It's Your Business: Heating/cooling firm plans site in Champaign

It's Your Business: Heating/cooling firm plans site in Champaign

Cassel Home Comfort Heating and Cooling has announced it will open a Champaign location next year in the building at 2100 S. Neil St. now occupied by Herriott's Rents Tents Events.

Herriott's, meanwhile, plans to move its rental equipment business north to 1420 N. Neil St., C — the former location of Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, before that store moved to 722 W. Town Center Blvd., C, in 2012.

Lon Cassel said he plans to open the South Neil location Jan. 27. Cassel has owned eight heating and cooling companies in four states. Earlier this year, he formed Cassel Home Comfort in Mahomet as the successor to All Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning.

Cassel became general manager of the newly formed company, and Fred Peterson, longtime owner of All Seasons, became operations manager.

Cassel said he intends to hold free weekly seminars on prolonging the life of home heating and cooling systems and reducing their operating costs.

Giving gluten the boot

The Bootin Gluten Bakery and Market in Danville plans to provide gluten-free Christmas dinners this year, similar to the gluten-free Thanksgiving dinners it made available last week.

Owner Janet Lund opened the bakery and market at 2409-B Georgetown Road in June. It's in the space formerly occupied by the Hillbilly Meat Shop.

Lund said the holiday meals will include a meat entree, a few side dishes, rolls and dessert.

The bakery carries breads, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, pies and pastries, all gluten-free. The market carries packaged and frozen goods, including gluten-free pasta, soups, cereals and mixes.

Lund said she became interested in gluten-free foods after a friend with celiac disease told her how hard it was to find the foods and how nasty-tasting much of it was. Lund's interest intensified after doing grocery shopping for her aunt, whose health improved after she switched to a gluten-free diet.

Lund said she uses grain-free, almond flour in her primary bread and tries to use mostly higher-protein and lower-carbohydrate ingredients in her products.

Hours of the store are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The business is closed on Sundays and Tuesdays.

The phone number is 443-3026, and the website is

All dolled up

Tees for Doll and Me has reopened a holiday kiosk at Market Place Mall, according to business owner Timmie Punkay.

The shop sells doll clothes, furniture and accessories for 18-inch American Girl dolls. It also sells matching T-shirts for girls and their dolls.

This is Punkay's fifth year running the kiosk, which is in the Macy's wing of the mall.

The shop's website is

Paws with Claus

Want a photo of your pet with Santa?

Subaru of Champaign County will host a "Pawtraits" event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society.

Pet owners can bring their animals to the dealership, 1402 N. Dunlap St., Savoy, to have a professional photo taken with Santa.

A $30 donation is requested for the portrait, with all proceeds going to the humane society to care and find homes for dogs, cats and other animals.

"This is an opportunity for us to host a unique event that allows people to have a fun portrait taken of their pets visiting Santa, one they can enjoy for many years to come," said Gary Patrick, the dealership's general manager.

Sports shop to get new owners

Will Brumleve of the Paxton Record reports that Denny's Sporting Goods in Onarga is slated to get new owners next year.

Trent and Amy Eshleman have agreed to buy the sporting goods store from Terry Eshleman, and Terry is expected to remain with the business.

Trent Eshleman recently resigned as principal of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, effective Dec. 31.

Denny's Sporting Goods was founded by Denny Eshleman in 1982.

"When I think of the Denny's legacy, I am confident we can keep it going," Trent Eshleman said.

He said he intends to use more technology for retail and marketing but "we hope to maintain our face-to-face, personalized relationships with customers the way Denny and Terry have over the past three decades."

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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