It's Your Business: Istanbul closing; Blues BBQ fully open

Istanbul, the Mediterranean restaurant that featured everything from flaming cheese to stuffed grape leaves and kebabs, is closing at the end of this month.

Area company provides new exhibit for Turkey Run park

RANTOUL – Taylor Studios makes exhibits for parks and museums across the nation, but this winter you can see some of the company's handiwork closer to home.

Champaign County jobless rate drops, but most others in area rise

Champaign County's unemployment rate dropped in November, but rates for most other counties in East Central Illinois went up.

Champaign County's rate dropped to 8.3 percent in November, down from 8.5 percent in October, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Local firms' goods touted by state

FARMER CITY – At Salt Creek Alpacas, the hot gift item this year is socks.

The socks, made of wool from alpacas, don't come cheap. Proprietor Dee Stielow says a pair generally costs about $18.

"But when you buy one, you'll come back for more," she said. "They're the warmest socks you'll ever own."

Anonymous donors help out working man

CHAMPAIGN – Marvin Pickett faced a Christmas quandary Wednesday – he doesn't want to take, but people want to give.

Jimmy John's asks franchisees to pull sprouts from menu

The owner of Jimmy John's sandwich shops has asked its Illinois stores to pull alfalfa sprouts from its menu following an investigation into a salmonella outbreak.

It's Your Business: Club 806 offers 'old-school' gym

A different kind of fitness center recently opened in Champaign.

Owner Jake Clough described Club 806 as "more like a small, personal training studio than your typical gym."

"It's very individualized in terms of setting goals and getting to the root of people's health and fitness," Clough said.

Economic agencies can't find ideal space to stay together

CHAMPAIGN – They worked alongside one another for 15 years, but no longer.

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation and Convention & Visitors Bureau have decided there's no space right for all of them.

Vermilion employers expecting growth early in 2011

DANVILLE – For the first time since 2006, the Danville area's top 38 employers all expect to experience steady to rapid growth in early 2011, according to local economic officials.