It's Your Business: Coffee shop coming to west Champaign

It's Your Business: Coffee shop coming to west Champaign

Wake up, west Champaign!

Now that Jimmy John's has opened its sandwich shop at the southwest corner of Springfield and Mattis avenues in Champaign, work has begun to renovate the space immediately south of it.

That space — formerly the back portion of Village Inn Pizza — is being renovated for a second Biggby Coffee location in Champaign.

Jim Goetz, who has the franchise for Biggby Coffee at Market Place Mall, said he hopes to open the new store in April.

The 1,900-square-foot space will have seating for about 30 and is expected to be open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

"There are really no specialty coffee stores in west Champaign," Goetz said. "I like the traffic flow and location — it's the entry point for people who live west of Champaign. Plus, there's Kraft, Parkland College and a church and high school nearby."

Goetz said the new Biggby at 401 S. Mattis Ave., C, will have Wi-Fi. In addition to serving coffee, the shop will offer smoothies, hot chocolate, teas, reduced-calorie drinks and decaffeinated beverages, he said.

Plus, there will be pastries, muffins, cookies and other baked goods.

The new store is expected to employ between six and 10.

Goetz, who lives in Mahomet, opened the Market Place store in July 2011. He said he liked Biggby's product and its focus on people.

According to Biggby Coffee's website,, the East Lansing, Mich.-based chain started with a single store in 1995.

Today it has 163 cafes open or under contract in nine states — Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida and Texas.

Send in the subs

Jersey Mike's Subs is coming to Champaign's Campustown.

The submarine-shop chain, which got its start in 1956 in Point Pleasant, N.J., today has more than 600 restaurants open and under development.

Franchisee George Abusaba opened a Jersey Mike's in Springfield last month, and hopes to open one in Champaign, at 505 E. Green St., sometime in February.

Jersey Mike's offers cold subs, hot subs and wraps, as well as "subs in a tub," which are the fillings without the bread. Prices for the offerings will range from $4.55 to $11.95, Abusaba said.

A list of sandwiches is available at

Abusaba, who with business partner Tony Rubba operates the Habibi Inc. franchise, said Jersey Mike's features high-quality meat with everything sliced to order.

He said he became acquainted with Jersey Mike's after visiting locations in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas.

Standard hours for Jersey Mike's are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, Abusaba said, but it's possible the Campustown store will be open a little later.

He said he hopes to have seating for 50 there. How many he'll employ in Campustown is uncertain, but the Springfield store has 25 employees, not counting management.

Abusaba, who lives in Springfield, said he'd like to open another Jersey Mike's in the Champaign-Urbana area down the road.

Eventually, he'd like to expand to other parts of central Illinois, including Peoria and Bloomington-Normal, he said.

Abusaba formerly sold pharmaceuticals for AstraZeneca. Before that, he was a manager with Sam's Club.

Downtown pharmacy to open

The new CompleteCare Pharmacy and Convenience Store in downtown Champaign plans to open its doors for business Monday.

The store at the corner of Washington and Hickory streets — a block east of Neil Street — will stock Kilgus Dairy milk and cheeses as well as Pekara Bakery breads, said Bob Pemberton of Independence Holding Co.

Hours for the store will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, with adjustments to be made as needed.

The store at 14 E. Washington St., C, will offer free delivery throughout Champaign, Urbana and Savoy, Pemberton said.

CompleteCare carries prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, convenience foods and household supplies, including greeting cards.

Its staff includes three pharmacists and two pharmacy technicians, Pemberton said.

The phone number is 355-6607.

Special meal slated

Hendrick House in Urbana will present a "winter farm-to-table dinner" on Jan. 12 featuring ingredients from more than 11 area farms and businesses.

The dinner — which includes appetizers, first course, second course and dessert — costs $40 per person.

Reservations can be made by calling 365-8000 or visiting Hendrick House at 904 W. Green St., U.

The dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., features beef short ribs with potatoes and vegetables, or alternatively, vegetable pot pie; whole-wheat bread; spinach salad; pork liver terrine; artisan cheeses; and a sweet butternut-squash tart, among other things.

Hendrick House has been working with family farms to get more local, organic and fresh produce into its kitchens, said Diane Cooper, assistant food service director.

"It is our goal for 10 percent of our food purchases to be Illinois-grown, and be an exemplary model of a midsized institutional food purchaser that supports the local food movement," Cooper said in an email.

Luxury comes to Savoy

A new nail salon is coming to the City Place development on Calvin Street in Savoy.

Luxury Nails is expected to open in February at 115 Calvin St. in a building adjacent to Goodwill Donation Express and the I Wok Chinese restaurant.

Owner Tran "Ken" Nguyen said the salon will offer different styles of manicures and pedicures, as well as acrylic and gel nails.

Hours are expected to be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Nguyen said. The salon will likely add Sunday hours during summer.

Nguyen said he has been in the salon business since 2001, most recently working at his brother Michael's salon, Modern Nails Salon at Old Farm Shops in Champaign.

The new salon's website is

Po Boys delivers

Po Boys restaurant in Urbana began offering delivery service last week, according to co-owner Jean Rasner.

The restaurant, at 202 E. University Ave., U, provides deliveries to the area south of Interstate 74, west of High Cross Road, north of Windsor Road and east of Prospect Avenue — as well as to a few areas outside those boundaries.

Also, beginning this Monday, Po Boys will offer "nibblers" — small-plate offerings — such as pork sliders, pizza rolls, fried shrimp with cocktail sauce and antipasto.

Those small plates will usually cost $4 to $5, but between the hours of 2 to 5 p.m., they'll sell for $3, Rasner said.

Chiropractor adds service

Chiropractor Janine S. Fruhling, who has operated Fruhling Chiropractic for 16 years, is planning to open a separate business, New-U-Body Shape.

Fruhling said the new business will offer a micro-current system that reduces wrinkles, breaks up fat cells and tightens and tones the face and body.

Fruhling said she doesn't know yet whether the new business will be located within her clinic at 2221 S. Neil St., C, or nearby. But she said she hopes it will be operational by month's end.

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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