It's Your Business: Empanadas House opening campus store

It's Your Business: Empanadas House opening campus store

The Empanadas House is finally getting a "house" of its own.

Juan Olarte began operating The Empanadas House food truck in Champaign-Urbana last year. The business serves up empanadas with a variety of fillings, such as beef, chicken and pork, as well as dessert empanadas.

Now the business is getting ready to open a store in Campustown, at 404 E. Green St., C.

Check the firm's website — — and its Facebook page for details on the opening. A menu of the restaurant's offerings is available at the website.

Illini FS makes acquisitions

Urbana-based Illini FS recently announced that it has acquired the assets of Pangburn Countryside Propane and Pangburn Oil Co. in Tuscola.

According to a release from the company, Myron Pangburn went to work for Standard Oil in 1959, and later he and his wife, Nola, purchased the liquid fuel business and started Pangburn Oil. Their sons, Mike and John Pangburn, established Pangburn Countryside Propane in 2002.

Illini FS, a division of the Growmark regional cooperative, provides ag-related products and services to farmers and other rural residents in East Central Illinois.

Marine Bank expands to Normal

Springfield-based Marine Bank, which has two offices in Champaign, recently expanded with a full-service branch on Fort Jesse Road in Normal.

"The Bloomington-Normal market complements our current central Illinois locations in the Springfield, Champaign and western Illinois markets," said Marine Bank CEO Chris Zettek in a release.

The bank now has 12 branches in Springfield, Champaign, Macomb, Rushville and Bloomington-Normal and has 230 employees. The Champaign offices are at 2434 Village Green Place and at 1001 S. Neil St.

Show us your happy dance

Finally, feeling silly? Staples is holding a contest to find the best videos of people doing "the shopping cart dance."

In the "Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen" contest, entrants are encouraged to download a song from the website They then are supposed to create a video of the shopping cart dance, fill out an entry form and upload their video.

Staples will select up to 40 submissions to star in back-to-school commercials.

Submissions will be accepted until June 23, and the winners will be announced July 8. Winners will appear in a national Staples back-to-school ad, and each will receive a $250 Staples gift card.

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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