It's Your Business: Paxton firm starts delivery of pet supplies
A Paxton business has begun offering free delivery of pet food and other pet supplies to customers who live within 30 miles of the store.
Designer Dog Salon has been in Paxton for five years, and owners Justin and Courtney Bouse recently started Designer Dog Delivery to transport the products to customers' homes.
To order products, clients can either call the store, 379-3183, or visit the website, designerdogdelivery.com.
Justin Bouse said the free-delivery territory extends to Champaign-Urbana, St. Joseph, Mahomet and Rantoul.
The inspiration for the delivery service, Bouse said, came from a senior citizen who bought 30-pound bags of pet food. Employees loaded the bags into her vehicle, but when she got home, she couldn't unload them — so she would leave them in her car and scoop out the food a bit at a time.
Upon hearing her story, Bouse thought: What better way to help customers than to offer delivery?
The store carries many major brands of pet food including Blue Buffalo, Halo, Wellness and Taste of the Wild. The choices include dry, moist and even raw pet food — and not just for dogs and cats. Bouse said he has supplied horse and chicken feed too.
The business also delivers pet treats, toys and flea-prevention shampoo.
The shop at 110 S. Market St., Paxton, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Prairie Fire gift cards
Anyone with unused or partially used gift cards for Prairie Fire restaurant can get a full refund on them, said Dave Block, one of the investors in the Champaign restaurant that closed April 6.
Block suggested customers mail the cards to: Prairie Fire, 100 Trade Centre Drive, Champaign, IL 61820. Alternatively, they can bring the cards to the restaurant site on the ground floor of Trade Centre South — but he warned that someone is not there at all times.
Revving up for spring
Mahomet Small Engine is planning a grand opening celebration Friday and Saturday at its store, 205-B W. Oak St., Mahomet.
Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with hot dogs, chips and drinks available for purchase between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for noon that day.
Mahomet Small Engine carries products from Ariens, BigDog Mowers, Cub Cadet, Generac, Gravely and Stihl — and some vendor representatives will be on hand. Test drives, demonstrations and drawings for merchandise are also on tap.
Owners Jamie and Deb LeBaugh opened the business last year and have expanded the product line since then. The shop's phone number is 586-3400, and its website is mahometsmallengines.com.
Carmen Davis Kirby recently announced that her business, Bella Mia Boutique, is closing at 1422 S. Neil St., C.
Apparel, accessories, shoes and decor are discounted 40 percent to 75 percent off, and beginning Tuesday, the furniture, fixtures, supplies and office equipment will be for sale.
In an email to customers, Kirby said she will miss the store and the connections that came with it. She said Findings Boutique at Champaign's Old Farm Shops will carry many of the lines Bella offered.
She also encouraged customers to patronize other local boutiques, including Art Mart, Bella Bambini, Bohemia, Checkered Moon, Circles, Fira and Rec-la-ma-tion.
A way to spend May Day
Chef Joshua Huddleston is planning a special-event dinner May 1 at The Great Impasta at Urbana's Lincoln Square.
He is working with Stoney Jockish of MarketPlace Selections to present a "Local Foods Meet Italian Wine" dinner.
The dinner will start at 6 p.m. and include five courses of locally sourced spring ingredients.
Tickets are $60 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 359-7377.
Caffe Bene opens on campus
Word came last October that Caffe Bene, Korea's largest coffee franchise, was coming to Gregory Place East — at the northeast corner of Nevada and Gregory streets in Urbana.
It's been a long time brewing, but the cafe is finally open at 701 S. Gregory St., U. It serves traditional coffee beverages, including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas, as well as foods including waffles, quiches and bakery items.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Caffe Bene has more than 850 stores globally, but this is the first in Illinois. Samuel Ham is general manager of the local store.
Makeup artist visits Bergner's
Folks who want advice on makeup can arrange to consult an expert at Bergner's this Friday.
Lancome National Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez will visit the store at Market Place Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day for a "pro team makeup artist session."
Appointment reservations can be made by visiting the Lancome cosmetic counter at the store or calling 351-3500, extension 4014.
Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.