Henk's Bait and Bite offers sit-down food at city's edge

DANVILLE – Restaurant goers now have another dining choice on the edge of Danville after a new restaurant opened in late November on Henning Road.

About five weeks ago, Gary and Kathy Henk opened Henk's Bait and Bite at 302 N. Henning Road, just north of the intersection of Henning Road and U.S. 150.

Six friends to open cafe in downtown Danville

DANVILLE – Six friends are combining their talents and experience to open a new cafe in a downtown Danville building that most recently was home to a real estate business.

"Essentially, we are going to be a light restaurant," said J.W. Martin, one of six friends planning to open a cafe called Brewstar at 108 N. Vermilion St. in downtown Danville.

Tool time in Urbana for bridal store owner

URBANA – Michele Schweighart has never put up drywall, installed flooring or fixed a faucet. Heck, she's never even used a hammer.

Lacy gowns, frilly dresses, sparkling accessories – that's more her style.

Sports bar will take place of Mahomet's Mercantile

MAHOMET – Monday was the last day of business for Main Street Mercantile, a home decor store that graced Mahomet's downtown for 16 years.

Next up for the century-old building that housed it: a restaurant and sports bar, expected to open later this year.

For 78 years, family has spruced up area clothing

CHAMPAIGN – Joe Hamburg's retired from the dry-cleaning business now. He's 93 and living at the Canterbury Ridge assisted-living community in Urbana. But for more than half a century, he was in the thick of things at Garber's Modern Cleaners.

Last week, his son Steve announced plans to close Garber's longtime store on Wright Street and sell its two satellite stores. That prompted father and son to reflect on the 78-year-old, family-run business.

Arthur officials hope project boosts growth

ARTHUR – With the announcement of the FutureGen site in Mattoon, many local cities are anxious to see what spinoff benefits they may see from the $1.5 billion coal factory.

Arthur in particular is especially hopeful to see some benefit, said Mayor Dave Conlin.

Test your memory of this year's area business developments

Economically speaking, there were some things we all could have lived without this year – the slowdown in the housing market, sticker shock at the gas pumps and job losses due to some local employers leaving town.

But the news wasn't all bad.

Firm industrious with supplies

MAHOMET – Jerry Hearnley started by selling brooms and brushes, but over the last 34 years his business has expanded to cover all sorts of industrial supplies.

Hand tools, buckets, trash bags, extension cords, floor squeegees – all those and more are sold to companies across the nation by The Brush Man Inc.

Champaign man's store specializes in hard-to-find foods

CHAMPAIGN – When Rafet Yaman came to the United States 10 years ago, he was discouraged by his job prospects.

Yaman, who was 25 at the time, had been working for the stock market in Istanbul, Turkey. But when he came to America, "I had no job; I had no cars; I didn't know anybody."

Garber's Cleaners plans to end its 78-year run

CHAMPAIGN – A family-owned dry cleaning business in Champaign plans to call it quits after 78 years in business.

Garber's Cleaners plans to close its main store on Wright Street and sell its satellite stores at the Shoppes of Knollwood and Village at the Crossing, according to Garber's Cleaners owner Steve Hamburg.

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