It's Your Business: Record shop open; game shop expands
Nathan Landolt has opened Error Records at 702 S. Neil St., C, in the space that formerly housed the skateboard shop called Board Boutique.
Error Records sells vinyl records, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs and zines — often self-published magazines.
The store also doubles as an all-ages music venue, with the first performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday when the bands Dino Bravo and Estates play there.
On Saturday, the store will host a day of performances in connection with Record Store Day. Eighteen bands are scheduled to play, beginning at 11 a.m.
Eventually, Landolt hopes to open the warehouse space in back for performances. But at this point, only the retail space can be used for concerts, so capacity is limited to about 50.
Although the retail store opened March 29, the history of Error Records dates farther back.
"I started Error Records as a record label in 2008. It was the name of a song I liked at the time," Landolt said. "Until now, I had sold records only online, but I decided to have physical space."
Originally from the St. Louis area, Landolt went to Parkland College and eventually became part of the Champaign-Urbana Music Collective.
"Our goal was to open an all-ages music venue," he said. "That never saw the light of day. But I wanted to continue to pursue that. I thought opening a record store as well as a venue would be the best way to keep something like that afloat."
Landolt said he also plans to offer gallery space at the store.
Hours for the store are 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
The store's phone number is 552-1080.
Urbana game shop expands
Armored Gopher Games has moved from the south end of Urbana's Northgate Plaza to expanded space at the north end.
The gaming shop moved into the new space at 1508 N. Cunningham Ave., Suite A, U, at the beginning of this month.
Manager Dave Hoover said more space was needed to accommodate Champaign-Urbana's gaming community.
"We had multiple nights where we were turning players away because we just didn't have the room to seat them," he said in a release. "With this move, we should be able to host more players."
The store carries role-playing games such as "Dungeons & Dragons," "Savage Worlds" and "HERO System." It also carries miniatures, Euro-style board games, collectible card games, dice and gaming accessories, said Heather Hoover, the shop's community manager.
"With tables and open copies of many popular games, we offer a place to enjoy our games as well as purchase them," she said.
David Hoover said the shop hosts leagues and tournaments of popular games such as "Warhammer 40,000" and "Magic: The Gathering."
Store hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.
The phone number is 344-4263, which happens to be 344-GAME.
More time for Prime Time?
Further word is expected this week on whether the Prime Time Pizza store at 505 E. University Ave., C, will reopen, longtime employee Bret Elam said.
The store closed April 3, and messages left last week for owners Ryan Jacobs and Michael Gaines were not returned — though Elam said Gaines may have something to say Monday.
Prime Time Pizza has been in Champaign-Urbana for 17 years, Elam said, and once had a store at Old Farm Shops in Champaign as well as stores in Decatur and Bloomington.
Elam said the Champaign store was known for delivering pizza to parts of town where other pizza stores would not go.
Herd staying put
Caribou Coffee fans in Champaign can relax — provided they haven't ingested too much caffeine.
Press reports last week indicated that Caribou was planning to close 80 stores and turn 88 others into Peet's Coffee & Tea in coming months.
But don't expect any changes to the Caribou Coffee outlets in the County Market stores in Champaign.
Gerry Kettler, director of consumer affairs for Quincy-based Niemann Foods, said the Caribou outlets in County Market stores are franchise operations, rather than company-owned stores, and won't be affected.
Kettler said County Market offers Caribou Coffee at two locations each in Champaign, Springfield and Quincy.
Antiques and more in Paxton
Laura Janssen has opened Thrifty Tiques at 106 S. Market St. in Paxton.
The shop, which sells both antiques and thrift items, is in a former bank building with the vaults and the tin ceilings intact, Janssen said.
The store's merchandise ranges from a lion's head chair to primitives, glassware, tins and furniture.
"My mother was involved in a variety of antiques businesses, and it grew on me," said Janssen, who also has thrift shop experience.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, though it may stay open later on special-event weekends.
Janssen said the thrift shop accepts donations. The store's phone number is 781-2355.
Clips for clean water
The Oak Street Salon in Mahomet will take part in a cut-a-thon to benefit The Alliance for the Great Lakes.
On April 22, stylists of the salon at 308 E. Oak St. will cut hair from 3:30 to 8 p.m. for donations, in hopes of raising $1,000 for the charity.
The event is part of a global effort by the Aveda network to raise $5 million for clean water in April.
Oak Street Salon is an Aveda concept salon that offers the company's products.
Appointments for the cut-a-thon can be arranged by calling 586-6070.
The Baymont Inn & Suites in Mattoon expects to renovate all its rooms and suites by September, according to a release.
The 62-unit hotel, at 206 McFall Road near the Interstate 57-Illinois 16 interchange, plans to add a new business center, fitness center and guest laundry.
It also expects to renovate its indoor pool and whirlpool, with the addition of an outdoor sundeck.
Kim Berlin is general manager of the inn, which was recently purchased by New Midwest Hotels Mattoon S.
Spring Fling in Savoy
Weight Watchers will host a "Spring Fling" event from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 30 at its new location in the Savoy Municipal Building, 611 N. Dunlap Ave.
The event will include e-tool demonstrations at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with drawings scheduled throughout the day.
For more information, call Ellen Mennenga at 377-0881 or Suzi Schneman at 280-8321.
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