is 469-6128. The phone number for Rehab Professionals in St. Joseph is 469-6184, and its website is

Dental practice to move

Dr. W. Eric Martin's dental practice at 1807 Woodfield Drive, Savoy, will soon move a few blocks north to 403 W. Windsor Road, Savoy.

Office manager Joy Martin said the practice's last day on Woodfield Drive will be Dec. 21 and its first day at the new office will be Jan. 7.

If patients have a dental problem between those two dates, they can call the office at 355-9997 and arrangements will be made for their care.

The new space on Windsor Road was formerly the home of the Eye Center, but that ophthalmologic practice moved to the Shoppes of Knollwood in Champaign last summer.

Joy Martin said the building has been gutted and redesigned for dental space. She said the dental practice has been renting space for 13 years and will finally own its own building.

Martin practices with Dr. Nicholas Sabbia. Altogether, 11 people work at the office. The website for the practice is

In Villa Grove ...

Shannon Babiarz has opened Hair on Demand, a hair salon at 9 Park Drive in Villa Grove, close to Henson Park. She offers haircuts, perms, coloring, highlights and pedicures, among other things.

Babiarz said she has been doing hair for 20 years, and when she recently added on to her home, she included a salon in the plans. Its first day of business was Oct. 20.

Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Saturday. Monday hours are by appointment only.

The phone number is 832-8270.

Sleepy Creek prize

A gift certificate for a one-night stay at the Sleepy Creek Vineyards Bed & Breakfast in Fairmount is one of 25 prizes available in the Illinois Department of Agriculture's "25 Days of Christmas" contest.

The contest began Saturday and runs through Dec. 25, with a winner selected each day to receive prizes from Illinois food producers.

Winners are selected randomly from the department's Facebook and Twitter fans. To be eligible, individuals must join the department's Facebook page or follow the department on Twitter.

To win gifts donated by Illinois wine companies, individuals must be at least 21 years old.

Among the 24 other prizes: a pork package including 14 chops and 10 burgers; holiday gift baskets of candies and nuts; a pound of fudge; and 12 frozen pizzas.

If those aren't tempting enough, consider this prize: a 120-serving can of a "100 percent natural oat, beta-glucan superfood that helps lower cholesterol naturally."

For more information on the contest, visit the department's website,, and click on the "25 Days of Christmas" box.

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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Orbiter wrote on December 02, 2012 at 4:12 pm

About that Complete Care Pharmacy opening on Washington St.... It's great that the owner is considering extended hours. I think that longer hours for the convenience store part of the operation will really be helpful for denizens of the area, considering the lack of grocery options there. The only immediately nearby food options are something from the gas station (which sells 99.9% junk food), or to dine at one of the high-end restaurants near the neil x main intersection.

I truly hope Mr. Pemberton is sincere in saying "Among the food items: milk, eggs, lunch meat, soups, breads, frozen foods and soda." Because the last thing the area needs is another shop stuffed with bags of chips, sugar water, and other junk food. Ever try to buy a pint of milk in this town? I recently tried to do so on Green Street, and went into the "Home Town Pantry" expecting groceries, to find only a shop stuffed tight with beer, liquor, and junk food. The one token container of milk was a whole gallon. As if anyone would put THAT in their lunch! So I went next door to Jimmy Johns. Nope, no milk there, either. Again, only junk. Amazingly, I found a pint of milk at none other than Dunkin Donuts, for which I am grateful. The "convenience" stores in this town, like elsewhere, are just junk food shops masquerading as something more. Very sad. I hope the convenience store planned for Complete Care Pharmacy offers some fresh fruits & veggies as well as some other staples. Good luck to them!

gamera wrote on December 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

Yes, at the currently state hours, I would never be able to shop at the CompleteCare Pharmacy since they are only open when I am at work. And on Saturday, I can go anywhere to shop. I hope the hours are adjusted to acommodate working people.