It's Your Business: Beauty chain plans opening at mall


It's Your Business: Beauty chain plans opening at mall

The beauty chain store Sephora will open in Champaign's Market Place Mall this summer.

The store, at nearly 6,000 square feet, will carry over 13,000 products from more than 200 different brands, including skin and body care lines, fragrances and hair care items.

The store will be housed in the former Eddie Bauer space in the mall's Macy's wing. The city of Champaign recently issued a building permit for $304,521 in remodeling work there. The opening is set for July 16.

"There is a lot of opportunity in the Champaign beauty market. Having received client requests for additional stores in this area, we believe that the consumer demand for Sephora in Champaign is strong and we're excited to expand our presence here," said Stephanie Celesie, Sephora's district manager.

Sephora started in France and was acquired in 1997 by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (or LVMH), the Paris-based luxury products group that includes brands from Dom Perignon to Fendi.

Sephora now has 515 stores in 14 countries. Stores started opening in the U.S. in 1998, and in recent years smaller versions have been opening inside J.C. Penney stores. The Champaign store will be a stand-alone store.

The store will feature popular items such as a new makeup line by Tarina Tarantino, a fashion accessories designer who is launching a makeup accessories line.

It will also have a new anime-type of makeup and accessories line called tokidoki from Italian designer Simone Legno. Other items include the Bliss skin care line and new fragrances by Kim Kardashian and Stella McCartney.

New music studio

Joanne Carroll has opened a new music studio called Jo's Music Studio.

Carroll received her undergraduate degree in music education in the Boston area and taught music in the Memphis public schools before moving to the area and teaching at the Champaign School of Music.

She offers private piano, viola and violin lessons. She also hopes to offer group violin lessons. The studio opens the first week of May. She can be reached at or 978-328-6935.

Tea room moves

Country Thyme Tea Room in Paxton has moved to a new location, 595 S. Elm St., and has opened an outdoor seating area.

The tea room also is now offering a bottomless cup of house coffee for 99 cents to customers who bring in their own cup. Coffee drinkers can stop by from 6 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Lunch, which includes options such as soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts, is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are highly encouraged.

Catering also is available. More information is available by calling the tea room at 379-4800 or

Icy treat, anyone?

Hawaiian Ice, at the corner of Prospect and Bradley avenues in Champaign, is now open for the season. You'll find the trailer in the parking lot of Premier Sound and Design.

Hawaiian ice is a combination of syrups poured over light, shaved ice.

Owners Sandra Ahten and Kyle Ahten say they use only cane sugar (no corn syrups) in their regular ices. They also offer a sugar-free variety of ice that has no calories. The summer hours are noon to 9 p.m. daily.

Paint jobs

University of Illinois student Dylan Herman is interning as the branch operator of College Works Painting, and he will work weekends this spring by providing paint job estimates to area homeowners interested in having their houses or businesses painted.

During the summer, he will hire painters, paint homes, organize payroll and manage customer relations. More information is available by calling Herman at 618-843-1851.

Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by e-mail 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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