It's Your Business: Restaurant delivery service arrives in Champaign
A new restaurant delivery service, Mr. Delivery, has opened in Champaign.
The company, first established in 1992 in South Africa, now has 50 locations around the world. It is coordinating delivery in at least 12 U.S. locations with plans to expand to 20 by the end of this year.
What makes Mr. Delivery different?
"If a customer experiences a late order, we personally deliver a box of chocolates or an artisan cupcake to them," said CEO Laurence Levine in a release.
Also, Mr. Delivery employs its own market managers and delivery drivers in every location. In Champaign, the market manager is Mitch Coler, and there are two delivery drivers.
Mr. Delivery coordinates delivery for Champaign and Urbana restaurants between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, with orders placed on MrDelivery.com.
The Champaign office, at 702 Bloomington Road, Suite 106, opened July 10. Its phone number is 689-2420.
The TCBY frozen yogurt store at Old Farm Shops in Champaign will celebrate its one-year anniversary Saturday with a birthday party.
The store opens at 11 a.m. that day, and the first 50 customers through the door will receive free frozen yogurt for a year.
Last year, when the store did that for its grand opening, people camped out in line the night before.
Franchisee Todd Thorstenson said everyone who comes to the store Saturday will get the first 3 ounces of frozen yogurt free.
There's also a late-afternoon contest in which the best frozen yogurt creation will be chosen, with the grand prize winner getting free frozen yogurt for a year.
In another twist, TCBY will be introducing a lactose-free frozen yogurt on Thursday.
Mark your calendar
— Circles Boutique in downtown Champaign will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
People wearing their favorite item from Circles can enter a gift card drawing in which they could win up to $93 (symbolic of the store's opening in 1993.).
Circles is at 114 N. Neil St., C.
— Champaign Jewelers has scheduled a grand-opening reception for its new store in the Shoppes of Knollwood from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The store, which opened July 25 at 2223 S. Neil St., C, will have three drawings for prizes during its grand opening week.
One contest has customers guessing the number of gemstones in a champagne glass, with the winner receiving a piece of jewelry, owner Kari Johnson-Smith said.
The King is coming
Remodeling has taken longer than expected, but the Pawn King store in Urbana could be open within a couple months.
"We're hoping to be open by the end of September," said Julia Hunter, vice president of the Springfield-based chain. "We had construction hold-backs with the weather over the winter."
The Urbana store, at 1004 W. University Ave., is the former site of the Gold & Diamond Exchange.
Pawn King will carry jewelry, electronics, firearms, tools, TVs, laptop computers and other merchandise, Hunter said.
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, she said. The store will be closed on Sundays.
"Right now, we have 12 stores, and this will be the 13th store when we get it open," Hunter said. Pawn King is also in the process of opening stores in Bloomington and Moline.
The Urbana store is expected to employ about five people at the outset and is now hiring.
Since the Urbana building is an A-frame, Hunter said plans call for hanging a wooden airplane from the ceiling and having several taxidermy mounts in the firearms section.
Hunter said Pawn King is family owned and operated. Her aunt and uncle, Beverly Boys and Brett Hunter, got into the business 10 years ago as a Cash America franchise in Springfield.
They later opened additional stores.
"We decided to brand ourselves and become Pawn King after the sixth store was open," Hunter said.
The new owners of the former Urbana Tire Co. store have been sprucing up the premises, reconditioning floors and readying new displays for the showroom.
Longtime employees Richard Rollins and Warren McIntosh acquired both Urbana Tire at 202 S. Vine St., U, and Twin City Tire at 210 S. Walnut St., C, from Don Fitzgerald at the end of April.
Rollins said the stores are now known as Urbana True Tires and Champaign True Tires, respectively, and the company's name is True Tires and Automotive Co.
"It's the same people," Rollins said, and it honors the guarantees made by the previous owner.
Vocabulary word of the week
Dr. Donald Janoff is changing the name of his practice.
What was once the Center for Dental Implants, Periodontics and Oral Surgery has now become the Center for Dental Implants, Periodontics and Dentoalveolar Surgery.
Janoff is a periodontist who does extensive dentoalveolar surgery. He said he changed the practice name because he didn't want people to assume he was an oral surgeon.
His practice in Champaign is at 3004 Crossing Court.
Fritters comin' to Fairbury
Steidinger Foods, which recently acquired the Pete's Pride brand, is moving Pete's Pride pork-fritter manufacturing equipment to its facility in Fairbury.
That facility also produces beef and pork patties, breakfast sausage and seasoned beef under both house brands and private-label brands.
Steidinger acquired Pete's Pride from Memphis, Tenn.-based Monogram Foods. That company made Pete's Pride pork fritters and corn dogs at its Muncie, Ind., plant and marketed those products — as well as breaded vegetables — to grocery stores and food-service distributors. Corn dog production was later moved to Bristol, Ind.
Under the new arrangement, Monogram will continue to produce corn dogs for Steidinger Foods under the Pete's Pride label.
Steidinger Foods President Brad Steidinger said his company has grown substantially the last few years and Pete's Pride will help continue that growth.
"It is a great fit for us," he said in a release.
Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.