It's Your Business: White Dove making plans for Saturdays
Alisa Ramshaw Chapman, owner of The White Dove Garden & Gallery at 703 W. Hill St., C, plans to offer some new ways to spend Saturday afternoons.
The White Dove's gardens, greenhouse and galleries — including the downstairs Morning Glory Gallery and upstairs Honeysuckle Gallery — will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, starting in December.
Both galleries feature oils and watercolors by Chapman, and she plans to add special exhibits by other artists. Tea, homemade pizza and other refreshments will be available to those browsing, and Chapman hopes to arrange for instrumental music.
Chapman is also providing opportunities for area artists. Those who enjoy painting with others can do so in Chapman's studio from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays or by appointment. Artists can register through the gallery or through Parkland Community Education.
Spring art classes through Parkland Community Education will be offered at White Dove from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Private painting classes or parties also can be scheduled through the gallery.
For more information, contact Chapman at 359-0675 or email her at AlisaChapman@thewhitedovegarden.com.
Indian buffet on campus
Ambar IndiaRestaurant has opened at 605 S. Wright St., C, in the former location of Wonderdogs.
The restaurant specializes in north India spicy cuisine as well as Indo-Chinese cuisine, said Rupinder Kaur, the general manager and wife of co-owner Dharminder Singh.
Ambar India is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, with a $7.99 lunch buffet available until 3 p.m. and an $8.99 dinner buffet available after 3 p.m. Guests can also order from the menu.
Singh and his brother and sister-in-law, Baljit Singh and Tajinder Kaur Sekhon, also operate the Taj Mahal restaurants in Terre Haute and Evansville, Ind.
The phone number for Ambar India is 344-1500, and the web address is ambarindia.net. Its online menu lists 116 items.
Brewing begins in Mahomet
JT Walker's Brewery opened Wednesday at 402 E. Main St. in Mahomet, directly across the street from JT Walker's Restaurant & Sports Bar.
Justin Taylor, who oversees both establishments, said the brewery operates with a brewpub license. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays.
"At the brewery, all we sell is our beer — no liquor or wine," Taylor said. But the brewery does sell glass-bottled specialty sodas from Coca-Cola and Homer Soda Co.
There's no kitchen in the brewery, but customers can order take-out food from the restaurant and sports bar and eat it at the brewery, he said.
Plus, food is available from other vendors:
— On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Chester's BBQ food truck offers barbecue sliders, pulled pork, smoked Italian beef and other items.
— On Fridays, the brewery caters in food from JT Walker's Restaurant & Sports Bar, with a small taco bar set up, and chips and salsa available.
— On Saturdays, the King Philly food truck sells Philly cheese steak sandwiches.
Taylor said customers can order everything inside, and the food will be brought to their tables.
The brewery will initially brew five beers:
— Hale to the Chief, an American India pale ale, or IPA. "Hale" is a play on words incorporating the word "ale."
— Bulldog Brown Ale, which refers to the Mahomet-Seymour High School team name.
— Orange & Blue, a Belgian-style witbier (wheat beer) made with orange peel and blueberries.
— 47 & 74, a Scotch ale with caramel and malt tones. The name reflects the numbering of two highways passing through Mahomet.
— Nine Gals, a saison beer with ginger as an ingredient. The name alludes to the legendary Nine Gal Tavern from Mahomet's early days.
Taylor said he has arranged with Orange & Blue Distributing to distribute the brands in central Illinois. He said he hopes the brands will be available in a few weeks at area bars and restaurants, including his own sports bar.
Aaron Young is head brewer at JT Walker's Brewery, which is owned by Champaign County Brewing Co. The brewery's phone number is 586-2665, and the website is jtwalkersbrewery.com.
It's been a busy week and a half for Taylor, who became a father Nov. 15. The child's name: Walker Jordan Taylor. Walker happens to be not only the name of the restaurant and brewery, but also Justin Taylor's middle name.
Roost Burgers and more
The Roost restaurant and bar has opened at 109 N. Main St. in the Vermilion County community of Fithian.
Owner Stacey Bennett, who lives in Fithian, said the restaurant offers "a simple American-style menu at affordable pricing."
"The menu is geared toward family dining and those wanting a good and simple meal," she added.
The menu includes half-pound hamburgers, chicken wings and the signature Roost Burger, with bacon, barbecue sauce, pepper jack cheese and onion rings.
Specials such as fried fish are served on weekends, and Sunday brunch features biscuits and gravy, chicken tacos or jambalaya. Takeout meals are available.
Dining hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
The bar is open from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The phone number is 548-8030.
Toyland, toyland ...
Looking for Christmas toys that are reasonably priced?
For the fifth year in a row, Ron Meyer and his family will operate Meyer's New and Used Toy Store for four Fridays and Saturdays, beginning this weekend.
During the year, Meyer visits flea markets and garage sales, scouting for toys to stock the store.
Then, beginning in September, his wife, Joy, and daughter Dee-Dee clean the toys, and Ron equips battery-operated toys with new batteries. For toys with tiny accessories, the Meyers put the accessories in a plastic bag, heat-seal it and tape it to the toy.
Altogether, the Meyers will offer between 4,000 and 5,000 toys this year.
"It keeps us busy," said Ron Meyer, a longtime toy collector who retired from the vending business 20 years ago.
Some toys sell for as little as 50 cents, and few are priced at more than $15 or $20, Meyer said. The exceptions are a few classic toys that may appeal to collectors.
The store is located north of Urbana at 2812 E. Oaks Road. To find it, take U.S. 45 a half-mile north of Farm & Fleet, turn east on Oaks Road and travel 1 mile to the store.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21.
Most toys are geared for children 13 and under, but Meyer does not stock electronics, such as iPods and iPads.
Toys are "like-new," but without boxes. They include 800 Barbie dolls and accessories, and other toy brands including G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels and Matchbox.
The phone number is 369-3425. If there's no answer, call 367-2327.
For pets that have everything
Pampered Pet Grooming & Dog Training has completed the addition of overnight suites for pets at 2 Henson Place, C.
Besides providing all-breed dog and cat grooming, the salon offers spa treatments, including facials, foot scrubs, pedicures and aromatherapy treatments, as well as dry-skin treatments.
The business also provides doggie day care and overnight boarding care for dogs and cats. The facility is monitored remotely around the clock, and an Aqua Air Central Vac system has been installed to keep the facility clean and sanitary.
The business has also arranged with Fields Pet Care in Farmer City to make many brands of high-end dog and cat food available in Champaign.
Pampered Pet is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturdays. The number is 352-0595 and the web address is http://www.cupamperedpet.com.
Shooting range in Georgetown
A newly formed nonprofit group in Georgetown is planning to open a shooting range in the former Washington Junior High School gymnasium in Georgetown.
Georgetown Otto Newlin Shooting Range is offering 100 membership applications for 2014 at a cost of $100 each, with all applications sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications are available for download at http://www.OttoNewlinShootingRange.org. They can be mailed in after Dec. 1. Any postmarked before then will be rejected.
All applicants will be required to attend a safety seminar taught by law enforcement officers and executive board members.
Once the applicant passes and the range construction is complete, members will get a membership card and a key to the gate.
The $100 membership fee covers a married couple or single person.
For more information, contact the group's president, Keith Walker, at 662-8971.
The shooting range is named for a trapshooter from the Georgetown area who won the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships in 1927, Walker said.
Popping up in Urbana
The Norden German design studio and Dear Home Vintage Modern Shop are teaming up to offer Haus + Home, a holiday "pop-up shop" in the recently opened [co][lab] at 206 W. Main St., U.
The shop will be open for three weeks only — beginning Saturday and running through Dec. 22 — from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. An opening party is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.
The shop will feature modern and vintage furnishings, decor and accessories for the home, according to Christina Wondra of Dear Home.
More information is available at hausandhome.co.
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