It's Your Business: Billy Barooz improvements mean temporary shift

It's Your Business: Billy Barooz improvements mean temporary shift

A popular restaurant in southwest Champaign is expected to shift locations temporarily while improvements are being made to its regular space.

Billy Barooz Bar & Grill will temporarily relocate its staff and menu to the former Smoke 'Que & Brew building for "a week to 10 days" in early September, said Carlos Nieto, one of the owners of Billy Barooz.

Both spots are in the Village at the Crossing development at the southwest corner of Duncan and Windsor roads, so patrons won't have to divert much.

Nieto said he plans to expand the Billy Barooz kitchen and add a new beer garden that will be twice the size of the original beer garden.

Billy Barooz is located at 2521 Village Green Place, and the temporary location of the sports bar will be a little to the north, at 2411 Village Green Place.

Downtown developments

Nieto, whose company operates several restaurants and bars in downtown Champaign, has acquired a few more properties downtown — among them the building housing Cafe Kopi at 109 N. Walnut St., C.

Last year, Nieto and Hans Grotelueschen acquired the former Chicago TitleInsurance building at 201 N. Neil St., C, and said they were considering building a five-story apartment building at the site.

Grotelueschen has since sold out his interest in the property, and Nieto said he's weighing options on which downtown properties to develop first for apartments.

Possibilities include: putting more apartments on the upper floors of the Cafe Kopi building; putting more apartments on upper floors of the former Stipes Printing/Ratio Architects building at 10 Chester St.; developing a new apartment building on a lot west of the Wedge Tequila Bar & Grill at 415 N. Neil St., C; and proceeding with a project on the former Chicago Title property.

The decision depends on how strong the downtown apartment market proves, Nieto said. The development of the new Hyatt Place hotel at 217 N. Neil St., C, will change the landscape and traffic of downtown Champaign, he noted.

In other developments, Nieto said he soon expects to lease the ground floor of the 10 Chester St. building to a retail store.

He said his business, which took over operation of Aroma Cafe at 118 N. Neil St., C, earlier this year, has extended the shop's hours to midnight, with the intent of picking up more late-night traffic.

Renovations have been made to "brighten up" the cafe, and the menu has been expanded, he said.

Glass and more glass

A new store and gallery called Cracked Glass plans to open Sept. 3 in the space now occupied by the Glass F/X store and gallery at 202 S. First St., C.

The Glass F/X studio will continue operating in the rear of that building, using the address of 103 E. Clark St., C.

"I want to direct more of my energy to the studio," said Glass F/X owner Rich Taylor. "We'll still be doing professional design work, fabrication and installation of decorative glass, etching on glass and doing glass trophies and recognition walls, as we've been doing since 1972."

Meanwhile, Tracy Satterthwaite and Sharon Haworth plan to operate the Cracked Glass store.

Sattherthwaite said Cracked Glass will "not be a lot different" from the existing store. She said the business will supply materials for stained-glass projects, offer classes in glass arts and display finished products in the gallery.

Satterthwaite said she has worked with glass for 25 years and has a stained-glass shop in her basement.

"I figured this was maybe a way to pay for my habit," she said.

Satterthwaite said she hopes to offer more varied kinds of classes and one-day workshops as well as open studio time. The business is expected to employ six or seven people, including teachers.

Satterthwaite joked that she wanted to name the business Cracked Glass and Crazed Glaziers, "but no one knows what a glazier is these days."

Although the store will open Sept. 3, a grand opening celebration will probably be held closer to early October, she said.

As for Glass F/X, Taylor said his business does residential, commercial and church work largely within 100 miles of Champaign-Urbana.

"I handle most of the church work, and our principal designer, Marilyn Pollard, handles residential and commercial work," Taylor said, adding that Pollard has worked there 29 years.

Projects include stained-glass restoration as well as new design work for churches; residential stained-glass work; etching on shower enclosures; and recognition walls for universities, hospitals and other institutions, such as the one at the Champaign Public Library.

What's bakin' in Tolono?

Judy Shawback plans to open a bake shop, Judy's Sweets, in Tolono this fall.

Shawback, who for years has baked cakes for friends and family, expects to open the shop in the former Double Dip ice cream building at 307 N. Long St.

She plans to specialize in cinnamon rolls, but will also offer cookies, cupcakes, decorated cakes, muffins, brownies, banana bread and zucchini bread.

Coffee, cappucinos and lattes will also be available.

The shop will be open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Shawback planning to cater to people going to work.

Shawback said when she was only 8 years old, she cooked for 13 hay hands — so cooking and baking come naturally.

"This is my dream of what I want to do," she said. "This is what I enjoy doing."

House calls

Lactation consultant Theresa Hardy of Champaign has started a new service providing breast-feeding advice to women in their homes.

Hardy formed Nurtured Beginnings to help new mothers get the information they need and to reduce the stress related to breast-feeding.

"The relaxed pace of the visits allows a thorough discussion of moms' concerns as well as expert breast-feeding help," Hardy said in a release. "A care plan is developed that day, and a report is faxed to both the mom and baby's health care providers."

Hardy is a pediatric nurse practitioner and an internationally board certified lactation consultant. She has 20 years of experience.

Advanced practice nurses can bill insurance directly, and Hardy is in the application process to become an in-network provider.

Hardy also plans to launch corporate lactation support, which focuses on the needs of employed mothers, in early 2014.

The phone number for Nurtured Beginnings is 552-1101, and the website is

Boutique returns

One Week Boutique returns to Champaign on Sept. 7-10, this time located at the Fluid Events Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C — the former Hundman Lumber location.

The twice-a-year event gives parents, grandparents and caregivers the chance to sell gently used items and earn money as consignors.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8-10. A "touch-a-truck" event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. On the final day of the sale — Sept. 10 — most items will be 50 percent off.

For more information, contact Donna Pepper at 734-834-1485 or at

10-year open house

The Dulak Pilates Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the studio, 44 E. Main St., Suite 102, C.

During the open house, the public can view the studio, meet clients and see Pilates in action, with lessons and demonstrations going on.

Owner Janice Dulak is celebrating her 20th year of teaching.

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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