It's Your Business: Korean restaurant opens in Campustown

It's Your Business: Korean restaurant opens in Campustown

A new Korean restaurant has opened in Champaign's Campustown.

K-Bowl made its debut last week at 39 E. Green St. in a space west of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches in the University Centre shopping plaza.

The restaurant is owned by Jeaeun Cho, who also owns Sushi Kame in downtown Champaign, according to restaurant spokeswoman Mimi Lyu.

K-Bowl offers a variety of entrees for less than $10, including Korean favorites bibimbap and bulgogi, stir-fry noodles and spicy squid as well as pork, chicken and fish cutlets. More entrees are expected to be added.

The restaurant is mainly carry-out, but limited seating is available for those who want to eat in. Delivery will be available at some point, Lyu said.

Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday, but the restaurant is expected to open earlier in the day sometime in the new year, she said.

Lyu said the chef, Gwisuk Sun, comes from South Korea, where she had 10 years of experience as a chef.

K-Bowl's phone numbers are 344-6022 and 344-6023.

Coming soon...

A sign has gone up for South China Restaurant at 25 E. Springfield Ave., C, but the restaurant isn't expected to be open for business until next year.

The site — just east of the Canadian National railroad tracks on the south side of Springfield — was most recently the home of Boneyard BBQ and, before that, Rock's.

Expansion in Urbana

Connor Co., a wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies and fixtures, is expanding its Urbana location at 1900 N. Lincoln Ave.

The company is making a 10,000-square-foot addition to the rear of the building to accommodate the heating, ventilating and air conditioning portion of its business, said Dave Bergia, the firm's local manager.

That portion of the business, known as Comfort Supply, had been located nearby on Kettering Park Drive. But it recently moved into the Connor Co. building, with the new space to serve as an expanded warehouse.

Connor Co., based in Peoria, has more than 20 branches, some of them in surrounding communities such as Danville, Bloomington, Kankakee, Mattoon and Decatur.

The family-owned company has been in business since 1936. The local office, which has been on North Lincoln Avenue since 1980, employs 14, Bergia said.

The company plans to occupy the new space during the first quarter of 2013, he said.

Prilla coming to Sullivan

Michala McWhirter and Connie Mulligan are preparing to open Prilla Apparel — a prom-dress and formal-wear shop — on the second floor of The Coffee Bean at 2 E. Harrison St. in Sullivan.

"We're doing new dresses, consignment dresses and tuxedo rentals," said McWhirter, a former business teacher at Sullivan High School.

Mulligan directs the show choir at the high school, and "both of us have a love for fashion and clothes," McWhirter said.

The shop is expected to be open for appointments starting Jan. 2, and regular hours will be set once there's a grand opening in mid-January, she said.

McWhirter said she expects the shop to carry 30 to 40 new dresses, in addition to dresses on consignment. The new dresses will include outfits from the Juliet, Vienna and Anny Lee designer lines.

Consignors who want to offer dresses and customers who want to make appointments can leave voicemails for McWhirter and Mulligan at 728-1065 or can email them at

The business will also offer tuxedo rentals, using Jim's Formal Wear as its tuxedo provider.

The Prilla name resulted from a search for a unique name. McWhirter and Mulligan considered when proms are often held — April — and shifted the first letter to the end to form "Prila."

When a clerk registered the name, "she ended up putting two L's in the name, and it just sort of stuck," McWhirter said.

Sav-Mor opens in Clinton

There's a new Sav-Mor Pharmacy in Clinton, the 12th in a chain of central Illinois pharmacies.

The new store is located at the west end of Cedar Square Shopping Center, in the space once occupied by Clausen's Pharmacy.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and the pharmacist is Brian Eddings. Free delivery is available within a 10-mile radius of Clinton.

Owner Dave Falk of Maroa said he approached local officials about five months ago about the possibility of locating there.

"Most of our stores are in small rural communities, and we thought we'd come to Clinton," he said.

Falk said his father, Ed Falk, and a partner, Dick Weber, started the Sav-Mor chain, with the first store opening in Tuscola in the mid-1960s.

Dave Falk took over in 1999, when there were stores in Tuscola, Nokomis, Virden and Fairbury. Since then, the company has added stores in Flora, Neoga, Robinson, Toledo, Effingham, Casey, Martinsville and Clinton.

Several have been acquisitions, with the acquired stores retaining their own names — Bertram Pharmacy in Robinson, Toledo Pharmacy in Toledo, Martinsville Pharmacy in Martinsville, the Pharmacie Shoppe in Casey and Brown's Drug Store in Effingham.

Now the Decatur-based chain is getting ready for a 13th store.

"We're under construction in Mount Zion for a late March to early April opening," Falk said.

The phone number for the new Clinton store is 935-0315.

Campground gets thumbs-up

A Champaign County campground is one of only 42 campgrounds, recreational-vehicle parks and resorts nationwide to earn all-around "A" grades in an annual customer satisfaction survey.

D&W Lake Camping and RV Park, located north of Champaign along Interstate 57 at 411 W. Hensley Road, won an "A" grade for a third time in the survey conducted by for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts participated in the online survey, which evaluated guest experiences at 3,200 campgrounds affiliated with the association.

"Consistently earning an overall 'A' grade from guests is difficult, and our 42 winners this year represent less than 2 percent of all of the nation's campgrounds," said President Bob MacKinnon.

"But what is even more impressive is that nine of this year's winners have also received this award for five years in a row," MacKinnon said.

Ten have received the award four times, and seven, including D&W, have gotten it three times.

D&W's website is Its owners are Dennis and Rose McGiles.

Coming to Savoy Plaza

A new Pilates studio is expected to open at 1215 Savoy Plaza Lane in mid- to late January.

Ascend: A Studio for Pilates will be located south of Schnucks, in the space next to the GNC (General Nutrition Centers) store.

The studio, co-owned by Noel Chase and Diane Musumeci, will offer private and semi-private lessons, by appointment, as well as limited mat classes.

Chase, the manager, has 12 years of experience as a Romana's Pilates Certified Level 3 Senior Instructor. Musumeci is a Romana's Pilates Certified Level 5 Instructor.

They'll be teaching the physical fitness system as it was developed by Joseph Pilates and transmitted through the work of his protege, Romana Krysanowska.

Pilates is designed to make practitioners stronger, more flexible and more physically confident.

The studio's phone number is 493-5919.

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.