It's Your Business: Herriott's prepares to move
Herriott's Rents Tents Events expects to move to its new location in north Champaign no later than Jan. 23, co-owner Deb Herriott Stumph said.
The business has been at 2100 S. Neil St., C, since 1993. But in a month and a half, it plans to move to the former Jo-Ann Fabrics building at 1420 N. Neil St., C.
"When the opportunity arose to sell the property on South Neil, we went looking for a new location, and we liked the location on North Neil for several reasons," Stumph said.
"It's a larger location, and it's very accessible to the interstate for our staff and customers," she said.
"Our trucks are on the interstate all the time," she added, noting that Herriott's equips events in Danville, Kankakee and Effingham.
Stumph said she believes the North Neil corridor has a bright future "with the city focusing on revitalizing that and making it a nice entrance to the city."
Across the street, Gateway Studios is being demolished, and that property is being readied for redevelopment, she noted.
"In the next two to five years, that whole corridor is going to look completely different," she said.
Besides, Herriott's has roots on the north side of town. Stumph's grandfather, Merle Herriott, operated the Cities Service Station at the southeast corner of Market Street and Bradley Avenue and got into the rental business in the late 1950s.
With the move north, Herriott's will graduate from three buildings with 10,000 square feet to one building with 14,000 square feet.
"We're adding a showroom, adding offices, and the back portion of the building will have all our warehousing," Stumph said. "On North Neil, everything will be under one roof, so we can streamline our operation quite a bit rather than having three buildings."
The new location will allow Herriott's to double the size of its linens department and laundry facility, she said.
It will also provide a conference room and meeting area, where staff can help organizers of large events and festivals plan things out.
Herriott's employs 10 people full-time year-round and five to 10 employees on a seasonal basis, Stumph said.
As reported last week, Cassel Home Comfort Heating and Cooling plans to move to Herriott's current location on South Neil on Jan. 27.
Mexican fare at the Crossing
Cabo's Cantina + Grill, a new Mexican-style family restaurant, has opened at the Village at the Crossing in southwest Champaign.
The restaurant is located at 2411 Village Green Place, in the space that formerly housed Ace Hardware and Smoke BBQ.
Most recently, Billy Barooz temporarily occupied the space while its regular location at 2521 Village Green Place was being remodeled. Billy Barooz has now moved back and can accommodate larger parties in its new dining addition. Its new beer garden will open this spring.
Cabo's is the latest enterprise of CMT Ventures, which operates Billy Barooz, Jupiter's, Seven Saints and Cowboy Monkey, among other spots.
Fans of Cowboy Monkey's summer menu will recognize some of those items on Cabo's menu, alongside dishes like enchiladas, stuffed poblano peppers, chimichangas and fajitas.
Destinations for dog owners
Some things just go together.
To Tony Piatt, owner of the Paw-A-Day Inn K9 Suites in Tilton, booking travel and boarding dogs was one of those combinations.
"We could have a one-stop shop where you could book vacations and have your dogs boarded here," he reasoned.
So Garla Allen, office manager for the kennel business, went to school, got licensed as a travel agent and earlier this year opened Tropical Travel of Tilton in the same location as Paw-A-Day Inn.
"It's been very good, a much busier first year than I thought it would be," Allen said. "I have a mix — not just clients from Paw-A-Day Inn, but from a lot of people I hadn't heard of. It helped both our businesses grow."
The two firms are located at 5 Hodge St., Tilton. They have separate phone numbers — 442-PAWS for Paw-A-Day and 431-3090 for Tropical Travel.
Paw-A-Day Inn, which opened in June 2010, has 46 indoor-outdoor suites for dogs, with heated floors inside and out, Piatt said.
Believe it or not, the suites are equipped with TVs and DVD players, with pet-friendly videos including "Hotel for Dogs" and "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey," he said.
Some dog owners bring their own videos, he added.
Cloud 9 floats west
Chuck Lewis moved his Cloud 9 Auto Detail business in late November to 606 N. Country Fair Drive, C.
Cloud 9, which Lewis formed 3-1/2 years ago, was previously located at 706 W. Bradley Ave., C.
With the move, Lewis has begun providing oil changes, in addition to doing auto detailing and selling used cars.
The phone number remains 373-1229, and the website is http://www.cloud9autodetail.com.
Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at email@example.com; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.