It's Your Business: Recording studio adds to playlist downtown

It's Your Business: Recording studio adds to playlist downtown

Anthony Costello has opened a new recording studio and production suite in downtown Champaign.

Event Popular is on the fourth floor of the Church Street Square building at Church and Randolph streets.

Costello said he can guide artists through the recording process so they can handle some of the engineering tasks themselves — or he can provide full services.

The studio, located in Suite 422, opened Thursday and operates from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. weekdays. The late hours are to avoid disturbing people in other offices of the building during the workday.

Costello said he opened the studio with the idea of helping artists become better performers. Event Popular's phone number is 819-7468.

The studio's website — — says the company offers equipment sales, studio recording, radio commercial production services and event planning and promotion. Two producers are available in the production suite to help artists with their needs.

Wine, wine, wine

Art Mart in Urbana's Lincoln Square has expanded its wine selection.

Todd Fusco, former manager of The Corkscrew in Urbana, is now handling all retail wine sales at Art Mart.

Art Mart had added more than 100 new wines to its offerings. The store also has expanded its wine tastings to include noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and from opening until 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The Corkscrew recently closed its store at 203 N. Vine St., U, after 15 years there.

Winding down in Rantoul

Rantoul Press Editor Dave Hinton reports that Bill Wood is closing Wood's, which has been selling paint, carpeting and more for 62 years in Rantoul.

"The overhead just got too big for me," Wood said. "Probably the two biggest things were health insurance and property taxes."

He's in the process of liquidating merchandise at the store, 209 E. Grove Ave., but has not set a closing date. His son, Tom, said the closing will likely come in late May or early June.

The store was founded by Bill Wood's father, Jack, in 1953 and was first located at 105 S. Garrard St. It moved to its current location in 1961.

Bill Wood, 65, has owned and operated the business since 1979.

Besides selling paint and carpeting, Wood's did glass work and sold wallpaper, window coverings and automotive paint.

But Wood's stopped selling automotive paint about 10 years ago, and "the wallpaper business went kaput about 15 years ago," Bill Wood said.

Wood said he's enjoyed the business immensely, but in a way closing the store is a relief.

"It's sad, but I'm ready to move on," he said. "The town's been good to me. ... I've certainly appreciated all that they've done."

Helping victims of violence

The Hair Cuttery salon at 24 E. Green St., C, is making it possible for you to help domestic violence victims this Monday and Tuesday.

For every adult who buys a haircut on one of those days, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut certificate to a woman living in a local domestic violence shelter.

Nearly 900 Hair Cuttery locations are taking part in the Share-A-Haircut program, in cooperation with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Another way to help

The local Two Men And A Truck franchise is also helping domestic violence victims by collecting personal care items for the Center for Women in Transition.

Those who would like to donate items can bring them to the office at 47 E. Kenyon Road, C, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Items needed include: twin-size bedsheets and blankets, deodorant, baby wipes, cotton swabs, children's shampoo, ethnic hair care products, lotion, body wash, toothbrushes, mouthwash, razors and gift cards for medications.

Tiffany Fancher, customer service representative for Two Men And A Truck, said collection boxes are also available at Illini Mattress, 514 S. Country Fair Drive, C; the County Market store on Glenn Park Drive; and select offices of Busey Bank and Commerce Bank.

This is the seventh year that Two Men And A Truck has sponsored its "Movers for Moms" program.

No wheat accepted

Marine Bank will sponsor a Shredding Day from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at its office at 1001 S. Neil St., C.

The event is open to the public, and each person can bring up to five boxes or bags of paper to be shredded confidentially on site.

Among items that need to be shredded: credit card offers, credit card statements, bank statements, insurance paperwork, investment records, paycheck stubs, deposit slips, household bills, medical records, old tax forms, mortgage statements, retirement account records and outdated personal records such as wills.

Face painting, fingerprinting

It's almost a month off, but mark your calendar: The Aaron's Furniture-Electronics-Appliances store in Champaign plans to host a Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7.

The event will include food and drinks, face painting and music.

Aaron's, at 2410 N. Prospect Ave., will also give away child safety identity kits. Those kits give parents the ability to record children's personal and medical information. There are places to store a photograph, a hair sample and dental information. Plus, the kits include a 10-finger fingerprint chart and a nontoxic ink strip.

More information about Family Day is available by calling the store, 359-7777.

Class to benefit research

The Dulak Pilates Center in downtown Champaign will host a master Pilates mat class with Cynthia Lochard from 6 to 7 p.m. May 29. Lochard is one of only four Grand Master Teacher Trainers in the world.

Donations from participants will benefit the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research.

Lochard trained with Romana Kryzanowska, heir to the Pilates Method, as did Dulak Pilates Center owner Janice Dulak.

The public is welcome to observe.

Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227; 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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