It's Your Business: Brewery awaiting state license

It's Your Business: Brewery awaiting state license

Operations for the Champaign County Brewing Co. are on hold as the company awaits a license from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

Justin Taylor, owner of JT Walker's Restaurant in Mahomet, said the brewing company, owned by his parents, Nick and Renee Taylor, has already gotten a federal license.

But the state had a few questions that the brewing company has responded to, and now it's a matter of hearing back from the state, Taylor said.

Otherwise, the brewery is "up and ready to go," he said.

Last September, Taylor said plans called for the craft brewery to open early this year at 402 E. Main St., Mahomet — across the street from JT Walker's.

Under the plans, some of the beers made by the brewery would be sold at his restaurant under the JT Walker's Brewery brand.

The brewery would also sell some of its products to other bars in the area.

Stop those drips

Cissna Park inventor Todd Kaeb is taking one of his inventions, "The Drip Catcher," to the nation's largest invention trade show.

Kaeb will show off the new product at INPEX 2013 — The Invention and New Product Exposition, to be held June 19-21 in Pittsburgh.

The invention is aimed at alleviating puddles that tend to form under water-cooler spigots.

According to a release, The Drip Catcher hangs on the spout of any cooler and catches liquid that drips from the spigot once the cup is pulled away.

The idea sprang from personal experience, Kaeb said.

"We have seven children, and each day in the summer my wife filled a three-gallon cooler so the kids could get water all day," he said.

"I got tired of the mess on the floor and invented The Drip Catcher to eliminate the mess," he said.

He is exhibiting the product at the show in hopes of finding a distributor or licensee.

The polypropylene device — available in red, white, blue, yellow and orange — sells for $4.99. The website is

Books, art in Mahomet

Jon Crowder has had two passions as long as he can remember.

"One is reading, and the other is art," he said.

Both of those play a role in his new shop in Mahomet — The Nine Muses, at 303 E. Main St., across from the post office.

Crowder said the name refers to the daughters of Zeus who "ruled over the arts and sciences and offered inspiration in those areas."

The shop carries used books, as well as watercolor paintings, drawings and intaglio prints by Crowder as well as textile art by his wife, Kathleen Crowder, a nurse at Carle.

Formerly, books were relegated to one room and art to another, but Crowder said he's "integrating the two together."

Hours of the shop are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The store's phone number is 480-7747. Its web address is

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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