It's Your Business: Sports Clips to open 2 shops

It's Your Business: Sports Clips to open 2 shops

Sport Clips is getting ready to open two haircutting salons in Champaign — one at Old Farm Shops and the other at Neil Plaza, a new strip shopping center across from Macy's.

The national chain focuses on haircuts for men and boys, though it will cut women's hair too, said Jesse Keyser, the franchise owner.

A basic Varsity haircut will cost $17, Keyser said, while the MVP package — which includes a shampoo with scalp massage, steamed-towel treatment and neck and shoulder massage — costs $22, Keyser said.

Keyser said the Old Farm location at 1733 W. Kirby Ave., C, is slated to open Aug. 2, while the Neil Plaza location at 1903 N. Neil St., C, should open Aug. 16. Each location will have eight chairs.

The two new salons would be the seventh and eighth Keyser owns, with the other six in southern Illinois, Missouri and western Michigan.

Keyser, who was born in Champaign-Urbana and lives in Carbondale, said he plans to open other Sport Clips eventually in Danville, Mattoon and Decatur. He said he was runner-up for the chain's Franchise Owner of the Year for 2012.

Keyser also operates Little Caesars Pizza franchise locations in southern Illinois and western Kentucky.

The phone number for the Sport Clips on Kirby is 365-9100. The phone number for the Neil Street location is 365-9200.

Sullivan-Parkhill to add Sprinter

An addition to Sullivan-Parkhill Imports at 401 W. Marketview Drive, C, is expected to be complete in September, company President David Parkhill said.

The addition, on the northwest side of the building, will include two more service bays plus additions to the Mercedes-Benz and Volvo showroom, he said.

That will bring the total number of service bays at the import dealership to 10, Parkhill said.

The addition was made in preparation for the Sprinter franchise the dealership has been awarded.

Sprinter is a line of vans from Mercedes-Benz, and Parkhill said he expects that franchise should be in place by the end of the year.

Anita's Place to close

Anita's Place, a home consignment store in Savoy, will close its doors at the end of July, owner Ruth Hieser announced last week.

"After two years in business, I have decided to not renew my lease at Savoy Square," Hieser stated in a letter to consignors.

"I had hoped to move the shop to a larger, more visible location, but have not been able to find that space," she said.

Hieser said she'll continue to operate Anita's Place as usual until 6 p.m. July 31. The shop at 411 Clarendon Court, Suite 100, will then close, and consignors can pick up their items from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10.

The shop will then reopen Aug. 12-15 for a "going-out-of-business sale" of furniture and home decor belonging to the store. Hours those days will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Aug. 16 and 17, the store will sell business items, such as counters and office supplies.

Hieser, who plans to concentrate on real estate after she closes the store, called the Anita's Place experience "a great ride."

Firms collaborate on coffee option

Two locally owned firms, Rogards Office Plus and Herriott's Columbia Street Roastery, are teaming to give area businesses an alternative to single-serve coffee systems such as Keurig.

This month, the companies will work to introduce single-serve coffee pods to the Champaign-Urbana area. Users will be able to brew individual cups of coffee using a high-pressure brewer and the pods, filled with Columbia Street Roastery coffees.

Columbia Street Roastery will install and service the brewing equipment, and Rogards will be the sole distributor for the coffee pods. Local businesses that buy the pods through Rogards will be eligible to receive a free brewer.

"We think anyone who tries the coffee will be able to taste the difference," said Mark Herriott of Columbia Street Roastery.

Chad Hoffman, the Rogards CEO, said the pods are biodegradable and compostable, creating 90 percent less waste than Keurig's K-Cups.

Pods will be available in six coffee varieties initially, including Colombian, dark roast, medium roast and decaffeinated, as well as flavored coffees. Four varieties of tea pods will also be available.

"We are working on expanding the selection of teas available beyond the initial varieties," Herriott said in a press release.

More information about the coffee pods and brewers is available from Rogards, 359-1795.

What was Holy is now Tasty

Tasty Fish, Chicken & Grill has opened at 705 N. Neil St., C, in the space formerly occupied by Holy Land restaurant.

The new restaurant serves chicken wings, chicken dinners, fish dinners, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Folks with a lot of people to feed can order in bulk. Listed on the menu, for example, are 100 chicken wings for $65.99, and 50 pieces of fish (catfish fillet, tilapia, jack fillet and perch) for $79.99.

Tasty's phone number is 355-6220.

Downtown Urbana update

Matt Cho, who acquired buildings at 206 and 208 W. Main St. in downtown Urbana earlier this year, gave an update last week on the renovation and eventual occupancy of those buildings.

The space at 206 W. Main St. is getting outfitted for [co][lab], a cooperative workspace. Cho said he hopes it will be ready by July 25.

"We have a product design firm occupying the front," he said.

Seven or eight developers are interested in taking space in the rear, he added.

"Two have signed leases, and there are four open fixed desks left and two 'hot seats' left," he said. "We're targeting the tech developer and application-development individuals."

Also planning to take space there is Urbana Land Arts, operated by the husband-and-wife team of Chris Carl and Meredith Foster. Their venture incorporates both landscape architecture and the arts.

Meanwhile, the building at 208 W. Main St. is being prepped for Cafeteria & Company, with Pizza M and Flying Machine Coffee providing food there.

"We're shooting for Aug. 23 as the date for the grand opening," Cho said.

Cho called [co][lab] "a nice mix of technology, design and art." He said that with the cafe and food element next door, "both will feed off each other in a way."

Matthew Kitzmiller of Pizza M is operating an Indiegogo group-funding campaign to raise $10,000 for his enterprise, which will sell handcrafted artisan pizzas. As of Friday, he had raised $3,375, with the campaign scheduled to run through July 15.

Meanwhile, Langston Allston is conducting a Kickstarter group-funding campaign to raise $2,500 for murals celebrating "bike culture," with the first mural on the alley side of Cho's buildings. That campaign is scheduled to run through July 10.

Pet visits from afar

Angel Paws Pet Sitting has added a new service, owner Debbie Skaggs reports.

Skaggs, who takes care of pets in customers' homes, said she's arranging webcam visits for those away from their pets.

She'll take a computer to the home so folks on vacation can visit with their pets remotely.

Skaggs said she has also arranged for a new groomer who can come to the homes to groom pets.

The phone number for Angel Paws is 359-1159.

Painting franchise awarded

Cincinnati-based Fresh Coat Painters has awarded its 100th franchise to brothers Jay and Charlie Ramshaw and Zack Taake of Champaign, the company announced last week.

It's the fourth Fresh Coat franchise in Illinois.

Fresh Coat Painters of Central Illinois offers residential and commercial painting services, including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing and wallpaper removal.

Its services are offered in Champaign-Urbana, Mahomet, Monticello, Charleston and surrounding communities.

The phone number is 689-2639, and the website 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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