It's Your Business: Heartland returning in two new locations
Heartland Gallery, the Celtic arts, crafts and gift store that recently closed in downtown Urbana, is coming back in two new locations.
Business owner Jan Chandler said she plans to open up a booth space in the new "north store" of Crossroads Corner Consignment inside the Whiteline Building at 723 S. Neil St., C.
She also recently opened up a space inside The Vault Arts Collective at 100 N. Main St., Tuscola, with that location concentrating more on arts and crafts.
William Fleming, co-owner of Crossroads Corner Consignment, said the new north store — the entrance of which is directly across from the entrance to El Toro — is slated to open on Monday, with a grand opening celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. March 8.
The grand opening will feature free wine tasting and live music, and both the north store and the original "south store" will be open until 9 p.m. that day.
Several businesses familiar to area residents will have space in the north store, including Mercantile Antiques in St. Joseph, Arcola Emporium Antiques Mall in Arcola and Carrie's, which moved from downtown Champaign.
Hours for both the north and south stores are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Fleming said he's exploring the idea of launching a monthly outdoor market nearby.
He envisions the market having about 100 vendors and operating one Saturday each month, starting in May and running through September.
That's Italian in Rantoul
Massimo Panseri plans to open Gustoso, an Italian restaurant, in Rantoul on March 4.
The restaurant, which will serve authentic Italian pizza and pasta, will be at 124 E. Sangamon Ave., the former home of the Tea Cup Cafe.
"I'm Italian, and my wife used to work in a restaurant in Italy as first cook," Panseri said. "Everything will be made from scratch, even the sauces and doughs."
The menu will include lasagna, tiramisu and "some recipes you can't find around here," he said.
The restaurant will have marinara, bolognese and carbonara dishes, as well as spicy dishes for those who like them, he added.
Gustoso will serve lunch and dinner and be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed Mondays.
Panseri is from Pordenone, Italy, about 40 minutes from Venice. He met his wife, Laddawan — where else? — in an Italian restaurant.
"She was working there, I walked in as a regular customer and she caught my attention. I came back another time, and we started talking," he said.
They moved here 16 years ago, and Panseri has been working as an electrician.
"But I'm not that young any more, and I'd like something more relaxing, working close to my wife," he said.
"My wife always had a passion for cooking and wanted to have her own place," he said.
Panseri, who took pizza-making courses in Italy, said Gustoso will have tables for at least 34 to 36 patrons.
"The prices are going to be more affordable for the majority of people," he said, adding that carryout will be available.
Bookstore finds home
Orphans Treasure Box is planning to open a new store at 826 Pioneer St., C — just off North Prospect Avenue, two blocks north of Bradley Avenue.
Beth Wendling started the bookstore project that supports orphans in 2011. Friends and strangers donated books, and during that first year, Orphans Treasure Box gave away more than $30,000, Wendling said on the project's website.
According to the website, "Orphans Treasure Box sells thousands of donated books to support orphans and the families who adopt them."
Last year, the project committed $33,500 to educating 50 orphans in South Africa, caring for 20 teens in Ethiopia, assisting older youths in Peru, renovating homes of foster moms in Illinois and several other causes, the website states.
Orphans Treasure Box accepts books, audio CDs, LPs and books on CD and tape, plus DVDs, Blu-ray discs and VHS tapes.
But it doesn't accept books that are worn, damaged or smelly, nor does it take magazines, encyclopedias, church cookbooks or loose CDs and DVDs without cases.
"It's possible we'll sell our first book from the new store in mid-March," Wendling said in a Facebook posting.
New quarters on Clark
If all goes as planned, Kevin Elliott Counseling hopes to move to new quarters at 309 W. Clark St., C, this spring.
That's the building that most recently housed the Nally, Bauer, Feinen & Mann law firm.
Sandra Ahten, business manager and co-owner of the counseling firm, said the firm has "maxed out" its space in the Lincoln Building at 44 E. Main St., C, where it has offices on the fourth and fifth floors.
The firm, which has 30 therapists, hopes to move to the new location May 1, Ahten said.
In the new 5,000-square-foot building, the business intends to expand its children's play-therapy area and have a large room for group therapy, she said.
Remodeling work will include the addition of a kitchen and break room, renovation of rest rooms plus new carpeting and paint, she said.
Bigger Monical's in Clinton
Monical's Pizza has moved to a bigger location in Clinton.
The new restaurant at 121 Sunrise Court — just in front of the Sunset Inn & Suites on U.S. 51 — opened for business Feb. 13, general manager Brooke Schoch said.
It's twice the size of the former location at 1044 Jemima St., which Monical's had occupied for 30 years, she said.
With the move, Monical's began serving beer and added several items to its menu, including stuffed pizza, calzones, specialty salads and wheat breadsticks, Schoch said.
The old restaurant employed about 15, but the new place has 30 employees and is still hiring, she added.d.
Hours remain the same: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
No regular dinners at Sylvia's
Scratch plans for a restaurant on the main floor of Sylvia's Irish Inn, the bed-and-breakfast at 312 W. Green St., U.
Sylvia Sullivan said those plans had to be scrapped due to "unforeseen circumstances" — including requirements for costly commercial equipment upgrades.
Sullivan said she still plans to offer special dinners and events — including a March 16 high tea in connection with St. Patrick's Day and an April 26 dinner with band.
Homer market gets new owner
Vijay Kumar has acquired the Homer Country Market from Rick Bates.
Kumar, who took over the grocery at 103 S. West St., Homer, on Feb. 14, said he plans to keep everything the same — but hopes to add new merchandise.
Hours will continue to be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Kumar said he formerly worked as a jeweler at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in Cincinnati and learned of the business opportunity in Homer through a broker in Peoria.
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