It's Your Business: Lounge among new tenants of M2 on Neil
Look for a new lounge to open in the former Trevett-Mattis Banking Co. space immediately west of Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works in downtown Champaign.
Work on the lounge is expected to start this spring, with an opening anticipated for early summer, said Rebecca Motley, vice president of administration and special projects for One Main Development.
The 4,000-square-foot space is on the first floor of the M2 on Neil complex. It's in the portion with the restored limestone bank facade along West Church Street.
The name of the lounge and a description of what it will be like have not yet been released.
Elsewhere in the M2 on Neil building, several businesses have arranged to lease space in the fourth-floor Enclave. They include:
— Gibson Financial Services, which took space Feb. 1. Its principal, David Gibson, provides financial planning services in Champaign by appointment only on Wednesdays and Fridays. Gibson also has offices in Pontiac, Bourbonnais and Bloomington. The phone number is 877-470-3424.
— HoodleInc., a business that matches residential homebuilders and potential customers. Its lease also began Feb. 1.
— Robbins Schwartz, a Chicago-based law firm that's taking five offices within the Enclave and planning to move there April 1. Guy C. Hall is the principal in the Champaign office. For now, Robbins Schwartz is temporarily located at 3001 Research Road, C.
Across the street at One Main Plaza, a new business — Green Logistica — is taking space in One Main's second-floor Enclave. That business provides environmentally friendly freight transportation alternatives.
And in another twist, One Main Development has taken over management of the 211 N. Neil St. building, which includes Boltini Lounge and three residential units. Jon "Cody" Sokolski of One Main had been a co-owner of the property and recently acquired another co-owner's share, Motley said.
Josh Jones and Rob Boyer have opened Black Dog Security, a Homer-based business that sells and installs video security equipment (closed-circuit TV systems) for homes and businesses.
The business is at 118 S. Main St., Suite B, in Homer. Its phone number is 689-1073, and its website is http://www.blackdogsec.com.
Jones, who has worked in law enforcement, said he has seen a greater demand for video security equipment lately — particularly for residential use.
"We see the demand for residential as market prices come down," he said.
"For a residential system, people can get set up with four cameras, a digital video recorder and remote access for about $550."
Those buying the equipment aren't necessarily focusing on break-ins.
Jones said some check their homes remotely to see whether kids are home from school, whether a package has been delivered, whether the lights are on while they're away and what the weather is like.
Jones emphasized that Black Dog Security doesn't provide monitoring itself — just the equipment so home and business owners can do the monitoring themselves.
Events space in Danville
Danville High School graduates Katasha Butler and Tukeua Jones plan to open an events and reception hall in the former California Catering space in downtown Danville.
The new space — known as Social — will be available for conferences, staff retreats, meetings, baby showers, bridal luncheons, mitzvahs, private parties, company parties and receptions.
The new center is slated to open March 8, with an open house scheduled that day.
In a release, Jones said Social will provide "modern space for a modern event. Social is in a great location in the heart of downtown, and our hope is for Social to be the talk of the town."
The center has 3,750 square feet, including bar and kitchen areas. It can seat about 140 and handle about 160 for a cocktail reception.
More information about the center, at 38 N. Vermilion St., is available at http://www.socialdanville.com. Booking information is available at 800-409-5726.
Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at email@example.com; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.