It's Your Business: Gymnastics academy plans 'grand reopening'

It's Your Business: Gymnastics academy plans 'grand reopening'

Champaign Gymnastics Academy, which opened at Champaign's Country Fair Shopping Center last fall, has installed a new in-ground foam pit and scheduled a "grand reopening" of its facility for this Friday.

The grand reopening is slated for 5 to 8 p.m., with refreshments, raffles, contests and demonstrations that evening.

The academy launches its winter session the following Monday. Owner Ian Dennehy said the academy had about 100 kids during its first fall session, and that number has swollen to nearly 200 for the winter session.

In addition to classes offered in previous sessions, the academy is starting two new classes for adults — "Fitnastics," a fitness-based gym class, and "Yoganastics," which uses gymnastics to develop flexibility and core strengthening. Each class meets for 45 minutes once a week.

Dennehy said the gym at 219 S. Mattis Ave., C, will open at 9:30 a.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays — a switch from the fall, when the gym wasn't open every day in the mornings.

The new pit gives people trying new gymnastic stills "a safe, soft place to land," Dennehy said. It also enables the academy to offer all men's competitive events — floor exercises, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars — and women's competitive events — floor exercises, vault, bars and beam.

As of the second fall session, the academy began hosting a home-school gymnastics class once a week.

The academy's website is, and the school's phone number is 398-4242.

Law firm to move

Look for the Champaign office of Spiros Law to move to the Near North at Fourth building this spring.

That building, at the southwest corner of Fourth Street and University Avenue in Champaign, once housed the Ginza flower shop.

But in recent years, the Electrum Group has renovated the building, which dates from 1901.

The renovation created apartments through much of the three-story building while preserving architectural features.

Attorney James Spiros said he plans to move the law office — currently in Champaign's Huntington Towers — to the new location at 315 E. University Ave., C, in mid-March.

The law office will have parking in the back and on the side, Spiros said, and its main entrance will be on the Fourth Street side.

Spiros Law has five attorneys, a support staff of 13 and two law clerks during the school year. The firm has offices in Champaign, Danville and Kankakee.

Spiros said the phone number for the Champaign office — 328-2828 — is expected to remain the same once the firm moves to its new location.

New lender in town

Fisher National Bank has opened a new loan production office in Champaign called FNB Mortgage Solutions.

Its office is at 1710 S. Neil St., C, in the former location of Barr Real Estate at the northeast corner of Neil Street and St. Mary's Road.

While the loan production office focuses mainly on residential real estate, it has the capability of originating all types of loans there, said bank President Michael W. Estes.

"With mortgage rates continuing to be at historic lows, we feel there is an opportunity to capture a share of that business and also stick our toe into the very competitive Champaign market," Estes said.

He said the bank has no plans for further expansion at this point.

The Champaign office opened its doors Nov. 26.

Free flapjacks

Mark your calendar: The IHOP restaurant at 308 E. Green St., C, plans to give away free pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to celebrate National Pancake Day.

On that day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in honor of that organization's 30th anniversary.

The restaurant will offer a complimentary stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. that day, with guests encouraged to make voluntary contributions to the hospitals or other local charities.

It's the eighth year the restaurant chain has held National Pancake Day. IHOP guests can also buy Miracle Balloons for $1 and $5 each through January, with all proceeds going to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Body art in Danville

A new tattoo parlor has opened on East Main Street in Danville.

In Your Skin opened Jan. 3 at 1018 E. Main St., said owner Theresa Van Camp. The business offers tattoos, piercing and branding.

Van Camp said she formerly owned two tattoo parlors in the St. Louis area but sold those. She said she relocated to Danville because her husband Jeff's family is from the area.

In Your Skin has two tattoo artists, Theresa Van Camp and Matt Staley.

Hours for In Your Skin are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is 443-7010.

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.