It's Your Business: Error Records making plans at new home
Nathan Landolt has not only moved Error Records to downtown Urbana, but has also taken most of the space on the first floor at 123 W. Main St., U.
The record shop opened at its new location Tuesday and hopes to open its performing venue once the city gives approval.
"It's just a great location," Landolt said of the downtown spot.
Error Records' former location at 702 S. Neil St., C, didn't get much business from pedestrians walking past, he said, adding that "cars were zipping by."
"I've always been fond of Urbana, and I've seen how it's progressed the last year or two," he said. "It's been doing well, and I wanted to be a part of that."
Error Records sells vinyl records, compact discs, cassettes and DVDs, as well as T-shirts and zines. Its new music releases are concentrated in "heavy, hard-core metal" and punk, with some offerings of reggae and jazz, while the used releases are "across the board," spanning many genres, Landolt said.
The record shop occupies the storefront just to the right of the building's main entry. Behind the shop, on a raised level, is the site of Farm League Skateshop, which is slated to open Friday.
Owner Jason Ewing said the skate shop will carry equipment for skateboarding and longboarding (longboards are generally used for commuting), footwear and eventually roller-derby products.
Hours for the skate shop will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Its phone number is 369-7542.
Just under the skate shop, on a lower level, is where Error Records hopes to have its performing venue. The space would be used primarily on weekends and could accommodate anywhere from 49 to 80 people, depending on the city's determination, Landolt said. Adjacent to the performing venue is a soundproof practice-rehearsal room that Landolt hopes to rent out by the hour.
"The goal is to have it ready by August," he said.
Landolt has another suite he hopes to rent out at the far end of the building's entry hall. If he can work things out, he would like to have rotating displays of art work in the commons space.
Error Records is open from noon to 5 p.m. seven days a week. It has scheduled a grand opening for Friday and Saturday The store's new phone number is 552-1445.
Megan Luu knows nails.
Since 2003, she has opened three nail salons, and the latest is Elegant Nails Lounge in the Sarus Galleria at 2202 S. Neil St., C.
The new salon has seven stations for manicures, plus 11 stations for pedicures in a separate room. In addition to nail care, Elegant Nails offers facials, waxing and eyelash extensions, said Luu's husband, Thom Ngo, who is also the salon manager.
Ngo said Elegant Nails has six employees, all of whom have at least seven years of experience.
Hours are 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 398-8888.
Ngo said Luu opened Star Nail in Savoy in 2003 and sold it in 2006. She then opened Jackie Nail in Mattoon and sold it in 2013.
The I-Power School of Gymnastics is adding 2,500 square feet to its facility at 215 S. Staley Road, C, said co-owner Kevin Burnside.
The new space, expected to be finished in a couple weeks, will be used for a birthday-party room and for office space. With the addition, the facility will be about 10,000 square feet.
I-Power offers recreational and competitive gymnastics classes for children as young as 2 years old, as well as cheerleading and tumbling lessons. It also offers field trips and birthday parties. The phone number is 359-FLIP (3547).
The I has it
The I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign has been named to Expedia's "Insiders' Select" list for 2014, an annual ranking of the best-reviewed hotels as determined by the online travel site. The list is based on nearly 2 million verified guest reviews over a year.
The Insiders' Select list includes only 650 hotels out of more than 290,000 bookable properties available on Expedia sites worldwide.
"The hotels included in the Insiders' Select list represent the best of the best in the eyes of Expedia travelers," said Expedia Vice President and General Manager John Morrey in a release.
Hope Hardin, marketing and special projects coordinator for the I Hotel, said it was "rewarding to see our commitment to superior customer service and guest satisfaction recognized in this way."
The I Hotel, at 1900 S. First St., C, has 126 guest rooms and a 38,000-square-foot conference center.
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